The end of summer signifies a lot of change for people as they transition into cooler weather, back to school routines, and begin shifting activities indoors. In the United States, Labor Day (which is always the first Monday in September), is one of the most popular public holidays that is also known as the unofficial end of summer.
Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and wellbeing of the country. This day is celebrated with a day off and union sponsored parades and many people also celebrate this weekend with one last outdoor picnic.
As millions of Americans begin making plans with friends and family to celebrate this long weekend, food is often the first thing on many people's minds. Labor Day has long been associated with get-togethers and celebrations that involve a huge feast.
Picnic and BBQ dishes are great for Labor Day. Old standards are fried chicken, hamburgers, corn dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, lemonade, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans and sliced tomatoes. Finish up with sliced watermelon, apple pie and freshly-churned ice cream and you have a good old traditional backyard picnic.
What you may not see when glancing at that list though, is the amount of calories, fat, and sugar that almost seem to ooze out of those menu items. If you are a health-conscious person, or just happen to be someone who would like to eat a little bit of a lighter fare, have no fear. For every calorie-laden dish at the BBQ, there are several healthier alternatives waiting to be served.
To help keep your end of the summer celebration healthy and satisfying for all, check out some of the healthier alternatives to a backyard tradition.
Read on for some healthier BBQ recipes everyone will love.