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How to Plan a Healthy 4th of July Barbecue Menu

Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 01:49 PM

The outdoor barbecue is a staple during 4th of July celebrations. But don’t let the festivities weigh you down…literally. Here are some tips culled from ThatsFit.com for building a healthy 4th of July barbecue menu:

• Instead of grilling traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, use turkey burgers instead. Load your burger with fresh toppings like avocado or pineapple to add a nice summer touch.
• Replace chips and dip with crisp veggies and hummus. These will offer vitamins, fiber, and a satisfying crunch.
• Serve popsicles instead of ice cream or other sweet treats. Popsicles are very low in calories and will help you cool down in the summer heat.
• Instead of mixing margaritas or reaching for a six-pack of beer, opt for sangria. The Spanish cocktail is full of antioxidant-rich fruit, and the red wine base offers heart health benefits.

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