Fourth of July Food Facts

For us at Healthy Bytes, Independence Day brings to mind images of picnics, berries, grilling and more. Yes, we have our mind on food – can you blame us? Just for fun, we’ve rounded up a few July 4th food facts to share with you this holiday! 

Did you know?

  • On Independence Day, Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs (more than on any other day of the year), enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times, says the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
  • The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association reports that the July 4th tops the list of the most popular grilling holidays. And 75 percent of all American homes have a grill – that’s a lot of bbq!
  • As American as apple pie? Yes, surveys such as this one from NPR, find apple pie is still our top all-American favorite. 

We also know it’s best to eat those hot dogs and slices of pie in moderation. While we couldn’t find many Independence Day stats about veggies, corn on the cob is quite a popular accompaniment on the 4th. Fire up that grill! Here’s a tasty grilled corn recipe from The Food Lab. Try subbing a drizzle of olive oil in place of the recommended butter if you wish. And to “healthify” your clients’ holiday, here are four great tips from dietitian Lara Clevenger on how to throw a healthy, festive party.

Health Bytes wishes you, your families and your clients a happy and healthy 4th! We are closed today but will be back tomorrow to respond to your emails and calls. Until then, let us know what will be on your picnic table today. Please comment or link to your posts below!