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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This protein-packed dip is simple and very fresh. Having dips available are no-brainers for getting more veggies in.
Welcome the wondrous flavors of the Mediterranean all in this delicate dip. It’s creamy, rich, hearty, and very healthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a lightened up version of the traditional fried ice cream without breaking the calorie bank. A perfect sweet treat for Memorial Day Weekend.
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.
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