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Hungry Girl Today: 5.22.09

BBQ season is here again. YAYAY! Here's our official 2009 BBQ Survival
Guide, guaranteed to get you through any and all outdoor eating events...

Hello, Hydration!

Keeping yourself well hydrated is key. If you don't, you might find yourself
snacking when all you really need is some H20. But be careful with the
bottled "waters" out there. Some of them are just sugary beverages with lots
of calories. For the most part, stick to plain water when you're thirsty. If
that's too boring for you, here are a few flavored options you can pick up on
the way to a backyard bash. Vitaminwater10 is naturally sweetened and low
in calories, and it tastes GREAT. Dasani Essence is unsweetened and calorie-
free -- it's perfect if you like just a teeny bit of fruitiness to your water. If
you want full-on flavor in your face, go for sugar-free powdered drink mixes,
like Crystal Light -- the packets are super-convenient since they can easily
be stashed in your purse or pocket. And if you're perfectly hydrated but want
something alcoholic to sip, click here for some guilt-free guidelines and here
for our latest warm-weather cocktails!

Grill Power

Worried about being faced with fatty burgers, franks, and other BBQ diet-
busters? Bring your own guilt-free grillables! As long as you have extras to
share, it's totally acceptable. Soy burgers and veggie patties -- like the ones
made by Boca, Gardenburger, Morningstar Farms, and Amy's -- are great
prepared on the grill. (They're not just for vegetarians, people!) There are
also tons of really good hot dog options out there -- look for ones that are at
least 97% fat-free. Covering skinless chicken breasts in our Not-So-Secret
BBQ Sauce will earn you major points with fellow BBQers. Another great
idea? Assemble kebabs ahead of time. Load fresh veggies (bell pepper
chunks, mushrooms, etc.) and lean protein (like seafood, chicken, and lean
pork) onto skewers, pass 'em off to the person behind the grill, and prepare

Fun with Fruit & Veggies!

Fruit salad commonly makes appearances at summer parties, but eating it
straight out of a bowl isn't the only way to enjoy it. Throw a few pieces of
fruit into your drink, mix 'em into salad (strawberries ROCK over spinach),
put some on a stick and grill them... The possibilities really are endless. As
for vegetables, avoid ANYTHING coated in mayo -- unless it's one of our
recipes, in which case that mayo's most likely fat-free. Speaking of our
recipes, click here for a couple of AWESOME veggie sides and here for our
mind-blowingly delicious I Can't Believe It's Not Potato Salad! If you're
serving pre-made slaw, give it a rinse in a colander to wash away lots of fat
while keeping the flavor. But back to the veggies already at the party... Feel
free to chew crudites, grilled veggies, and green salads. Ooh, one more
thing... use large lettuce leaves as a low-calorie bun-alternative for burgers
and hot dogs. Woohoo!

Snack Time

Scenario: You ask what you can bring to the shindig, and your friend
says, "Just a bag of chips or something." PERFECT! There are sooo many
guilt-free chips these days (click here for a BUNCH of great ones), and this is
a fantastic way to make sure there's something snacky and delicious for you
to munch on sans guilt. You might wanna grab a jar or two of salsa, as well --
not only is salsa a tasty dip for those chips, but it'll come in handy when
you're looking for a tasty, low-cal way to top off burgers, grilled chicken,
salads, and more. And BTW, our brand-new cookbook, Hungry Girl 200
Under 200, has a whole chapter of dips and dippers... check it out!!!

I Scream, You Scream...

Enough with the screaming! We know everyone likes ice cream. Do it right
and get a container of Breyers Double Churn Free fat-free ice cream or
Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream for the party. They're both
GREAT. If you want something pre-portioned, we recommend Nestle
Drumstick Lil' Drums, Crystal Light Frozen Pops, and Baskin-Robbins Fruit
Blast Bars. Now if you're dying to indulge in some ice cream at a pal's
backyard bash, but there aren't any guilt-free choices around, go for
something simple like a small scoop of vanilla ice cream (as opposed to an
enormous hunk of chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake!) -- then top it off
with lots of fresh fruit (berries are the best). Yum!!!

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Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day. Make sure you're ready by reading our
2009 BBQ Survival Guide! And since Monday's a holiday, there will be no HG
News email (awwww!). We'll be back Tuesday with a FANTASTIC slider swap!

Mark Your Calendars! - The official "Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Tour" is
headed to Denver and Dallas next week! If you love free snacks, raffle
prizes, and, um, HG, then BE THERE! This way for details and more tour
dates. (And click here for a sneak peek at Hungry Girl 200 Under 200!)

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