Snacks, drinks fit for Fourth of July celebration

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Lifestyle expert Nicole Young highlights clean, lean low-cal snacks and sips that are perfect for the Fourth of July festivities.

Red Hot Pesto Dip

  • 1/2 cup House Food Organic soft Tofu
  • 2 oz Pompeian smooth extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups roasted tomatoes (or canned organic tomatoes)
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 6-7 basil leaves
  • 2 oz yeast flakes
  • 2 tbsp pistachios
  • 1-2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • ‎Salt and pepper to taste

‎Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Serve with red, white and blue chips and/or crudite.

Fruity Banana Smoothie

  • 8 oz Premier Protein Vanilla shake
  • 1 frozen banana

Puree protein shake and Banana in a blender. Top with blueberries and strawberry slices.

Star Spangled ice cream soda

  • 1/2 cup melted Lactaid Ice cream
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 2 scoops Lactaid Ice cream
  • Fruity Pebbles cereal for garnish

Gently whisk 1/2 cup of melted Lactaid Ice cream and 1/2 cup club soda in a glass. Pour mixture over 2 scoops of Lactaid Mint Chocolate chip Ice cream and garnish with red and blue Fruity Pebbles flakes.

Berry Grape Sangria

  • 1 bottle Banfi Rosa Regale sparking red wine
  • 2 cups DAVIDsTEA grape freeze tea
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed Orange juice
  • Blueberries for garnish

Blend ingredients in a pitcher and garnish with blueberries. Serve over ice.

Ginger Colada Sangria

  • 1 bottle Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio
  • 1 cup DAVIDsTEA coco colada tea
  • 1 cup extra dry ginger ale
  • Strawberry slices for garnish

Blend liquid ingredients in a pitcher then add strawberries. Serve over ice.