(Healthy) Recipes for Your Fourth of July Barbecues

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It’s that time of the year: the Fourth of July is upon us! For many, this holiday marks the official beginning of steamy, hot summer beach days. This year, with the Fourth falling on a Wednesday, for many it’s now a week-long or multi-day celebration with friends, family, food, and fun.

Today, on the eve of the Fourth, we’d like to focus on the food part of the holiday. Barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers, smoky s’mores, juicy bowls of fruit (and punch), crunchy chips, and soda pop bask on long, tablecloth-laden tables. It practically makes our mouths water just thinking about the tables full of delicious food awaiting this week!

The only problem is: it isn’t always the healthiest food. While we’re all for indulging every once in a while (holidays included!), there are ways to do so that also involve nutritious ingredients full of vitamins and minerals that make our bodies feel good all week long.

Instead of a greasy beef burger, try a plant-based grilled veggie burger. Instead of marshmallows or steak on a skewer, try veggies. Instead of ice cream, try a festive smoothie. Mayo-laden pasta salad? Substitute mayo for pesto and you have a divine dish that’s healthier to boot!

We’ve put together a few recipes from amazing food bloggers who know healthy, festive food better than anyone. Try one of these for this week and let us know how much was left at the end of the party (our guess: none!).

  1. Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil, and Brie Pizza Crisps by Half Baked Harvest
  2. Grilled Veggies with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce & Grilled Pita by Vegetarian Ventures
  3. Sweet Potato Burgers by Chocolate Covered Katie
  4. Creamy Hemp Pesto Pasta Salad by Making Thyme for Health
  5. Red, White, and Blue Smoothie by Earthy Feast

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