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Healthy Kentucky Derby-Inspired Recipes So You Can Pretend Like You're There

Chilled Pea Cucumber Cashew Soup with Mint

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A light, cold soup is a must-have for a spring event such as the Kentucky Derby. This vegan version is made with cashews, cucumber, peas, and fresh mint.

Get the recipe: Chilled Pea Cucumber Cashew Soup with Mint

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Sweet Tea Popsicles

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Sweet tea is a Southern summer staple. This recipe freezes the tea into popsicles—toss in whatever fresh fruit you have on hand for a refreshing snack on a hot day. (Get more where that came from with these fun popsicle ideas.)

Get the recipe: Sweet Tea Popsicles

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Flourless Air Fryer Crunchy Cheese Straws

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Cheese straws are a classic app served at Churchill Downs. This recipe keeps it healthy with cauliflower and gluten-free oats baked inside an air fryer.

Get the recipe: Flourless Air Fryer Crunchy Cheese Straws

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Kentucky Butter Cake

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While the words "butter" and "cake" don't usually signify that a recipe is healthy, this dessert is an exception. It's made with almond flour, coconut flour, and protein powder to make it low-carb and high-protein (7 grams of protein per serving!).

Get the recipe: Kentucky Butter Cake

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Lemonade Mint Julep

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You can't throw a Derby party without serving mint juleps. This version mixes bourbon and muddled mint leaves into homemade lemonade. (Next up: Try these creative mule drinks that put a healthy spin on the classic cocktail.)

Get the recipe: Lemonade Mint Julep

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Healthy Chicken Fingers

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When you hear Kentucky, you might think of fried chicken—but this recipe is baked instead of fried to save on calories and fat. The sweet paprika and garlic powder give the chicken flavor. If you really want to be healthy, serve the fingers over a big bed of greens. (Baked chicken fingers also make the best party food.)

Get the recipe: Healthy Chicken Fingers

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Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich

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A Kentucky Derby party is a great excuse to buy a fabulous sunhat (that's why you threw it, right?). It's also an excuse to make these tea sandwiches with cucumber, avocado, and alfalfa sprouts. (You know what would go well with those sandwiches? Well, besides a mint julep, of course. This iced lavender matcha green tea latte.)

Get the recipe: Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich

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Whole-Wheat Coconut Oil Biscuits

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Country biscuits are a must-have for any Derby Day party. This version made with whole-wheat flour and coconut oil is better for your waistline but just as tasty. The homemade raspberry butter will really push the flavor over the top.

Get the recipe: Whole-Wheat Coconut Oil Biscuits

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Bite-Sized Derby Pie

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It's hard to make pecan pie into a healthy dessert—it's made with chocolate, pecans, and bourbon, after all. But making them in mini-size at least controls the portion.

Get the recipe: Bite-Sized Derby Pie

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