Top Recipes to Celebrate America

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Burgers, potato salads, and indulgent desserts are just a few of the favorites that come to mind when we think of Fourth of July recipes. What’s not our favorite is all the fat and calories that often fill the plate. Holiday eating doesn’t have to be unhealthy; in fact, with slight tweaks to the preparation, you can have all of the classic American recipes you love without all the added fat and sugar.

You can also help curb overindulging by being mindful during holiday celebrations. Remember the healthy lifestyle you live on a normal basis and make decisions in that fall in line with your larger health and fitness goals. If you think you might be tempted to binge, have a small green salad before heading to your Fourth of July activities so you’re not famished when you get there. If you’re not playing hostess, bring along a skinny-friendly dish so you know you’ll have something guilt-free to snack on. 11 of our favorite Fourth of July recipes are below.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself. If you fall off the clean eating wagon, get right back on with the next meal. Don’t beat yourself up over it.

1. Skinny Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes

Nonfat cream cheese and Greek yogurt make up these sweet treats that only taste sinful.

2. Skinny Strawberry Yogurt

The perfect healthy dessert option to follow up your holiday BBQ. Here’s a warm-weather tip: pop a cup or two in the freezer 30 minutes before eating!

3. Tomato, Blueberry, and Fennel Salad

This tasty salad is a snap to prepare, and the result is as nutritious as it is colorful.

4. 4th of July Sangria

This Independence Day drink will get you in the celebratory spirit. White wine combines with fresh fruit and brandy to make up this festive cocktail.

5. Turkey Veggie Burger

The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a burger… or in this case, a healthful turkey-veggie burger. Zucchini and carrots ensure this patty is just as moist and tender as a conventional one.

6. Skinny Strawberry Banana Bread

A skinny, berry-infused twist on banana bread. Garnish with sliced strawberries for a bright and patriotic addition to your picnic table.

7. Clean Eating Blueberry Pie

Delicious, antioxidant-rich blueberries are packed into a clean-eating crust in this skinny twist on an all-American classic.

8. Creamy Kale Potato Salad

Think potato salad can’t be healthy? Think again! Greek salad takes the place of mayo in this skinny version of the favorite picnic side.

9. Cranberry Apple Sparkler

Sip this spritzer while the kids light sparklers. You’ll just need a few ingredients, including hard apple cider and cranberry juice.

10. Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Chicken

This juicy slow cooker dish requires just a few minutes of prep before simmering in the crock pot for four to six hours.

11. Red, White and Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberries and strawberries meet freshly squeezed lemonade in this refreshing summertime drink. Best served with a small spoon so you can enjoy all the yummy fruit!


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