With a day filled with outdoor festivities from parades and fireworks to barbeques and cocktails, this holiday screams summer. To get your day going fueled with gluten-free goodies, here are 4 red, white, and blue options that are perfect for a healthy 4th!
- Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad. Yes, blue potatoes really do exist. These tiny spuds have a blue skin and flesh, and actually provide more flavonoids than the traditional white potatoes. Flavonoids are a type of pigment found in fruits and vegetables that support our health with many benefits, including cancer protection. Even better, the smaller the potato, the more fiber and minerals you get from it due to the greater skin to flesh ratio. So keep the skins on those potatoes when you make your salad for the barbeque!
- Blue Cheese Stuffed Red Peppers. Since the grill is already fired up, why not cook up your own vegetable appetizer! Just slice up some red peppers and put them on the grill (or on a grill extender to avoid cross contamination!) until they begin to crisp. Add on some blue cheese for a quick and easy gluten-free veggie side!
- Trifecta Tortilla Chips. If you’re already heading out the door for your Independence Day bash, consider grabbing a festive bag of red, white, and blue corn tortilla chips. As we all know, most brands are (thankfully!) naturally gluten-free, but what’s better is that the red and blue corn chips are actually packed with a variety of phytonutrients. These include anthocyanins in blue corn, a strong antioxidant that can help relieve inflammation within our bodies!
- Flag-Colored Dessert. At most food-filled events, the dessert table can be one of the most difficult to navigate. From brownies and cake to cookies and bars, it is hard to satisfy a gluten-free sweet tooth. Fear not on the Fourth, though! Grab some vanilla yogurt or ice cream, layer it with blueberries and strawberries and you have a festive, delicious, and gluten-free Fourth of July Parfait!
Enjoy the holiday today. Grab some gluten-free grub and chow down. Liberally!