Independence day is a beautiful time to kick back, watch some fireworks and enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s also a great time to eat some refreshing and tasty treats. Low calorie berry recipes for the Fourth of July offer a fantastic way to bring awesome flavors to diet-friendly foods.
Let the following berry recipes for the Fourth of July inspire you to prepare dishes that are bursting with flavor. That said, let them do so without spoiling your efforts to lose weight. These dishes are tasty enough that nobody will guess you’re keeping them within a calorie limit.
Each of these berry recipes for the Fourth of July is rich, sumptuous and has a healthful diet in mind.
Strawberry and blueberry shortcake – You can reduce the caloric impact by making light, fluffy buttermilk biscuits as your base. Buttermilk is surprisingly low in fat and calories. Use a light whipped cream product instead of full-fat and make sure the strawberries and blueberries are the stars. Use small biscuits that are bursting with berries! By focusing on the berries and their red, white and blue colors, you’ll slash the calories right away.
Blueberry, cranberry and coconut granola squares – making your own granola squares is quick and easy and can bring huge nutrition to what looks like a dessert. All you need is dried cranberries, shredded (unsweetened) coconut and dried blueberries (red, white and blue) mixed in old fashioned rolled oats, wheat germ and ground flaxseed. Sweeten things up with a touch of maple syrup and pure vanilla extract.
Hibiscus yogurt puree – for a rich and decadent berry treat, start with 2 cups of your favorite frozen berries (or a mix). Mix with ¼ cup of orange juice in 4 cups of Greek yogurt. Spoon in 2 tablespoons of hibiscus syrup and honey to taste. Refreshing and nutritious and yet it tastes like a creamy pudding or mousse!
Berry pops – juice a watermelon (you’ll get tons of juice) and toss in blueberries or chopped strawberries. Pour this liquid into popsicle molds and in a few hours, they’ll have frozen into healthful, low cal, deliciously sweet frozen treats.