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4th of July Picnic

I hope you all have plans to be with family and friends for the 4th of July. We are in the summer swing for sure! Today we will look at healthy picnic recipes, so you can have fun without compromising your health. These recipes will keep you cool as you have fun celebrating the holiday.

Here are some crazy numbers association with the 4th of July.

  • Americans will spend 167.5 million on watermelon

  • 107.7 million on Popsicles

  • 92 million on chips

  • 193 million on hamburger


Start off your day with this refreshing salad. You'll love the flavor combo.

  • 2 oranges

  • 1 tangerine

  • 2 ruby red grapefruits

  • 1/4 pomegranate seeds

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 1 tsp rose water (like this) OR orange blossom water (like this)

  • 2 tbsp pistachios chopped

  • mint leaves

  1. Using a sharp knife, slice off the ends of the citrus fruit and carefully cut off all the peel and bitter white pith. Then slice into thin slices and arrange onto a pretty platter. Scatter the pomegranate seeds over the top.

  2. Whisk together honey and rose water (or orange blossom water) in a small bowl. Drizzle over citrus and pomegranate seeds.

  3. Sprinkle on pistachios and mint leaves. Serve and enjoy!


You won't even miss the potatoes in this 4th of July staple. This is so good!

  • 1 large head Cauliflower (cut into small florets)

  • 2/3 cup Mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp Paprika

  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper

  • 1/3 cup Onion (finely diced)

  • 1/3 cup Celery (finely diced)

  • 2 large Egg (hard boiled, chopped)

  • Chives (for garnish - optional)

  1. Cook the cauliflower on the stove or in the microwave.

  2. Stove method: Boil a pot of water with a tablespoon of salt. Add the cauliflower, and simmer until very tender (about 5 minutes). Drain well.

  3. Microwave method: Place the cauliflower florets in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Drain well.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper, until smooth.

  5. Stir the cauliflower, onion, celery, and egg together with the dressing. If desired, garnish with chives and additional paprika.


If this doesn't make your mouth water nothing will. Jazz up your burgers this year.

  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef from the awesome Butcher Box

  • 2 avocados, ripe

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped NO OIL

  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (makes it salty depending on your sun-dried tomatoes)

  • Bacon fat (Optional)

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-medium high heat

  2. Put your ground beef in a large mixing bowl and add black pepper, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and the zest of one lemon

  3. Mix well and then using your hands form into thin patties all the same size (you need them thin because you will be using two of them to make one patty)

  4. In another mixing bowl combine avocados, sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice, and the remaining teaspoon of sea salt.

  5. Mash the avocado and mix ingredients well to get as smooth as you like

  6. Place your avocado mixture on top of the bottom of half of the burgers, ensuring you leave room to seal the burgers without it leaking out

  7. Put your other patty over the top of your mixture and pinch the edges of your burgers together to seal all the way around

  8. Now go out and grill to your liking. I normally do about 6-8 Minutes per side on my grill but yours may be different. Ensure you cook evenly on both sides of the burger or you will end up with an undercooked and an overcooked side

  9. While grilling, I drizzle my burgers with bacon grease and it adds an amazing flavor

  10. When done grilling, allow your burgers to rest for 10 minutes and then serve. You can use the rest of your avocado mixture to top your burgers with and go to town

  11. Enjoy!


Here is an alternative for those who don't want meat. This stuffed mushroom will be a great addition to your table.

  • Coconut oil

  • 4 portobello mushroom caps

  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves

  • 1/4 cup shredded aged Cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup

  • 1% cottage cheese

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or get grill good and hot.

  2. Rub rounded ends of mushroom caps with coconut oil and place oiled side down on baking sheet or grill.

  3. Wilt spinach in microwave-safe bowl or in a med-heat pan, sprinkle with a few drops of water, and microwave on high for one minute or heat for the same time.

  4. Chop cooked spinach; mix with Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Spread spinach mixture onto prepared mushroom caps.

  5. Bake in preheated oven or grill until the mushrooms are tender, about 12 minutes.​


​I​ hope you have room on your grill for one more option. This chicken recipe will round off the day.

  • 2 lbs Skinless chicken thighs (about 8 pieces)

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil, or avocado oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice: coconut sugar for paleo, or erythritol for low carb

  • ½ tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Cream Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp lime juice

  • 1 clove garlic minced

  • 1 ½ cups cilantro, or flat leaf parsley

  • 2 tbsp sour cream, or can use coconut cream for paleo

  • 1 tbsp seeded minced jalapeno peppers, or mild green chili peppers *can use mild canned green

  1. Add all the marinade ingredients to a large zipper top bag and mix.

  2. Add chicken to the bag, seal the top and shake chicken in the bag, then roll and turn chicken in bag until thoroughly coated in the marinade. Let stand for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

  3. Preheat grill, or grilling pan to medium heat.

  4. Brush grill with a little oil to prevent sticking.

  5. Remove chicken from bag and throw away marinade bag. Sprinkle chicken with ¼ tsp sea salt and ¼ tsp black pepper.

  6. Add chicken to the grill and grill for 8 minutes or more per side until done.

  7. In a small food processor or blender combine all the cream sauce ingredients and blend until creamy.​​


Another summertime favorite here. Try this grain free version.

  • 5 peaches peeled and sliced (pears will also work)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 cup maple sugar or coconut sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk

  1. Whipped coconut cream or organic heavy whipping cream, for topping

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  3. Place the peaches into a greased 8 x 8 glass baking dish.

  4. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl.

  5. Add the dry to the wet and mix thoroughly.

  6. Pour the mixture over the peaches and spread evenly.

  7. Place the cobbler into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown.

  8. Let the cobbler cool for 5 minutes then serve onto plates and top with whipped cream, if desired.

  9. For a lower carb version: substitute 1 teaspoon stevia extract instead of maple sugar and use 5 cups sliced strawberries instead of peaches.​