By Arielle Sidrane

We can’t believe that the last big weekend of summer is only a few days away! We’re ready to celebrate hard work, wear those white pants one last time, and barbecue with family and friends.

But we’ve worked hard all summer to keep our bodies in tip-top bikini shape, and Labor Day weekend is no excuse to let it all go! That’s why Spa Week rounded up a few great summer party recipes, lightened-up so you can celebrate guilt-free!

Healthier Sausage and Peppers
Sausage and peppers is a favorite summer barbecue staple, but unfortunately it can really add up in the calorie department. Why not lighten it up by using equally-as-delicious chicken sausage? Try this yummy recipe from The Food Network for sausage and pepper skewers, layered with healthy vegetables and a drizzling of olive-oil and spices, then grilled to perfection.



Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread
How about vegan (and gluten free!) cornbread for a side dish? A tasty baked bread that includes vegetables and is only 100 calories a piece almost sounds too good to be true. Try this recipe from award-winning blogger Chocolate Covered Katie, using real corn, milk and cornmeal – you won’t be disappointed!



100-Calorie Cheesecake Cupcakes
And of course, no barbecue is complete without dessert. Get in the spirit of the red, white and blue by baking these cheesecake cupcakes from Skinnytaste. These healthy-yet-delicious cupcakes (less than 100 calories each!) use reduced fat vanilla wafers, Greek yogurt and festive fresh fruit – yum!



Do you think you’ll try any of these out this weekend? Share your favorite healthy barbecue recipes with us below!