The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Will you be attending a cookout at the home of a family member or friend, or are you hosting your own get-together? While we haven’t quite decided our plans yet, I still like to get a jump on a few ideas for foods that I might want to make for the big day, especially as I’m looking for a few lighter, healthy options. If you’re interested in easy, healthy foods for the Fourth of July, check out these options I found!
This Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad is so cute and simple. Plus, you could personalize it for almost any holiday. However, be forewarned, cutting watermelon with cookie cutters isn’t as easy as it looks. Ask me how I know…
Cool and refreshing, popsicles are a perfect Fourth of July treat. I’d love to give these layered popsicles a try. I’ll have to find a popsicle mold somewhere, though.
3. Berry Salsa
Berry Salsa? Yes, please! I love any type of salsa, but I find fruit inspired salsas especially refreshing. With the red and blue highlights, this is a perfect treat for the Fourth!
Few things say summer celebration more to me than corn on the cob. I’ve taken a real liking to grilled corn on the cob this year, so we may just give this recipe a try. Grillers beware if you leave the husk on when grilling. It does look pretty, but it’s also highly flammable…
Grilling is a great way to cook meat, especially when you’re trying to keep things on the lighter side. I haven’t tried this Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken yet, but it looks delightful!
Salads of any variety are generally a big hit at summer barbecues, but they don’t always fair the best in the weather. This quinoa salad looks nice and hearty like it could withstand a little time out in the sun and still be delicious. I can’t wait to give it a try!
Kabobs are welcome at any of my summer gatherings, especially if they are as light and colorful as these Tortellini Kabobs. These provide a bit of a variation on the typical Caprese Salad.
I’m not much for a heavy cut of meat, especially when it’s hot out and we’re on the go all day. That’s one thing that really makes these kabobs perfect! You get the taste of a steak without the heaviness of the full cut of meat. Pair it with colorful veggies, and you have a winning combo!
This Watermelon Cake is so pretty and looks delicious! I don’t really think any party is complete without a cake (or at least dessert), but this option is definitely much healthier than many I’ve seen.
I just couldn’t help but include this Red, White, & Blue Potato Salad in the roundup. It’s so festive, plus without the heavy mayo or other creamy dressing-base, it’s definitely a lighter version. I hope I can find the potatoes to give this recipe a try!
Just because the typical Fourth of July recipes are heavy and calorie-laden doesn’t mean what you make has to be. Join me in trying these recipes and lighten up your Fourth of July holiday fare! I can’t wait to try these easy, healthy foods for the Fourth of July. How about you?