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Healthy Picnic Foods for this 4th of July Weekend

The 4th of July holiday weekend is a time to show your patriotism and celebrate with friends and family. It is also a time when you may overindulge in drinks and party food.  Here are few ideas that can help you enjoy, with ‘moderation’,  the festivities so that you don’t blow your weight and fitness goals.

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Spiced Carrot Dip

Here is a delicious spiced carrot dip I discovered in Prevention Magazine. It is perfect for your next party or as a simple appetizer at your next family meal.  Easy to make and good for you too. Carrots are an excellent source of nutrients.  Your kids will love dipping their favorite veggies in to this colorful dip.  It will introduce them to new flavors and be fun for them to eat.  Finding smart, healthy snack ideas for your family is essential in teaching them the proper foods to eat for a healthy lifestyle.

Spiced Carrot Dip: (as seen in Prevention Magazine)

  • 1 ½ lb carrots cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt ( I prefer 0%)
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Steam carrots until tender, about 20 minutes. Put in the food processor.

Heat oil in small non stick skillet over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, curry powder, and cumin. Toast stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add to food processor with remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Season

Serve with veggies, or home baked pita or tortilla chips

Serving=1/4 cup

44 cal., 5g carbs., 1 g sat. fat, 34 mg sodium

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Goat Cheese and Roasted Grapes Crostini

Crostini with Goat Cheese and Roasted Grapes: (as seen in Fitness Magazine)

An easy, healthy goat cheese recipe that makes a delicious appetizer for parties and dinners. Continue reading

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Healthier Super Bowl Sunday Dips

Offer these healthier versions of fan favorites this Super Bowl Sunday.  My guess is people won’t miss the extra fat and calories.  These dips are delicious! Continue reading

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Edamame Dip

This  edamame dip would be a great addition to your Super Bowl spread this weekend.  It’s good for you and taste delicious! Continue reading

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Have A Happy, Healthy Holiday With These Appetizers

Appetizers can be the downfall of a weight management plan for anyone over the holidays.  Food is everywhere! On desks and in break rooms, in classrooms, at parties and get-togethers!   Are there any healthy choices?

Some picks are better than others.  Here are some choices to look out for and at the bottom is my Mother’s recipe for a great vegetable dip that she served at the holidays. 

Appetizers to look for:

-Shrimp cocktail

-Chicken skewers


-cut fruit with yogurt dip

-Greek yogurt/horseradish dip with vegetables*

-smoked salmon (sans cream cheese)

-Goat cheese on pear slices

-wasabi and crab on endive leaves


Appetizers to steer away from:

-Artichoke/spinach dip with bread to dip

-Buffalo wings

-Creamy cheese dips

-Nacho dip with chips

-Liver pate

-Anything wrapped in pastry

-Anything fried and sitting in an orange colored sauce

-Mac-n-cheese with lobster

-Bread baskets with a cheese spread


Blanche’s Horseradish dip-

1 cup sour cream (I substitute 0% Greek yogurt)

2 tbsp. raw horseradish (called prepared)

dash of salt

1 tsp. paprika

Stir ingredients and serve with cut vegetables.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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