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Shannon Center Weekly Nutrition Tip – Celebrating the Fourth of July

Date:06/30/2016

What better way to celebrate being an American than firing up that grill this Fourth of July? Here are some healthy veggie side dishes to add to your July 4 menu this holiday!

Quick tip: Use a grill basket, or place tinfoil down on grill so you lose less veggies and for a quicker clean up!

  1. Asparagus — a powerhouse of nutrients, folate and antioxidants! After grilling, toss with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan cheese.
  2. Corn — Always a staple in my house, add some corn on the cob to the grill this year! (I husk corn first then grill to get more flavor). I use Brummel and Brown yogurt spread and then choose from herbs and other condiments to add some more flavor: garlic, pepper, cilantro, parmesan cheese, light mayo, sour cream or Greek yogurt spread. The sky is the limit!
  3. Mixed Veggies — Dice up your favorite vegetables, toss lightly in olive oil and throw in some garlic for flavor… Viola! Choose any combo from the following: Tomatoes (deseeded), onions, red, green, yellow peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. I typically place some tin foil packets of these veggies where there is room left on the grill. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Green Beans — Toss lightly with olive oil and some salt and pepper, and grill for about 10 minutes in the grill basket.
  5. Pineapple — Throw some slices of pineapple on the grill to add to your grilled chicken sandwiches! (This is not a veggie but still packed with nutrients.)

Happy Fourth of July! Have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends!

Kelly Devine Rickert MS RD CSSD LDN


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