How To Have a Mouth Watering Healthy 4th of July!

Invitation to a barbecue party

With July 4th around the corner, grocery baskets are being filled up with chips, dips, steaks, beer, bacon burger ingredients, ice-cream, BBQ sauce, sweets, treats and general diet splurge delights.  And as most of you know, I am a green juicing hard core vegan, while Andrew loves a great steak and BBQ Chicken and anything with bacon and sausages on it!

Whatever diet you follow: meat eating, plant based, pescetarian, veg head or something in between, here are some tips and tricks to keep your July 4th menu tasty but healthy or at least healthier!

Homemade Organic Vegetarian Mushroom BurgerMain Dishes:  If you want to stick with a BBQ theme and want to serve up some steak, splurge and make sure your meats are organic, hormone and anti-biotic free and grass fed.  They are not only healthier for you, but in most cases, tastier too!  Alternatives Include:

  • Turkey Burgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Shish-kabobs (Veggies, Tofu, Chicken or Shrimp)
  • Grilled Veggies

Side Dishes & Snacks: The options for side dishes are endless, but Fresh mixed vegetables falling into a bowl of saladsome favorites that are on the healthy side include:

  • Coleslaw
  • Kale Salad
  • Spinach Salad
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Tomato & Basil
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Chips & Guacamole, Hummus or Salsa
  • Raw Veggies and Dip

Desserts: We all know that desserts are the best part of July 4th, but here are some ways to satisfy your sweet cravings without going bonkers!

  • Eating a watermelonWatermelon
  • Fruit Salad
  • Cherry, Apple, Blueberry (or any other fruit) pie.
  • Sorbet
  • Fruit Kabobs


Beverages: Some great alternatives to sugary nutrient-less drinks include:

  • Naturally Brewed Ice Tea
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
  • Seltzer (add in lemon or lime) and Spritzers
  • Fruit Infused Water (Cucumber, Mint, Watermelon, Lemon, Lime, Oranges and whatever else strikes your fancy.

Whatever you wind up eating, keep your portions under control and please keep yourself hydrated, cool and protected from the sun  if you are celebrating outdoors!

Now we’d love to hear from you!  Let us know in the comments what you are cooking up this year!

Happy Fourth Everyone!

Screen Shot 2012-07-18 at 2.53.17 PMUntil the Next Time!

Andrew & Vivienne






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