Have a Haute Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a day that marks when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. We as a nation mark our independence from overindulgence with food at barbecues, picnics, family reunions, baseball games, carnivals and county fairs. This is another holiday that we prepare ourselves to be svelte and throw it all away with some chips and dip. If you are in charge of the food, here are a few recommendations to make you the hostess with the most-ess while serving more than just a fruit plate as a healthy option.

Meat: Fire up the grill and throw on a turkey burger. This is something that should not be skimped on when it comes to organic. Buy lean, free-range and hormone free. Turkey is a great alternative at about 193 calories for a 4-ounce patty, but it can also be disappointing when it turns out dry. I whip up my turkey burgers by getting ground meat and adding in goat cheese and spinach. This way it cooks in to add some flavor and rids the rubber effect away. Thinking of skipping the bun? Try to coat it with a thin layer of breadcrumbs and cook it in olive oil. Voila! Carbohydrate coma I think not!

Grilled Veggies: Asparagus. At less then 4 calories per spear, how can you go wrong? Pick them up at your local farmers’ market and you’ll get your dose of heart healthy fiber, foliate and potassium. This is perfection and all helping to lower your blood pressure. Score!

Beverage: H2O. Make sure to stay hydrated. Water alone is a little drab. If you would like to make it fancy add some bubbles to your water, perhaps submerge it with mint leaves or freeze some berries in an ice cube tray. There’s going to be a few that may add some vodka to that, OK maybe more than a few, but they will thank you when they wake up the next morning headache free because you kept them hydrated. Please remember if you are going to add an adult additive into your water please, please, please do not drink and drive.

Happy Independence Day, America. Remember to please be safe. Until next time my friends, visit www.raylenebartolacci.com. To health and wellness. Salute.