If you live in the U.S. Labor Day marks the last call for a sizzling summer get-together. It’s time to gather with friends and family and take in the last bits of Summer’s warm (or hot!) sun and feast on traditional Labor Day fare…barbecue! But you don’t have to sacrifice your health to enjoy the flavors of this festive holiday.
Today I’m sharing 3 easy tips for surviving Labor Day weekend without the excess calories and guilt.
How to Eat Healthier on Labor Day This Year
1. Play around with protein
Naturally, when you think of a Labor Day gathering, you’ll envision pork ribs, hamburgers, or barbecue chicken. But have you ever thought you could get just as much flavor from fish? Grilling a nice piece of marinated grill-friendly fish like wild-caught salmon, swordfish, or tuna is a great way to reduce calories while enjoying all the flavors or the day.
2. Get creative on the grill
The grill isn’t only for your proteins. Try grilling up some veggies like zucchini, corn, onions, and portobello mushrooms. Or how about grilling fruits like sliced peaches, pineapple, and mangos? These provide the sweetness you might be craving and are a perfect complement to most proteins.
3. Choose snacks and sides wisely
When you’re in “holiday mode” it can be easy to eat whatever’s on hand. This Labor Day push the chips and dip aside and opt for smarter snacks like fruit and Greek yogurt parfait, hummus and veggies, or homemade fruit & veggie popsicles.
So, what will you cook up for Labor Day? Let me know in the comments or post a photo on our Facebook page!
The above article is an excerpt from our Newsletter Series in our Whole Family Coaching Tools Library. We develop and offer Licensed Content for Health Coaches and Wellness Professionals to inspire and engage with the people you want to lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Alicia Hyatte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Wellness Advocate, Health Educator, and a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. She helps parents to build healthier habits and routines to better balance home and work life. Her website, WholeFamilyLiving.com, provides motivation and simple strategies for handling everyday challenges like managing stress, being active, eating healthier, losing weight, and more. Alicia is a beach lover and gardening geek in her spare time.