July is upon us and 4th of July is quickly approaching. 4th of July a time to celebrate our freedom and independence as a country and we have come up with traditions as a nation to help us do that. Some of the most popular traditions include wearing red, white, and blue clothing, having a pool party, having a barbeque, and watching fireworks. If you are like me, then your favorite parts of 4th of July involve looking at the latest fashion trends and eating some delicious food. Some of the common foods usually served on the 4th of July include hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, and basically any other food that is considered to be classic ‘American.’ While these foods are delicious, we know that they are not always the best for us. Here at Faviana we are all about empowering women to feel their best and we have gathered some healthy alternatives to classic barbeque foods that not only taste good, but will have you feeling your very best!
Healthy Potato Salad With Greek Yogurt
Potato salad pairs perfectly with many classic 4th of July foods because of its creamy consistency. While that may be the case, the main ingredient in many potato salad recipes is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is made from egg yolks, oil, lemon juice/vinegar, and different seasonings. It has been found that 1 tbsp of mayonnaise has nearly 90 calories which might not seem like a lot, but think about how much mayonnaise is used in a bowl of potato salad. One way you can spruce up the classic potato salad while still keeping its delicious taste is to replace the mayonnaise with greek yogurt and olive oil. This quick swap will not only get rid of the fat that would have been there, but will still give the potato salad that creamy base that we all know and love!
Coleslaw – Creamy Broccoli Slaw
Coleslaw is probably my favorite side salad to eat whether it be at a barbeque or on the side of a deli sandwich. Coleslaw consists of green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar. While you might think coleslaw is healthy because it contains carrots and cabbage, the amount of mayonnaise eliminates the potential health benefits. While you might not want to give up your aunt’s favorite coleslaw, this broccoli slaw still has that creaminess and crunch. The key ingredient to this healthy alternative is the use of buttermilk instead of mayonnaise. For only 90 calories per cup instead of per tablespoon, this quick swap cuts the amount of calories and fat in half!
Hamburger Buns – Lettuce Buns
Hamburgers are one of the most common foods that you will find people eating on the 4th of July. There really is nothing better than a big juicy burger, am I right? While I could have said to swap out that beef patty for a turkey patty, studies have shown that there is not a significant difference in the nutritional value between the two in most cases. Instead of telling you to swap out that classic beef patty, you can make a lettuce bun rather than using a traditional hamburger bun. At first I was skeptical about using a lettuce bun because I thought it would take away the flavor from the burger, but you really don’t taste it. If anything, you can have two burgers instead of one with the amount of calories you save using lettuce.