Did someone say POPSICLES? Sure store-bought cakes and pie are an age-old favorite, but they're also laden with refined sugars and fat. So say poo poo the pie and whip up some fabulous popsicles instead! Homemade ice pops are the perfect way to cool down and to satiate a sweet tooth. You can prep and stock up on the pops in the freezer the day before your party, or for those on the go try a cooler filled with these frozen treats. One nifty design that caught our eye recently is Zoku's Quick Pop, which whips up popsicles in just under 7 minutes!
TIP 1: Lose the Plastics
If there’s anything worse than plastic plates, it just might be their styrofoam counterparts. One of the easiest things you can do to go green is to reach for biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery when you’re shopping for your soirée this weekend. They ring in at just about the same price – give or take a few cents – and the overall impact is quite significant. We here at Inhabitat are really big fans of Bambu’s awesome line of ware, or to add a bit more funk to your Fourth, check out this compostable Boombox picnic set from Boxsal.
TIP 2: Buy Local and Organic Food
Who wants to worry about pesticides on this day of patriotism? We recommend steering clear of foods produced on factory farms — instead look for locally-grown and/or organic produce and meats for you grill. Buying locally is a great way to better educate yourself on what you’re putting into your mouth and it supports your local economy. And if you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact even further by going all-veggie, there are some delish animal-free selections out there, including the classic veggie burger and tofu-pups. These tasty vegetarian dishes avoid the pitfalls of industrial meat production, which contributes to much of the world’s water use, emissions, land use and oil consumption.