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4 Last-Minute Healthy Recipe Ideas for Your July 4 Barbecue

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Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and we're ready for it. For most of us, Independence Day means fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, and family reunions. Whether you're normally the host or someone who brings something to put on the grill, it typically takes thoughtful planning to prepare a celebration that the whole family can enjoy.

Fortunately, there are healthy last-minute recipes. Many of the recipes in Beyond Body's Personalized Wellness Book take less than an hour to prepare and could be perfect for your Independence Day cookout.

4 Last-Minute Recipe Ideas for July 4

Star-Spangled Fruit Platter and Skewers

Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July

The barbecue is undeniably the most popular way to cook anything on the Fourth of July. Sausages, smoked ribs, and some juicy steak might come to mind. However, it's not a bad idea to add something fresh to complement the meat and help create some balance. Bring a fruit platter and skewers with a star-spangled theme appropriate for the day.


  • Blueberries
  • Cubed watermelon
  • Halved strawberries
  • Sliced bananas
  • 1 bag yogurt-covered pretzels


1. Put blueberries in a bowl or square container and place them in the top corner of a rectangular food tray.

2. Place the cubed watermelons in a row, then the yogurt-covered pretzel on the next row to alternates the red and white to portray the American flag. Fill the tray with rows of watermelons and white pretzels.

3. For the skewers, insert sliced bananas and halved strawberries alternately to symbolize the red and white stripes of the American flag. Leave about 2 inches on the end of each skewer.

4. Add whole blueberries at the end.

5. Serve both platters and skewers together!

Watermelon Feta Salad

Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July



  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • 1 package (8 ounces) feta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 cups cubed watermelon (seedless, or seeds removed)
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • Fresh thyme


1. Whisk all of your dressing ingredients together in a large salad bowl to combine.

2. Place your watermelon cubes and feta chunks in the bowl, being careful not to bruise the watermelon or break up the feta too much.

3. Gently mix until all solid ingredients are covered in the dressing.

4. Add thyme and any other herbs to taste.

Creamy Mango Popsicles

Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July

What You'll Need

  • Popsicle molds
  • Popsicle/craft sticks


  • 4 cups mango (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence


1. Blend all your ingredients together until they reach a smooth consistency. Taste to see if it tastes the way you want.

2. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and place your craft sticks in the molds.

3. Leave for 2 hours or overnight for best results.

Flag Cheese Platter

Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July


  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries


1. Arrange your strawberries, raspberries, and cheese in lines, alternating colors, neatly on any large tray. A casserole tray will do nicely.

2. Place your blueberries in a square bowl.

3. Refrigerate.

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Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July

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Last Minute Recipes for 4th of July

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