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Dear Hungry Girl,

I'm going to a Labor Day cookout, complete with barbecued food, side dishes... the works. How can I avoid blowing my diet?

Labor Day Dilemma

Hi Labor Day Dilemma,

Hungry Girl Labor Day Tips

Worry not... It's completely possible to enjoy a summer holiday party without wrecking your diet. Here are my TOP ATE tips...

1. Drink water. I know -- "Broken record, HG!" But it's that important. It's too easy to mistake thirst for hunger, and when you're dehydrated, you're more likely to make not-so-smart food decisions. Speaking of questionable choices, be thoughtful about how much alcohol you consume. If you're of the legal age and plan on drinking, stick with light beer (around 100 calories for a 12-oz. bottle) or wine (around 120 calories per 5-oz. glass) and be sure to drink a lot of water between each alcoholic drink. Have trouble drinking plain ol' H2O? Click for tips...

2. Contribute to the food table. This way you can ensure that there's an item or two you can eat without guilt or worry. Of course, this doesn't work if you bring full-fat brownies, so get recipe ideas here. (And snag a slimmed-down brownie recipe here!)

3. Hit the grill. Grilling makes practically everything taste great, and it keeps added fat to a minimum. As long as the food isn't drowned in oil beforehand, you're pretty much good to go. My top picks? Skinless chicken breast, lean turkey burgers, and veggie skewers!

4. Cool off with smart frozen treats. Stick to fruit pops and fruit bars (I love the Outshine Fruit Bars from Dreyer's/Edy's!) instead of standard ice cream sandwiches. You get the cool refreshment without the extra fat. Who doesn't love that?

5. Stay away from mayo-laden side dishes. Even a seemingly reasonable 2/3-cup serving of potato salad has an average of 300 calories and nearly 20g fat. Not worth it! So stay away... unless it's made from an HG recipe like this one, of course.

6. Let's get physical... Is there a volleyball game going on? Frisbee? A really competitive game of tag? Get in on it! You'll have fun and burn off some extra calories. Just make sure you hydrate...

7. Enjoy. That's the point, after all! The more time you spend having fun with family and friends (and not standing directly in front of the food spread!), the less time you'll spend thinking about the food. Oh, and one more thing...

8. Wear sunscreen. Yeah, it's got nothing to do with calories, but it's really important if you're spending time outside. Plus, if you end up sunburned, you might be tempted to drown your sorrows in a gallon of ice cream.

Happy (almost) Labor Day!

 
 

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