The Fourth of July is a week away and most of us will be grillin' it up and celebrating America's 237th birthday. This can mean one of two things: you are either very well behaved in your eating before Thursday comes or you bring along a few healthy treats of your own.
You can view the Fourth as a "cheat day" and completely engorge yourself on everything in sight. That is okay, by the way, one and only one bad day will not cost you tons of added pounds; remember it's when that one day becomes the habit that is unhealthy. Plus, if you go out for a good long run or get a really awesome workout in.
If you do want to eat healthy on the Fourth of July here are a few suggestions:
Stay away from the unnecessary carbs! In my humble opinion you really don't need the taste of the bread to enjoy a juicy burger. Try some crisp iceberg lettuce leaves instead and add a little tomato and sweet onion. My mouth's watering, is yours?
When it comes to cheese stay away from those that are high in fat and stick with mozzarella and Swiss cheese; both are lower in fat content.
Play up your red, white and blue fruits and veggies! Get creative with watermelon, cherries, strawberries, Red Delicious apples, currants, raspberries, red grapes, red peppers, red onions, tomatoes, bananas, peeled apples, cauliflowers, onions, peeled pears, jicama, mushrooms, blueberries, and huckleberries. There are a ton of ways to make a flag out of any of those red, white and blue healthy edibles! Add a little Greek yogurt with some honey or stevia to sweeten it up or a packet of dry ranch dressing and you've got a really cute little flag happening!
Or you can look at these ideas:
Compiled list from In the Know Mom of kid approved eats.
Healthy eats from burgers to desserts! On Huffington Post.
Adorable Dessert Cones from Garden of Eden.
And from my favorite healthy eating blog, Skinny Taste, Fourth of July themed eats!
So what will do you this Fourth of July? Cheat or keep?
Kim Date 6/29/2013
I usually try to stay in the middle for holidays. I enjoy the food, but I don't over-indulge. Moderation goes a long way towards making you feel satisfied but not deprived.
Bekah Kuczenski Date 7/1/2013
These are great tips! Typically the 4th is not a really bad holiday for me, I don't feel like going overboard when its hot out and I love a good fruit salad. :)