Celebrate July 4th With These WW Friendly Recipes
Do you know what you're going to cook for the Fourth of July or your next summer party?
If you're looking for light and healthy ideas, I've assembled a great collection of Weight Watchers friendly appetizer, drink, main dish, salad, side, and dessert recipes here all in one place to help you enjoy all the yumminess of summer celebrations while staying on track with your weight loss/maintenance goals!
Weight Watchers Friendly Appetizers & Drinks
Here are some of my favorite easy appetizer and drink recipes made lighter for Weight Watchers. Enjoy!
3-Ingredient Crock Pot Corn Dip - Light and flavorful, without being overly cheesy, it was a winner with all of us, only *2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Simple Deviled Eggs - A party and potluck classic, made lighter and healthier with *0 Freestyle SmartPoints per serving.
Weight Watchers Pico de Gallo - delicious fresh tomato salsa with zero SmartPoints per serving.
Crock Pot Fat-Free Refried Bean Dip - Serve this low calorie, fat-free *0 Freestyle SmartPoints dip with baked corn chips or your favorite raw vegetables.
Guacamole - my personal favorite. Serve with light tortilla chips and fresh vegetables and watch it disappear, *2 WW PointsPlus or *5 Freestyle SmartPoints.
Watermelon Aguas Frescas - This simple concoction of watermelon blended with water, lime juice and a little sugar makes a delightful thirst quencher for Weight Watchers on a hot day, only *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Substitute cantaloupe if you prefer.
Skinny Gin & Tonic - fill a tall glass with ice, add 1-½ ounces gin and fill almost to the top with club soda, leaving enough room for a splash or two of tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge. (*4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus or *4 WW SmartPoints)
Skinny Strawberry Mojito - In a sturdy glass, muddle (gently twist and grind a bit) 10 mint leaves, 4 sliced strawberries, and 4 lime slices by gently pressing on and twisting the mint leaves and lime. Add 1 cup crushed ice, 8 ounces club soda, and 1 ounce rum. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge before serving. (*2 PointsPlus or *2 SmartPoints)
White Wine Spritzer - mix 5 ounces white wine with an equal amount of seltzer for a light and refreshing summer cocktail. (*4 PointsPlus or *4 SmartPoints)
Skinny Vodka Lemonade - fill a tall glass with ice, add 1-½ ounces vodka and 6 ounces diet lemonade, stir and garnish with a slice of fresh lemon. (*3 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Recipes For the Grill
The grill is a natural cooking choice for July 4th and other summer outdoor parties...
40 Best WW Friendly Burger Recipes - A collection of 40 healthy, flavorful Weight Watchers Burger Recipes, both meat and meatless, to tempt your tastebuds! (with PointsPlus and WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken - a tender, tasty alternative to the more typical burgers and hotdogs with *5 WW PointsPlus or *5 Freestyle SmartPoints.
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs - chunks of chicken breast, pineapple, bell pepper and red onions in a simple pineapple-soy marinade - *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (Weight Watchers)
Smoky Orange BBQ Shrimp Skewers - simple, healthy and delicious alternative for the grill - *2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (Weight Watchers)
Hot Dogs - My go-to hot dog is the Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Frank, with just 60 calories and 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoint per dog!
Weight Watchers Salads & Sides Made Lighter
Salads and sides are my favorite part of summer cookouts and BBQs...
Weight Watchers Lightened Up Red Potato Salad - traditional creamy potato salad made lighter with low-fat mayo and non-fat Greek yogurt with *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Corn on the Cob - cooked to perfection in your slow cooker, simple & delicious, and just *2 PointsPlus or *0 Freestyle SmartPoints, per ear.
WW Orzo Salad with Vegetables - It's easy, pretty and flavorful. Goes well with any kind of grilled meat, chicken or seafood with *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Quick & Easy Low-Fat Asian Slaw - shredded green and red cabbage, carrots, chopped scallions, toasted sesame seeds, and pineapple tidbits tossed with a zingy low fat bottled Asian vinaigrette, a tasty alternative to mayo-based coleslaw with just *2 PointsPlus or *3 SmartPoints.
Camilla's Lemony Lentil & Quinoa Salad - a light yet substantial salad you can serve as a main dish or side dish, great with grilled chicken or fish, only *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad - this simple corn salad is a wonderful way to take advantage of the delicious fresh corn flooding the markets during the summer months with just *3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus or *1 Freestyle SmartPoint.
Grilled Vegetables Recipes - a great collection of recipes and tips for grilling vegetables, a simple delicious way to enjoy them more.
Lightened Up Weight Watchers Friendly Desserts
Easy Blueberry Cheesecake Bars - creamy, easy and delicious, just *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - quick and easy and guaranteed to disappear, *4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus or *7* Freestyle SmartPoints.
Skinny Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookie Bars - incredibly easy and delicious with only *3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus or *5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Light & Easy No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits - A light and luscious twist on strawberry cheesecake requiring minimal effort. Just assemble and layer sliced strawberries, graham cracker crumbs and "cheesecake" cream into single-serving dishes for perfectly portion controlled individual desserts - *7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Easy Strawberry Shortcake Cookies - a fun and easy treat with fresh strawberries and only *2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus or *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Watermelon Pops - a great refreshing treat for kids of all ages - *0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (Weight Watchers)
Red, White and Blueberry Trifle - Angel food cake, sugar free pudding and berries layered into a light and tasty dessert - *8 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Watermelon wedges, juicy peaches, or fresh fruit salad for a delicious 0 Points treat
Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers with light and creamy lemon cheesecake dip - Here's a quick and easy last minute 4th of July dessert idea that doesn't require getting near the stove: red white and blue fruit skewers. Of course, they would be perfect for Memorial Day too! Just thread fruit and other selected ingredients on bamboo skewers in pretty alternating patterns. Voila, a fun and festive dessert that will please young and old alike.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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