Heading to a Memorial Day barbecue this weekend? Before you reach over for a char-grilled burger or a hot dog smothered in ketchup, consider adding greens to your seasonal meal. Did you know? According to nutritionfacts.org, plant-based foods have 64 times more antioxidants than meat, fish and eggs. This doesn’t mean you have to give up BBQ completely. It’s ok to partake occasionally in good ole American delicacies as long as your diet regularly consists of an ample amount of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate veggies in this weekend’s menu. With the popularity of clean eating and “vegivore-ism”, foodies and chefs alike have created delectable, party-friendly dishes where vegetables are the shining stars. Greens, like watercress and butter lettuce, are versatile and have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins K and A, iron and calcium.
Add a few dishes that highlight these indelible greens to your outdoor spread. Martha Stewart’s Grilled Butter Lettuce has the same smoky grill flavor as a burger, but without the amount of fat and cholesterol. A picnic or barbecue is not complete without potato salad. “Veg up” the summer staple by adding our Living Upland Cress or Watercress, which are certified antioxidant-rich superfoods. Try preparing Real Simple’s Baby Potato and Watercress Salad.
Ring in this Memorial Day and the beginning of summer by sharing fresh, veggie-driven dishes alongside classics that will surely win over your friends and family’s bellies!