What better way to celebrate one the biggest days in our fair nation? Bar-B-Ques!
You don’t want to lose your gains but you want to celebrate with good food, right? Try out the below recipes for fun 4th of July meals that will satisfy your taste buds without sacrificing your macros.
With this recipe you stay cool and feel refreshed.
- 4 cups of seedless watermelon
- Juice of one lemon
- ½ cup of sugar or 2 Tbs truvia
- Optional: Mint
Put all of the ingredients in a blender until there’s no chunks
In a 13xcm pan, pour the ingredients in and place in the freezer
After 1 hour take a fork and rake the mixture
Freeze for one more hour, rake again and serve
If you don’t like watermelon try lemon, grapefruit, or strawberries (just add a little water)
Choose your choice of meat:
- 1 lb of lean ground beef, fish (salmon is a solid choice), flank steak, or chicken
- Corn tortillas
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Fresh salsa
- Fresh guacamole
- Red/green peppers
Season/marinate your meat and peppers – you want this to taste good!
Lightly brush tortillas and peppers with coconut or olive oil
Now for the fun part: put your peppers, tortillas and meat on the grill! Caution: Be careful when grilling tortillas, lightly toast and move to cool side
While everything is on the grill get your toppings set up. For added fun, let everyone choose their own toppings
Put the Greek yogurt in a bowl, this will act as a sour cream. Mix until smooth
Once you take everything off the grill, set up your taco station and relax
Best way to make your tacos is: Tortilla, meat, peppers, yogurt, cilantro, guac, salsa – but it’s totally up to your guests how they go about this.
To make it low carb, use romaine lettuce instead of a tortilla. The Greek yogurt is going to give you more protein right along side of your meat, the vegetables will keep you full, and the tortilla if you need carbs.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
- 4 Portobello mushrooms
- ½ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp garlic
- Salt to taste
Cut the stems off of your mushrooms, and wash any dirt off.
In a storage bag pour your olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic
Make sure everything is mixed good together
Toss the mushrooms in and make sure every inch is covered with the marinade
Let sit for 30 minutes
Grill both sides until cooked to the desired color and softness
I personally like my portobellos well done, a little crispy! This recipe is great for if you’re trying to stay health-conscious this 4th July as mMushrooms are a good source of vitamin D and B which helps you metabolize fats and proteins.
- 12oz bag of spinach
- 16oz container of strawberries
- Thin sliced almonds
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
- 4 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
- Salt to taste
Empty spinach into a large bowl
Add quartered cut strawberries, and almonds (your desired amount)
Add olive oil, vinaigrette, and Dijon mustard to a small bowl.
Mix well and toss with salad
It’s always good to get your greens in your diet and a good bowel movement will help your energy levels. Besides, having a healthy colon is good for everyone.
The 4th July is all about us getting together with our families and celebrating the birth of our Nation. A good old-fashioned hamburger and a can of beer are a typical BBQ staple, but celebrating this 4th July doesn’t have to infringe on your diet or fitness goals.
It’s all about finding summer foods you love and making slight changes to make them healthier options. For example instead of a normal hamburger that is bursting with fat, why not try a hamburger patty on a whole grain bun with hummus and tomato instead of a white bun with lashings of mayo and cheese.
It’s fun experimenting with your favorite meals, but above all enjoy your holiday!