I love celebrating the Fourth of July. I love singing patriotic songs, watching fireworks and feasting on a variety of red, white and blue-colored snacks.
After our week at the shore, however, I’m completely stuffed. As much as I would like to continue to chow down on tasty red, white and blue cookies, candies and sweets, it’s crucial I find some healthier alternatives or this baby is going to come out with a major sweet tooth.
Luckily, there are plenty of beautifully patriotic, healthy recipes out there on Pinterest. I discovered an entire day’s worth of nutritious meals, including snacks and desserts! So, you can set aside the food dye and red and blue candies, and check out these 10 perfectly healthy patriotic recipes.
10 Perfectly Healthy Patriotic Recipes
Breakfast- 4th of July Granola Parfaits
Start your day off right with these nutritious and colorful 4th of July Granola Parfaits from The Vegan 8. With all those sweet berries and cinnamon granola, it’s practically dessert for breakfast, without the guilt. *Bonus: it’s vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free and there’s a nut-free option.
Feel particularly patriotic while getting a nice energy boost with this yummy Berry Patriotic Chia Seed Pudding from Tasting Page. The stripes are so pretty and that name is absolutely adorable!
Lunch- Strawberry, Blueberry & Goat Cheese Salad and Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese
- To be honest, I am not a huge fan of making salads. There always seems to be so much chopping involved without much substance. My Strawberry, Blueberry and Goat Cheese Salad, on the other hand, takes no time at all to throw together. The dressing is light and refreshing. It’s the perfect flavor combination for the summer months.
- Normally I wouldn’t say grilled cheese is the healthiest option, but if you add some berries and make it with some whole wheat bread it’s not so bad! I just love the combination of Brie cheese with berries. Yum! Find the Red, White and Blue Grilled Cheese over at Char-Griller.
Afternoon snack- Patriotic Parfait
Enjoy an easy, but tasty afternoon snack with this gorgeous Patriotic Parfait from The Diary of Dave’s Wife via Eighteen25. I love the simplicity of this recipe. Plus, you can’t go wrong with some graham crackers and whipped cream.
Dinner- Red, White and Blue Turkey Burgers
Burgers are a staple at most Fourth of July cook-outs. Why not try mixing things up with these tasty Red, White and Blue Turkey Burger Sliders from Diets in Review. Roasted red peppers, blue berries and feta are a winning combination on top of tasty turkey burger sliders.
Sides- Chicken Berry Pasta Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette and Red, White & Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad
- I would have never thought to combine all the flavors that come in the sweet and savory Chicken Berry Pasta Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette from Five Heart Home. Yet, it sounds so delicious. Bring this side dish to your Fourth of July picnic and be prepared to wow your family and friends.
- I’m a big fan of quinoa. It’s filling, nutritious and versatile. This Red, White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad from Well-Plated is so simple to throw together and so perfectly patriotic. It would be silly not to make this one!
Smoothie- Super Patriotic Red, White and Blue Layered Smoothie
I’ve mentioned before how smoothies are a great way to sneak extra fruits and veggies into your little one’s diet. Don’t let the Fourth of July go by without whipping up a fabulous, healthy, red, white and blue smoothie for your kids! I love this Super Patriotic Red, White and Blue Layered Smoothie from Nosh and Nourish.
Dessert- Red, White and Blue Frozen Yogurt Bark
On a hot, summer day you want something light and refreshing for dessert. This Red, White and Blue Frozen Yogurt Bark from Honey and Birch hits the spot. It’s pretty, easy to make and the perfect, healthy patriotic treat to top your Fourth of July celebration. Now, excuse me while I go rehearse my favorite patriotic songs. Oh beautiful for spacious skies…
What do you plan on cooking for this Fourth of July weekend? Let me know in the comment section below!