Healthy July 4th Cookout Recipes & Menu

Preparing the perfect menu to serve to your family and friends for your July 4th cookout can often be challenging. Though most may prefer the hot dogs and hamburgers off the charcoal grill route, or a big helping of coleslaw or potato salad on this day of celebration, I recommend opting for dishes that are not only tasty but also healthy. Check out a few low calorie recipes that I enjoy as inspiration when preparing your Independence Day feast.

Watermelon Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

1 whole seedless watermelon, cut into small chunks
1/2 pound baby arugula leaves
1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese
1 bottle of light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine watermelon and baby arugula leaves. Sprinkle a handful of feta cheese on top and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Toss well and serve.

 

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

10 wooden skewers
2 red bell peppers, cut into chunks
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into chunks
½ pound of whole fresh mushrooms
1 red onion, cut into chunks
2 zucchinis, cut into 1-inch slices
1 package of cherry tomatoes
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 lemons

Instructions:

Soak skewers in water for 15 minutes. Lightly coat grill with oil and preheat grill at medium temperature. Alternately arrange peppers, mushrooms, onion, zucchinis, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers. While the skewers are cooking, whisk together olive oil, sea salt, and juice of the lemons and brush onto the skewers. Occasionally turn and baste the skewers on medium heat until the vegetables are tender.

 

Fresh Corn Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 3-5 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

6 shucked ears of corn
1 red onion, diced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions:

In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Immerse corn in water and cook for 3-5 minutes, cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, keep the pot covered and turn off the heat. Drain and place the ears in ice water, and once cooled, cut the kernels off the cob.

Mix together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Place the kernels in a large bowl and lightly pour the vinegar mixture on top. May be served cold or at room temperature.

 

Sugar-Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream w/ Fresh Berries

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh organic strawberries, sliced in half
1 pound of fresh organic blueberries
½ pound of fresh organic raspberries
1 can of whipped cream
1 container of sugar-free vanilla bean ice cream

Instructions:

Mix together berries in a large bowl. Place two scoops of sugar free vanilla bean ice cream in individual medium size bowls. Put two large spoonfuls of berries on top of ice cream and finish off with whipped cream.

 

By continuously eating healthy foods, you can ultimately improve your overall quality of health.  Providing yourself nutritional care two weeks before and after surgery is vital in meeting your cosmetic surgery desires.

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