HyVee Dietitian: Festive Food for the Fourth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- 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.