Get those fireworks out, fire up the grill and sip on your cocktail of choice as we celebrate 4th of July. This American Independence holiday brings everyone together to watch parades and enjoy the outdoors. Barbeque season is upon us and as we sit around the grill with family and friends, it is easy to indulge in burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, corn on the cob, sweets and everything in between. But it’s swimsuit season, how do you eat healthy and still enjoy yourself? Easy, here are my favorite 5 healthy and delicious snacks for 4th of July.
Another staple for summer is the delicious watermelon, oh but those seeds can be a pain. Have no fear, this seedless watermelon medley has blueberries and feta cheese with mint leaves. So good and refreshing!!!
Veggie tray and cauliflower garlic hummus dip
We all need something to snack on before the main course, a great appetizer that is not so messy (looking out for those wearing white, I know how it is). This veggie tray is a classic though you can mix up the veggies. For a dip, skip the unhealthy products out there and make your own. My favorite is the cauliflower garlic hummus dip – you can make anything with cauliflower now a days. Recipe below
Cauliflower Garlic Hummus Dip – Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
Steam cauliflower and garlic in a steamer on the stove set at medium-high heat until fork tender, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside, uncovered, and let cool.
Once cauliflower is cooled and is no longer steaming, place all of the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
Serve with fresh veggies of choice.
Go Italian with tomato caprese salad and blueberries
Ahhhh, now that’s what I am talking about. This dish is a huge hit with my in laws. Chopped cherry tomatoes, with mozzarella balls and blueberries. Drizzle balsamic and garnish. Bon Appetit!!
Cool off with this easy fruit popsicle
What’s a barbeque without popsicles? Opt out of the sugary kind and make one of these delicious popsicles with only 5 ingredients.
– Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor with 1 packet stevia (you will get about 1 cup of strawberry liquid). Pour about 2 tablespoons into each of 9 popsicle molds (it should fill each mold about ⅓ of the way; if you have extra, pour it into the 10th mold). Freeze this layer until solid, or nearly solid for a more “tie-dyed” look.
– Mix the coconut milk, 1 packet stevia, and vanilla. Pour about 2 tablespoons into each of 9 popsicle molds (it should fill each mold about ⅓ of the way; if you have extra, pour it into the 10th mold). Freeze this layer until slushy (about 10 minutes), then insert the wooden sticks and freeze until solid, or nearly solid for a more “tie-dyed” look.
– Puree the blueberries in a blender or food processor with 1 packet stevia (you will get about 1 scant cup of blueberry liquid). Pour about 2 tablespoons into each of 9 popsicle molds (it should fill each mold about ⅓ of the way; if you have extra, pour it into the 10th mold). Make sure not to fill the molds over the “fill” line, since liquid expands as it freezes.
– Freeze the pops until solid before unmolding. To easily unmold the popsicles, dip the bottoms in warm water and they should slide right out.
Please comment below and let me know which one is your favorite or if you have another favorite healthy snack for the holiday.