It’s that time of the year. Fourth of July weekend has somehow managed to sneak up on us, and everyone will soon be making plans for beach weekends, boat days, and backyard barbecues. But while celebrating Independence Day with your family and friends is great, trying to plan out a guilt-free menu for the weekend ahead of time is, well, not. When everyone feels the urge to break out the grill and serve up endless batches of hamburgers and hotdogs all day, planning a healthy meal is even harder. If you’re struggling to come up with a healthy recipe to please all your patriotic guests, look no further.
Grilled Zucchini and Ricotta Roll-Ups
In the spirit of the Fourth, keep the grill, but trade out your burgers for some fresh veggies. These grilled zucchini roll-ups tick off all the boxes that you could possibly ask for in a side dish. Healthy? You bet. Tasty? With ricotta cheese, mint, and basil, you better believe it. Presentable? Your vegetables don’t get much cuter than this.
Get the recipe from Kitchn.
Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Sauce
For a perfect beach weekend meal, you can’t quite go wrong with some grilled shrimp. Especially when that shrimp is perfectly seasoned (get ready for hints of cilantro, chili, garlic, and lime) and topped off with a roasted poblano sauce. Hotdog who?
Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.
Grilled Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad
Don’t worry, we’re still grilling. This grilled watermelon, mint, and feta salad is everything you could ever want out of a side dish. The delicious, super refreshing salad not only boasts a low calorie count, but even adds a nice little pop of American red to your meal for some added patriotism. We pledge allegiance to our mouths.
Get the recipe from Chowhound.
Fresh Grilled Corn Salsa
What’s a party without chips and salsa, right? Get creative and stay healthy with a fresh grilled corn salsa that will be sure to impress. Corn, jalapeños, fresh lime juice, onions, and tomatoes make this recipe an easy hit – not to mention loaded with nutritious ingredients that you’ll feel totally good about digging into. Especially since it only has 44 calories per serving.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Raspberry-Buttermilk Ice Pops
Just like every Independence Day party needs a grill, every successful major summer event needs homemade popsicles. With only a few simple ingredients and 41 calories, these raspberry-buttermilk ice pops will be your new go-to summer treat. They’re delicious, kid-friendly, and the red and white match the occasion perfectly.
Get the recipe from Delish.
Skinny Pineapple Cheesecake Bars
Want to offer your guests dessert but don’t want to be tempted by it? Don’t worry, these cheesecake bars are only 130 calories, and they’re just as tasty as any summer pie. Put out a tray of these at your party and they might even be gone before you get the chance to give into your own sweet tooth.
Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.