Registered Dietitian, mother of three, and author of 400 MOMS: Discover What 400 Nutrition Experts Feed Their Kids, Jill West joined us live with some healthy options for your 4th of July recipes.
1. Hot dogs & Hamburgers: Choose uncured, nitrate-free, lower fat hot dogs (Jill will present the best choices). For burgers, choose lean ground beef or grilled chicken breast sandwiches with all the toppings.
2. Instead of Potato or Macaroni Salad, try The Carrot Broccoli Slaw from her book. Traditional Corn on the Cob Baked Beans, and Veggies w/ Hummus are also kid-friendly. Jill can talk about the nutritional benefits and lower food safety risk of these alternatives.
3. Watermelon is a tried and true option we want to keep as part of 4th of July tradition and is full of fiber, Vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene.
4. Desserts Ideas: Red White & Blue fruit kebabs (strawberries, bananas & blueberries); Red White & Blue Parfait: Vanilla Yogurt layered with strawberries and blueberries; It was a tradition in Jill's family to make homemade ice cream on 4th of July, and we don't want to discourage all traditions, so if kids are going to have the less healthy dessert, limit it to one, and offer the healthy, equally yummy, alternatives.
5. Important to stay hydrated, so kids should skip the sodas and sweet "sports" drinks, and instead, jazz up the water you serve by infusing it with strawberries and blueberries for a refreshing, patriotic Red, White & Blue drink.