There are a few things that probably come to mind when you think of Fourth of July celebrations: fireworks, friends and food. Lots and lots of food. Unfortunately, that can pose a problem for those who want to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It’s nice to give yourself a break once in a while, especially on a holiday. But the truth is, you don’t have to throw your diet away to enjoy a flavorful and fun July 4th. If you’re hosting a party at your place, you may be looking for some healthier alternatives to the traditional July 4th foods. You’re in luck — we’re sharing our favorite healthy July 4th recipes today. With these recipes, you can indulge without going overboard. Check out this roundup of our favorites below.
Caprese salad checks all the necessary July 4th food boxes: it’s easy to make, it features a seasonal favorite (tomatoes!) and it’s always a crowd, please. Plus, it’s healthy. Oh, and it’s almost red, white and blue. Two out of three isn’t bad, right?
We love this one from SkinnyTaste.
Grilled Peach Arugula Salad
As a second salad option, consider making this unique one, featuring another seasonal favorite — peaches. This Grilled Peach Arugula Salad from Southern Living combines the slightly bitter taste of arugula the sweet taste of peaches and the salty flavors of feta. It also includes a hint of mint, to give it an extra kick. The end result is a delicious, deceptively simple summer salad that will impress guests. Plus, it’s a healthy side that’s far from boring.
Get the recipe here.
Healthy Potato Salad
Potato salad is a staple when it comes to the ultimate July 4th spread. Unfortunately, it’s not a very healthy dish. Typical potato salad is made with carb-heavy potatoes and high-calorie additions like mayonnaise, and even sugar. But not all potato salads have to be unhealthy. Some recipes swap the unhealthy ingredients for healthier options, like this one we found from IFoodReal.com. It uses yogurt to achieve that creamy texture that is integral to a tasty bite of potato salad.
Get the recipe here.
Homemade Orange Juice Popsicles
And now for the best part: dessert! It’s become easier in recent years to find healthier alternatives to desserts. From keto-friendly brownies to paleo-approved cupcakes, it’s easy to find a healthy dessert recipe without forgoing your special diet restrictions. However, one of our favorite healthier desserts is a tried and true classic: Orange popsicles. Nothing beats a refreshing ice-pop on a hot summer day. Instead of grabbing a box of the sugary store-bought options, you can easily make your own at home for fewer calories.
Get the easy recipe here.
Lettuce Wrap Burgers
When it comes to healthy July 4th recipes, you may assume burgers are off the table. Not so fast. Depending on what type of diet you follow, the burger itself may not be so unhealthy. It’s the bun that’s off limits. This is true for popular diets like paleo, keto and low-carb. The good news is you don’t have to give up your burgers for July 4th (because what’s a July 4th meal without a burger or hot dog in hand?) Swap the buns for lettuce, and you’ll be good to go.
Check out Food Network’s recipe here.
Chicken & Veggie Kabobs
Kabobs are another great option for your July 4th spread. The combination of grilled chicken with flavorful veggies is simple and delicious without being too heavy. And everyone knows it’s fun to eat stuff off sticks, so kabobs are sure to make your guests will be happy.
Check out this recipe from Well Plated here.
Looking for some additional healthy recipes? Check out some of our previous posts below: