10 Healthy 4th of July Recipes For the Patriotic Chef

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The 4th of July is a fun time to get together with friends and family, play games, enjoy the weather, and most importantly - eat!

Make this year's celebration a healthier holiday by trying out these delicious 4th of July recipes that offer great nutritional value and will leave your guests fighting for the leftovers.

1. Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

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These delicious pulled chicken sandwiches are a healthier alternative to the traditional pulled pork. Toss the chicken in the slow cooker early in the day and it'll be ready to go by the start of the party!

2. Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

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This recipe includes three different types of potatoes and several other healthy vegetables that make for a colorful festive side dish with maximum flavor.

3. Watermelon Salad

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This watermelon salad is guaranteed to be a huge hit. It's sweet, light, and refreshing, and allows your guests to save room for the main course.

4. Fire-Seared Antipasto Platter

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This recipe is especially great because it involves an assortment of ingredients you can mix and substitute to get the flavor you like best. You may already have most of the veggies in your fridge!

5. Party Pasta Salad

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This nutritious pasta salad will surely impress your guests. It's a crowd favorite at any BBQ or party, so it's a perfect option for your 4th of July bash!

6. Watermelon Margaritas

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Simple ingredients, low in calories, and VERY tasty, this zesty beverage will liven up your 4th of July celebration and help maintain the waistline in the process!

7. Marinated Green Bean and Potato Salad

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This is a traditional dish with a delicious twist. Try adding crumbles of smoky bacon for more flavor to this healthy, easy-to-make dish.

8. Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Bars

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The perfect combination of shortbread crust, fresh summer cherries, and creamy cheesecake make this dessert bars an irresistible treat.

9. Patriotic Trifle

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Centerpiece or dessert dish? This awesome recipe provides you with both! It's quick, easy, and looks fabulous on the table.

10. American Flag Cake

Here's the GRAND finale! This gorgeous American flag cake will bring down the house. The creamy frosting and fresh fruit will surely have your guests racing for seconds (and thirds, and fourths!)

Image source: Liz West via Flickr

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