Healthy 4th of July BBQ Recipes

Going to a BBQ this weekend for 4th of July and not sure what to bring? Here are some ideas — my favorite healthy 4th of July BBQ recipes!

First up: Healthy Deviled Eggs! No mayo here, just deliciousness :)


Hummus Guacamole — always a crowd pleaser.


Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies! Super flavorful and soft. One of my favorite cookie recipes ever — and they’re healthy, too!


Healthier Seven Layer Dip — this recipe uses nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and mayonnaise. Your friends and family won’t even notice the difference… I promise.

Matt’s Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Healthy… but not TOO healthy, if you know what I mean ;)


And finally — these adorable patriotic strawberries that my college friend Sarah brought to a BBQ last year!


All you do is melt some white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave, dip the fresh (washed) strawberries in the melted chocolate, wait til it dries, and then roll them in blue sugar! Super easy and SO cute. Everyone was raving about these last year!

What are your favorite recipes to bring to BBQ’s? Links welcome!


  1. 1

    I just saw your guacamole/hummus recipe on SparkPeople, I have to try this! My two favourite foods living together in harmony :)

    I’m Irish so I won’t be celebrating 4th of July but these are some great ideas for a barbecue or summer gathering. Thanks!

  2. 2

    We don’t have 4th plans yet, but I’m think we should throw the barbecue to control healthy eats like these-especially those strawberries!

    Oh and um….deviled eggs are right there with snow cones and cottage cheese. I have the last two on my list to try, but deviled eggs will have to wait.

  3. 3

    All of the recipes look so good! I usually bake something to take to BBQs. I’m so excited to be in DC for the 4th of July!! It’s going to be amazing!

  4. 4

    I am totally making those strawberries for this weekend. SO CUTE.

    I also want to make this fruit flag. My family has so many little kids and it’d be nice to get them some fruit in instead of all the cookies and brownies.

    I have a similar post to this going up tomorrow and it has so many fun things that I wish I had time to make. :)

    Happy 4th!

  5. 6

    Haha we dont really have any celebrations on July 4th here in Ontario ;) July 1st is our Canada Day!! I love those strawberries though! how creative!

  6. 7

    Great recipe roundup! I love the patriotic strawberries!

  7. 8

    Those red white and blue strawbs are ADORABLE!! I might need to make those!

  8. 9

    Ummm… Now I want some cookies.

  9. 10

    Those strawberries are adorable. I think I am going to have to make them this year. I also love making a healthier version of onion dip with Lipton onion soup mix and nonfat greek yogurt. So delicious, low fat and protein packed!

  10. 11

    Ahhh those strawberries are so cute! I might make them for our BBQ on the 4th!

  11. 12

    Those strawberries are SO CUTE. I’m going to Kansas this weekend for a 90th birthday party…I should just take over the menu. ;)

  12. 13

    Looks deeeeelish!
    But I’ll be celebrating the 4th of July at the Ritz Orlando resort, where I’ll be enjoying some well deserved “R & R”….
    ahem, while endlessly training there for my “underwater war” :-)

    Hope you have an awesome 4th, and don’t forget to keep training for your “Tri” coming up!
    (especially if you’re eating Matt’s cookies ;-)

  13. 15

    Those strawberries are SUCH a great idea! Super easy and fun!

  14. 16

    Great recipes, Anne!

    I especially like the deviled eggs one (as my family WOLFS those puppies down and it’d be so sneaky of me to make em all healthy and junk) and the strawberries. I know it’s not really a “Recipe” per se, but so cute and festive!

  15. 17

    Awesome looks recipes!
    I usually get asked to bring sweets when we have BBQ’s to attend (no surprise there!) and actually have a couple to go to this weekend, so we’ll have to see what I whip up. :)

  16. 18

    Love the idea of greek yogurt in the 7 layer dip and love the idea of banana oatmeal cookies, I am going to use my frozen bananas and make those. I put together a list of my top 10 favs which are all red white n blue. The oatmeal cookies use pomogrante and blueberries and white chocolate!


  17. 19

    Those strawberries are so festive and ever since you posted that 7 layer dip I’ve wanted to make it. Maybe the 4th is finally a good reason to :)

  18. 20

    These are so great! I’m celebrating my first 4th of July abroad in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and my American colleagues and I were brainstorming American treats to bring to work…. the problem is that resources are so limited here, we just don’t have the same things as in the States but I think I can manage the patriotic strawberries… so cute! Thanks!!

  19. 21

    Great round-up! How cute are those strawberries? I mean, seriously. Adorable.

  20. 22

    I love the strawberry idea!! I think I may attempt this for Monday.

  21. 23

    Oh, Anne, everything looks so good and can be used at our family (those that are not deployed) pool party on Monday. Thanks for reminding us of these lovely dishes.

  22. 24

    Those look awesome! Very well done!

  23. 25

    I will 1029474091% be bringing my Avocado Tapenade. People at my grad party went CRAZY for it!

    p.s. I am so trying your hummus guac. Two favorite things in the world, combined. You rock.

  24. 26

    those strawberries are so cute! i LOVE deviled eggs so a healthy version is always appreciated thanks!

  25. 27

    I HAVE to make those strawberries! They are absolutely adorable.

    Normally, I bring a sugar cookie fruit pizza to summer BBQs.

    (Cook sugar cookie dough in tart pan, cover with vanilla greek yogurt with a few drops of red food coloring, then add berries, kiwi and chocolate chips in concentric circles), but I don’t think I can pass up those strawberries.

    Thanks for sharing!

  26. 28

    I saw your recipe for the banana oatmeal coconut cookies the other day, and i decided i HAD to make them, so i DID! (But knowing me, I subbed in chocolate chips for the cranberries!)
    i seriously have come home from work every day this week, and the first thing I do is grab one of those cookies (and may or may not justify eating two or three by thinking they’re healthy ;) )
    they’re AMAZING ! thank you for the recipe, it’s definately a keeper!

  27. 30

    I love the recipe ideas! Thanks!

    Have you been to DC for the 4th before? My honey and I went last year and were absolutely amazed at the fireworks display!! We were right in front of the reflecting pond and were blown away by how beautiful it was. Tons of fun, but lots of walking though!

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      I’ve spent a ton of 4th’s in DC! I lived there during high school, during summers from college, and again for 6 years after college :)

  28. 32

    what a great 4th of july idea, i love the strawberries!!!

  29. 33

    Those strawberries are so darn cute! Love them & the site…found you through TinaFFF on twitter.

  30. 34

    I usually try to contribute a healthy-but-tasty-and-filling side dish, knowing others will bring plenty of desserts, chips-n-dips, and other snack-y foods. It also gives me something to fill up on if I don’t like the main dishes being served. One of my favorites is this orzo goat cheese salad (with or without the chicken):

  31. 36

    Just so you know your influence on the eating habits at the Jersey Shore, my contribution to our annual BBQ was a heaping platter of the red/white/blue glory of the strawberry “recipe” you posted. Even though they were simply fruit/chocolate/sugar, they were EASILY MVP of the night’s culinary concoctions.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    Ann Marie says

    Love the strawberries!! How do I make blue sugar?? Thanks!!


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