Happy Fourth of July! There is a running joke in Seattle that summer doesn’t start until the 5th of July, but this year (after a pretty gloomy June) we actually have a gorgeous day fot the 4th. Seattle summers are some of the most beautiful you’ll find anywhere with sunny skies, low humidity an spectacular views of the water and the mountains. So in honor of the fabulous weather my husband and I are hitting the grill, making some festive drinks and I’m making my favorite blueberry pie. I love substituting healthy menu item where I can so I’m making lean burgers, french potato salad, light watermelon margheritas today. However, there will be no scrimping on the blueberry pie! It’s a holiday after all, and come on, it counts as fruit:)
The burger and margherita recipes and photos are from Cooking Light. The Cooking Light website also has a great feature on 100 calorie burger topping you can check out here. I’m totally obsessed with the Barefoot Contessa’s French potato salad since it uses lots of fresh herbs and healthy fat like olive oil instead of mayonnaise. Not only is it delicious, it’s also lower in calories than regular potato salad. I use Martha Stewart’s pie crust recipe and Williams Sonoma‘s filling recipe (pie photo is from Williams Sonoma).
If you want to work off all those 4th of July treats, then try the sort of festively named 4×4 workout. Get the printable version here.
Happy 4th of July!