3 (Secretly) Heart-Healthy Memorial Day Recipes to Make This Weekend

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans and to celebrate our freedom. It’s also a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy a delicious meal. But if you’re looking for a heart-healthy recipe to serve this holiday, you may be at a loss given that many traditional dishes are high in fat and calories.

But not to worry, the culinary team at Arkansas Heart Hospital has you covered with these heart-healthy Memorial Day recipes. 


Grilled Pork Tenderloin


  • 1 whole boneless pork tenderloin
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • garlic powder


  1. Thirty minutes before grilling, cut tenderloin into half-inch-thick medallions.
  2. Grill on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side.

Pro tip: You may also toss various non-starchy summer veggies on the grill such as onions, sweet peppers, jalapeños and zucchini. Brush them with a bit of canola or olive oil, season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, then grill.


Firecracker Slaw


  • 2 packages angel hair slaw
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 10-oz. package shredded carrots
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced (seeds and ribs removed)
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced (seeds and ribs removed)
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (seeds and ribs removed for less heat)

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup canola or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all vegetables in a large bowl. Use tongs or toss with clean hands.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over the slaw and toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator.

Pro tip: A food processor is the preferred tool for shredding veggies. All vegetables may be prepped and combined in a large bowl up to one day in advance. The dressing may be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.


Barbecue Mayo


  • 1/2 cup low-carb barbecue sauce (recommended: G Hughes Sweet & Spicy)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (recommended: Duke’s)


  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Serve alongside pork and slaw.


With a little creativity, you can easily find heart-healthy recipes that everyone will enjoy. So this Memorial Day, skip the unhealthy foods and enjoy a healthy meal your heart will thank you for.

In addition to eating a healthy meal, there are plenty other things you can do to make your Memorial Day celebration heart-healthy. Here are a few tips:

  • Get moving: Take a walk, go for a bike ride or play some games outdoors.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Avoid sugary drinks: Soda, juice and sports drinks are high in calories and sugar.
  • Limit alcohol: Alcohol can raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Get enough sleep: Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

Find more heart-healthy tips on the AHH website

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