The Healthy Bite – Star Spangled 4th of July Tips

114242252With Independence Day just around the corner, here are some ideas and tips to keep your day healthy, festive and fun for this year’s summer celebration!

  • Jump-start your day of activities by eating breakfast – quick healthy options consist of scrambled eggs,  Greek yogurt, peanut butter banana toast or a fruit/veggie smoothie
  • Keep the water flowing – stay hydrated all day long, especially in the heat of the summer
  • Keep snacking at a minimum – try baked chips instead of fried and guacamole or hummus instead of old fashioned chip dip
  • Beef burgers aren’t your only option – other healthy alternatives could be turkey or veggie burgers
  • Look for the leaner cuts of meat – this they have much less fat but tend to be drier so add a little moisture and watch your cooking time
  • Stay light and fresh – watch for ingredients in side dishes that are heavy in fat such as mayo or sour cream by replacing them with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or balsamic vinaigrette
  • Proper sun protection starts with three simple things – hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Mosquito and tick protection – this is the time of the year to use your bug spray and check for bites after a day in grassy or wooded areas
  • Enjoy the sunshine and get outside – walk, run, bicycle, rollerblade, swim or kayak
  • Sit back and enjoy the show – leave the fireworks to the experts

Remember these tips during your 4th of July festivities to have a safe, fun and healthy holiday!


Tess Zasuwa | Health Solution Intern