July is an exciting time for celebrations, especially for families and friends in the United States and in Canada. The month starts out with Canada Day, on July 1, featuring parades, fireworks, picnics, and barbecues. Just a few days later, the US celebrates Independence Day on July 4, with more parades, fireworks, picnics, and barbecues! Make your Canada Day and July 4th celebrations healthy and fun, with these easy tips and recipes.
Expecting a big crowd? Pinto Bean Salsa Salad is a refreshing dish for a hot July celebration and incredibly easy to make. Filled with tasty tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, and pinto beans, this salad is tossed with a lime dressing that will add zing to your holiday picnic. Red and white patriotic colors of both countries are fully represented here as well!
For another easy, red and white tasty treat, Sweet Pops offer an explosion of flavor when included as part of Caprese Skewers with Plum Balsamic Drizzle. Prepare the ingredients ahead of time and add a plum balsamic drizzle just before the crowd arrives for a light, easy, and healthy appetizer.
Celebrations for Canada Day and July 4th alike always seem to be more enjoyable when there’s a barbecue grill involved. July is a great time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and gather family and friends for an easy, breezy picnic. Everyone will love our version of the traditional BLT, a tasty twist on the classic sandwich. Peameal bacon, sometimes also called Canadian bacon, is made from lean loin cuts. Serve on whole grain buns with a side salad of fresh spinach and cucumbers and you have a healthy, easy meal!
Tomatoes and pasta are an easy combination of colors for enjoyable and healthy family meals. Save time in the kitchen for the festivities by tossing some fresh tomatoes and red peppers in a pan with pasta and brie for quick and tasty Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Brie. In only 20 minutes, you’ll have a delicious meal full of healthy veggies! Add a blue tablecloth or plates and you’ll have the traditional red, white, and blue of July 4th celebrations!
Have fun and stay safe watching the parades and fireworks! Enjoy the celebrations of Canada Day and Independence Day by planning easy snacks and meals that will satisfy everyone’s hunger, keeping your guests healthy and happy!