Tips and Recipes for a Vegan & Gluten-Free Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July is one of those holidays where it can feel challenging to eat healthy. Sometimes you want to give up, call it a “cheat day,” and stuff your face with potato salad and cake. Not this year! Here are some great recipes to help you eat a clean plant based diet, all while enjoying the festivities and companionship that this holiday has to offer!

Burgers
“Pulled” Cauliflower BBQ Sandwich by Beard & Bonnet
Vegan Burger King by One Green Planet
If you’re looking for pre-made burgers to throw on the grill, Qrunch Quinoa Burgers and Sunshine Burgers are good options.

Sides
Grilled Balsamic Vegetables by ifoodreal
Smokey Cumin and Avocado Dressing with Jicama Slaw Salad by Choosing Raw
Grilled Herb Corn on the Cob by Diabetic Living

Desserts
Protein Cookie Bars by Chic Delish
No Bake Chocolate Pie by Healthy Voyager

Here is one of my own patriotic recipes, pictured above!

In a bowl, mix together:
– organic blueberries
– organic raspberries
– raw organic shredded coconut
– raw walnuts

There is no need to measure anything, just add more of the ingredients you like the most! You can serve this as a dessert with coconut whipped cream, as a side, or as an appetizer. I enjoy this as a snack all summer long!

A few final Fourth of July Tips:
– Use avocado instead of mayonnaise on your sandwiches
– Use homemade or organic ketchup–the regular kind is full of high fructose corn syrup (which is linked to diabetes and Alzheimers)
– Don’t forget the watermelon!

Have a safe, happy, and healthy Fourth of July!

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