Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Posted Aug 26, 2011 | Posted in Fitness & Nutrition

It’s time to break out the red, white and blue for the final time this summer.  Fire up the grill and slice that watermelon because it’s Labor Day weekend! Beach season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we should stop eating healthy.  Here are some delicious and healthy Labor Day recipes to tempt your taste buds this holiday weekend.

Basic Lean Beef Burgers

burger-black-beanThe staple of any summertime holiday celebration is the burger. But between the beef, cheese, mayo and bun, a little burger can pack a lot of calories and fat. Using lean ground beef and egg whites can lower the fat content of your burger, and choosing healthy toppings can cut some of the extra calories. Try this recipe and other tips from MedicineNet.com for a healthier burger:

1 pound extra-lean ground beef (also called 95/5 or 5 percent)
¼-cup soft bread crumbs
1 egg white
¼-teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg white, salt, and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but completely. Lightly shape into four half-inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on grill over medium heat. Grill, uncovered, 11 to 13 minutes to medium (160 degrees) doneness (until no longer pink in center and juices show no pink color), turning occasionally.
  3. Line bottom of each bun with lettuce and tomato, if desired. Top with burger.

You can also check out some of these other healthy burger recipes.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

grilled-cornNow that you’ve already got the grill on, how about grilled corn on the cob? There’s nothing more perfect in the summer, and with sweet corn in season there’s no need for butter. Check out this easy recipe from eatingwell.com.

Corn on the cob, unhusked

  1. Carefully peel back husks but do not detach. Remove as much silk as possible. Pull the husks back over the corn and secure the end by tying with a strip of husk.
  2. Soak the corn in cold water for 20 minutes. Remove from the water, shaking off excess.
  3. Grill the ears of corn for about 15 to 20 minutes, periodically rolling them for even cooking, until the kernels are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove the husks before serving.

Watermelon Sorbet

watermelon-sorbetIn the summer, there’s nothing more seasonal or refreshing than watermelon. For this Labor Day celebration, try making this homemade watermelon sorbet from eatingwell.com.

½-cup sugar
¾-cup water
6 cups watermelon chunks, (4-pound watermelon), seeded
2 tablespoons lime juice

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Place watermelon and lime juice in a food processor; process until smooth. Set a sieve over a large bowl and press the puree through to remove tiny seeds. Whisk in the sugar syrup.
  3. Pour the watermelon mixture into a shallow metal pan and freeze until ice crystals form around the edges, about 30 minutes. Stir the ice crystals into the center of the pan and return to the freezer; repeat every 20 minutes until all the liquid is frozen.
  4. Serve immediately or transfer to a storage container and let harden in the freezer for 1 to 1½ hours. Serve in chilled dishes.

Enjoy these healthy and easy recipes as celebrate Labor Day with friends and family.  Happy eating!

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