Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

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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 :).

Loads of Healthy Memorial Day Recipes that aren't just good for you -- they're delicious too! All gluten-free with dairy-free and vegan options and most are either low-carb or are easily adaptable!

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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

Need a delicious, quick and healthy meal? Try this Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe. They taste like you spent a TON of time in the kitchen, but they come together in a flash. Grain & Egg Free and they freeze well too! No more pink sludge nuggets from the fast food companies for sure!

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.

This Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's an Easy One Pan Meal without the grain wrapper!

Spaghetti Squash Salad

A great side dish with an unexpected tang!

Looking for an easy side dish? This Spaghetti Squash Salad is super tasty and is an easy recipe you can throw together in a flash (as quick as under ten minutes!). Plus it's paleo and low carb and has AIP options. It's kid-friendly too -- my boys LOVE it!

Dips for Your Veggies!

Here are 4 that we love!

Zingy Avocado Dressing / Dip

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

If you love avocados, you'll love this Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe - it's dairy-free, low carb, and AIP too, and has none of the toxic ingredients found in store bought dressings.
Dairy-Free Ranch Dip

I literally have this in my fridge all the time!

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe - dairy-free

AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) Guacamole (no nightshades or seeds)

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

Going on AIP to heal our bodies meant having to redo a lot of favorite recipes – but this autoimmune paleo guacamole is even better than my original! Paired with some autoimmune protocol chips, and you've got the perfect snack. It's also low-carb, THM S, paleo, dairy-free, and nightshade-free.

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.

This Allergy-Free Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe is also a great Homemade Vegetable Dip. Vegan, soy, and nut-free!

Healthy Condiments…

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!

A Homemade Ketchup Recipe you can make in a flash. Find out how to make ketchup--simple, sugar-free and delicious!

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!

Homemade Salsa

Sides and Snacks…

Dorito® Popcorn

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

Love DORITOS® but you don't like all of the chemical nasties? Get "Dorito®" Flavor without the chemicals with this "Dorito®" Popcorn! It's a great dairy free seasoning that tastes great on veggies, salads, kale chips, pasta, rice, and more!

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!

“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!

Popcorn Topping

 Green Bean Chips

One of our favorite healthy snacks!

Dehydrated Green Bean Chips

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!

This Homemade Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

Berry Cobbler

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

5-Minute Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Balls

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

These low-carb snickerdoodle cookie dough balls are so simple to whip up for an sweet easy snack! They're paleo, grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, low carb, AIP, and THM friendly!

3-Ingredient Shortbread Crisp

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

Superfood Popsicles

Refreshing and full of phytonutrients and patriotic colors!

These Superfood Berry Popsicles are just the thing for a healthy summer treat. They're low carb and dairy-free with options for AIP/autoimmune protocol. Made with an amazing Organic Vegan Superfood Berry Blend that's loaded with healthful ingredients and antioxidants.

3-Ingredient Strawberry Sage Popsicles

A fun combination that's super refreshing!

3 Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Sage Popsicles - a Super Quick and Healthy Snack that's great for summer and all year round.

Easy Fruit Dip

Make this instead of the HFCS-laden fruit dips on the market.

This dairy and sugar-free fruit dip can also be used as a glaze. Much healthier than the packaged versions in the store...and yummier too!

Sugar-Free Marshmallows for S'Mores

We love making these as a family. Fun to eat on their own or to use for low-carb recipes.

Homemade Marshmallows? Yes, please! Fun to make -- Sugar free and low carb to boot!

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!

Need a healthy snack that's easy to take on the go? This Super Healthy Gummy Candy is loaded with tons of nutrition so you can feel good about serving to your kids anytime! We make several batches of these every time we make them because they are gone in a flash. They're sugar free and high in protein.

and finally…

Sugar-Free Lemonade

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

Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe. Super Easy. Super Refreshing. This Homemade Lemonade is a great way to keep the heat and the munchies away :). I tend to pour some at night when I am tempted to nibble.

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

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

What are your plans for Memorial Day?
What will you be serving?

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