The fourth of July is a celebration of our nation’s independence. Along with this patriotic day, we celebrate the freedoms that the carefree summer season brings: beach trips, pool parties, cookouts and fireworks.
FoodFacts.com is all about preserving traditions while incorporating ways to make them healthier. Here are some health tips that we’ve rounded up for Independence Day.
Choose “better” meats
Summer barbecues are often synonymous to hamburgers, hotdogs and steaks. This holiday weekend, take a page from this cookout menu and enjoy the season’s finest catch: shrimp, salmon or scallops – the world is your oyster (pun intended).
If giving up hamburgers is a bit much, perhaps you’ll feel a lot better about substituting burger buns with large leafy greens? Turn the burger sandwiches into burger wraps. Romaine and iceberg lettuce work best!
Speaking of leafy greens, tossing a salad is always a good idea. Whether you’re having the Independence Day barbecue at home, at a friend’s house or elsewhere, it’s always great to have a healthy option at the ready.
Make your own sauces and dressings
We may be recycling this from our Clean-eating without going over your budget post, but it’s a great health tip for today’s barbecue, nonetheless. Spare yourself from the added sugar, sodium and preservatives that usually come with store-bought products. Bonus: making your own sauces and dressings saves you some money, too.
Healthy desserts and refreshments
Flavor and nutrition are at their peak when produce are in season, so be sure to take advantage of summer’s freshest fruits. Whip up fruity desserts with minimal additional ingredients.
You can also make refreshing smoothies, or serve antioxidants-filled iced tea, fruit-infused water and just plain water for beverage options. Whatever you choose to do, stay away from soda!
Have a meaningful, safe and fun Independence Day celebrations!