Fourth of July is a time for family gatherings and barbecues as well as temptations people on a diet want to avoid. Atkins is helping dieters get through July 4th with five mouthwatering low carb cocktail recipes. They can be served with or without alcohol for people on Phases 1 through 4 of the Atkins diet. These Fourth of July cocktails are so tempting everyone will want one!
Low Carb Fourth of July Cocktails from Atkins
A low carb diet is one of the easiest ways to shed pounds and slim down. Many people follow the Atkins diet to lose weight. I have lost 20 pounds already by following this simple diet. Fourth of July is a time when you want to attend family gatherings and drinks a few chilled concoctions. These Fourth of July cocktail recipes from Atkins are sure to keep dieters satisfied – and are likely to lure everyone else, too!
Strawberry Margaritas can be sipped during Phases 2, 3 and 4. This tantalizing red beverage features strawberries with refreshing fresh lemon or lime juice. The tequila can be replaced by soda water for those who prefer a virgin cocktail. This Fourth of July cocktail only contains 82.5 calories and 3.9 net carbs.
Blueberry-Cucumber Chillers can be consumed during Phases 2, 3 and 4. Everyone will love this Fourth of July cocktail that includes blueberries, cucumbers and rosemary. It is a festive blue color that looks great next to the red Strawberry Margaritas. You can also make a virgin version without gin. This Fourth of July cocktail contains just 91.5 calories and 5.3 net carbs.
Raspberry Teanis are a fabulous combination of martini and tea that can be sipped during Phases 2, 3 and 4. Serve it without the alcohol for a nonalcoholic spritzer. It is ideal for Phases 2, 3 and 4. This delightful Fourth of July cocktail has only 77 calories and 1.5 net carbs.
Banana Coconut Rum Yummy cocktails bring a Caribbean flavor to your Fourth of July barbecue or gathering and are suitable for Phases 3 and 4. If you want to make a virgin version, replace the rum with rum extract. This Fourth of July cocktail has 244 calories and 8.9 net carbs, which is why it would be for people in the later phases of the Atkins diet.
Mojitos contain fresh mint and fresh lime to help cool you off at the hottest 4th of July celebrations. Omit the rum and use rum extract for a nonalcoholic treat. This Fourth of July cocktail is great for Phases 1 through 4. It contains just 70.5 calories and 1.3 net carbs.
Other Low Carb Ideas for Your Fourth of July Barbecue
Recently Atkins offered 7 ways to survive Fourth of July barbecues and summer gatherings. They encourage you to drink water, exercise and keep track of what you eat so your goals are always in mind. I have found a few other ways to get through July 4th celebrations without feeling guilty the day after:
Skip the buns. I always have a hamburger or hot dog without the bun and never miss it.
Drink lots of lemon water. Keep a glass of water with a slice of lemon or lime in your hand. It minimizes your intake of cocktails and helps you stay hydrated. It also reduces your appetite.
Go for the green. Steer clear of mayo-laden salads such as potato salad and macaroni salad. Nibble on the veggie trays and have a healthy helping of green salad instead.
Feast on fruits. Berries are in season and taste great. They also help you stay away from cakes, cookies and other sweet desserts.
Pack an Atkins bar. If everything looks greasy and over-the-top, be safe and have an Atkins bar on hand to take the edge off.
For people who are not counting calories and carbs as closely, HGTV served up some Fourth of July cocktail recipes and cuisine ideas that are sure to impress all your guests. Now your 4th of July celebration has something for everyone! How will you be eating on Independence Day? Share your comments and ideas with us below!
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