Tasty Recipes To Make Your 4th Of July Amazing

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Independence Day gives you the opportunity to show off your cooking skills and basque in the sunshine. Whether you are firing up the grill, slow cooking a labor-intensive dish, or creating an array of dips, the day is all about impressing guests, especially if you are hosting the party. Unfortunately, many of us abandon our healthy habits on Independence Day to indulge in excessive amounts of meat, chips, alcohol, sweets, and whatever else we can get our hands on.

 

We can almost guarantee that you are going to run into some bad foods on the 4th of July. How you handle yourself when you encounter these foods will determine how the body feels the next day. To avoid being at war with your stomach, there a few strategies you can employ to keep yourself healthy this Independence Day.

 

Load Up On Grilled Veggies: You don’t have to grill meat just because you fire up the grill. You can grill onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, cauliflower, or zucchini. Loading your plate with grilled vegetables will help keep your total calorie intake down and lead to an easier digestion period.

 

Don’t Skip Out On Exercising: The 4th of July is a holiday, yes, but that doesn’t mean you get to take a day off from exercising. Some gyms may have limited holiday hours, but you can do fun workouts outside. Take a bike ride, go to the beach or lake and swim, go on a hike, or swim in a friend’s pool.

 

Don’t Skip Meals To “Save” Calories For Later: This mindset is flawed. When you don’t eat meals leading up to the party, BBQ, or cookout, you actually end up overeating and making poor food choices. If you are going to a party and don’t know what foods they will have, drink a smoothie or eat a little salad before you leave your house so that you don’t eat as much when you arrive. You can also bring a healthy dish to the party so that you can ensure you have something to eat.

 

If you are trying to figure out what you need to bring to a party or make for your own shindig, try out some of the following recipes for a healthier Independence Day.

 

Make This Nectarine Salsa ASAP:

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Once you make this salsa, you are going to want to keep it in your dip arsenal. It’s refreshingly tart, sweet, and spicy all at once! Nectarines are in peak season during summer, so get your hands on them while you can!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Hearty Quinoa And White Bean Burgers:

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Packed with fiber and full of nutrients, these quinoa burgers are comprised of complex flavors that entice you more & more with every bite.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Oil-Free Vegan Avocado Mayo:

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You shouldn’t have to feel guilty about enjoying a delicious spread. You don’t have to now that you have this incredibly tasty avocado mayo.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Vegetable Kebabs With A Balsamic Glaze:

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The balsamic glaze is going to elevate your vegetable kebabs to another level. Fire up the grill and get to cooking!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Grilled Pineapple With A Cinnamon Honey Drizzle:

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Is there anything better than diving into a saucy, cheesy, aromatic bite of enchiladas? There probably is, but you’ll forget about it once you start eating this healthy, vegan recipe.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Refreshing Ginger Lemonade:

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The hot days of summer have only just begun. Bring a little vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties to your 4th of July festivities by making this ginger lemonade. It’s refreshing and perfectly tart!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Sources:

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/24-festive-recipes-fourth-july

http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/04/tips-for-a-healthy-and-happy-4th-of-july/

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