5 Tips for a Healthy July 4th Cookout

July 4th is one of the best times of year to have a cookout!! But how can you have a cookout and  still eat healthy?

1.  Instead of hamburgers, why not grill large portobello mushrooms for your guests? Topped with caramelized onions and loaded with toppings such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado or guacamole, these could be a delicious and hearty alternative to hamburgers.  These are so meaty tasting, no one will be asking, “Where’s the beef?”

2. Make healthy side dishes. Instead of the traditional potato salad, why not use sweet potatoes instead of white or red bliss. How about using olive oil as its base to replace the mayo? Couscous or quinoa salad would be great alternatives to pasta salad.

3. Grill skewers of veggies. Choose whatever veggies you like such as mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green or red peppers and brush them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill them. These will be delicious, filling and satisfying.

4. Instead of a gooey dessert what about fresh fruit or grilling it?  Fresh melon, berries or watermelon is always a great way to end your meal. But if you feel adventurous and do not want the grill to go to waste. Grill some fruit. If you have peaches, nectarines or even apricots, just cut them in half and pit them, brush them lightly with a vegetable oil and put cut-side down on the grill for 3-4 minutes. Take them off and you could brush them with a little brown rice syrup or maple syrup and top with toasted almonds. Delicious!

5.  This is the most important tip for a healthy July 4th. Sit down whenever you eat! At a cookout everyone seems to stand around and eat and eat and eat. Standing can prevent you from feeling how truly full you are, thuIMG_5716_Cobb_LRs overeating. So sit down, chew your food well and enjoy your food!

Have a  happy, HEALTHY and delicious Fourth of July!!!




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