On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades, and backyard barbecues across the country.

God Bless America Lyrics
by Irving Berlin

God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.

Here is a yummy and healthy recipe to help celebrate Independence Day:

Berry Parfait Recipe, Makes 2

Choose organic ingredients when available:

  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons instant oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cherries
  • whipped cream

Using two clean parfait or wine glasses, in each, carefully layer: 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, one tablespoon oatmeal, 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1/4 cup cherries. Finish with a swirl of whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Serves 2

Nutrition Facts per serving: 222 calories, 5.8 grams fat, 51 milligrams sodium, 264 milligrams potassium,39.7 grams carbohydrates, 3.7 grams dietary fiber, 14 grams sugar, excellent source of vitamin C and good source of calcium. 

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