Healthier 4th of July Recipes

A long weekend, barbecues, the beach, a nice glass of wine…or two. Holiday weekends are a great time to recharge and celebrate with friends and family.  They can also be challenging if you are trying to stay on track with your healthy habits.

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Don’t worry! We have 2 easy and healthy recipes you can add to your menu or offer to bring to the party:

1) Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 

1 English cucumber
4 Roma tomatoes
3 ripe avocados
½ red onion
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion, and cilantro in a large salad bowl.  Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Inspired by Natasha’s Kitchen and Buzzfeed.

2) Mango Chocolate Sparklers

Servings: 20

Ingredients:
2 mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled, pitted and cut into large spears, about 10 per mango
20 6-inch skewers
1 4-ounce semi-sweet chocolate bar
1 4-ounce white chocolate bar
1/2 cup red, white and blue sprinkles

Directions:
Insert skewers into bottom of mango pieces, place on parchment-lined baking sheet and place in freezer to chill, 30 minutes or up to overnight. Break chocolate bars into small pieces. Place semi-sweet chocolate in small bowl and melt in microwave about 3 minutes, stopping to stir chocolate every 30 seconds. In a separate bowl, repeat with white chocolate. Remove mango from the freezer and dip halfway into warm chocolate, allowing excess to drip off of mango. Roll in sprinkles and return to a baking sheet to allow chocolate to cool. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Inspired by mango.org

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