A long weekend, barbecues, the beach, a nice glass of wine…or two. Holiday weekends are a great time to recharge and celebrate with friends and family.  They can also be challenging if you are trying to stay on track with your healthy habits.

Don’t worry! We have 2 easy and healthy recipes you can add to your menu or offer to bring to the party:

1) Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

Servings: 4


1 English cucumber
4 Roma tomatoes
3 ripe avocados
½ red onion
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion, and cilantro in a large salad bowl.  Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Inspired by Natasha’s Kitchen and Buzzfeed.

2) Mango Chocolate Sparklers

Servings: 20

2 mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled, pitted and cut into large spears, about 10 per mango
20 6-inch skewers
1 4-ounce semi-sweet chocolate bar
1 4-ounce white chocolate bar
1/2 cup red, white and blue sprinkles

Insert skewers into bottom of mango pieces, place on parchment-lined baking sheet and place in freezer to chill, 30 minutes or up to overnight. Break chocolate bars into small pieces. Place semi-sweet chocolate in small bowl and melt in microwave about 3 minutes, stopping to stir chocolate every 30 seconds. In a separate bowl, repeat with white chocolate. Remove mango from the freezer and dip halfway into warm chocolate, allowing excess to drip off of mango. Roll in sprinkles and return to a baking sheet to allow chocolate to cool. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Inspired by mango.org

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