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Hungry Girl Today: 6.5.09

Here's HG's new survival guide for summer outings. Weeeeee!

The #1 Rule of Vacationing

ALWAYS eat a good meal or a filling snack before you head out for the day.

If you don't, you're likely to get cranky and make silly food choices when

hunger and heat hit you. If it's early, you're not hungry, and/or you're just

eager to hit the road, at least grab something on the way out the door.

The Best 3-Snack Stash

Sneak these in anywhere you can get away with it. Just do it!

Fresh Fruit - Go for something with an edible or easy-to-peel skin that's not

too delicate -- apples and bananas are popular for a reason. Pears are OK,

but be careful if they're really ripe. (No one likes pear mush in their

backpack!) If you take your fruit-toting seriously and want to avoid bruising,

consider investing in a Banana Guard or Froot Guard. Good stuff!

Jerky - There's a whole world of jerkys out there. We're NOT fans of the

really random stuff (like alligator and ostrich... GROSS!), but we LOVE jerky

made from beef, chicken, turkey, and soy. It tastes good, fares well in any

temperature, and won't get crushed in your bag. And an emergency snack

that's protein-packed is ALWAYS a good thing. BTW, Jack Link's Premium

Cuts Chicken Nuggets are a new favorite.

Crunchy Bars - We love chewy bars, but when it's hot outside, those things

MELT and become a sticky mess. Sad times! You're WAY better off with a

crispy granola bar. Avoid anything chocolatey, drizzled, or with a coating --

it'll get messy fast. Go for something heat-friendly (and, duh, delicious!) like

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars.

HG Heads Up! Check out last summer's ginormous list of tasty travel treats.


Non-Food Food for Thought

Chill Out! - Whether it's big and old-school or cute and fancy, BRING A

COOLER! If you're gonna be out and about all day long, this is the best way

for you and your travel pals to avoid junk food. So load it up with light string

cheese, sandwiches (toasted light bread = non-soggy stuff), salads (dressing

packets on the side), and cut-up veggies. Make sure you have plenty of ice

or some good quality cool-packs, too.

Be Water-Wise - This one's a given, yet it's easy to forget. PACK LOTS OF

WATER. Sometimes, we think we're hungry when we're actually dehydrated,

which leads us to mindlessly munch when we don't need to. No cooler? No

problem. The night before your day out, stick a couple of bottles in the

freezer and one in the fridge. Your frozen bottles will be defrosted by the

time you finish the fridge bottle. And if water bores you at times, have a few

packets of sugar-free powdered drink mix on hand to zazzle up that H20!

Summer Reading Material - You've got to feed your brain, too... even if

you're feeding it the nutritional equivalent of potato chips (a.k.a. fun gossip

mags!). Plus, if you give yourself an activity, you won't be sitting around

thinking, "I'm bored. Maybe I should have a snack." So hit up your local

bookstore or library before you head out on a trip.

Clean Up Your Act - Make sure you pack some napkins or even a whole roll

of paper towels if you've got room. (No one ever said, "I wish I hadn't

brought those paper towels.") HG Tip: Stash a few wet-naps in case of an

emergency mess. And don't forget about a sealable bag for garbage.

Quick Tips for Daytrips

At a Ball Game...

* If you NEED a beer, stick to the light kind and save about 50 calories per


* Roam the entire stadium to find the best concession options. (The exercise

you'll get is an added bonus!) Soft pretzels are better than nachos, veggie

dogs are better than regular ones, and a grilled chicken salad w/ salsa is one

of the best finds ever.

* Ignore those annoying vendors yelling about peanuts, hot dogs and

popcorn. Not only are their snacks fat-fests, but relying on them encourages


At an Amusement Park...

* Don't take the tram. WALK.

* Avoid corn dogs, funnel cakes, and anything fried. If you've got a sweet

tooth, stick to Dippin' Dots or cotton candy. (Sure they have sugar, but

they're better than Churros!)

* Save cash and calories by getting your hand stamped for re-entry and then

hitting up eateries just outside the park gates. No one needs a $16 greasy

personal pizza.

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Friday, June 5th, is National Gingerbread Day. Ummm... whose idea was it to

celebrate this classic Christmastime cookie in June!?! Regardless, why not

whip up our too-good Thin-gerbread Men? Those guys ROCK!

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