When you’re searching for festive holiday foods, the Internet (Pinterest) is full of creative hacks, but most festive recipes contain a variety of processed foods. Sadly, you won’t find too many easy, patriotic red, white and blue REAL FOODS for you to enjoy with your family.
Yes, holidays are special times that call for special treats. But if you add up all the holidays of the year, that’s a lot of unnatural, unhealthful treats. And they are usually full of artificial colors, preservatives and flavors. Fourth of July food inspiration is no different.
Well, I like to play with my food as much as the next mom (maybe more since I’m a dietitian). But I prefer to work with nature’s ingredients as much as possible. I think it can be even more creative and just as fun! And it’s certainly healthier for everyone involved.
That’s why I am sharing several of my favorite patriotic red, white and blue real foods with you this Independence Day.
You may notice that some recipes below are treats and some even contain sugar, but a non-diet approach works best when it includes the freedom to enjoy treats at times! (Click on photos to link to recipes.)
Happy 4th of July! May you feel nourished every day by the things that matter most, including freedom, gratitude, and time spent with friends and family around a table of good food!