The 4th of July is all about showing your patriotism for this great country of ours. But too many of us celebrate in ways that aren’t healthy. As a trauma nurse, I saw far too many kids and adults in the hospital with debilitating injuries from fireworks. And then there are all the parties with the typical red, white, and blue holiday fare. I’m sure you’ve seen them—the flag cakes with store-bought frosting, the sugar cookies with colored sprinkles, and those rice cereal treats made with blue and red food dyes.
These “foods” are loaded with sugar (which puts you on a
blood sugar rollercoaster and gives you brain fog), processed with a laundry
list of unhealthy additives and preservatives, and full of food dyes like red
dye #40 that can adversely affect kids with ADD/ADHD.
In my view, consuming foods that make you sick, mess with
your moods, and lower your brain function is not patriotic. In fact, it’s a
drag on our economy and our overall health as a nation. Show how much you love
this country by being a Warrior in the fight for your health and the health of
On the 4th of July this year, show your patriotism by
celebrating and spreading the word about brain health. Be smart and skip the
fireworks and ditch the foods that give you brain drain. Instead, try my Red,
White, and Blue Salad with Chicken for a light main course and try
these quick and easy red, white, and blue desserts everyone will love.
(makes 20 sparklers)
These “sparklers” won’t put anyone in the ER. They are a
healthy alternative to the “flag cakes” and trifle desserts you often see at
4th of July parties.
(makes 10 popsicles)
Everybody loves refreshing popsicles on a hot summer day.
These patriotic popsicles are filled with antioxidant goodness to promote
better health. Simply drop some raspberries and blueberries into popsicle
molds, pour in some coconut water, and place them in the freezer.
If you want more healthy options for the 4th of July, like my Sweet Potato Salad, get your copy of The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook. And if you really want to win the fight for your brain health, sign up for The Brain Warrior’s Way Online Course, which will show you how to create your own Warrior tribe and will help you develop a warrior’s M.A.S.T.E.R.Y. over your physical and mental health. And don’t forget to enter the promo code TANA21 to get 21% off your order.
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