July 4th BBQ? 6 Healthy Potluck Dishes You Can Make in Under 15 Minutes

Credit: Instagram, @CourtneyPong

Bean Salad That is Awesome; Recipe below. Credit: Instagram, @CourtneyPong

July 4th is upon us! BBQs, picnics, potlucks and parties are most likely in your immediate future.

If you’re anything like the WellnessFX team, you’re probably 1) short on time, and 2) wanting to stay on track when it comes to your nutrition and healthy eating. (Does anyone else remember Granny Goose chips and Dr. Thunder soda?) Naturally, we have some suggestions that incorporate fiber, healthy fats, protein, and vegetables to help keep you focused on your journey to being your best self.  

6 Healthy Potluck Dishes You Can Make in Under 15 Minutes

1. Roasted sweet potatoes
Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, coconut oil; salt & pepper

  1. Wash and slice 4-5 sweet potatoes and put on a baking sheet.
  2. Drizzle sweet potatoes with coconut oil.
  3. Roast sweet potatoes in a 375 degree oven until tender.
  4. Toss in sea salt and cracked black pepper after they’re done roasting.

2. BLT tacos
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes, bacon; avocado or creamy avocado dressing optional.

  1. Cook up a bunch of bacon. We’ll leave you to decide what that looks like.
  2. Lay romaine lettuce leaves out.
  3. Halve cherry tomatoes and chop bacon; add some to each romaine lettuce leaf.
  4. Top with avocado slices or drizzle with creamy avocado dressing.

3. Greek yogurt dill dip with cucumber & zucchini sticks
Ingredients: Tub of Greek yogurt, fresh minced dill, salt, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 garlic clove; Cucumbers and zucchini.

  1. Mix sour cream, lemon juice, dill, and minced garlic into the greek yogurt.
  2. Slice raw zucchini and cucumbers into sticks.

Bonus: Add orange bell peppers to the veggies, for some extra Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to promote growth and repair of body tissues and may reverse the development of chronic health conditions like cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.

4. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Ingredients: Prosciutto (obviously), a bunch of asparagus, extra virgin olive oil

  1. Blanch asparagus.
  2. Wrap in prosciutto strips.
  3. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Bonus: You could also do this with cantaloupe chunks or honeydew slices, and get in a serving of Vitamin A, which helps to maintain healthy teeth, skin, bones and eye health.

5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a balsamic shallot reduction
Ingredients: Brussels Sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, 4-5 shallots, 1 garlic clove, balsamic vinegar

  1. Lay out b’sprout halves on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees until roasted. Toss with salt and pepper.
  2. While that’s roasting, slice up shallots and crush garlic.
  3. Heat shallots and garlic in a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until they’re soft.
  4. Add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar and cook on low heat until mixture reduces down to a thicker sauce.
  5. Spoon sauce on Brussels Sprouts.

6. Bean Salad that is Awesome
Ingredients: A can of black beans and a can of cannellini beans, 1 english cucumber, red onion, some cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, avocado, and balsamic vinegar. A lime (minus the coconut).

  1. Dice the english cucumber, red onion, and cherry tomatoes; add to a bowl with sundried tomatoes and douse with balsamic vinegar.
  2. Chop and add avocado and squeeze lime juice on top.
  3. Rinse and drain beans and add to salad. Mix it up.

Bonus: Add fresh herbs like parsley for an extra boost of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, which can help control blood-cholesterol.

Of course, you could always skip the recipes and bring one of these salads.

Planning on drinking? Plan ahead with these tips to avoid a nasty hangover the next morning. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by chugging lots of H20 to combat the heat.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July, everyone!

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