Memorial Day weekend is usually considered the unofficial start to summer in the United States. There are barbecues, parties, and all sorts of celebrations, so if you’re looking for more nutritious alternatives to the traditional fare, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite summer recipes to try out no matter what your Memorial Day plans are!
Raw Food Summer Rolls
These beautiful rolls have edible flowers, fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and red peppers, and fresh herbs like mint and basil. But your guests are really going to love the sweet and sour dipping sauce!
Buffalo Brussels Sprouts
These spicy sprouts are an awesome vegan party food. Plus, with the chickpea flour, they’re also gluten-free! For the perfect party dish, pair them with the cashew-dill dipping sauce!
Blueberry, Corn, and Chicken Salad with Maple Dressing
This lovely salad is easy to make as well as filling, delicious, and colorful. If you’re bringing it to a party, wait to toss the dressing until you’re ready to serve so the greens stay fresh.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Homemade Basil Pesto
This easy-to-prepare dish can be made either on the grill or in the oven. For a vegan version, sub nutritional yeast for the Parmesan cheese. These are bound to be a hit, so plan ahead!
A healthy Memorial Day doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert, so check out these ideas!
Paleo No Bake Chocolate Almond Fudge
This flavorful fudge will definitely be a hit. And they’re no-bake, so you can just mix and toss in the fridge until you’re ready to go!
Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Since ice cream is a Memorial Day weekend staple, try this whole foods version featuring bananas. Want to make a different flavor? The recipe includes instructions for mint chocolate chip, pistachio, strawberries and cream, and coffee walnut!
Healthified Almond Butter Brownies
Unlike traditional brownies, these delectable brownies don’t use any white sugar. They are ready in 20–25 minutes and will be a welcome addition to any barbecue.
Mocha Coconut Truffles
These truffles couldn’t be easier to make, and they can definitely be made early if you’re short on time. This is a great vegan, gluten-free, soy-free dessert to help make sure everyone at the party has something they can enjoy. But remember to keep them frozen until you’re ready to serve.
No matter your plans, we wish you a happy – and healthy – Memorial Day!