Ideas for 3 easy, healthy July 4th appetizers that are red, white and blue!
Today I’ve got some easy, festive and fun appetizers for you! It’s all about the red, white and blue over here for the upcoming July 4th holiday.
Funny side story: When M was 18 months, we were splashing in the bath and that was a favorite time for me to bring up random topics to discuss: colors, shapes, but also geography, history, even politics. This was in 2012 so there was a presidential election going on.
I told her – and repeated for a few weeks – that our current president was “Obama.” It’s very similar to “mama” so I knew she’d be able to get it. And it was always, “Who’s the president?” M: “Obama!”
Well, a couple weeks later at school, it’s February and President’s Week and they are talking about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Her teachers say “president” and M goes, “Obama.”
They were floored! Couldn’t wait to tell me about it at pick-up that day and we all laughed. She’s a smart cookie. 😉
Anyway, we love to be patriotic and the kiddos love them some American flags. So I wanted to come up with a healthy, delicious, whole food recipe that was red, white and blue. No food coloring or artificial flavors here. (Just like my red, white and blue yogurt parfaits from last week.)
And, let’s be honest, nothing that requires too much creativity. Not my strong suit.
So here is not one, not two, but three super easy July 4th appetizers that are great for kiddos and adults alike.
- Fruit and cream cheese mini sandwiches
- Homemade popcorn with dried blueberries and cranberries
- Fruit and mozzarella ball skewers with balsamic vinaigrette
These little bites perfect for pool parties, backyard BBQs and picnics all summer long, not just on the Fourth of July. Because who can resist some pretty hand-held food?
The fruit and cream cheese sandwiches are something I could happily snack on daily for breakfast or snack. Dainty, fruity and just minutes to make up!
And you can change them up a bit by switching out the fruits or using a fruit jam instead of fresh fruit.
For instance, use strawberry jam in the sandwich and top with a blueberry. Or use blueberry or grape jam in the sandwich and top with strawberry slices or a raspberry. Endless combinations!
The popcorn with dried blueberries and cranberries was probably my kids’ favorite.
They both love my homemade popcorn, which is normally reserved for our very recent (and still very rare) family tradition of movie night. So it was a surprise to make them this for snack!
It’s a great crunchy and chewy combo, a little salty, a little sweet. All around delectable. And I love that it’s a whole grain treat!
We were all fans of the fruit and cheese skewers. Little bites of handheld goodness. A couple quick notes on making these skewers:
- I sliced a very thin sliver off the bottom of the strawberries so the little boats would sit up straight.
- I halved the mozzarella balls so these would be more bite-size manageable.
- I served with balsamic vinegar. I liked mine dipped and the kiddos liked theirs plain.
- These pack well. Hubby and I took some to one of our symphony festival picnics to have as a fancy but super duper easy appetizer.
(Psst, here’s the details on the other red, white and blue ideas that are part of the collage below. Some peanut butter and fruit rice cakes and some cream cheese and fruit bagels.)
What are your plans for the 4th?