Start a new 4th of July Tradition by Isabella Yzerman


Fourth of July Snacks

The weekend of July 4th is rapidly approaching, what dish will you be contributing to this year’s holiday get-together? Just because this celebration is tradition does not mean that you need to follow in the footsteps of Fourths past and gorge on hot dogs and burgers. Celebrate the long weekend, no cheat day included! Enjoy these fun, easy, and healthy snacks not just this weekend, but all summer long. Start new July 4th traditions by giving your family and friends treats that taste great and are great for your body too.

Fruit pops with coconut water

Fill Popsicle molds ¾ of the way full with your favorite fruits.

Fill the rest of the mold with your chosen brand of coconut water.

Place in the freezer for two hours or until partially frozen then insert the Popsicle sticks into the molds.

Continue freezing for three more hours or until your pops are fully frozen.

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Zucchini chips

Ingredients:

4 cups of thinly sliced Zucchini

  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Whisk salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar in a bowl.

Add thinly sliced zucchini, the thinner the crispier!

Toss the crisps until they are fully covered in the dressing.

Place the slices on dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 135 degrees for 5-6 hours.

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Burrata tomato bites 

Cut the tops off cherry tomatoes and scoop out the insides.

Fill with a small spoonful of burrata or mozzarella cheese.

Drizzle balsamic vinegar over top.

      

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Frozen Yogurt Blueberries

Use a toothpick to dip blueberries in Greek yogurt.

Place on a baking sheet and freeze until ready.

Try using different types of Organic Greek yogurt (like Siggis, Fage, Stoneyfield, Chobani, etc) to create a combination of flavors.

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For dessert! Fruit pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package of sugar cookie dough
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon of water

  

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake the cookie dough as usual for 13-14 minutes on a prepared pizza pan.

In mixing bowl use an electric mixer to whip the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until light and smooth.

Spread the “frosting” over the crust when cool and arrange the fruit however you would like!

Optional: whisk the preserves and the water and brush it over the fruit then refrigerate until serving time

                                                    

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