Healthy July 4th Treats

While many of the foods associated with Fourth of July barbecues, picnics, and potlucks are a bit fatty or sugar-laden, there are plenty that are great for you. Here are three of my favorites, below. Watermelon: As noted in our recent article on Surprising Superfoods, this July 4th fave is a wonderful source of vitamin A and C, as well as potassium, and the antioxidant lycopene. Plus it’s low in calories and hydrating. Eat it by the slice or try it in one of Epi’s healthy watermelon recipes (both sweet and savory). Fresh Corn: I’ve blog about the health benefits of corn before, and I love the fact that this summertime staple has stepped into the spotlight for its disease-fighting phytonutrient content. It also supplies fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Give it a quick steam or grill or try it in one of Epi’s 100-plus healthy corn recipes. Berries: As you certainly know, berries, especially blueberries, are well-documented disease fighters. I like to make a patriotic parfait with a combo of red and blue berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries) and yogurt (another super-healthy food, thanks to its probiotics, calcium, and protein). For the one pictured above, I stirred finely chopped fresh ginger and just a touch of honey into 2% Greek yogurt before layering it with the berries for a dessert that’s healthy enough to eat every day. Don’t miss our articles on Healthy Grilling and Healthy Picnics and our Guide to Healthy Summer Eating for more ideas for your Independence Day and the rest of the week — and summer!

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