New Ideas for Your July 4th Celebration
Juicy hamburgers and sausages or hotdogs on the grill are expected favorites for July 4th block parties and picnics. Want to spice things up a bit while serving healthier fare? Start some Independence Day traditions of your own by trying these menu ideas — some with the added nutrition of wheat germ.
New ways with burgers: For a twist on the usual beef hamburger, try these grilled fish burgers using tilapia, cod, haddock or catfish. By substituting half of the bread crumbs with Kretschmer Wheat Germ, you’ll get an added nutritional boost.
Meaty portobello mushroom burgers offer a delicious way to go meatless and slash calories, with only 30 calories and no fat or cholesterol in one portobello mushroom versus 235 calories, 16 grams of fat and 76 grams of cholesterol in a typical 3-ounce hamburger patty.
Got a meat lover who will turn up their nose to fish and veggie burgers? Our Mushroom, Parmesan and Wheat Germ Turkey Burgers are sure to satisfy and add a gourmet touch to your average burger.
Make-ahead salads, hold the mayo: Potato and macaroni salads are July 4th picnic mainstays, but with some mayonnaise-laden potato salads ringing up at 350 calories and 20 grams of fat for a single one-cup serving, you can probably find a healthier make-ahead salad that’s just as tasty. This Quick & Healthy Potato Salad substitutes nonfat plain yogurt for the mayo, cutting calories to under 200 per serving. Or get your fill of the tastes of summer with this Tomato, Basil and Couscous Salad or our Lentil Salad with Wheat Germ.
Beyond brownies: When it comes time for dessert, it’s easy to fall back on easy finger foods like homemade brownies and chocolate chip cookies, but why not throw a tasty curve ball by offering key lime tarts or other healthy fruit bars? Another delicious option: Head back over to the grill for some Dessert Polenta with Grilled Balsamic Plums or Grilled Pineapple and Coconut Sorbet.
These are just a few ways to lighten up your July 4th celebration. How do you make traditional picnic fare healthier?