Healthy 4th of July

Holiday Healthy: 4th of July!








  • Hot Dogs: Your choices are endless in hot dogs.
  • Sylvia’s favorite is Hebrew National Hotdogs
  • Hamburgers: Another perfect 4th of July staple.
  • Sylvia’s favorite is Laura’s Lean Beef
  • Lightening up Apple Pie a la Mode!
  • Be aware of the sneaky calories!
  • Have fun, be safe and don’t feel guilty if all your plans don’t go as well as prepared for.

Some of our favorite dishes lightened up for the 4th of July holiday:

Hot Dogs: Your choices are endless in hot dogs. One of a favorite for this holiday it’s definitely All American for an All American Holiday. So how do we make our hot dogs healthy? Definitely grill them vs fry (but who fries a hot dog besides my mother?), but it’s the type and brand of hot dog we choose that can be vitally important. My all time favorite is the Hebrew National 97% Fat-Free all Beef Hot Dogs. They are only about 40 calories and only 1 gram of fat. This is quite a huge difference from the regular hot dogs which are almost 250 calories and 15 grams of fat! Sodium on the Hebrew National all beef is 150 mgs less too. They are others out there that can also be a better hot dog choice over the regular full-fat version. Just read your labels and find the one with the flavor you like. In addition make sure you do the same with the bun you choose.

Hamburgers: Another perfect 4th of July staple. You can have a hamburger with over 300 calories and 23 grams of fat BEFORE you add the condiments, or you can have one that is less than a quarter of the grams of fat at 4.5 grams and only 140 calories. There are many choices here too, but my favorite is Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Beef. If you want to make sure they are moist make sure to add seasonings and low fat/low calorie items like tomato sauce or low fat Italian dressing. I love to add a tablespoon of smokey bacon grape seed oil. There are many ideas, you have to taste and find your favorites. Turkey Burgers are also a favorite of ours and this can lower your calorie count to only 120 and less than 1 gram of fat! Again, find your favorites!!!

Apple Pie A La Mode: July 4th (the All American Holiday) can not end without dessert of Apple Pie topped with Vanilla Ice Cream. How do we lighten it up? Find recipes that call for less sugar, butter or other ingredients that increase calories. Remove the crust on the pie before eating, give yourself a smaller portion.

Just remember on all the above, do not allow yourself to go starving throughout the day in order to eat the high calorie or large portions of the holiday food. Get your exercise in and just make smart choices throughout your holiday food fest. Remember, there are calories that sneak up on you with a nibble of this or a taste of that and a DRINK (whether high calorie or alcoholic beverage). Most importantly, have fun, be safe and don’t feel guilty if all your plans don’t go as well as prepared for.

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