It's that time of the year again!
As the unofficial start to summer kicks off this weekend with barbeques, beach days and holiday parades, many are gearing up to cook their traditional Memorial Day meals.
If you're hosting a cook-out or attending one this weekend, but are worried about over-indulging, there are many ways you can enjoy healthier alternatives to standard barbeque fare.
Instead of loading up on foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol, such as beef burgers, pulled pork, and potato salad, try turkey burgers, or beef burgers made with leaner cuts of meat, and whole wheat pasta in pasta salad.
You can also choose smarter ingredients when making desserts, for example, using whole wheat flour and low-sodium baking powder in strawberry shortcake.
So if you're still working on that beach body but are looking for some flavorful meals to enjoy this weekend, try these recipes below, which all come in at less than 350 calories:
1. Broccoli, ham and pasta salad
This springtime favorite is lightened-up with whole wheat pasta and a homemade dressing that uses low-fat mayo, nonfat yogurt and reduced fat sour cream. Also loaded with spinach, broccoli and peppers, this salad provides a good source of vitamins A and C.
Per serving: 306 calories; 7g fat, 46g carbohydrates, 19g protein, 6g fiber
2. Yogurt and spice grilled chicken skewers
This simple grilled chicken recipe starts with a marinade made from low-fat yogurt and a variety of spices. Rich in protein and calcium, this dish is even more delicious served with a dipping sauce made from honey mustard and reduced-fat sour cream.
Per serving: 210 calories; 7g fat, 10g carbohydrates, 26g protein, 1g fiber
3. Mozzarella-stuffed turkey burgers
These burgers are marinated with a tasty homemade sauce and use 93 percent lean ground turkey. They offer a low-fat alternative to typical burgers you'll find at a barbeque.
Per serving: 299 calories; 15g fat, 14g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 2g fiber
4. Greek style lamb
This lamb recipe is filled with veggies and takes less than 15 minutes to make! The meal gets its flavor from fresh lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and oregano.
Per serving: 232 calories; 12g fat, 6.1g carbohydrates, 24.5g protein, 2g fiber
5. Strawberry shortcake
Here's a healthy take on the popular springtime dessert. It uses whole-wheat pastry flour and low-sodium baking powder, and is topped with strawberries and plain low-fat yogurt.
Per serving: 225 calories; 5g fat, 38g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 6g fiber