The 4th of July is a holiday that my family takes very seriously. Provo, UT happens to have one of the greatest Freedom Festival celebrations in the nation. It's pretty awesome. Firesides, fireworks, The Stadium of Fire, a 10k, a baby contest, a huge parade, a gala, hot air balloons, a community breakfast, among other things...It's pretty awesome. Having grown up here we have always been a part of it. We used to sleep outside with my aunt to save a spot for the parade. We thought it was quite possibly the coolest thing ever. We got to stay up all night? Yes, please. Here we are at the parade last year. It is one hot and schweaty display of patriotism.
My family still tries to convince me that I want to stay up all night to save a spot for the fam, but I have since come to my senses. I let them save the spot. I sleep in and ride my bike over in the morning...way better option. What can I say I like my sleep? :) I am always VERY sure to catch the fireworks with my family or friends. Last year we watched them from up high on the hill overlooking the valley, and it was awesome. I literally am in love with them. Fireworks are the best invention EVER.
It seems like my family and friends always find a way to fit in a lot of barbecues and picnics around the 4th of July and I am never mad about it. I'm assuming you are probably the same way...so, I thought I'd lend some suggestions so that you might be prepared to contribute some healthy dishes to your family freedom spread.
If you are having a picnic, bypass the KFC deep fried buckets of calories and make delicious D-I-Y wraps or sandwiches. You can please everyone by offering a sandwich bar. Include different kinds of whole wheat breads, rolls or wraps. Get an assortment of meats, cheeses, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, green peppers, hummus, avocados, pesto, sprouts, etc. Get creative. With lots of options your family will feel like it is a gourmet event and they won't even miss the greasy chicken legs and gravy.
Include some fun healthy salads, a relish tray, and fresh fruit. Everyone will go for these items and they will love them!
For some awesome healthy BBQ dish suggestions and recipes go HERE.
One of my favorite healthy desserts is the English Trifle my mom makes.
Imagine how delicious and festive this would look with strawberries and blueberries. It is such a light and tasty option.
What are your plans for the 4th of July? I plan on fireworking, parading, swimming, eating, and enjoying my family and friends like crazy! I can't wait. Do you have any 4th of July eats you are planning on making? I have some new recipes I'm excited to try and I will definitely keep you in the loop. :)