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Easy Ways to Add Nutritious Foods to Your Memorial Day Get Together

Posted on 5/24/2012 by Patricia Bannan // Filed in Community, Holidays, lifestyle leaders, Nutrition, SnackJoy, Snacks // Leave a Comment

Grilled Salmon

A Memorial Day BBQ is a great way to get the summer off to a fun start. Standard grilled food is tasty and fine to consume on special occasions, but if you’re aiming for something with a little more healthfulness than hot dogs and hamburgers, you’re in luck! The transition from spring to summer offers an assortment of wonderful produce to incorporate with old favorites. Read on for some suggestions on how to keep the flavor and up the nutrition of your Memorial Day grill fest!

Skip the chips: While everyone needs a little something to snack on while the grill is heating up, there are options beyond chips. Cut a baguette into thin rounds and toast in the oven for a few minutes until it’s lightly browned. Spread on a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb, and then load them up with some chopped tomatoes—a summer favorite. These quick and portion-controlled appetizers are a great substitute for high-fat chips and artificial dip!

Spruce up your salad: Pre-chopped salad mixes may seem like an easy way to get some veggies onto everybody’s plate, but it doesn’t do any good if nobody eats them. Get your guests’ mouths watering with a delicious—and colorful—grilled vegetable salad. You can pre-grill peppers, eggplant, asparagus, onions and whatever else you like, and then toss with some olive oil. Heat up the vegetables in the oven before your guests arrive, and you’ll have a much more nutritious and flavorful side dish than dressing-laden lettuce.

Shake up your grill: When talking about more nutritious grilling ideas, people often think of meat-free substitutes or lower-fat swaps like turkey burgers. These are great options, but try taking it in an entirely different direction – wild-caught salmon! Packed with heart-healthy, omega-3 fats and vitamin D (which you’ll need because I know you’re wearing sunscreen!), this fish gives you a ton of protein and a great texture. Salmon is a great fish for grilling because the healthy fat keeps it moist and flavorful.

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