Strawberry, Blueberry Salsa (Recipe 4 Living)Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s almost the Fourth of July? Seriously, how is it already July? With the fourth just around the corner we are all gearing up for cookouts, pool parties, and fireworks.

Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s almost the Fourth of July? Seriously, how is it already July? With the fourth just around the corner we are all gearing up for cookouts, pool parties, and fireworks.

I love everything about holidays, especially the food part, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given in to the most unhealthy treats due to holiday food peer pressure. What can I say, it speaks to me and I give in to it every time.

I love everything about holidays, especially the food part, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given in to the most unhealthy treats due to holiday food peer pressure. What can I say, it speaks to me and I give in to it every time.

This year I am determined to choose healthy choices. I’ve found that one way to do this is by actually making  healthy recipes that I bring to events instead of hoping there will be healthy options. I mean let’s be honest, if you make the unhealthy cupcakes you’re going to eat them (and indulge while you’re baking them).

From appetizers to salads to desserts, we’ve got you covered! All of these recipes are patriotic (got to have red, white, and blue, right??)  and they are all terrific options. As tempting as those red, white, and blue dye filled cupcakes are these recipes will leave you satisfied, without the guilt!

10 Fast And Fresh Options To Eat Healthy This Holiday

 

1) Strawberry, Blueberry Salsa

Instead of pre-made jars of salsa packed with preservatives how about a fresh salsa made with strawberries and blueberries? Find this recipe at Recipe4Living.

2) Easy Beet Hummus

Easy Beet Hummus {LuxEcoLiving.com}

Hummus is the perfect alternative to regular high fat dips. This hummus gets it’s beautiful red color from beets. Paired with pita chips it makes for an awesome, healthy holiday appetizer.  Find this recipe at LuxEcoLiving.

3) Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

The Local taste

Instead of strawberry ice cream which can be pretty high in fat and calories opt for this strawberry frozen yogurt. It only has four simple ingredients and it’s perfect for a hot summer day. Find this recipe at The Local Taste. 

4) Fruit Skewers

Patriotic Fruit Skewers {The Skinny Confidential}

Sometimes the simplest foods are the prettiest. These patriotic treats are made with fresh fruit and placed on skewers. No cooking required which is always a bonus! Find this recipe at The Skinny Confidential. 

5) Simple Fruit Salad

Simple Fruit Salad {Family Ever After}

I LOVE fruit salads, but so many of them have added fats such as whipped cream. How about simply mixing fruits like apples, blueberries, and raspberries. This salad is both beautiful and healthy. Find this recipe at Family Ever After. 

6) Flavorful Ice cubes

Flavored Ice Cubes {Stephanie Lynn}

The Fourth of July is usually hot, so why not add some fun to your ice cubes? By adding berries you create something both festive and flavorful. Find this recipe at Stephanie Lynn. 

7) Patriotic Popsicles

 

Patriotic Popsicles {Super Healthy Kids}

Who doesn’t love a popsicle?? All you need for these patriotic beauties is fruit and yogurt. Seriously, how easy is that? Find this recipe at Super Healthy Kids. 

8) Frozen Bananas

Frozen Bananas {Just A Taste}

These frozen bananas are heavenly! This recipe uses white chocolate, but you could definitely use Greek yogurt as well. These are covered in sprinkles, but wouldn’t cacao chips be yummy??  Add a fun straw as a popsicle stick and you’re set. Find this recipe at Just a Taste. 

9) Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Tomato Salad {The Local Taste}

Quinoa is definitely my new favorite food to cook and eat. This salad has quinoa, tomatoes, olives, and mozzarella, tossed in a creamy avocado lime dressing. Serve this salad up on red and blue plates and add a patterned tablecloth and you have yourself a Fourth of July table setting! Find this recipe at The Local Taste. 

10) Edible Sparklers

Edible Sparklers {Weelicious}

How cute are these edible sparklers? I love the idea of using cookie cutters to make watermelon stars. These are perfect for the Fourth of July or any summer party. Find this recipe at Weelicious. 

What are some of your favorite healthy treats?

lindsey in nashville

Lindsay In Nashville.

 

This story brought to you by Lindsay Amabily From The Local Taste. Lindsey lives in Nashville, TN with her husband where she is learning to cook healthy meals everyday.  She loves using local, fresh ingredients and has recently made the life style change to become a Vegetarian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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