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Healthy Labor Day Picnic Ideas

Make the Last Fling of Summer a Healthy One!

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The Perfect Side Dish
To WOW your partygoers, add a side dish filled with flavor and nutrition!
  • Baked Beans are easy to prepare and packed with protein and fiber. Go easy on the bacon and added fat.
     
  • Pasta Salad, prepared with whole-wheat pasta, onions, black olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, and low fat Italian dressing, is loaded with complex carbohydrates, calcium and healthy fat.
     
  • Fruit Salad: A blend of watermelon, cantaloupe, white seedless grapes, and blueberries makes a colorful centerpiece. It also provides antioxidants and phytochemicals, plus fluids to help hydrate the body.
     
  • Spinach-Asparagus Salad with Strawberry Dressing: Combine 1/2 cup whole strawberries, 3/4 cup orange juice, 2 Tbsp raspberry vinegar, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 4 tsp honey, and 1/8 tsp salt in a blender until mixed and slightly chunky. Place 10 cups trimmed spinach leaves, 1 lb. asparagus (blanched, drained, and cut into bite-size pieces), 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, and 1/2 cup toasted almond slivers in a large bowl. Pour on dressing, toss and serve. Makes 10-12 cup servings, 1-cup each.
 
Good-bye summer…it’s been wonderful.

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Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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