Ready to celebrate the 4th of July holiday in style? We’ve got you covered with 10 patriotic 4th of July recipes that’ll leave your mouth watering, your stomach satisfied, and your guests impressed. Because not only are they fun to look at, but they’re just as healthy as they are delicious!
With each recipe, we’ll take you through the day starting with red, white, and blue-themed snacks and appetizers, a festive layered shake, colorful salads, dinner grilling recipes, and patriotic & healthy desserts.
And on top of all that, they’re incredibly easy to make! Read on for more…
Red, White, and Blue Fruit Kabobs
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To kick us off let’s start with something super healthy and super easy to make. That’s this festive and colorful red, white, and blue fruit kabob creation featuring bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. All you need are some skewers and a few minutes to throw this one together.
In minutes you’ve got yourself an easy centerpiece and appetizer for your 4th of July table. Just make sure you’re applying a little pineapple juice to the bananas to preserve the color! This recipe also makes for a fun assembly activity for kids—encouraging kids and adults alike to get their daily serving of nutritious and delicious fruit!
Check out this Red, White, and Blue Fruit Kabob recipe from Clean Eating Kitchen.
Red, White, and Blue Popcorn
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Throughout the July 4th celebrations it’s easy to find yourself overindulging in sugary sweets like cookies, or red, white, and blue frosting-covered cupcakes. Instead, pop yourself some popcorn and add in some dried cranberries and blueberries! It’s a healthy, munch-worthy snack that still celebrates the holiday in style.
Not only is it super-easy to make but popcorn contains healthy fiber that will keep you feeling full throughout the celebrations. (And less likely to overdo it with all the sugary treats!) If you’re hosting a 4th of July party, it’s one of those easy-to-throw-together snacks that everyone will love and grab handfuls of as they wait for you to fire up the grill.
Check out this 4th of July popcorn recipe and other easy appetizers from Family Food On The Table.
Worried about overdoing it at the BBQ? Blend up a healthy red, white, and blue layered smoothie to start your July 4th holiday on a healthy (and festive!) note. This recipe comes from our top-rated shake company, 310 Nutrition!
Ingredients include a scoop of healthy meal replacement shake, almond milk, frozen raspberries, blueberries, banana, and ice. It’s like making three separate smoothies. Only with this recipe, you slowly combine each one to create a fun, layered look. It’s perfect for celebrating the holiday without breaking from your healthy eating routine.
Check out this red, white, and blue Star-Spangled July 4th Shake recipe from 310 Nutrition.
Red, White, and Blueberry Caprese Salad
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Serve up some patriotic spirit with this easy-to-make five-ingredient salad. It features bright-red cherry tomatoes, blueberries, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil. And it’s just as healthy as it is festive!
If you’ve never had blueberries with tomatoes before then prepare for a taste bud explosion. The fruity blueberries perfectly compliment the juicy, red tomatoes. And combined with the delicious flavor of the mozzarella and the balsamic vinegar it makes the perfect mouthwatering appetizer for your July 4th dinner table.
Check out this festive Red, White, and Blueberry Caprese Salad recipe from BRIT + CO.
Festive Mediterranean Pasta Salad
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This colorful salad features all the July 4th pizazz but none of the excess calories. It’s loaded with fresh and healthy veggies, olives, nuts, feta, and spices for a filling and nutritious start to your BBQ celebrations.
And what’s great about a salad recipe is that you can add or adjust it to your liking! While this recipe from Vegan Huggs is vegan, you can easily swap the vegan cheese for feta cheese. Or add in grilled chicken if you’re looking for extra protein! It’s easy to throw together and tastes delicious with all these ingredients coming together to create the ultimate experience for your taste buds.
Check out this healthy and festive Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe from Vegan Huggs.
Healthy July 4th Burgers
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Nothing says 4th of July celebrations like firing up the grill and throwing some patties on the fire! But can a burger be healthy? Yes and no! While not as healthy as, say, a salad or other low-calorie dish, this burger recipe keeps your nutrition in mind without sacrificing flavor.
By using extra lean ground beef, you’re cutting out some of the fat and calories that you’d get from a regular ground beef burger. So you can enjoy the burger taste you know and love without straying too far from your healthy eating goals. And with toppings, you can add in extra nutrition and style. Load up on tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and other ingredients to your heart’s content.
Check out this healthy July 4th burger recipe from Kim’s Cravings.
Marinated Grilled Vegetable Kebabs
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Delight your guests with this deliciously marinated veggie kebab recipe! Just cut up some veggies, slather on the marinade, then fire up the grill for a dish that takes dinner to a whole new level of mouthwatering flavor. And these yummy veggie kebabs make the perfect side dish for your healthy July 4th burger recipe!
This recipe uses mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, red onion, and zucchini but you can use whatever veggies you like best! Then you whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to make your marinade. If you’re looking to add some protein to this recipe, skewer up some chicken to enjoy as well! But we recommend grilling your chicken and veggies separately since the meat will take longer to cook.
Check out this healthy Marinated Vegetable Kebab recipe from EatingWell.
Fourth of July Carrot Dogs
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Skip the unhealthy hot dog this year and opt for a delicious and veggie-friendly Carrot Dog instead! Cook or grill up some carrots until they’re tender and slather on the mustard, ketchup, relish, or another condiment of your choice.
We promise that this will be your new favorite way of getting in your veggies! And it fits right in with the 4th of July backyard grilling celebrations. Making it the perfect addition to your dinner and a fun way to sneak in more nutrition!
Check out this great Fourth of July Carrot Dog recipe from Neurotic Mommy.
Healthy Red, White, and Blue July 4th Popsicles
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Instead of running after the ice cream truck and buying one of their artificial sugar-loaded popsicles, why not make your own popsicles at home? Not only does it taste better but it’s also good for you too! They feature zero food coloring or dyes and all the nutrients from strawberries, blueberries, and dairy-free coconut milk.
The key to this recipe is to prepare and freeze each color before you pour in the next. That way the colors don’t bleed together and you get this perfectly layered popsicle. So get to work preparing this one the day before the celebrations. That way you have enough time to blend and freeze each layer so they’re ready to go. It’s the perfect frozen treat for a hot July 4th summer day!
Check out this red, white, and blue July 4th popsicle recipe from Detoxinista.
Fourth of July Chia Pudding
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This recipe is vegan, delicious, filling, and totally healthy! And if you don’t know much about chia seeds, prepare to be amazed by how much nutrition is packed into a tiny little seed. Not only do they add a fun crunchy texture to your pudding, but they’re packed with large amounts of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and multiple essential minerals.
In other words, they’re the ultimate superfood! And combined with Greek or coconut yogurt, raspberries, and blueberries, this chia pudding recipe makes the perfect healthy 4th of July-themed dessert to cap off your celebrations.
Check out this Fourth of July Chia Pudding recipe from BRIT + CO.
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