Healthy Alternatives to Classic Independence Day Foods

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez July - 6 - 2013
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Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate…the healthy way! For many of us the Fourth of July can be overwhelming with the influx of fatty foods and sugary sodas that seem to be at every BBQ. Here are some Healthy Alternatives to Classic Independence Day foods to share with friends and family that don’t compromise taste or appeal.

Healthy Fourth of July for Model Mom

Dil Dip & Sweet Potato Chips


Skip  the classic oily potato and sour cream duo and try sweet potatoes chips as an alternative. We all crave that salty crunch so why not do it without the guilt? The first recipe for these gorgeous chips have minimal ingredients and are made in coconut oil. Pair it with a beautiful Dill Dip and you’ll be sure to wow your guests.

Sweet Potato Chips:

For a fairly large batch, cut 6 sweet potatoes thinly.

Melt enough coconut oil so the potatoes can be fully submerged.

Place the slices into the oil without them overlapping. Fry each side for around 5 minutes be sure to adjust your time accordingly, because cooking times always vary from cook to cook.

Place on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil and cool down. After sprinkle with salt and they are all ready to go!

Dill Dip:

1-2 avocados

1 cup Greek yogurt (or about 1/4 cup coconut milk)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Pit Avocados.

2. Mash all the ingredients until they are relatively smooth.



Citrus Coleslaw 

Most cole slaw recipes call for refined sugar and mayonnaise, but not this colorful confetti. A beautiful alternative to the Colonel’s classic, this recipe calls for summery citrus and some wonderful veggies that you might not be used to seeing in coleslaw but will not disappoint.


This recipe will serve 6

3 small cabbages, chopped

3 red onions, chopped

6 tomatoes, chopped

6 cucumbers, seeded and chopped

3 red bell peppers, chopped

6 small grapefruits or oranges, segmented and chopped

12 tbsp of zero sodium rice vinegar

3 tbsp of Dijon mustard

1 tsp of Stevia in the Raw

Salt and pepper, to taste.


Add all ingredients to a large bowl, toss and serve!


Succulent Turkey Burgers

It’s no lie that there is less fat in turkey burgers. Introduce this healthy and tasty alternative to your guest will asking for seconds before the grill is even open.

Turkey Burgers:

This recipe will make 12 burgers

3 lbs ground turkey

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 finely chopped onion

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together and form into 12 patties.

Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to a temperature of 180 degrees.

 PatrioticFruitSaladRed, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Why ignore the beautiful fruit that’s in season! Instead of a sugary popsicle or white flour cake, opt for a colorful and patriotic fruit salad.


Chop apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and bananas into a large bowl, toss and server!

 Treating our bodies with love and care is extremely important to all of here at The Stork Magazine. These recipes will help you and your guest celebrate our beautiful country’s independence as well as celebrate your body. Try them for the 4th or anytime!

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