Happy Birthday America!

As much as I've been singing California's praises in my blog recently, it's time for a shout out for good old New England. Since I met my husband, I have spent the fourth of July in a little slice of Americana that is as idyllic as American pie. The town shuts down for the annual parade, and it is such a to-do, that my children enthusiastically rank Fourth of July as their second favorite holiday (after the one where they get presents)!  We all look forward to this quaint, delightful celebration of all we have to be thankful for in America.  I hope you all have a wonderful celebration and long weekend filled with family barbecues and festive fourth of July fare! Try having the kids help you make my (no added sugar) Watermelon Popsicles (recipe below) for your gathering!

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition, recipe courtesy of weelicious.com

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition, recipe courtesy of weelicious.com

Watermelon is more than a sweet, refreshing summertime treat. It is 92% water, so great on hot, steamy days to help kids and grownups stay hydrated. It is also a great source of vitamin A (eye health, boosts immunity), vitamin C and vitamin B6 (maintains nerve function and forms red blood cells), and lycopene (powerful antioxidant that protects cells). So slice away or get your star cookie cutter out!

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Here is a little fun Americana for America's Birthday!

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Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Making your own patriotic yogurt parfaits is a fun activity with kids!

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

I think the stripes on my flag (below) are crooked!!

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

Photo Credit: Petite Nutrition

4th of July Watermelon Popsicles

Makes 10 popsicles

4 cups cubed watermelon

½ cup blueberries

10 small paper cups

10 popsicle sticks or sturdy paper straws

 

Set up cups on a freezer-safe tray. Put watermelon in the blender and puree until liquefied. Pour watermelon puree into prepared cups. Drop several blueberries into each popsicle. Gently insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight until solid. Using kitchen scissors, cut/rip off paper cups. Enjoy popsicles!

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