Easy and Healthy Fourth of July BBQ Made Easy

Trying to think of what to put for your 4th of July BBQ? I feel you - I’m usually in the same boat (for any BBQ, really). I’m the type that always feels like I’m trying to last minute figure out what foods to get and prep seconds before my guests come over. Now don’t even get me started on showering before people get there - now that we have a 14-month-old, that’s just considered an added bonus.

It’s especially hard when you’re trying to eat healthy, or eat a certain type of diet. I find that usually when I’m unprepared, I end up eating pretty crappy food, which continues on for the rest of the weekend. By the time Monday rolls around, I don’t feel well and wish I didn’t eat half of the foods I did. Honestly though guys, it doesn’t have to be that way!

I am the type that needs things to be simple, efficient, and easy.  This year was the first year that I actually feel prepared, which is shocking. So for those of you who have a busy schedule, kids, or just want to host a delicious, healthier BBQ without stress - keep on reading my friends.

1. The grill is your friend!

Chicken? On the grill. Veggies? On the grill. Burgers? On the grill. Salmon? On the grill. Potatoes? On the grill. I think you get my point by now. All of those things need very little prep, and can also be easily thrown on the grill (and in my opinion, grilled food tastes even better). I usually just throw avocado oil and some spices and we’re good to go.

2. If you’re hosting a lot of people, stick to paper plates for easy set-up and clean up. Don’t make extra work for yourself - get paper products. Plus you can get festive red, white and blue ones which makes it even more fun.

3. Buy everything all in one place, that offers what you’re looking for.

I usually do all of my grocery shopping at Stop & Shop. I went for food, spices, paper utensils, beer, fourth of July decor, and diapers/wipes for Chase. It makes my life SO MUCH EASIER to be able to get everything I need all in one stop. Oh and I also got some chocolate and kombucha - because I just really like those things (not necessarily together, but maybe?).

The Stop & Shops near us were recently revamped and offer a ton of products to allow you to have a healthy, yet easy, fourth of July BBQ. Here’s some of the food I got:

  • Organic, free range chicken thighs

  • Organic, grass-fed ground beef (for burgers!)

  • Grass-fed, uncured sausages

  • Wild caught salmon

  • Local baby greens

  • Organic zucchini

  • Organic summer squash

  • Organic cherry tomatoes

  • Organic mini bell peppers

  • Organic raspberries

  • Organic blueberries

  • Organic strawberries

  • Lots of avocados! (for the burgers and guacamole!)

  • Ghee

  • Primal Kitchen lemon turmeric dressing

  • Gluten-free hamburger buns

  • Dairy-free coffee creamer

  • Sweet potato chips

  • Chocolate hummus

  • Gluten-free cupcakes (ok not exactly healthy, but life is all about balance)

  • Theo’s dark chocolate (duh)

So many amazing options and I didn’t have to spend a ton of money either. WIN. I'm going to whip up the meat and veggies on the grill, make a fruit salad and some quac, and bring out the desserts for everyone to enjoy! 

Hosting a BBQ CAN be easy, healthy and fun - it's just about knowing where to go to get everything you need. 

Thanks to Stop & Shop for sponsoring this post!

Kristina Coughlin