Looking for healthy Independence Day recipes to show your spirit? Maybe also wanting to cut out gluten and dairy, too? If so, then you’ll love these “red, white, and blue” holiday recipes I rounded up from some of the best healthy food bloggers and websites around. Many of the recipes are also vegan and paleo friendly.
Also, since I was specifically searching for recipes featuring the colors of the flag, most of the ones I found happened to be desserts featuring seasonal berries, but I did come across a few salads and drinks, too.
Check ’em out and as always, please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
Have a happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you get to spend it with friends and family. Enjoy the fireworks!
4th of July Watermelon “Cake”
This “cake” made with fresh fruit and coconut whipped cream by Fork and Beans brings a smile to my face just looking at it. Watermelon was always a staple at my family’s 4th of July gatherings growing up and the patriotic pinwheels bring back carefree childhood memories of warm summer days gone by.
Tip: Don’t forget to add in some extra pinwheels for the taking if you’re hosting a holiday gathering. Young and old alike will love it!
Red, White, and Blue Smoothie Pops
I can imagine kids — and hey, even the adults — excitedly running up to a tray of these Red, White, and Blue Smoothie Pops and grabbing one after a dip in the pool on a hot 4th of July day. Made with fruit and yogurt (substitute coconut or soy yogurt to make them dairy-free), these healthy popsicles from The Cookie Rookie are a real treat!
By the way, if you wish to use food coloring in your popsicles, consider these natural food colorings instead of using synthetic ones.
Triple Berry Raw Cheesecake
I’m a cheesecake lover, but now that I’m avoiding dairy, what’s a girl to do? Make cheesecake with tempeh and nuts instead of cream cheese like Spa Bettie does! Check out her awesome Triple Berry Raw Cheescake recipe for a healthy and flavorful Independence Day indulgence that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Berry Bliss Rocket Pops
The ice cream truck always came around in the summer time and the 4th of July was no exception. Rocket pops were one of my favorites as a kid, but of course, now as an adult, I’m always on the look-out for healthy substitutes. So I was delighted to find that these retro-inspired Berry Bliss Rocket Pops from Family Fresh Cooking contain no artificial dyes, colors, or flavors.
Healthy Fourth of July Cocktail
Looking for a healthy, but refreshing festive drink this 4th of July? This recipe from Linda Wagner is a winner. It can be made as a mocktail for the kids and those avoiding alcohol by using just sparkling mineral water and fruit. Or, if you want to make it a cocktail, simply add in a splash of vodka and orange cointreau as Linda suggests.
Star Spangled Salad
Need a fresh salad idea for the fourth? Check out this patriotic Star Spangled Salad from Daily Bites. Featuring a variety of greens, veggies, dried fruits, and nuts, it’s topped off with red beet stars, which are easily made using a star-shaped cookie cutter. It’s one beautiful and healthy salad that’s sure to get noticed at any holiday potluck celebration or bar-b-que this summer.
Red, White & Blue Potato Salad
Somehow the 4th of July somehow isn’t a holiday without potato salad, right?. So, instead of a heavy potato salad made traditionally with egg-based mayo, why not try a healthy alternative? Check out Eating Well’s Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad dressed with a tangy lemon-olive oil vinaigrette featuring roasted red peppers and a touch of mint for a little something extra.