Mix up your Labor Day Menu with exante!

It’s nearly Labor Day! How are you celebrating?

Yes you heard us right! Celebrate the Labor Day weekend and impress your friends & family with our top 3 USA-inspired snacks recipes, perfect for any weekend parties! Are you hosting any BBQs this holiday weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out our favorite healthy BBQ recipes, perfect for getting your grill on!

What should I grill this Labor Day?

Healthy Herby Pesto Burgers

All the taste of a classic American hamburger with a pesto twist!

Serves 4.
  • Calories: 316 kcals (169kcals without bun) 
  • Fat: 9g 
  • Carbs: 37g 
  • Sugars: 7g 
  • Protein: 19g 
  • Fibre: 8g 
  • 5% fat beef mince 
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped 
  • A handful of basil leaves, finely chopped 
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp light pesto 
  • 1 egg, beaten 
Let’s talk toppings…
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise 
  • 4 wholemeal seeded rolls (optional) 
  • Heirloom tomato, sliced 
  • 1 small avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced (optional) 
  • 1 curly leaf lettuce, leaves washed 
  1. Mix the 5% fat mince with the red onion, basil, parsley, pesto and the egg together in a large bowl to bind the mixture.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 medium-sized balls and flatten into patties. Now it’s time to put them on a plate to firm up.
  3. Let’s get that grill on! When your BBQ is ready, rub a little coconut oil over the burgers and barbeque them on each side until cooked right through.
  4. Meanwhile, toast the wholemeal rolls (if you’re having them) spread with a little mayonnaise and top with lettuce.
  5. Place the burgers on top, add a little onion and slices of avocado.
  6. Serve and enjoy…watch as the zingy herby burger flavours wow your guests’ tastebuds! 

Grilled Halloumi with Red Peppers

Serves 1.
  • 279 calories 
  • 21g Protein   
  • 16g Fat   
  • 24g Carbs 
  • 1/2 cup Halloumi (you can get low fat halloumi if you’d prefer) 
  • 1/4 cup Couscous   
  • 1/4 cup red peppers  
  • 2.5 oz vegetable stock  
  • 1/8 cup Kidney beans  
  • 1/4 cup Rocket salad  
  • 1kcal spray  
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Start by placing your couscous in a heat proof bowl, add 2.5 oz of boiling water (2 parts couscous, 3 parts stock or water). Cover and stand for 5 mins. Stir with a fork to free grains before serving.  
  • Next, slice the red peppers and season with salt & pepper. Put them on the BBQ ahead of the halloumi- they’ll probably take about 20 mins to char.   
  • Then, slice your halloumi about 0.5cm thick. Spray with 1kcal spray and place on the BBQ  
  • In a bowl mix the couscous and peppers together.
  • Place the grilled halloumi on top and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar and it’s time to get eating! 

So, what snack should I make for Labor Day?

Mini American Pancake Skewers

Snack on one of the most celebrated breakfasts in the US with our Mini American Pancake Skewers.



  1. All you need is to add 2 scoops of exante Buttermilk Pancake Mix to ⅓ cup of water (or milk if you want a creamier texture). Feel free to add more liquid if your batter feels too thick, you can make it your own.
  2. It’s time to cook! Pour the batter on a preheated, lightly greased pan or griddle and flip once golden.
  3. Once cooled, alternatively stack a pancake and chopped strawberry to the skewer to create the perfect sweet bite!

Chocolate Football Brownies

Impress your guests this weekend with brownies inspired by everyone’s favorite sport!


  • 1 scoop exante Chocolate Shake
  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Nut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Sugar free Chocolate Chips


  1. In a blender, add your exante Chocolate Shake, Bananas, Nut Butter and Cocoa Powder until smooth.
  2. Fold in the Sugar free Chocolate Chips.
  3. Pour the smooth batter into a greased pan and bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F
  4. Leave to cool
  5. Now it’s time to have some fun – shape using a cookie cutter and decorate to make your super tasty brownies into mini footballs!

Cookie Dough Dip

One of the nation’s favorite desserts, add a healthy twist to your cookie dough with our Cookie Dough dip!



  1. It’s as simple as mixing all ingredients together!
  2. There you have it! A delicious Cookie Dough Dip to dip your favorite healthy fruit and treats into.

Remember, we’d love to see what you get up to this holiday weekend! Make sure to send in your sweet snacks and Labor Day plans using #exantedietus and make sure you follow our Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, we love to see them! If you’re looking for that extra support or a challenge? Why not join our Official Facebook Community or Challenge Community Closed Group to reveal your recipes, top tips and motivational inspo with the rest of our exante family.


Amelia Dunn

Amelia Dunn

Writer and expert

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