Healthy July Fourth Recipes

July Fourth Recipes.jpgFourth of July is tomorrow! I think it is my favorite holiday. I love being around family, enjoying the sunshine, and making delicious foods! July 4th barbecues are usually stocked with delicious, but sometimes unhealthy foods. I have a bunch of healthy options for your July 4th celebration, or anytime this summer! First up, is my favorite summer salad.

Cucumber Salad and Dill

It is so easy to make and tastes so refreshing. A great addition to any picnic!

Another favorite is this creamy Healthy Mac SaladP1100149There are only a few substitutions, but they make this summer staple so much healthier. It still tastes just as good as the macaroni salad you know and love!

If you are looking for a delicious italian dressing to top your pasta salad, or garden salad with this one is spectacular. It is my go to recipe throughout the summer when I can find most of the herbs in the garden. It tastes fantastic! This tortellini pasta salad is to-die-for. Yum!Italian dressingIf you are looking for a delicious, refreshing drink to go with your celebrations, this Basil Lemonade is a great one! I love the fresh, lemony taste. It is so easy to make and much healthier than those sugar loaded drinks. P1100203Add a splash of vodka, BOOM, perfect adult celebration summery drink. Love it. Here are some other great healthy summer recipes!

More Healthy Fourth of July Recipes!

This Corn, Avocado, Tomato Salad looks amazing!
July 4th Vegan Recipes!
 and this fruit pizza…umm yum!

What are you doing for the fourth! What’s your favorite BBQ recipe! Have an awesome holiday weekend!

Delicious (healthy) Mac Salad

It’s funny how foods that easily could be made all year long are destined to be eaten only during one season. Macaroni salad is definitely a summer food. Perfect for a picnic! I LOVE enjoying this salad as a side at BBQ’s throughout the summer. BUT, of course, I thought there has to be a way to make this mayo-filled-lots-of-fat-and-calories salad a bit healthier. I found a way to lower the calories and fat, without sacrificing any flavor. This “healthy” mac salad is still de-liciously creamy, salty, and satisfying. So…Let’s get started!

P1100144P1100148Mac Salad RecipeFeel free to use regular mayo, the calories and fat will just be a bit higher. I used Smart Balance Omega plus, it has half the calories and fat of regular mayonaise. This recipe is still much healthier than most macaroni salads, definitely much healthier than any bought at a store or restaurant.
P1100149Yum!! To make your next salad a bit healthier, try these easy steps:
1. Add more vegetables!
2. Partially substitute plain greek yogurt for a recipe that calls for heavy cream, sour cream, or mayo
3. Use egg whites instead of whole eggs

Happy summer!