5 Healthy Snacks For Your Fourth Of July Celebration

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Holidays always seem to destroy our healthy eating and exercise dreams. With all of those delicious desserts and sugary drinks tempting us at holiday barbecues, it can be hard to say no. This year, our editors have come up with a few simple recipes to keep clean eating in check during the Fourth.

Red, White and Blue Popsicles
These red, white and blue popsicles come together in almost no time, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the day’s festivities. And with a simple list of healthy ingredients, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating one, or three.

1.5 cups blueberries
1 cup raspberries
2 cups limeade

Divide the blueberries and raspberries among freezer-pop molds. Pour limeade over the berries, insert sticks into the molds, and freeze the popsicles until they are completely firm. If you’re not a fan of raspberries or blueberries, you can also slice up other fruit; we recommend strawberries. Enjoy!

summer strawberries

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Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salsa
This fresh salsa packs a punch and is the perfect dish to bring to your family barbecue or have on any summer day.

1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries (diced)
1 cup jicama (diced)
1/3 cup cilantro
1/4 cup red onion (diced)
2 tablespoons jalapeño pepper
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined.

Red, White and Blueberry Salad
If you’re feeling adventurous and have more time on your hands before the big barbecue, try making this wonderfully delicious quinoa salad and fresh blueberry dressing.

4 tablespoons blueberry vinegar
1 tablespoon walnut oil

2/3 cup uncooked red quinoa
2 cups blueberries
5 ounces blue cheese
3 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped)

Mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside. For the salad, mix the blueberries, freshly cut blue cheese and mint together in a large bowl. Cook the quinoa and let cool. Stir dressing into the quinoa. Let the quinoa cool down a bit more before mixing it with the blueberries, blue cheese and mint. Serve!

Photo courtesy of PicJumbo.

Vegetable Kebabs
Just about everyone likes to eat food off of a stick, and thankfully, kebabs can easily be added to any barbecue menu. Skewer mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers and eggplant pieces and pop them on the grill. Not only is this easy and healthy, but everyone else will be wondering why they hadn’t thought of it first.

Fruity Cubes and Lemonade
Every party needs drinks, but most drinks are not as healthy as we’d like. We recommend this lemonade drink to wow friends and family.

4 cups lemonade
2 cups soda water
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries

Place raspberries and blueberries in an ice-cube tray and then fill with lemonade. Freeze. In a large pitcher, mix lemonade and chilled soda water together and chill. When you’re ready to serve, drop a few of the fruity ice cubes into a glass and fill with lemonade/soda water mixture! Simple and delicious: We couldn’t ask for more.

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