HyVee Dietitian: Festive Food for the Fourth

Published: Jun. 27, 2017 at 12:45 PM CDT
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Eating colorful fruits and vegetables has new meaning when it's close to the Fourth of July. What could be more patriotic than incorporating some red, white and blue foods into your party plans?

Hy-Vee dietitian, Kimberly Proctor RD LD, shared some tasty recipes to help you celebrate in style.

A trip down the aisles reveals several nutritious red, white and blue foods. Salads, parfaits, kebabs, layered desserts and more can get a patriotic makeover for the holiday. Let your creativity run wild with these options:

Red Foods:



Red apples

Red potatoes

Red grapes

Red onions

Red bell peppers



White Foods:



White onions

White potatoes


Mozzarella or other white cheese

Vanilla or plain yogurt

Light cream cheese

Blue/Purple Foods:



Blueberry yogurt

Purple cabbage

Blue potatoes

Blue corn chips


Red, White and Blue Radish Salsa

Serves 6

all you need:

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries, diced

12 radishes, diced

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

¼ cup red onion, finely chopped

2 Tbsp. jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped

Juice of 1 large lime

Salt to taste

Blue corn chips for serving

all you do:

In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, jicama, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Adapted from: www.mypcgarden.ca

Patriotic Layered Punch

Adapted from Family Fun Magazine

all you need:

Ice cubes

Clear cups

Hy-Vee Just Juice, cherry flavor

Gatorade, Cool Blue flavor

Hy-Vee Water Cooler, mixed berry flavor

all you do:

Fill clear glass with ice cubes. Pour a small amount of cherry juice into glass. Very slowly add Gatorade, being careful to pour onto an ice cube, not directly into the other drink. Use same technique when adding the Hy-Vee water cooler. The beverage will temporarily form red, white and blue layers, due to the differences in density of the beverages.