Independence Day is always full of fireworks, flags, friends and food. Whether you’re hosting a get-together this year or you’ve been invited to a patriotic party, the snacks need to fit the holiday. This year, try mixing up your usual routine of hamburgers and sugary sweets with some healthy options that are just as tasty and just as American. Here are five we love.
Spicy Turkey Burgers – Try to find the leanest ground turkey you can to cut down on saturated fat per serving. Since ground turkey doesn’t have as much natural flavor as beef, adding spices such as red pepper flakes or cumin gives the meat a great kick. Skip the condiments and top it with some red onions and avocado!
Potato Salad – Yes, you read that right. By swapping out fat-heavy mayonnaise for non-fat Greek yogurt or homemade mustard vinaigrette, you can make a potato salad that’s just as tasty with so much less guilt. We like using purple potatoes for a touch of color and garnishing with chives or some other type of fresh greens for presentation.
Patriotic Cake – Arranging berries in the style of the American flag is a staple of Fourth of July foods. To cut down on fat, make a whipped cream from egg whites and fat-free dry milk. Also, there are plenty of recipes for moist, delicious gluten-free cakes that are low in sugar. Try adding hydrolyzed collagen peptides to the mixture for a gluten-, sugar- and dairy-free supplement that supports healthy skin, bones, joints and muscles!
Watermelon Cocktails – A nice, light liquor like gin would make a great base for a summery cocktail, and nothing says summer like watermelon. We recommend keeping it simple by modifying the classic gin & tonic drink, but how you make it is up to you. The natural sugars of the watermelon give the drink a nice sweetness, and a wedge of lime adds a touch of Vitamin C.
Red, White & Blue Yogurt Pops – With a little food coloring, you can make healthy, patriotic treats for all your guests. Just layer the yogurt (try vanilla flavor for a sweet, subtle taste) in each frozen pop holder and leave in your freezer overnight.
Just a few small substitutes can turn your 4th of July foods from filling and heavy to light and refreshing. What are some of your favorite snacks for Independence Day, and what are your favorite ways to substitute fatty, sugary ingredients? Share with us in the comments below!