Healthy options for your 4th of July celebration

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:34:28 CST

Maybe you've just started a new diet or like to stay fit, but you're afraid you'll take a step back at your 4th of July barbecue. A local dietician gives us some healthy options for the menu. The fourth of July is about fireworks, but the second best most important thing is barbecues and the food. One of the hardest things to do on the 4th of July is to eat healthy at those barbecues, but you have some healthy options. There are always options. It's hard to make a hot dog healthy, but there are other things you can do that would be much better for you. Obviously, grilling chicken or something that works in a little vegetables like a Kabob that's going to be a great option for you. 4th of July is not the same without hot dogs. Turkey dogs might be a little healthier. These are maybe a little healthier option then the traditional hot dog but if this is the only time of year you eat a hot dog then eat what really sounds good, but this extra lean frank is probably one of better ones on the market as far as not having much fat and it's low sodium. Let's talk about food safety. When you tend to go to a barbecue food tends to sit out in the sun. That's not good and you want to cook food at the correct temperature. Any of your ground meat needs to be cooked at 165 for at least 15 seconds. Where I get more concerned is food sitting out. You must put that food on ice or when done with the salads and creamy stuff go ahead and put them in the refrigerator before bringing them out. Sounds perfect, so eat healthy with some chicken kabobs. Shannon also suggests other lean meats to throw on the grill like or even a fish like salmon. She also says be careful in choosing certain brats because some aren't that healthy.