The 4th of July means fun, fireworks and of course, food. Lots of yummy food, which is often unhealthy. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
How can you enjoy the backyard BBQ and still stick to a health-conscious diet? Don’t worry, you can enjoy a satisfying feast without completely compromise.
Here are a five simple tips for a Healthy 4th of July.
2. Keep plenty of healthy finger foods on hand. Feature colorful salads, fruits and grilled vegetables in a central location or at the starting end of the buffet table, so your family and friends will fill their plates with the good stuff. Put chips and other unhealthy snacks across the room.
3. Serve hummus and salsa as healthy alternatives to fat-laden dips.
4. Substitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise or sour cream in savory dips, macaroni, potato, or chicken salads to bump up the nutrition and lower the fat.
5. Don’t forget desserts. Look for nutritious substitutes for traditional favorites, like these whole grain chocolate chip cookies. If you’re really adventurous, try these decadent black bean brownies. Your guests will never know.
Visual appeal is important. A large variety of colorful, attractive foods will encourage your guests to eat healthy and ensure they’ll be talking about your 4th of July party for years!