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.
Nonfat cream cheese and Greek yogurt make up these sweet treats that only taste sinful.
This tasty salad is a snap to prepare, and the result is as nutritious as it is colorful.
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.
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.
Delicious, antioxidant-rich blueberries are packed into a clean-eating crust in this skinny twist on an all-American classic.
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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