Labor Day Food


Have you ever heard the saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” Well, let’s dare to challenge the old cliché this Labor Day. Let’s dare to enjoy all the Labor Day classics, but in a way that is still supporting wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Veggies

 Sweet Corn 

  •  There isn’t much more American than Corn on the Cob. Corn can be bought at a good price without sacrificing quality. Corn can be cooked on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove top. A good quality corn can be enjoyed without adding a lot of butter or salt. Sea Salt goes a long way and should you want to add a dollop of butter simply use moderation and a wisely sources product. 

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips 

  • There is something about the crunch of a potato chip that can be so satisfying. It feeds both our taste buds and our other senses with the crunch. Potato chips can easily be made in your own kitchen with healthy ingredients. Grab some organic sweet potatoes, slice thin disk using a sharp knife or a mandolin. Place a single layer on a baking sheet with a light drizzle of oil (like olive oil or grapeseed oil the best for this) and a sprinkle of good kosher salt. Bake between 250 and 350 degrees until crispy – flip at least once for better crispiness. 

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Easy Sweet Potato Chips

            Ingredients:

-      2-3 Medium Sweet Potatoes

-      Sea Salt

-      Olive Oil

Instructions

-      Thinly slice the Sweet Potatoes using a sharp knife or a mandolin

-      Lay sweet potato slices in a single layer on a baking sheet – line with parchment paper for easier clean-up

-      Lightly drizzle sweet potato slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt

-      Bake on 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Flip sweet potatoes slices half way through baking. Add salt if needed.

-      If chips aren’t as crispy as you would like after 45 minutes, you can leave them in for a little longer.

Meats

Chicken

  •   Grilled chicken can be a great source of protein and can be flavored with many spices and herbs. It takes a little extra care to find and be committed to a high quality, responsibly sources chicken, but if chicken is a part of your diet, it is a wise choice. 

 Black Bean Burgers

  •   Burgers are the picture of a Labor Day grill-out. If burgers are on the menu for Labor Day, substituting ground beef for Black Bean Burgers is an easy switch that will satisfy all our party goers. 

Desserts Fresh Watermelon and Mint

  •   Watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated in the summer days and it seems to find its way into many childhood memories. Top watermelon chunks with some fresh mint creates a satisfying after meal treat. 

  •  Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream

  •   Fresh Berries – strawberries, blueberries, black berries, and raspberries – are both naturally sweet with a hint of tang. Whipped cream can be made with fresh heavy cream; it makes it feel more dessert like without added unnecessary sugar. 

Food can still be enjoyed and memories can still hold true. With healthy Labor Day foods like these, you really can have your cake and eat it too. 

 

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