Healthy Labor Day Party Ideas

Tips for Having Fun While Staying Healthy This Labor Day

healthy Labor Day party

For most, Labor Day marks one final summertime fling as the season comes to a close. With the kids returning back to school, and summer days making way for cool fall nights, it can be easy to be tempted to overindulge this holiday weekend. Part of the beauty of Labor Day is that it gives us time to enjoy the amazing summertime weather with our family and friends...a perfect time to get outside and get moving! With these fun and family-friendly healthy Labor Day party ideas, there is no need to forget your fitness goals this holiday.

Choose Food Wisely

Labor Day weekend typically means some quality time spent outdoors and behind the grill. But this doesn’t mean that your weekend needs to be filled with fatty burgers and unhealthy snacks! There are countless ways to satisfy those backyard BBQ cravings without sacrificing your diet. Grilling out means that there are plenty of healthy veggies to throw on the grill. From zucchini to corn to squash, these fall vegetables are complimented perfectly by the smokey flavor that only a good grilling can provide. If you’re looking for some protein this weekend, opt for lean meats, like chicken, salmon or shrimp. If you’re craving a traditional burger, go for a bison burger instead! Not only are buffalo burgers lower in fat and higher in iron than beef burgers, they also aren’t treated with antibiotics and growth hormones that can be harmful to your health.

Stay Hydrated

Whether you’re hanging out poolside or deciding to hop on the boat this Labor Day, there’s one thing for certain: the summertime sun will show no mercy! Long hours spent enjoying the weather with family and friends can be a blast, but it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Not only is staying hydrated key to staying healthy this holiday season, staying properly hydrated can also help to curb cravings. For some simple ways to revamp your hydration, check out our delicious infused water recipes here!

Get Out & Play!

This may seem simple, but Labor Day is a perfect time to get up and get moving as summertime comes to a close. We suggest organizing pool and lawn games with your family and friends to bond and let off some steam before returning back to work. Classics like capture the flag and a three-legged race are bound to get all members of the family up and having fun. Another way to get up and moving this holiday is to beat traffic by hoping on your bike instead of driving to your weekend destinations. There’s nothing like an afternoon bike ride to make you feel the full effects of summer!

Pre-Game (...And We’re Not Talking About Alcohol)

One way to curve cravings and keep snacking under control this holiday weekend is by preparing healthy snacks and meals before going out with friends and family. Filling up with a healthy snack is an easy way to say no to unhealthy alternatives with ease. We suggest this refreshing Star-Spangled Smoothie from ProFunction to kick off your weekend right! This satisfying smoothie with a patriotic punch is a great way to curb sweet cravings while giving your body the powerful protein it needs to keep moving all weekend! Having healthy snacks on hand will help prevent skipping meals, leaving your blood sugar steady and you feeling full of energy all weekend long.

Pauline Haugen