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Memorial Day is almost here, and that means picnics, vacations, beach days, and BBQs are all right around the corner. Don't fall into the habit of inhaling everything you see! Take a few tips from our guide to surviving summer eating...    
Water Yourself!

We're not telling you to hose off... DRINK things. Everyone knows it's important to stay hydrated when it's hot out, but sipping plain water 24/7 can be plain boring. So keep a stash of powdered drink mix packets on hand for thirsty emergencies. We heart the kinds by Crystal Light (did you know they also make naturally sweetened mixes now?) and AriZona. As for at-home options, check out this nifty fruit-infusing pitcher... or just add fruit to any water jug!
Fire Up the Grill!

Don't wait for a big party to do some direct-heat cooking! Grilling can be a really great way to whip up flavor-packed food that's completely guilt-free... as long as you don't drown your stuff in oil! Spray the grill grate with nonstick spray (BEFORE you power up the heat source!) or wrap your goodies in well-spritzed foil packets. Want to make super-easy BBQ food for a cookout? Marinate some boneless, skinless lean chicken breasts overnight in barbeque sauce (with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving), and they'll be ready for the grill when you are. And don't forget those fruits and veggies -- they're great on skewers, in wraps, and even straight off the plate. Grilled pineapple + lean or meatless burgers = AMAZING!
Chill Out!

Although getting a workout chasing the ice cream truck DOES sound tempting, stocking your own icebox is a much better way to go. Sugar Free Popsicles are pretty classic, and Edy's/Dreyer's fruit bars ROCK. Even straight-up frozen fruit is great to snack on (grapes work best!); but if you buy the freezy packaged kind, make sure there isn't any added sugar or syrup. Looking for a real ice cream fix? Try the fat-free stuff from Breyers, Edy's/Dreyer's Slow Churned Light tubs, and the awesome offerings from The Skinny Cow. And for a crazy-low-calorie find you could consume by the pint (if you wanted to!), seek out Arctic Zero -- full of protein, free of fat, and surprisingly good!
HG's TOP ATE Summer-Worthy Survival Finds for 2010

In no particular order...

1. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce - Your season-long grill companion! It's SO worth ordering online.

2. Food Should Taste Good Cheddar Tortilla Chips - Doritos? Feh. Who needs 'em? These cheesy chips live up to their name.

3. Sara Lee 80 Calories & Delightful Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns - To help keep your cookouts guilt-free and full of, um, delight. We love light buns!

4. Mt. Olive PicklePAKs - For picnics or mini cookouts, these things are pure genius!

5. Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars - Great quickie snacks! Just keep 'em out of the sun...

6. The Skinny Cow Low Fat Ice Cream Cups - Only enough for one -- sometimes sharing is for suckers.

7. Quaker True Delights Multigrain Fiber Crisps - Sweet, crunchy, and full of good stuff.

8. Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thins Fill 'ems - Flat bun swaps for hot dogs are here! This brand-new product is too awesome for words. If you can't find Fill 'ems, request 'em!!!
Hungry for More Survival Strategies?

Click HERE for tips on eating at theme parks. Click HERE for last summer's guide, featuring vacation advice and stadium suggestions. And click HERE for our ice cream shop survival guide from the summer before last!
Monday, May 31st, is Memorial Day. YAYAYAYAY! We're taking the day off for some fun in the sun. But we'll be back Tuesday with a crazy-amazing recipe swap for... CALZONES! Happy Memorial Day, HGers!!!
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