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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Skinny Fourth of July Menu & Fourth Fitness Fun! ♥

So once again I was approached by Parade magazine to write an article about healthy recipes and fitness for fourth of july! ♥

Fourth of July is just around the corner, that means cookouts, fireworks, and summer fun! But I developed a healthier version of the all american cookout menu. So you can enjoy the festivities and the food that won't leave you feeling guilty! enjoy! ♥

For starters try my healthy appetizers! Here is a traditional recipe for my grandma's deviled eggs.

Don't forget the side salads try my skinny potato salad and skinny picnic pasta salad

The main coarse the all american burger, only here is my skinny version.

For dessert who can resist the patriotic berry flag cake 

and of coarse cocktails try my Patriotic Bomb Pops Cocktail Recipe

So after all that food, it's time to keep up with your fitness routine, fitness doesn't take a holiday. So here are some tips to get your fitness routine, even while doing fun summer activities, if you are away camping or outside that's the best workout! 

Hiking – Many campsites offer hiking trails  that are on or near the grounds.   You can usually scope this out online and in advance.  Remember to pack your good kicks!
Biking – Bring your bike along and enjoy the sights while getting a workout.  This one is something the whole family can enjoy!

Resistance training – Resistance bands are lightweight and easily portable.   You can likely find room for this activity inside your camper, if you are shy about your workout.  If you’re not shy, there is plenty of space outdoors.

Outdoor games – Break out your camping games and play some Frisbee, badminton, volleyball or maybe just toss a football around. My favorite horsebackriding!   Most camping locations will have area(s) with lots of open space that’s just right for these types of activities.

Swimming – Here is an often overlooked exercise that is fun and easy.  Whether you’re in a pool, lake or river, swimming is often an option, and camper’s favorite.
Boating – No, not in a powerboat!  Check to see if your campground offers row or paddle boats. Or my fave canoes or kayaks awesome exercise!  

So have a fun and happy fourth everyone, stay happy and as always fit and healthy! ♥


  1. What great ideas and recipes... and I'm especially drooling over that pasta salad and the flag cake. Both look like great additions to any patriotic celebration!

    Also, this was one of my favorites from last week's #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I'll be sharing it at my blog tonight, and I hope you come join in on the party again this week. Keep up the great work!

  2. Thank you for your lovely comments! :) I would love to join your linky party! :)