Top Tactics for a Skinny Summer Picnic

If you want to look your best at the park, the pool or down at the beach, but don't want to give up all those tasty summer snacks, try some of these tips.

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Select lower fat hot dog buns available in many stores. Or, go low-carb and ditch the bun altogether.

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If you like to zip up your dog with cheese, try a low-fat variety.

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Use low-fat mayonnaise when making potato and macaroni salads. Increase the bulk of salads with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. It's a small change that makes a big difference.

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For pasta salads, try a low-oil salad dressing. You'll probably enjoy the fresher taste without all that oil.

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For picnic appetizers or general snacking, try baked, instead of fried, tortilla and potato chips a crispy alternative to the greasy original. Other appetizers could include plenty of fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks, cucumbers, zucchini, grape tomatoes and red, green and yellow peppers.

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For a light and healthy dessert, try a spread of fresh fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, red and green grapes, kiwi, oranges, pink grapefruit, blueberries and jicama include sweet and sour tastes and all are delicious! Use low fat yogurt, instead of heavy whipping cream to make a tasty fruit salad.

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Select from the many ready-made low-fat cakes and pastries available at your supermarket. Another option: purchase low-fat brownie mixes and make your own. Your guests will never know!

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Top your cake and brownies with low fat or fat-free ice cream or enjoy non-fat ices or sherbets. They'll cool you down without weighing you down. Also, check out low fat sorbets, granitas and frozen mousses.

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Have a refreshing glass of iced tea with fresh lemon rather than a sugar-filled soda. Other beverage choices include new bottled waters that feature essence of lemon, lime and berries. Iced teas and waters have fewer calories and quench thirst better.

    
    

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