Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

Looking to make your Memorial Day celebrations a little healthier? Here are some healthy Memorial Day Recipes from our home to yours. There's something for everyone!

Healthy Memorial Day Recipes - gluten free with keto options

A Few Memorial Day Thoughts

Of course remembering the reason for the Memorial Day holiday is crucial. In the US we are celebrating those who died serving in our armed forces.

Recently, we've been chatting about war and freedom a lot in our home. Talking about what we think is a just and unjust war, what a right response is to wrongs we perceive, and what the right roles of the U.S. Government should be.

One thing is sure-- we may not agree with all of the wars and why they were fought, but we can remember and honor those who gave their lives doing what they thought was best.

My father in law served in Korea. He died fairly recently, but our memories of his war stories live on. My youngest was just going through his military awards the other day, particularly thrilled that his Grandpa had received one of the most prestigious awards (at least that's what his military book said), the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Grandpa used to tell us the story of how he awoke from sleeping to the sight of a North Korean soldier with a bayonet at his neck. He startled and screamed and the soldier ran away!


It's so wonderful for my son to know the legacy of those who went before him.  I remember once, just after my father in law died, my youngest was looking at some other awards that he had won. He said, with a smile on his face, "I never knew that I was related to someone so important!"

Here are some of the things I'm thinking about making--thought you might want to add some of them to your Memorial Day Menu Plan as well :).

Before we get to them, however, here are some other healthy holiday options for you.

Other Healthy Holiday Recipes

Besides this post, there are a lot of other holiday-oriented posts on the blog that you might enjoy such as:

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Snacks - no artificial colors and no gluten!
Healthy Easter Recipes
Super Bowl Recipes and
Healthy Mother's Day Recipes

Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

Every recipe here is gluten free. Most of these healthy Memorial Day Recipes are keto-friendly, or easily adaptable, and most will work for paleo and vegan diets too!

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

These are a BIG fave in our home! Make extra and freeze for the future!

Plate of chicken nuggets and a small bowl of ketchup

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This is a super-simple recipe to pull together and it's very easy on the budget, too. We love it warm or cold! And you can make it without the meat for a great vegetarian side dish.

Egg roll in a black bowl

Spaghetti Squash Salad

A great side dish with an unexpected tang!

spaghetti squash salad in a glass bowl with wooden serving spoon

Cauliflower Potato Salad

A great low-carb way to enjoy "potato" salad!

Low Carb Potato Salad

Sugar-free Baked Beans

These delicious Maple Baked Beans can be ready in less than an hour!

Zingy Avocado Dressing / Dip

Meant to be a dressing, but doubles as a fabulous dip!

Pouring avocado dressing into a garden salad

Dairy-Free Ranch Dip

I literally have this in my fridge all the time!

ranch dressing in a cup and some sliced vegetables

AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) Guacamole

Whether you are on the AIP diet or not, this guacamole tastes great!

aip guacamole in white bowl with paleo tortilla chips

Dairy-Free, Vegan Mayo / Vegetable Dip

This recipe serves well as either a great Mayo or a Veggie Dip.
It's one of the most interesting allergy-free recipes that I have ever made.

allergy free mayo in a blue vegetable platter

Easy Homemade Ketchup

While I LOVE the flavor of a great slow-cooked ketchup recipe, this one tastes great and is ready in a flash!

homemade ketchup in glass bottle

The "Best" Homemade Salsa

This salsa was served at a baptism lunch and was sooo popular that the woman who brought it sent out the recipe to everyone who attended!

hand dipping tortilla chip into fresh salsa in white bowl

Sides and Snacks...

Dorito® Popcorn

The taste of this popcorn reminds us of that great Dorito® taste without the odd additives!

dorito popcorn in yellow bowl

Sugar-free Kettle Corn

kettle corn in wooden bowl

Savory Sesame-Free Hummus

This sesame-free hummus is loaded with the flavor of great spices and is perfect for those who can't eat sesame.

Hummus with a Twist--This Sesame-free Hummus is one of our all-time favorite recipes. Loaded with healthy ingredients and savory spices you're sure to love!

Dairy-Free and Sesame-Free Pizza Hummus

Another great sesame-free hummus recipe that tastes like pizza, but it's also dairy free!

pizza hummus in white bowl with pita wedges

"Everyone Wants the Recipe" Popcorn

We get asked "what's on this popcorn?" literally every time we take this somewhere. Make it yourself and find out why!

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

 Green Bean Chips

One of our favorite healthy snacks!


Caramelized Coconut Chips

Skip the overpriced version in the store and make these yourself. They have "just right" sweetness and fill you up so you're not tempted to overeat!

salted caramel coconut chips in a square bowl

Berry Cobbler

The perfect red, white, and blue dessert for Memorial Day!

paleo berry cobbler in white baking dish with a spoon

These are just great and you can whip them up in a flash!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites - grain free, low carb, gluten free, AIP, THM, vegan, and keto

3-Ingredient Shortbread Crisp

Another super-simple recipe.
Make this with cherries or berries for a more patriotic treat.

Apricot shortbread crisp on a white plate with two apricots in the background

Superfood Popsicles

Refreshing and full of phytonutrients and patriotic colors!

Kids holding homemade superfood berry popsicles with grass in the background

3-Ingredient Strawberry Sage Popsicles

A fun combination that's super refreshing!

popsicles, sage and strawberry slices on a plate

Almond Butter Fruit Dip

Make this delectable Healthy Fruit Dip instead of the HFCS-laden apple dips on the market.
It also doubles as a great drizzle for pancakes, waffles, desserts, and more!

hand dipping strawberry in dairy-free fruit dip in white bowl, surrounded by fresh fruit

Sugar-Free Marshmallows

We love making these as a family.
Fun to eat on their own or to use for low-carb recipes. Would be great for S'Mores!

Sugar-Free Marshmallows

Homemade Sugar-Free Gummies

These are also a lot of fun to make--and eat! Make into star shapes to make them extra special for Memorial Day!

Homemade Gummies - keto, low carb, paleo, AIP, sugar free

Sugar-Free Lemonade

Super refreshing and full of phytonutrients. The perfect drink for any day!

sugar-free lemonade in glass with lemon slice garnish and straws with lemons

So there you have it. Loads of Healthy Memorial Day Recipes for your celebration.

Of course, they're great recipes for any day too!

Which of these will you try?


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