Healthy Cookout Ideas - Appetizers & Drinks

What is Labor Day weekend without a cookout? Spend some time soaking up the last of Summer with your favorite people and some great food…that’s also good for you! We’ve rounded up a collection of our favorite healthy recipes for you to try at your Labor Day cookout this year.

Snacks and Appetizers

Rosemary Dippers (Serves 6)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the egg and the olive oil together. Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix well, giving it a few kneads. Turn the mixture out onto a sheet of parchment paper and flatten it a bit. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment and cut into 1-inch squares with a sharp knife. Transfer the squares (with the bottom sheet of parchment still there) to a sheet pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, checking occasionally. Note: the outside crackers might be done sooner than the center crackers; if so, just remove the pan from the oven and carefully transfer the finished crackers to a plate to cool. Continue baking the remaining crackers until they are just barely golden in color.

Spiced Hummus (Serves 6-8)

  • 1 can Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, ground
  • 1/3 cup Tahini
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • Juice of one lemon (or more for consistency)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground red pepper or cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Puree all ingredients in food until smooth and creamy. Serve with a rainbow of fresh veggies: carrots, celery, squash, zucchini, string beans, red and yellow peppers, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, etc.


Ginger Kombucha Cocktail (Serves 1)

  • 3 oz ginger-flavored kombucha (look for low sugar variety)
  • 1½ oz vodka (or other clear hard liquor OR see mocktail substitutions)
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Stevia for sweetness
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • Lime wedge

Combine vodka, lime juice, and stevia in an ice-filled highball (tall) glass. Top with kombucha and garnish with a lime wedge or squeeze it into the drink. For a “mocktail”, omit vodka and add additional 1½ oz kombucha or seltzer water in its place.

Moscow Mule Mocktail (Serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons club soda

Mix the ingredients in a copper mug 3/4 full of crushed ice. Stir together. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Strawberry Orange Mocktail (Serves 4)

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries (if using frozen, unsweetened strawberries, can adjust the ice)
  • ½ cup pure orange juice
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup sparkling water, lemon or lime flavored, if desired

Place fruit, juice, and ice in a blender. Blend on medium-high until the desired consistency is reached. Should be a smoothie-like thickness. Pour into glass, ¾ full, then top with sparkling water. Leave as-is or stir in slightly.

Lemon-Lime Refresher (Serves 3)

  • 3 cups of water (filtered, sparkling, or coconut water)
  • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of maple syrup or honey (or stevia to taste for a sugar-free alternative)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or ¼ tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • Ice cubes

Combine all ingredients well.