If you're hosting a barbecue or backyard get-together over the summer, you might want to think of family and friends who are being health-conscious and mindful of what they eat. Today I'm sharing with you 4th of July Healthy Food Ideas and recipes that are lower in fat and calories.
They're also great alternatives to the usual 4th of July foods and barbecue menu you're probably used to preparing.
Usually when putting together a 4th of July menu, I stick to tried and true recipes my family and friends have always loved. But lately I know a few family members are really trying to watch what they eat. I'd like to have a few 4th of July healthy food ideas available.
Most traditional 4th of July foods tend to be higher in calories, fat and sugar. However, there are options that we can all enjoy that are not only delicious but healthy!
Tips for Eating Smart at BBQ's:
Here are a few tips and 4th of July healthy food ideas that will help make sure you don't overdo it at summer parties and barbecues. Always try to load up on a variety of food and don't deprive yourself too much because that will only make you overeat:
- Stick to portion control.
- Don't deprive yourself of what you really want. Try to have a few bites of your favorite potato salad instead of a whole plate full.
- If you're attending a party, offer to bring a healthy side dish.
- Choose a lean protein if you can. Turkey burgers are better than ground beef burgers.
- Eat your burger bun-free. That way you can have a serving of pasta or potato salad.
- Take the skin off the grilled or barbecue chicken.
- Look for vinegar based salads instead of mayonnaise based salads.
- Stick to fruit for desserts.
Check out a few more summer holiday ideas:
- Homemade Peach Iced Tea
- Strawberry Lemonade Punch you should add a few blueberries to this punch to really bring the red, white and blue colors to the picnic table.
- Check out my post on How to Grill the Best Burger before you light the grill.
- How to Freeze, Defrost and Cook Ground Beef is always helpful during the summer grilling season.
- Easy Marinade for Steak or my favorite Steak Seasoning Salt to help you grill steak to perfection every time.
Helpful Tools for the Perfect BBQ Celebration:
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4th of July Healthy Food Ideas
Red, White and Blue Fruit and Cheese Board
Start the party out right with fruit and cheese in a fun red, white and blue theme.
Cucumber Hummus Bites
Healthy and delicious at the same time!
Grilled Cheese Sticks & The Best Grilling Cheese List
Enjoy as a healthy snack or to serve as an starter.
Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
It only takes minutes to make this healthy fruit salad.
Watermelon Blueberry Sparklers
Super easy and healthy to make with a group of people or prep in advance of a party.
Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad
This watermelon, blueberry, and feta salad is a wonderfully fruity recipe.
Firecracker Watermelon Salad – Happy 4th of July!
Cool and refreshing with just a touch of heat, this is a dish your friends and family will appreciate, especially on hot days, relishing every refreshing bite.
Instant Pot Low Carb Cauliflower Potato Salad
Cauliflower Potato Salad is a perfect side dish for picnics and parties. Everyone will love this dish whether they follow a keto or low carb diet or not.
Easy Vegan Coleslaw with Creamy Cashew Mayo
Vegan mayo and purple cabbage salad combined have the heavenly characteristics of both creamy and crunchy in one mouthful.
Healthy Vegan Waldorf Salad Recipe
A vegan take on a classic salad.
Mexican Bean Salad
Makes a great side dish or even entree! It's low calorie and high protein.
Veggie Kabobs With Halloumi
Easy to make and kids love them too. Perfect side dish for any grilled meat you're serving for the 4th of July.
Roasted Broccoli Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Great for Paleo, Keto, Low Carb, AIP, GAPS, Whole30, Gluten-free and Vegan diets,
Steak Fajita Skewers
Simple to make and a great option for all the summer holidays.
Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe
Kids love chicken tenders and the marinade is delicious.
Grilled Asian Chicken Skewers
Serve it over a bed of rice or go low-carb with cauliflower rice.
Banh Mi Turkey Hot Dog
Use turkey hot dogs so it's also Weight Watchers friendly @ only 5 WW points on the blue plan per serving. And it's totally kid friendly as well.
Frozen Kefir or Yogurt Bark
creamy sweet kefir/yogurt, fresh fruit, and sprinkling of nuts!
Keto No-Bake Cheesecakes
keto cheesecake features an almond flour no-bake crust that is just as yummy as the graham crust versions we all grew up on.
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