Eat.Fit.Be.Fit – 4th of July Party Favors

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On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. This time in history is currently spent celebrating through fireworks, BBQ’s, and red white and blue EVERYTHING! So why don’t we join in on the fun! If you are planning a party for this weekend, but aren’t sure how to set up a theme for some treats, I have got some great ideas for you!

Introducing our wonderful American flag. This beauty is simply made of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples! I contemplated putting some white chocolate covered pretzels in there to mix it up, and if Busch’s would have had them, they would definitely be included 😛 Not super keen on making it all fancy? Mix it up and serve it with a dollop of greek yogurt! The key to keeping the apples ripe and not browning out? Just a splash of lemon juice. Works like magic.

Now most of you know Pinterest is my jam, and most of my recipes come from Pinterest. We also know that it’s known for having some questionable things pop up under the “healthy” category for foods. This recipe called for an ungodly amount of maple syrup, and I used half of what it called for, and it was AMAZING.

This bark didn’t last long with family over for dinner. It was there and gone in a flash! One key thing to remember on this one, it melts quickly, so it’s meant to be served immediately, not to be set out. Plan for this!

A party like this is never complete without some fireworks! And these are the easiest things ever to make! Whether you want to dip them in something, or serve as is, these are a crowd pleaser! It’s no surprise that I love the 4th of July. It’s a wonderful holiday to celebrate, and gives me reason to enjoy time with friends and family.

Greek Yogurt Berry Bark
Ingredients

3 cups plain Greek yogurt

3 tbs 100% pure maple syrup

1/2 cup granola (I used Ancient Grains from Costco!)

1/2 cup blueberries

3 to 4 strawberries, sliced

Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix Greek yogurt and syrup in a bowl until combined. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin layer. Top with granola, blueberries, and strawberries.
  3. Cover the baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil. Place in the freezer for two hours, or overnight, until the bark is fully frozen. Slice into desired squares. Serve immediately and keep stored in the freezer in an airtight container or bag.

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