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Healthy Summer Party Tips

Healthy Summer Party Tips

4th of July get-togethers and summer parties are in full swing, so we have healthy summer party tips to make your party a success.

First up, brush up on outdoor food safety.

Safe Summer Infographic


Know the 4 steps to food safety for your 4th of July party.

4 Steps to Food Safety


Transport food in coolers whenever possible, and never leave any food with mayo, dairy, meat, or eggs out for longer than 2 hours.

Food Sitting Out


When grilling, cook beef and pork to 145 degrees, ground meat to 160 degrees, and chicken or turkey to 165 degrees.

Temperature Guide


Avoid cross-contamination by keeping dishes and utensils that touched raw meat away from other ingredients and cooked meat.

Tick season is supposed to be bad this year, so set up a bug spray station and use torches or candles to repel bugs.

18 Cookout Hacks to Take Summer Entertaining to the Next Level


Sunscreen is an important part of all outdoor get-togethers. Have it on hand and help prevent skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month


And check out our healthy summer party recipes that are perfect for your next party or get-together and, without mayo or dairy, will keep longer outside.


Picnic Party

Healthy Picnic Recipes

While you’re out at the parks, we had some healthy picnic recipes for you to make a day of it!

First up was a light take on potato salad that uses cauliflower instead of potato.

Recipe: Low-Carb Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad


This easy Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Salad is perfect to eat outdoors.


Whip up this delicious Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad for your next picnic.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad


Toss your mayo-filled version for this Broccoli Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing.

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing
Image and Recipe via Pinch of Yum


These Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips lighten up your favorite craving and side.

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips


Watermelon Pineapple Summer Salad will be a new picnic staple.

Watermelon Pineapple Summer Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing


Sneak in plenty of veggies with these easy Ginger Scallion Chicken Wraps.

Ginger Scallion Chicken Wraps



Healthy Burger Recipes

Healthy Burger Recipes

This week in food, we had all kinds of healthy burger recipes for you to start grilling!

First up for Meatless Monday was a Portobello Mushroom Burger with Avocado Chimichurri for a burger that tastes meaty without the meat.

Portobello Mushroom Burger with Avocado Chimichurri and Capsule Kitchen Challenge


Try Tortilla Crusted Chipotle Salmon Sliders for a delicious and one-of-a-kind appetizer.

Tortilla Crusted Chipotle Salmon Sliders
Image and Recipe via How Sweet Eats


This Herbed Turkey Burger with Goat Cheese and Cranberry Sauce is pretty much Thanksgiving on a bun.

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Cranberry Sauce


Italian Meatball Burgers combine ground beef and sausage for a saucy family-favorite.

Italian Meatball Burgers


These Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers are vegan, but still get crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Image and Recipe via Minimalist Baker


Thai Tuna Burgers with Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise are perfect served with a cucumber salad instead of pickles.

Thai Tuna Burgers with Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise


Bacon Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole and BBQ Mayo are super easy when made with frozen chicken patties and are healthier than a beef option.

Bacon Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole and BBQ Mayo + a Grilling Package Giveaway


Drive Thru Choices

Smart Eating in the Drive Thru

Fast food can be easy, quick, and affordable. And there’s going to be times, like running around after school and work, but before your kid’s big game, that you just don’t have time to go home and cook. But, you should be careful to eat smart when you’re running through the drive thru.

From 2007 to 2010, American adults got 11.3% of their total daily calories from fast food. And when many fast food meals pack a high-calorie punch, it’s important to make the smartest choices possible.

Tips for the Drive Thru

Don’t add salt.

Fast food places are already adding plenty of salt to their food, so don’t add extra from the shaker to your fries.

Pick smart toppings.

Ketchup can have quite a bit of sugar, but sauces like honey mustard and BBQ have even more, and mayo is high in fat. Mustard is the perfect low-fat condiment. And pick veggies like onion, tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce instead of cheese or bacon.

Pay attention to names and menu descriptions.

Things that are labeled deep-fried, panfried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, Alfredo, or in cream sauce are going to be high in calories, fat, and salt.

Don’t assume it’s healthy because it sounds like a health food.

Some fast food salads, like those with crispy chicken, lots of cheese, and heavy dressings, like ranch, can have more than a 1,000 calories! Some burgers have as few as 250 calories. Pay attention to what’s on each item.

Skip the soda.

Drink water, tea, or even coffee instead. Even diet soda is not helping your health.

Look at ALL of the menu.

Some places serve breakfast all day that can have healthier options. Kids’ menus can give you smaller, lower calorie portions. And you can always ask to remove or substitute certain ingredients.

Use technology.

More and more menus are listing calories, but it can be hard to read that in the drive thru while you’re also trying to choose and order. But technology makes it easy to check calorie-counts and nutrition info online. Some places, like Starbucks, even have nutrition info on their app. Take a minute before you go or while you’re waiting in a long line to check what your healthiest options are.

Stop your cravings.

If you’re hitting up the drive thru because of a craving, not because you’re short on time, learn how to make healthier, cheaper, and delicious versions of your favorite takeout at home. Our Pinterest can help you learn how.

Fitness Magazine also has some great recommendations for what you should order at some of your favorite fast food stops.