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Have a Healthy Labor Day!

August 30, 2017

Labor Day picnics are our last summer hurrah before getting back to the real world.  Barbeques and parties can often tempt us with less healthy options, but this is actually the perfect time of year to find really nutritious and local party food! You can have a delicious meal, and still feel great on Tuesday! Here are some ideas on what to bring or serve at this end of summer celebration.

-For appetizers- choose grilled chicken or shrimp kabobs, or veggies and dip.  Dip cucumber rounds and fresh pepper sticks in your guacamole.  Put out fruit- like grapes and apple slices- instead of crackers with a cheese board.

-Look for produce centered dishes.  Corn on the cob; watermelon, feta and mint salad; fresh tomato salad; and grilled vegetable skewers are all great choices that can be made with local Connecticut ingredients. Check out our recipe section for a Mango Black Bean Salad recipe.

-If you make pasta salad, use whole grain pasta and load it up at least 50% with chopped or shredded veggies.  Use grape tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and summer squash for tons of color and nutrition.

-Try making potato salad with Sweet potatoes, or at least leaving the skin on your white potatoes, for a boost in fiber and vitamins.  And use fat free Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

-Make a fruit centered dessert, like an apple and pear crumble, strawberry shortcake or grilled peaches and plums with a dollop of whipped cream.

-Avoid sugary sodas and juices.  Try some fun seltzer flavors or crushed fresh fruit in sparkling water.

Celebrate the season and your health in these last days of summer. Support your local farmers and have a wonderful Labor Day!