Tag: July 4th

15 Fourth of July Potluck Recipes

by in Healthy Holidays, July 2, 2013

Jicama and Watermelon Salad
During the holiday weekend, I’m always invited to a potluck barbecue. But no matter which part of the meal I’m assigned to bring, the end result is always a no-fail dish and a string of ooohs and ahhhs by other guests. Here are some helpful tips and healthy recipes.

Tips for Easy Toting

Complicated or soggy dishes like soups, sauces, or soufflés can get VERY messy when traveling. But if that’s your assigned food, wrap the container several times in plastic wrap just in case it leaks. I also like to have the passenger hold the dish during a car ride to be on the safe side.

When traveling with a green salad, add the dressing right before serving in order to avoid soggy leaves.

If you do choose a hot dish, check ahead with the host if they have extra oven space or if you can grill your goodies right before serving. That can save you time at home plus the food will taste better freshly cooked.
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Eating By Color: Red, White and Blue

by in Uncategorized, July 4, 2012

potato salad
Celebrate July 4th by getting the most out of your red, white, and blue foods. We’re not talking artificially-colored goodies, but rather fresh and delicious fruits and veggies in naturally-patriotic tones.

Red
Red hued foods have tons of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. They get their red color from phytochemicals like lycopene and anthocyanins. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in foods like watermelon and tomatoes and helps protect our healthy tissues from free-radical damage. Anthocyanins are found in foods like cherries and strawberries. This powerful antioxidant helps fight inflammation and protects your blood vessels and nervous system.

Spotlight Recipes: Fun & Easy For July 4th

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, June 29, 2010
Smoky Corn on the Cob
Smoky Corn on the Cob - Photo by Con Poulos/FN Magazine

Roll up your sleeves and dive into a seafood fest this holiday weekend. Whether you’ll be celebrating in the sand, poolside, or indoors, these recipes can’t be beat.

Crowd-Pleasing Main Courses

Kitchen Clambake
Lobster Rolls
Mustard Roasted Salmon
Grilled Shrimp with Chili Cocktail Sauce

Simple Sides

Yellow Trio Salad
Smoky Corn on the Cob
Tomato Salad with Herbs

Festive Desserts

Mixed Berries with Limoncello
Angel Food Cake and Berries

Beat-the-Heat Beverages

Iced Tea
Make Your Own Margaritas
Summer Cocktails

More healthy ideas for the 4th

Tell Us: What’s your go-to July 4th recipe?

Spotlight Recipes: A Feast for the Fourth

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2009

Watermelon and Cantaloup Balls
My family celebrates every Fourth of July with a big backyard pool party before we head out to see the city’s fireworks display. There’s always plenty of people and, of course, plenty of food. Whether you’re hosting your own bash, big or small, here are some recipes for a festive, flavorful spread.

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