25 of the Healthiest and Tastiest Memorial Day Snacks from Dietitians


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  • By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN on
  • May 23rd, 2016

Memorial Day is this weekend and we are getting ready for parties, barbecues, and fiestas with friends and families. Since there will be so much food around, why not bring a healthy snack to the party for guilt-free living? Here are 25 of the healthiest and tastiest Memorial Day snacks from dietitians. Get ready to satisfy every flavor combo from savory to sweet and always full of love.

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Roasted Peanuts
by Elizabeth Shaw, RDN, founder of Shaw’s Simple Swaps
(Photo by Elizabeth)

Slightly sweet, slightly salty peanuts are a fabulous snack for any day of the week. And they’re filled with antioxidants and protein, too. Triple win.

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Truffle Roasted Chickpeas
by Kara Lydon, RD, founder of The Foodie Dietitian
(Photo by Kara)

Chickpeas are the new potato chip and they are super nutritious. This snack is packed with a good source of vegetarian protein, iron, potassium, and fiber. Cheers to satisfying your salty, crunchy snack craving.

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Stovetop Sriracha Lime Popcorn
by Katie Morford, MS, RDN, founder of Moms Kitchen Handbook
(Photo by Katie)

Here is a tangy, salty, crunchy popcorn recipe with just a little bit of heat to give that extra pop. And who knew how easy popcorn is to make on the stove?

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Habanero Jicama Guacamole
by Stephanie McKercher, RDN, founder of The Grateful Grazer
(Photo by Stephanie)

Enjoy a guacamole recipe with extra crunch from the jicama and additional spice from the habanero. This is a sure fit to bring in heat and freshness in one savory bite.

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Chunky Pineapple Guacamole
by Shannon Garcia, RDN, founder of Kiss In The Kitchen
(Photo by Shannon)

The pineapple adds some sweetness to this classic guacamole recipe. Use a mortar and pestle to really get the flavors mixed together so that they sing in your mouth with ecstasy.

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Watermelon Salsa
by Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, founder of Nutritioulicious
(Photo by Jessica)

The perfectly hydrating and refreshing snack for Memorial Day weekend is watermelon salsa. This zesty salsa will bring a gourmet flare that’s family-friendly and very easy to make.

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Healthy Low Fat Spinach Dip
by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, (That’s Me!) founder of Family. Food. Fiesta.
(Photo by me/Sarah)

For a super healthy delicious version of the classic spinach dip, this is a hit. The spinach dip is full of protein, low in fat, and chockful of flavor. Salud!

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Hot Broccoli Dip
by Kaleigh McMordie, soon-to-be RDN, founder of Lively Table
(Photo by Kaleigh)

Calling all dip lovers – you’ll melt with this cheesy, gooey, healthy dip that has protein, veggies, and is low in calories. All in one exquisite bite.

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Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudités
by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, founder of Amy Gorin Nutrition
(Photo by Amy)

This protein-packed dip is simple and very fresh. Having dips available are no-brainers for getting more veggies in.

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Smoky Eggplant Olive Dip
by Sharon Palmer, RDN, founder of The Plant-Powered Dietitian
(Photo by Sharon)

Welcome the wondrous flavors of the Mediterranean all in this delicate dip. It’s creamy, rich, hearty, and very healthy.

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Grilled Vegetable Hummus
by Amanda Hernandez, MA, RDN, founder of The Nutritionist Reviews
(Photo by Amanda)

This hummus recipe only takes 10 minutes to make and includes vegetables inside the hummus. Not only can you use veggies for dipping, but you’ve also got the veggies inside. Super plus.

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Roasted Beet and Poppy Seed Hummus
by Katie Cavuto, MS, RDN, founder of Healthy Bites with Nourish. Breathe. Thrive.
(Photo by Katie)

The mixture of chickpeas and roasted beets gives this hummus a creamy, red coloring that is bursting with nutrition and flavor. Enjoy a unique twist on the standard hummus recipe.

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Lowfat Sriracha Hummus
by Jodi Vandenheuvel Danen, RDN, founder of The Average RD
(Photo by Jodi)

A spicy twist on the classic hummus recipe. Sriracha just makes most food taste better. And here’s another dip to have on hand for the veggies.

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Artichoke and Olive Rosemary Tapenade
by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, founder of Simple Cravings. Real Food.
(Photo by Vicki)

Tapenades are fabulous for spreading over toast points or crispy pita chips. This artichoke and olive rosemary tapenade is so fresh and savory, you’ll feel rejuvenated and revived with each bite.

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Roasted Eggplant, Bell Peppers, and Tomato Salad
by Dixya Bhattarai, RDN, founder of Food, Pleasure, and Health
(Photo by Dixya)

This salad is so versatile. You can put in on a pizza, add it to a sandwich, spread it over crackers, pita, or toast, or just eat it on its own. Delicious.

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Chili-Lime Shrimp Crostini’s with Caramelized Pineapple Guacamole
by Jamie Vespa, MS, RDN, founder of Dishing Out Health
(Photo by Jamie)

Get ready for the most deliciously sweet and savory pineapple guacamole topped with some delicately marinated chili-lime shrimp. This flavor bomb combination is packed with nutritious ingredients and a perfect snack for Memorial Day.

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Strawberry-Basil Crostini with Balsamic Reduction
by Amber Ketchum, RDN, founder of Homemade Nutrition
(Photo by Amber)

Here is a bit-sized snack bursting with flavor using just five ingredients. And the balsamic reduction is super easy to make. You and your guests will be wowed.

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Ultimate Garden Chili Nachos
by  Jenny Shea Rawn, MS, MPH, RDN, founder of My Cape Cod Kitchen
(Photo by Jenny)

These nachos are packed with flavor, colors, and vegetables. Not only will you enjoy the creamy avocado and hearty lentil chili, you’ll also have a burst of freshness and lightness from the herbs, salsa, and vegetables.

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Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs
by Liz Weiss, RDN, co-founder of Meal Makeover Moms
(Photo by Meal Makeover Moms)

Not only are these eggs absolutely delicious, they are also so adorable and fun. They may look fancy, but these deviled eggs are very easy to make and will be an entertaining addition to your Memorial Day festivities.

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Baked Tortilla Crusted Avocado Fries
by Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD, CHHC, co-founder of Triad to Wellness
(Photo by Triad to Wellness)

The perfect party appetizer or snack with over 20 essential nutrients. These fries are baked and full of heart-healthy fats so tasty and rich. A must try and a must have.

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Fresh Salmon Ceviche with Cucumbers and Radishes
by Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, founder of Nutritioulicious
(Photo by Jessica)

Tender salmon is paired with crunchy cucumbers and radishes in a zesty citrus marinade to make ceviche that is easy to prepare and looks gourmet.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
by Allison Stevens, RDN, founder of Prep Dish
(Photo by Allison)

For a quick and easy 3-ingredient cookie recipe, these are a hit. Not only that, but they have natural sugar from dates and no flour. Three ingredients and three simple words: Wow. Wow. Wow.

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Mexican Unfried Ice Cream Balls
by Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of Nutrition Starring YOU
(Photo by Lauren)

Enjoy a lightened up version of the traditional fried ice cream without breaking the calorie bank. A perfect sweet treat for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Mini Berry Coconut Popsicles
by Natalie Rizzo, MS, RDN, founder of Nutrition A La Natalie
(Photo by Natalie)

What better way to stay cool while enjoying the sun this Memorial Day weekend than to suck on a chilly, flavorful popsicle? Sign me up and count me in. The best make-ahead snacks around which have protein and antioxidants, too.

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Kiwi Lemon-Limeade Pops
by Jamila Rene, MS, RDN, founder of No Nonsense Nutritionist
(Photo by Jamila)

Beat the heat with these super simple and delicious popsicles with only three ingredients. They literally take a minute to make. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can pour the mix into paper cups with a popsicle stick.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

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8 responses to “25 of the Healthiest and Tastiest Memorial Day Snacks from Dietitians”

  1. Awesome roundup Sarah! Thanks so much for including my recipes. Can’t wait to share, and make some of these!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for including my peanuts! I’m dying to try your spinach dip. I’m a sucker for hearty dips with thick bread lol!

  3. Memorial weekend can’t come soon enough! Can’t wait to try out some of these delicious eats!

    • Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous shrimp crostini’s. They are amazing. This weekend is going to be delicious.

  4. Phil says:

    We’re sitting here in Spain and drooling over the great list that you compiled. We’ll definitely try more than one this summer.
    Thanks.

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