Holiday weekends can be tough for those who are trying to eat a healthy diet and for those on a special diet. To make your Memorial Day a bit simpler, I've pulled together some healthy Memorial Day Recipes for you all.
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!”
We also have a former neighbor whom we hope to visit. She's a veteran of WWII (there aren't many of them left). She lives alone with no family around and we try to get over to see her whenever possible. She didn't lose her husband in the war, but instead met him there. But we know it's a special day for her.
Healthy Memorial Day Recipes
On Monday, we hope to have some students from my husband's college and their siblings over to have some healthy memorial day recipes and some fun, but we will remember, honor, and celebrate those who gave the supreme sacrifice as well.
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 :).
Every recipe here is gluten free. Most of these healthy Memorial Day Recipes are keto friendly, or easily adaptable, and most will fit paleo and vegan diets too!
Other Healthy Holiday Recipes
There are a lot of other holiday-oriented posts on the blog such as:
These are a BIG fave in our home! Make extra and freeze for the future!
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.
A great side dish with an unexpected tang!
A great low-carb way to enjoy “potato” salad!
Dips for Your Veggies!
Here are 4 that we love!
Meant to be a dressing, but doubles as a fabulous dip!
I literally have this in my fridge all the time!
Whether you are on the AIP diet or not, this guacamole tastes great!
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.
While I LOVE the flavor of a great slow-cooked ketchup recipe, this one tastes great and is ready in a flash!
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!
Sides and Snacks…
The taste of this popcorn reminds us of that great Dorito® taste without the odd additives!
This sesame-free hummus is loaded with the flavor of great spices and is perfect for those who can't eat sesame.
Another great sesame-free hummus recipe that tastes like pizza, but it's also dairy free!
We get asked “what's on this popcorn?” literally every time we take this somewhere. Make it yourself and find out why!
One of our favorite healthy snacks!
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!
The perfect red, white, and blue dessert for Memorial Day!
These are just great and you can whip them up in a flash!
Another super-simple recipe. Make with cherries or berries for a more patriotic treat.
Refreshing and full of phytonutrients and patriotic colors!
A fun combination that's super refreshing!
Make this instead of the HFCS-laden fruit dips on the market.
We love making these as a family. Fun to eat on their own or to use for low-carb recipes.
These are also a lot of fun to make–and eat! Make into star shapes to make them extra special for Memorial Day!
Super refreshing and full of phytonutrients. The perfect drink for any day!
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 healthy Memorial Day recipe will you try?
What will you be serving?