Um, can someone please explain what has happened to June?! I do NOT understand how the 4th of July is next week.

It’s quite disturbing, especially because we haven’t done anything on our summer to-do list. (And I mean that we haven’t even made the list yet.) I do know that we want to spend some time at the beach, see a few outdoor shows but beyond the food + drink below, I have no idea!

At least this is a good place to start…

4th of July Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Sip: Berry Kombucha Sangria. I haven’t made sangria yet this summer, but this version is at the top of my list. Recipe and image via Edible Perspective.

4th of July Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Spread: You can tell me that there is a food better than grilled bread, but I won’t believe you. This Bruschetta Bar idea is genius and totally my type of meal: wine + bread + cheese. Oh, and it’s beautiful. Recipe via What’s Gaby Cooking, photo via Matt Armendariz.

4th of July Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Simple: Grilled Watermelon and Feta Stacked Salad is the perfect example of a simple – yet delicious – salad that combines sweet and salty over bitter greens. Recipe via Cooking for Keeps.

4th of July Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Splurge: Adding bacon to hot dogs is a splurge in my book. These BLT Hot Dogs are topped with bacon, tomatoes and lettuce dressed with a caraway-pickle mayo. (Please tell me hot dogs are on your menu next week!) Recipe and image via Food & Wine.

Blue Cheese & Olive Pasta Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Side: 4th of July = Summer and Summer = Pasta Salad. This Blue Cheese & Olive version is a staple in my family and great because you can make it a day ahead of time. And that = more time for fun and sun!

4th of July Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Sweet: All these Red Velvet Cupcakes need is a few blue sprinkles and they’ll be red, white, blue and delicious! Recipe and image via Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.

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9 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mercedes
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    OMG, I love the idea of a bruschetta bar! And thanks for the feature! I don’t know what has happened to June either…


  2. allie @ sweet potato bites
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    I did an antipasto bar a few months ago and it was fab! Definitely need to recreate that. Love the sangria idea too.

    Hard to believe we are heading into July already!

    Oh, and I need to make popsicles for the 4th of July I think.


    • Emily
      Jun 26, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

      Oh I love that idea Allie! What did you include? I’ve been thinking that I need some popsicle molds, I keep seeing some great recipes!


  3. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing Emily!! Love all the others!


  4. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    great ideas! i have no idea where june went either :)


  5. Karla @ Foodologie
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

    June got eaten by the World Cup. July will consist of lots of wine, hopefully the sparkley kind, or sangria. Both fantastic options in my opinion.


  6. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    That bruschetta bar looks amazing! Definitely my kind of dinner. I have not knocked very many things off my summer-to-do-list yet, so I better hop to it.


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