Get Fed__ Your Favorite Fourth of July Foods Made Healthy

July 03, 2015 | By

Fireworks and food! That pretty much sums a good Fourth of July for us. But sometimes a little too much indulging leaves you feeling like your morning jog went to waste. So this year, try making these healthy versions of your Fourth of July foods:

Red White And Blue Fruit Pizza
Instead of using a giant sugar cookie as the “crust”, use wheat tortillas. Make the icing from greek yogurt, not cream cheese and sweeten naturally with honey or agave. Top with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for a sweet and festive treat.

Mac And Cheese
Believe it or not, you can make mac and cheese healthier. Use whole wheat pasta, low fat milk, vegetable broth and reduced fat cheese to cut tons of fat and calories from the original version. Add some broccoli florets for extra vitamins.

Funnel Cake
Funnel cake is a must-have on the 4th, but we’ve got a version that won’t leave your fingers covered in grease and powdered sugar. The main reason funnel cake is so fat-laden is because it’s fried, so try baking it instead. Use egg whites instead of eggs and almond flour instead of regular and top with fresh fruit, not powdered sugar.

Potato Salad
Potato salad is always a picnic favorite, but try making it with sweet potatoes for less fat, more vitamins and a dish no one else will bring. Sub greek yogurt for mayo and top with bell peppers, orange zest, scallions and a little bit of olive oil.

Deviled Eggs
Greek yogurt saves the day again in this healthy deviled egg recipe. You can substitute greek yogurt for mayonnaise in almost any recipe to cut fat and add protein. You can also use avocado instead of egg yolks when making your filling.

“Fried” Chicken
Except you don’t actually fry it. What makes fried chicken crispy is the coating, which you can still use even when baking. Remove the skin and roll the chicken in rice “bread” crumbs and whatever spices you prefer, then bake.

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