The Fourth of July often means (over) eating some pretty unhealthy or at least fattening foods, but with so many people watching their weight, I thought it’d be fun to share some not so fattening recipes for this long holiday weekend (is it even a weekend if it lasts four days?).
Some Fourth of July foods are delicious and low in calories and fat: watermelon.
Oops, that’s the only one I can think of! Potato salad, cole slaw, and deviled eggs are a bit on the not good side of dieting.
But here are some healthier, not so fattening recipes to try:
Confetti Potato Salad
- 2 cups of cooked potatoes cut into chunks
- 2 Tablespoons of Mustard
- 1 small jar of drained pimentos
- 1 tiny can of drained sliced black olives
- 1 Tablespoon of Light Mayo
- Salt, Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon of relish (optional)
- Mix call together and chill thoroughly. Sprinkle top with paprika if desired.
- Serves 4 for about 75 calories each.
Personally, I think light mayo is a vast improvement over fat-free mayo, but I might just use the real thing for this recipe . . . it’s only a tablespoon, after all.
Prep time: 20 minutes 4 Servings
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1â„2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon granular sugar substitute
1 small (1- to 1 1â„2-pound) head green cabbage
shredded (TK cups)
1 small (1- to 1 1â„2-pound) head red cabbage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Okay, so this calls for a cup of mayo . . . hmmm. Maybe use half a cup light and half a cup regular?
I couldn’t find a low fat deviled egg recipe (duh!), but if you’re going low carb, deviled eggs are the way to go! How to make perfect deviled eggs
There are also a ton of recipes for healthier burgers from turkey burgers to salmon burgers, but if these zap the fun of the Fourth for you (they sound icky to me), why not have grilled chicken breast burgers (okay, sandwiches)? Yum and far more “traditional” than a turkey burger with corn and tomato relish or a salmon burger with dill blah-dy blah.
Corn on the cob . . . well, skip all the salt and butter, and it’s still yummy. Or buy those fake butter-tasting sprays (I can’t believe it’s not butter makes a decent one) and spritz a bit on the corn.
Here’s an awesome general picnic site chock full of ideas, picnic basket packing tips, and cool recipes.
More healthy and diet recipes: http://www.fourth-of-july-celebrations.com/html/healthy-july-4th-recipes.html
Not so healthy recipes (including a divine sounding burger stuffed with bleu cheese). Dieters beware!: http://www.fourth-of-july-celebrations.com/html/entree-recipes-for-july-4th.html