The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Friends, family, food, warm air and sunshine… It doesn’t get much better than that! There’s something about the smell of juicy burgers and brats on the grill, creamy potato salad, refreshing pasta salads, fresh fruit, corn on the cob and desserts galore that seems to bring everyone together in good spirits. This year, I’m excited to put a fresh twist on our classic American fare menu with this week’s pick, Cher-Make Chicken Brats. With only 100 calories and 4 grams of fat (1 gram saturated fat) per brat, Cher-Make Chicken Brats are a great way to trade up your traditional brat without sacrificing flavor! These Chicken Brats have a minimal ingredient list with chicken being the only meat used. They are also fully cooked, so all you have to do is cook on the grill for 7-10 minutes until golden brown. Cher-Make Chicken Brats are even gluten free, making them a perfect brat for gluten free guests coming to your 4th of July get together! (Click here for more gluten free food ideas!) I love to pair Cher-Make Chicken Brats with some of our Eat Well deli salads, like Eat Well Potato Salad and Eat Well Summer Cabbage Salad. Don’t have time to make a dessert? Pick-up a box of delicious Eat Well Oatmeal Chocolate Chip or Apple Cinnamon Cookies found in our bakery department. We’ve got you covered for your backyard barbecue this year! Do you have a favorite 4th of July food or recipe? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, and you will be entered to win a $5 Festival Foods Gift Card plus a coupon good for One FREE 12 oz. Package of Cher-Make Chicken Brats redeemable at Festival Foods! (BONUS: Get a double entry if you comment on our Facebook page as well!). A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 12pm CT. Be sure to check out Leah’s BBQ Potatoes Recipe on the Eat Well Wednesday blog for a delicious side dish to pair with these Chicken Brats, and enter to win another great giveaway! Happy 4th of July! Nutritional Information for 1 bratwurst: Calories 100 Total Fat 4g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0g) Cholesterol 70mg Sodium 820mg Total Carbohydrate 1g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 1g) Protein 14g Ingredients: Chicken, Water, Contains Less Than 2% of Vinegar, Sea Salt, Spices, Sugar, Flavorings. Disclaimer: We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival Foods locations.
Lauren Lindsley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.