I love everything about the 4th of July holiday (except how hard the fireworks are for my dogs) – there’s such a great feeling of Americana with small town parades, family barbecues, and red, white and blue everything. However, when it comes to food at 4th of July celebrations, it can be tricky (but not impossible) to navigate when celebrating with friend and family that might serve options like artificially colored jello, hamburger/ hot dog buns, and colorful fruit pies. Fortunately, grilled meats and fresh salad options usually offer enough to fill up your plate and your belly. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a pleasure now and again.
For example, this 4th of July, I am looking forward to serving:
Citrus Marinated Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs
Fresh Watermelon & Jicama Salad with Mint & Lime
Slow Cooked Green Beans and Tomatoes (a family summer tradition)
Steamed Corn with Grass-Fed Butter
I know what you are thinking: “She eats corn and green beans”. That isn’t Paleo! According to The Paleo Diet, corn (more of a grain) and green beans (a legume), in fact aren’t included in the Paleo food list. With any lifestyle choice supporting wellness for the long-term, it is important to make decisions that reflect what works best for your individual goals, how you feel, and what suits you emotionally. For myself, the choice to eat a small 1/2 cob of corn and a serving of green beans a couple of times a year isn’t an issue that negatively impacts my wellness. Life is about balance and there’s room in a healthy lifestyle to make such choices. On Independence Day, it is ironic to remember that being Paleo still allows for making independent choices for yourself.
Still searching for something delicious and Paleo to bring to your 4th of July Celebration? Check out my latest article for The Paleo Diet: Paleo Independence Slaw. It’s festive, innovative, and a tasty accompaniment to most of the summer’s grilled main courses.