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9 Dye-Free 4th of July Recipes!

The 4th of July is all about fireworks, bbqs, and festive red, white and blue-colored foods! I stay away from artificial colors as much as I can, but I still love to get my family in the festive spirit for every holiday. That means beautifully colored Red, White and Blue foods. There are so many natural alternatives to artificial food coloring, so I’ve rounded up nine of my favorite dye-free 4th of July recipes to share with you here! Whatever you’ll be grilling up this holiday, these dye-free recipes will surely fit into your menu and bring beautiful, natural colors to brighten up the table! What are your favorite Red, White and Blue recipes? For even more inspiration, check out my 4th of July Pinterest board!

  • Magical Fruit Wands 1 of 9
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    Wanting my kids to partake in the magical excitement this Fourth of July, I created these naturally red, white and blue Independence Day wands. Just place the wands in tall cups on the buffet table at your holiday BBQ alongside all those other special holiday recipes you're craving. Then watch as the real magic happens when everything vanishes….everything that is except the smiles!

  • Red, White and Blue Scones 2 of 9
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    Photo and recipe by Two Peas and their Pod.

    These adorable scones are perfect for 4th of July breakfast or dessert... or anytime!

  • Red, White and Blue Parfaits 3 of 9
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    I try to make this parfait first thing in the morning, so that by the time the kids are ready for breakfast the Grape-Nuts have gotten a chance to soften up from the yogurt. They have so much fun plunging their spoons deep in the glass and pulling up a delectable, colorful bite of pure yumminess.

  • Sweet Raspberry Lemonade 4 of 9
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    Photo and recipe by Joy The Baker.

    This gorgeous Raspberry Lemonade is absolutely the perfect drink to have chilled in the refrigerator all summer long. Consider it The Real Deal Pink Lemonade. An absolute dream, and worth the two easy steps it takes to make.

  • Blue Potato, Cauliflower, and Sun-Dried Tomato Gratin 5 of 9
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    I wanted to cook something festive and naturally colorful for the 4th of July and came up with this heavenly blue potato gratin. Not wanting it to have a heavy 
cream sauce, I thought that the idea of "cauliflower cream" sounded so 
much more nutritious and delicious. Its kind of surprising that the cream's main ingredient 
is a vegetable since it has such an undeniably rich taste.

  • Berry Bliss Rocket Pops 6 of 9
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    Photo and recipe by Family Fresh Cooking.

    Who doesn't have fond memories of rocket pops from their childhood? I love that I can recreate my childhood memories with my own children in a totally natural, and much more healthy way!

  • Watermelon Mint Lemonade 7 of 9
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    Photo and recipe by With Style and Grace.

    Naturally sweet watermelon makes a delicious lemonade, and paired with these adorable blueberry skewers, this could very well be the drink that steals the show at your 4th of July bbq!

  • Blue Corn Chip Crusted Fish Sticks with Red Pepper Coulis 8 of 9
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    These fish sticks are crunchy on the outside and tender inside. I tested this dish with tilapia and orange roughy which both turned out delicious, but you could use almost any white fish available such as snapper or halibut. When Kenya was young, he loved watching me dip my fish stick into the sweet red pepper coulis. He thought it was so funny, so I helped him dip his stick in and take a bite which he thought was even funnier. It's amazing to see what entertains a little one.

  • Blue and White Potato Salad 9 of 9
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    I'm a huge fan of 
potatoes. They're inexpensive and nutritious, and babies and toddlers, in 
my experience, love them. When I was little, potato salad was one of 
my favorite foods. It's really easy to make and even more delicious to eat. I thought it would be fun to make a salad with different color tubers. The eye appeal of food can be a big selling 
point for little ones and this colorful treat is a hit in my house.

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