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Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of Fall. It brings thoughts of back to school, falling leaves and crisp cool air. It also is a day to celebrate – one last summer hoorah! But as with many holidays, Labor Day weekend can be full of high calorie foods and inactivity, both of which can be bad for your health. Don’t worry – you can have fun and stay healthy this Labor Day weekend by following these simple tips and tricks!
Labor Day Eats
Labor day usually revolves around yummy food! Beachside eats, barbeques and game day snacks fill our time and our tummies. But oftentimes these yummy foods are bad for our health and waistline. So this year, try some of the tasty and healthy recipes to keep your holiday eating fun and waist friendly.
Burgers are a staple for most Labor Day barbeques. And guess what? There are burger options out there for those trying to eat healthfully! One of my favorite takes on a burger is this Grilled Cheeseburger Wrap. By using low carb wraps, extra lean ground beef, low fat cheese and adding plenty of healthy toppings (tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, bell peppers, avocado slices), this low calorie burger is very satisfying and nutritious!
If you are willing to swap your red meat for turkey, try this hummus turkey burger. The hummus adds great flavor and moisture to the low fat turkey. And with the addition of Greek treats like whole wheat tortillas and low fat feta, this burger is bursting with deliciousness!
And skip the chips and slaw for your sides for healthier options. This cranberry broccoli slaw is loaded with nutrients, low in calories and high in flavor. You can always switch up the fruits and seeds for your taste preferences. It is a summer staple in my home, and I’m sure it will be in yours as well. And instead of grabbing a bunch of potato chips that are high in calories and fat, choose these Zucchini Parmesan Crisps instead. The parmesan adds a lovely flavor and the crisp of the baked zucchini leaves you just as satisfied as a chip!
And nothing says sweet treat like chocolate. Make these chocolate strawberries for a delicious and low calorie after dinner treat. They are incredibly simple to make and are guilt free!
So with a little planning and just a few tweaks, you can have a healthy and tasty Labor Day barbeque!
Labor Day Fun
It’s easy to have an active Labor Day weekend! Try these tips for a fun and calorie burning holiday weekend:
- Instead of sitting by the pool watching the kids play, join them! Whether it’s Marco Polo, Splash Wars or Water basketball, you will have much more fun playing than watching!
- Join a Labor Day race. Many cities have Labor Day 10Ks, 5Ks or 1 mile fun runs. Join in! Or if your city doesn’t have a race, create your own. Grab your friends and family, create a route with mapmyrun.com, and run!
- Find a park, a field or even a safe and empty parking lot, and play games. You can go for the sports, with kickball, basketball or tennis. Or you can play simple but just as fun games such as tag, Red Rover, or hopscotch.
- Take an after dinner walk with the family and enjoy the cool weather.
- Create a scavenger hunt for your family and friends. All you need is a list, a camera, and a good attitude and let the games begin! For tips on how to create a scavenger hunt, click here.
- If the weather is not cooperating, indoor games such as twister, Wii or hide and seek can be a lot of fun and keep you moving.
- Wake up early and hit the gym. Many gyms will be open this weekend. Instead of sleeping in, keep your alarm set and enjoy the morning time to get in a workout with the joy of knowing that you are doing something great for your health, and you don’t have to go to work afterwards!
Have a happy and healthy Labor Day everyone!