6 Nutritionist-Approved Recipes For The 4th
By Nutritional Weight & Wellness Staff
June 29, 2021
Along with all the sunshine, friends, family, swimming and fireworks, do you know what you're going to be eating on the 4th? Chances are if you don't give this some forethought, the options aren't going to be great—sugary ice cream, sweetened condiments and corn-syrup-laden baked beans come to mind.
To keep you feeling great and fueling your body with real food, we've pulled together six of our favorite summertime recipes, perfect to bring to a BBQ or make in advance to bring up to the cabin.
Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Using skirt or flank steak and a simple marinade, this recipe is an easy way to take care of that protein part of your meal. Grab some fresh herbs from your garden or the market to whip up an easy chimichurri sauce that is the perfect finish to any meat on the menu.
Grilled Spicy Shrimp Skewers
For a quick and easy protein dish that’s different from the usual hot dogs and hamburgers, try these shrimp skewers! They cook up quick on the grill and make a dinner spread look fancy and tasty.
Mediterranean Potato Salad
A classic dish to share with family! Most store-bought options have 7 teaspoons of sugar and are full of oils that we caution clients against. This recipe is made with olive oil, potatoes, green beans, sweet peppers, and cherry tomatoes.
Grilled Peaches & Cream
We're all about eliminating the high fructose corn syrup in your summer fun, so say "no thanks" to the ice cream bars and enjoy these delicious grilled peaches and cream instead. Brush or rub 2 tsp of melted coconut oil/avocado oil onto the peaches before putting them on the grill will keep them from sticking and give you that added healthy fat. Bonus points: guests will be wowed by this beautiful, rich dessert.
Lil' Dipper Veggie Dip
A longtime favorite, we just had to include it. The traditional store-bought veggie dip is full of high fructose corn syrup and nothing else that's great for you. Why have that when our dip tastes great, is a wonderful source of fat and ... is an easy way to get kiddos to eat their veggies! Why does dip instantly make anything more fun?
Cabbage slaw or coleslaw should be considered a super food. Purple cabbage, in particular, is packed with six times more vitamin C than green cabbage. By combining purple cabbage with the healthy fats from mayo (here's our homemade mayo recipe) or olive oil, you make the fat-soluble vitamins A and K in the cabbage and carrots more absorbable. Plus it’s the perfect cold salad to eat on a hot day!
So what sounds good to you? What will you be adding to your shopping list? It really is possible to have a fun, delicious, healthy holiday when you plan ahead. For more ideas check out our full recipe section where you'll find crowd favorites such as our Crunchy Broccoli Salad and Grilled Chicken Thighs & Zucchini Recipe.
For more summer BBQ tips, check out these resources:
- Read: Eat This, Not That at Summer BBQs, especially if summer is a tough time for avoiding sugar
- Learn: Cooking Classes are virtual cooking demonstrations by our in-house chef that use recipes of produce currently in season
- Try: Bison Burger Recipe for protein variety when you heat up the grill