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5 recipes for a healthy memorial day barbecue

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Pork Chops

As we honor the service and sacrifice of America's veterans this Memorial Day, families across the country will come together for parades, barbecues, and some multi-generational fun. 

What better way to welcome summer than bringing the family together for a good ol' fashioned cookout? Bring your family together around the table with these five healthy, simple, and delicious recipes, courtesy of AARP.

GREEN JASMINE-MINT ICED TEA WITH LEMON

There's nothing better than fresh mint on a warm summer day. The honey, lemon, and mint round out the flavor of the tea to appeal to even non-tea-lovers. It's a perfect balance of sweet and savory all in one sip. Prep the tea the night before to give it time to chill. Get recipe.

VERY BERRY FRUIT SALAD

You can't get any more patriotic than this red, white, and blue berry salad. This is one of the oldest salads in the cookbook, and it's lasted for a reason. The kids will love the sweet taste, and adults will love the fresh nutrition boost. As an added bonus, you'll be fueling up with potassium and fiber from the berries! Get recipe.

VEGETARIAN TACO SALAD

You can never have too many salads at a family gathering. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare, but that doesn't take away from its fully-loaded flavors. When you bring together onions, corn, tomatoes, rice, beans, salsa, and cheese, you get summer in a bowl. This salad will be popular, so make sure to get some for yourself! Get recipe.

PORK CHOPS WITH PEACH BARBECUE SAUCE

Put a twist on your barbecue by pairing your pork chops with this tangy peach sauce. Your family will love the variety and flavor of this dish. Throw some corn on the grill with your pork chops so that you have a pre-meal snack. The kids will love it! Get recipe.

WATERMELON-YOGURT ICE

Watermelon is the perfect epilogue to a summer spread. This sherbet-inspired treat is simple and refreshing. You get the health benefits of yogurt with delicious ice cream-like consistency. This crowd-pleaser will make this holiday the best Memorial Day weekend yet! Get recipe.

Need something different? Check out the entire AARP Recipe book and plan your family weekend!