Healthy Tips and Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 25, 2012

Memorial Day is almost here!

For me, Memorial Day is like the unofficial beginning of summer. It means lots of socializing, get-togethers with friends, picnics, sunshine, barbecues, and outdoor activities.

It also means lots of opportunities to indulge in those oh-so-yummy-but-not-so-healthy weekend barbecue treats! If you’re looking to enjoy Memorial Day guilt-free, but want to still be able to eat the things you love, this post is for you.

Here is The Picky Eater’s Guilt-Free Guide to Memorial Day, along with some healthy and delicious recipes for your weekend cookout.

Picky Eater Tip #1: Don’t have an all or nothing mentality. Don’t completely “go rogue,” eat whatever you want, and tell yourself you will start over on Monday, and don’t completely deprive yourself of everything and spend the weekend avoiding every BBQ either. Everything in moderation!

Picky Eater Tip #2: Make Smart Choices. If you’re a meat eater, stick to leaner meats like grilled chicken breasts, turkey hot dogs, etc. Try to keep the cocktails to 1-2 drinks max, and drink lots of water. Avoid all the mayo-laden heavy dishes like pasta salad and potato salad. Load up on fresh fruits and veggies. And don’t graze by the table for hours – take a plate of food, eat it, and then go mingle!

Picky Eater Tip #3: Get active! The weather during the long weekend is usually gorgeous, so if there’s a volleyball game or a frisbee game or a hike planned during your picnic or BBQ, participate! You’ll get some exercise and will have fun at the same time.

Picky Eater Tip #4: Enjoy yourself. Don’t count every calorie you eat, don’t try to stick to a super rigid eating plan. If you do happen to completely fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up about it.

Picky Eater Tip #5: Detox after the long weekend. Most of us probably will overindulge during Memorial Day. The best way to get back on track is to detox with this 7 day plan for clean eating. It will fill you up, you won’t feel deprived at all, and you’ll feel refreshed and back on track after 7 days.

If you happen to be hosting your Memorial Day BBQ, try some of these recipes for a lighter, healthier, but still amazingly delicious meal. Have a great long weekend everyone!

Homemade Guacamole 

Hearty, Smoky Veggie Chili

Southwestern Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers

Green Pepper and Onion Pizza

Guilt Free Nachos

Gourmet Black Bean Tacos

Cherry Berry Crumble Pie

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Sue Kaufffman May 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

These are great tips and the recipes look delicious. I saw a healthy eating suggestion somewhere on the internet about hard-boiling an egg, removing the yoke and putting quacamole in it. I think your recipe would be great for that. It would give a hard boiled egg a little zing don’t you think?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Thank you so much Sue!! I’m so glad you like it 🙂 Btw – I LOVE your idea about the hardboiled egg with guacamole – that reminds me of when I made an egg white scramble with avocado – it was absolutely delicious! It’s kind of like a healthy version of deviled eggs. Love it!


lynn @ the actor's diet May 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

i’m going to a wedding tomorrow night where the bride used to be the food editor for bon appetit! so ready to grub!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Omg that sounds like so much fun!! I’m sure the food there will be AMAZING 🙂 Can’t wait to see your pictures from the wedding!!


lynn @ the actor's diet May 28, 2012 at 7:20 am
Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

Omg the food looks absolutely amazing!! Looks like you had a really nice long weekend 🙂


Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate May 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

It looks like you had a very delicious (and fiberlicious!) Memorial Day weekend! So many great recipes to choose from!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Kati! I absolutely did! Hope you had a great weekend as well 🙂


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