Labor Day unofficially marks the end of the summer season, when we trade swimsuits and sunshine for sweatshirts and school. Family and friends celebrate with picnics and parties, where hearty and sometimes unhealthy food is offered at every turn.
Don’t toss all of your hard-earned progress out the window just yet. You can still enjoy healthy BBQ recipes at your Labor Day party. Whether you’re hosting or bringing along a dish, your plate can be a hit without overwhelming guests with a belt-busting meal. Here are some Labor Day recipes that are healthy, easy to create and will leave guests wanting more.
Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Instead of French fries, spice things up with sweet potato wedges. Consider blanching the potatoes before seasoning to match the crispiness of traditional French fries. Sweet potatoes are, well, sweet, and your spicy seasoning should complement their bold flavor. Use black pepper, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper for best results. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C, making them a sneaky health-conscious menu idea.
Creamy Guac Dip
If you don’t have all of the necessary ingredients for true guacamole, this dip still gets the job done and packs a healthy punch. Mix mashed avocado with fat-free Greek yogurt and season to your taste. The result is a delicious dip that combines two sources of protein and sheds the fat of mayonnaise-based dips found on many Labor Day tables.
Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce
If barbeque chicken is a tradition you can’t go without, top the chicken with a white barbecue sauce instead. Most traditional barbecue sauces will spoil any of the health benefits of grilled chicken with their high sugar contents. A white sauce containing fat-free dressing, vinegar, lemon juice and pepper will bring a tangy kick to the protein-rich chicken.
Fantastic Homemade Fudgsicles
Want a refreshing treat that satisfies your chocolate cravings but won’t derail your weight-loss efforts? Look no further than our homemade chocolate fudge pops, perfect for any occasion. These cool, creamy treats are easy to make and delicious. Just prepare 3-4 Chocolate Pudding Thermo-Snacks as directed, scoop into popsicle molds and freeze overnight or until solid.