Weekly Roundup – Fourth of July Favorites

It's that time of year again: the 4th of July. A time to spend with family, the outdoors, and my personal favorite… fireworks! I'm not as much of a pyromaniac as I used to be, but I still love a good explosion!

Right now, the weather around the Life and Health office is reaching 110+ degrees. We're all looking forward towards hanging out around a friend's swimming pool this weekend. No matter what you do, it is important to get outside, breathe some fresh (albeit hot) air, and spend time socializing with people close to you. The best thing? All of this will be a benefit to your health and well-being.

All this sounds great, but… what kind of food is there going to be? Well, we've got several different options for you: they’re the plant-based versions of your typical 4th of July barbecue. However, we recommend you start with a big juicy watermelon—it just can’t be beat on a hot summer day.

From Life and Health:

Southwest Black Bean Burger (Video) – This zingy southwestern recipe will put your typical vegeburger to shame.

Oat Burger (Video) – A simple and savory take on a barbecue classic.

Creamy Pasta Salad – The perfect side for your summer picnics.

1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream – It's so simple and yet soooo creamy. You'll have to try it to believe it!

From the Web:

Vegan Potato Salad from Savvy Vegetarian – “A classic summer salad recipe, perfect for 4th of July cookouts.”

Hummus Spiral Wraps from SheKnows – “This is a kid friendly lunch you can put together in minutes.”

Summer Squash Couscous with Sultanas Pistachios and Mint from Food52 – “Well-balanced, with tart, sweet and savory playing off each other with every bite.”

Vegan Peach Ice Cream from Yummly – A delicious treat best served with a healthy helping of fresh fruit.


Enjoy your longer-than-average-weekend!


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Jon Ewald, MD

Jon Ewald grew up in Minnesota and has a love for the outdoors. He obtained his medical degree at Loma Linda University, graduating in 2020. He is currently completing his residency in Radiology at University of Pittsburgh.

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