Healthy Eating

Fourth of July Vegan Feast Courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Each year, we celebrate our country's independence by sharing a meal with family and friends, then watching the skies light up as a cap to the festivities.

And, in most cases, that meal happens to be from the grill. We're not sure why burgers and hot dogs became the classic all-American meal (especially since both probably have their origins in Germany), but they are -- in all of their highly processed glory.

See also: Vegetarian Grilling Options for Fourth of July (Recipes)

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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