Celebrate July 4th With These Weight Watchers 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.
3-ingredient crock pot corn dip – Light and flavorful, without being overly cheesy, it was a winner with all of us.
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.
Guacamole – my personal favorite. Serve with light tortilla chips and fresh vegetables and watch it disappear.
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. Substitute cantaloupe if you prefer.
Skinny Gin & Tonic – fill a tall glass with ice, add 1-1/2 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 PointsPlus or *4 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 1-1/2 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!
Weight Watchers Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken – a tender, tasty alternative to the more typical burgers and hotdogs
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs – chunks of chicken breast, pineapple, bell pepper and red onions in a simple pineapple-soy marinade (Weight Watchers)
Smoky Orange BBQ Shrimp Skewers – simple, healthy and delicious alternative for the grill (Weight Watchers)
Hot Dogs – My go-to hot dog is the Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Frank, with just 60 calories and 1 WW PPV 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.
Corn on the Cob – boiled in unsalted water, simple & delicious, and just 2 PointsPlus Value per ear.
WW Orzo Salad with Vegetables – It’s easy, pretty and flavorful. Goes well with any kind of grilled meat, chicken or seafood.
Quick & Easy Lowfat 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.
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 *5 SmartPoints.
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.
Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – quick and easy and guaranteed to disappear
Skinny Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookie Bars – incredibly easy and delicious with only 3 PointsPlus value
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.
Easy Strawberry Shortcake – a splurge that’s worth it every once in a while, with several different recipes to choose from
Watermelon Pops – a great refreshing treat for kids of all ages (Weight Watchers)
Red, White and Blueberry Trifle – Angel food cake, sugar free pudding and berries layered into a light and tasty dessert (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.
*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 Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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