It is the day of the independence of our great nation, and it is time to finalize your party plans. Nothing screams summer or All-American more than a barbeque, so we have gathered our top tricks for an easy, healthy Fourth of July barbeque.

 

If you are having family over, it can be difficult to meet everyone’s dietary needs. Below we have created tasty, customizable menu items, so that everyone at your party will find something they enjoy.

 

Burgers (www.health.com)

Burgers (health.com)

Burgers for all, all for burgers. Along with traditional beef patties, try adding veggie patties to the menu for vegetarians and vegans alike, as well as guests looking for a low calorie substitute.

Instead of buying four different types of buns for all your guests, try opting for two: whole wheat and lettuce wraps. Whole wheat buns are great for both your traditional burger lovers, as well as your health nuts. Lettuce wraps are a great choice for anyone trying to lose weight and those who are gluten free. To create lettuce wraps, just take the large outer leaves off of a head of lettuce. The smaller innermost leaves can be used later for salad.

Leave condiments out, and guests can choose whichever they prefer.

 

 

Grilled Chicken Tacos (www.epicurious.com)

Grilled Chicken Tacos (epicurious.com)

Tacos, tacos, tacos. There is nothing wrong with a little fiesta on the Fourth. Tacos are a fresh and easy crowd pleaser, and perfect for a summer barbeque.

For tacos, we suggest corn tortillas. They are both gluten free and vegan. You can also use lettuce wraps for a low carb option.

Grilled chicken is a great filling. We love this easy Grilled Chicken recipe from Epicurious.com. For a meatless option, grill zucchini and bell peppers with lime juice. Garnish with avocados, salsa, and cilantro for a quick and easy meal.

 

 

Grilled Corn with Cheese and Lime (www.realsimple.com)

Grilled Corn with Cheese and Lime (realsimple.com)

Side dishes that won’t be pushed aside. Chips and dip are great, but while you are at the grill, why not make some tasty grilled appetizers as well? Summer is the best time to find fresh vegetables, so take full advantage of the seasonal veggies in your area.

Grilled corn, zucchini, asparagus, and even eggplant make great snack items. Lime juice or your favorite marinade with help take them to the next level. Try experimenting with seasonings like lemon pepper and cayenne pepper, or sprinkle some cheese on top and let your guests season to taste. Try this Grilled Corn recipe from RealSimple.com for an unexpected twist on grilled corn that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

 

Summer doesn’t have to be unhealthy and neither do barbeques. This year, try incorporating a few of our healthy dishes, or all of them, into your Fourth of July menu. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised and so will your bodies. That being said, we will leave dessert up to you.

 

Friendly tip from MUI PR: Prep all your dishes a few hours before hand, so all you have to do when your guests arrive is grill the food outside. This will keep your party low-stress, and keep you outside with your guests instead of in the kitchen.

 

What are your favorite Fourth of July dishes? Leave them in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam