Your Fourth of July Food, can be a Healthy Holiday Meal with a few adjustments! Independence Day, or Fourth of July, as it is commonly called and food, go hand in hand with most people preparing a traditional barbeque or picnic for the day.
Our celebrations have changed little over the decades. We start our day with parades, and end them with barbeques, picnics, and fireworks galore! Our celebrations center on traditional foods that remind us of our heritage!
Most of us celebrate with:
Can’t get much more American than that! With the new “My Plate Guidelines” out in 2012, (shown above), we could make a few adjustments to make our meal more health friendly. Our goal would be to limit our grain and protein choices to one fourth of our plate each, and fill our plate half full of fruits and veggies!
Dessert might seem over the top, but the "Fourth of July", is a holiday, and celebrations call for Dessert!
If you have a large number of people to serve, for a great dessert, you can just do a small serving plastic bowl (easy cleanup!) with a small slice of angel food or pound cake at the bottom, then a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The fruit pictured above shows raspberries and blueberries, but strawberries would be awesome to add in too!
Another great Fourth of July dessert idea, would be to make the above Fourth of July Strawberries, that I saw on Pinterest. This would be fun to have your kids or grandkids make, if you have them. You just melt some white chocolate in your microwave and dip about two thirds of the strawberries, then dip the bottom half of the white chocolate area in blue sprinkles and put them on some wax paper to dry!
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