Hot dogs, burgers, barbecue, potato salad, deviled eggs… the classic Fourth of July foods are delicious, but they’re not very healthy. If you’re looking to celebrate America’s birthday with some healthier options, you’re in luck. Check out these healthy meal ideas that are just as delicious as all of the staples:
Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad
Fresh fruit, fragrant mint, tangy feta cheese… this watermelon feta blueberry salad is the perfect side dish to your July Fourth feast. Or, enjoy it as the main course if you’d like! And the best part is that it’s red, white, and blue — perfect for Independence Day. It’s not loaded down with a lot of dressing or mayo like other summer salads, and it’s very easy to make. Find the recipe here.
Grilled Fish Tacos
Most fans of fish love a great fish taco. And when you grill the fish rather than deep fry it, it’s even better for you. And since tacos are easy to assemble and eat in the backyard, they’re the perfect choice for that family picnic or party. You can use whatever fish you like best. This recipe suggests halibut or mahi mahi. Either way, you’ll have a delicious and nutritious option for the Fourth!
Italian Vegetable Hoagies
You can’t go wrong with a delicious sandwich on a holiday like the Fourth of July. And with this Italian Veggie Hoagie recipe, you’ll be bringing a definite crowd-pleaser. This sandwich is loaded with fresh and unique veggies like pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, and red onion. And here’s the best part: it couldn’t be easier to assemble and transport. Take a look at the recipe and try it out this holiday.
Summer Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are a time-honored summer tradition in many households. And many are loaded with mayonnaise and other ingredients that aren’t the healthiest. But there are ways to make pasta salads healthy — this creamy summer pasta salad packed with fresh veggies like broccoli, cucumber, and onions is a great example.
Happy Independence Day!
While you’re celebrating the Fourth of July this year, consider some healthier alternatives to the typical Independence Day fare. You’ll feel good about it and enjoy your holiday meal at the same time.