If you already have your elaborate hat and your favorite horses, all you need to do is prep your menu and you’ll have everything you need to celebrate Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Even though the horses are making their famed run at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, people across the country should celebrate in style.
Celery Seed Slaw: Perfect for picnics, most cole slaws are heavy on the mayonnaise and pack a lot of calories into a little serving. Skip the creamy dressings this year and whip up a slaw with fat-free mayonnaise and less than 40 calories per serving.
Farmer’s Market Salad: In the South, farmers markets are plentiful in the summertime. Amid your favorite grains and grits dishes, look forward to this fresh salad with crisp vegetables that won’t weigh you down.
Crispy Chicken: You won’t miss your favorite Southern fried chicken if you whip up this lighter substitute. With all of the flavors you love, this recipe is the perfect fit for Derby day on a diet.
Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni & Cheese: Comfort food is always a crowd pleaser and this recipe is bound to bring out the Southern charm in anyone. Most macaroni and cheese recipes are full of saturated fat and calories, so lighten it by using whole grain flour and 2% cheese.
Minted Green Tea: If you want to skip the calories that booze adds to beverages, channel the flavors from your favorite mint julep with minted green tea. Healthier than traditional Southern sweet tea, you’ll feel as though you were sitting at Churchill Downs.
Rhubarb Iced Tea: If sweet tea is still what you’re craving, sweeten it naturally with fresh, tart rhubarb. This is the perfect beverage to cool you down during a heated day of watching the derby.