Looking for red, white, and blue foods for your July 4 celebration? By choosing\u00a0fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables and making a few simple swaps, you can plan a festive and healthy gathering.\nColorful Foods for Heart Health\nWhen it comes to heart-healthy food, a colorful variety is best.\nEating different types of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products can give your body the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs to keep working the right way. And a heart-healthy diet can help you keep your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar in check, lowering your risk for heart disease.\nSummer\u00a0is a great time for colorful eating, with so many fresh fruits and vegetables in season. From corn and tomatoes to berries and peaches, your local farmer’s market is a great place to start when planning healthy July 4 meals. Beyond the produce aisle, you can make simple, healthier choices that lighten up your main dishes, sides, and desserts.\u00a0\nStop by a local farmer's market to find in-season, colorful fresh fruits and veggies. Click To Tweet\nRamp up the Reds\n\nSet a bowl of cherries or red grapes on your picnic table for snacking.\nToss raspberries and strawberries into fruit salad.\nSlice up watermelon for a refreshing side dish.\nAdd beets and radishes to your favorite leafy green salad.\nServe tomatoes for snacking and sandwich toppings.\nRemember those red peppers for your veggie tray.\n\nChoose the Right Whites\nYou probably know that red and blue fruits and vegetables pack in plenty of nutrients, but what about white foods? It’s important to remember to pick the right whites, limiting foods processed with white flour and sugar, like cakes, cookies, and pies.\nTip: Pick the right whites and switch desserts prepared with white sugar for white peaches. Click To Tweet\n\nOpt\u00a0for lean protein like fish or white meat chicken for your main dish instead of hamburgers and hot dogs.\nMake a healthier fruit or vegetable dip with low-fat or fat-free yogurt.\nChoose low-fat or fat-free cheese for sandwiches.\nAdd cauliflower to your veggie tray.\nGrill white corn for a healthier side dish.\nServe white peaches or nectarines for a refreshing dessert.\n\nGet the Blues (and Purples)\nBlue and purple fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant that can help prevent blood clots, as well as vitamin C and other nutrients that support overall health.\n\nMake patriotic fruit skewers with blueberries, bananas, and strawberries.\nAdd blackberries to fruit salad.\nSet out a bowl of Concord grapes for snacking.\nGrill eggplant, leaving the skin on.\nToss purple cabbage into your favorite salad.\nServe plums for dessert.\n\nLooking for more heart-healthy recipes? Check out our blog post on 6 fun heart-healthy recipes today! To learn more, visit the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute or call 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484).