Recipes for a Healthy and Delicious Fourth of July

Summer is here and the Fourth of July is right around the corner!

It can be difficult to stay on track with your healthy eating routine when celebrations are centered around hamburgers, hotdogs, warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream!

With summer in full swing, why not take advantage of some of the season’s fresh fruits and vegetables and try something new this year by hosting a “Fit Fourth of July” cookout?

Check out these healthy recipe ideas that are perfect for an Independence Day celebration.

Side Dishes

Is it really the Fourth of July if you didn’t eat watermelon? Try this Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber Pickles recipe for a refreshing and low-calorie side dish.

Potato salad is a barbecue staple. Don’t miss out on this classic dish, just lighten it up! Potato Salad with Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing gives you all the creaminess without all the calories.  By cutting the mayo in half and using Greek yogurt, you have a light and refreshing side dish that doesn’t sacrifice any of the flavor.

Another perfect side dish to add to your menu is this Gluten-Free Pesto Caprese Salad!  Using fresh kale and basil really livens up this dish. You can serve this one warm, at room temperature or even chilled.

Main Dish

Instead of a beef burger, try this Portobello Burger recipe from Eating Well for a change! Brushed with steak sauce, these mushroom burgers are savory and satisfying. The recipe calls for all for all kinds of fixings, but feel free to omit any for an even lighter meal.

If burgers, well, mushroom burgers, aren’t up your alley, these Siracha Glazed Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Basil are sure to hit the spot! Sweet peaches paired with spicy chicken and fresh basil will please every crowd.

You’ve had a hotdog, but have you ever had a carrot dog? Whip up these Chicago-Style Carrot Dogs and become a believer in a veggie-based hotdog.

Now, last but definitely not least: dessert!

Dessert!

To satisfy your sweet tooth, try this Healthy Lemon Raspberry Frozen Yogurt. It is easy, sweet and only takes 5 minutes to make! Serve it in a cone or a cup and enjoy!

Light and tangy, this recipe makes over the traditional butter-filled dessert. These Lemon Squares are less than 150 calories per square! Go ahead and have one (or two)!

Popsicles are a classic summertime treat on a hot summer night. Made with only six ingredients, these Layered Watermelon Ice Pops are filled with healthy fats and fruits to keep you full and satisfied. You won’t even miss the apple pie when you bite into one of these popsicles!

  

We hope you celebrate and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday with family, friends and yummy (and healthy) food!

If you would like guidance with your nutritional needs, we have Registered Dieticians on staff who would love to discuss with you how to eat properly to fuel your body.  Contact us today!