Healthy Memorial Day Menu Ideas!

Some possibilities for your healthy Memorial Day menu

Yes, you CAN have a HEALTHY Memorial Day as well as a HAPPY one – and it starts with some healthy Memorial Day Menu Ideas.

Celebrating Memorial Day does NOT mean you can only choose from a plethora of unhealthy items that you’re likely to regret eating later! If you’re currently trying to make overall healthier food choices, or you are in the process of trying to lose some weight, that guilt could be compounded after an afternoon of unhealthy snacking! AgeLess has some healthy Memorial Day menu ideas for you, along with some other resources to point you in the right direction.

Here are a few ideas to consider for your Memorial Day menu that are delicious AND healthy!

Marinated Chicken Tenderloins

healthy memorial day menu ideas chicken marinade

These are easy and quick to grill and perfect on rolls or alone for the kids!

How to make your marinade – portion out your chicken that you want to marinate. In a separate bowl combine olive oil and herbs of your choice*. You can even add fresh garlic, a splash of balsamic vinaigrette or hot sauce for an additional flavor. Mix well with a whisk.

In a plastic ziplock bag, combine your chicken and marinade. Seal the bag getting as much air out as possible. Finally, shift the chicken and marinade around so that all of your chicken gets coated and put in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.

*Herbs include: Oregano, Black Pepper, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, etc.

Make your own salad, salad bar

Why make it when everyone can make their own?

healthy memorial day menu make your own salad

Choose your greens, whether they be Lettuce, Spinach, Chard, etc. And put into a bowl(s). In separate bowls,put your toppings – Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers (Green, Yellow, Red, and Jalapeno), Radishes, and Tomatoes.

For Dressings, keep it simple and healthy – Olive oil, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Lemon Slices. Try to avoid “creamy” dressings.

Fruit Bowl

healthy memorial day menu fruit salad

Purchase a few different types of apples and pears, then slice into small bite size pieces. Mix in a large bowl together and add in some of your favorite berries and walnuts! For a little extra flavor, add a little cinnamon and honey! It will be colorful and delicious!

In the mood to be REALLY creative with fruit salads? Here are some very original ideas from Southern Living (scrolling through the image slideshow also takes you from recipe to recipe).

Pasta Salad

healthy memorial day menu pasta salad

Mainly because half of your ingredients are being prepared for the dishes above, and it’s easy to make!

In a large mixing bowl, combine sliced cucumbers, mini pepperoni or ham, cubed mozzarella cheese (a little trick – purchase cheese sticks and then slice for this recipe), red and yellow bell peppers, scallions, chopped garlic, salt and black pepper.

Cook up Rotini Pasta, strain and rinse with cold water to cool. Mix into you large mixing bowl with other ingredients.

Use a light Italian dressing and add small amounts in at a time. You will not want to over-saturate this when preparing because it will get soggy. So only add enough to just coat the mixture and then mix in a little more right before you set it out to serve.

Here are a few more ideas for healthy Memorial Day pasta salads
Healthy Pasta Salad Ideas from The Food Network

Happy and HEALTHY Memorial Day from AgeLess SPA!