Hungry Girl: Healthy Snacks for Your Favorite Summer Activities

07/07/2014 at 04:09 PM ET

Hungry Girl Summer Snacks
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Ah, summer! Get on out and enjoy that sunshine — but don’t forget to snack smart!

Take a Hike!
Hitting the trails like Vanessa Hudgens? It’s a great way to spend some of that weekend downtime. You’ll be getting exercise, but not in the way that’ll make you think “UGH, I’m exercising.”

Of course, bringing along a good supply of drinking water when you hike is mandatory! And if you plan to snack while on the move, standard hiker foods like jerky and trail mix are great. Krave Jerky is one of my favorites, and it comes in a ton of great flavors — hello, Black Cherry Barbecue Pork! And since it’s easy to go overboard with trail mix — which often comes in multi-serving bags that seem like single servings — I love the perfectly portioned Emerald Breakfast On the Go! Nut & Granola Mix pouches.

Hit the Amusement Park!
A day at the theme park is always a blast (as long as you face the inevitable long lines with a smile of acceptance). Plan ahead by eating a satisfying meal before you head out — something with a good amount of protein and fiber. I like to start my day with a big bowl of oatmeal and some hard-boiled egg whites. Then pack some emergency snacks, like these fantastic finds!

When it comes to park purchases, you’re looking at water (gotta have it; hydration is important), smart splurges (cotton candy is much better than a giant funnel cake!), and maybe a light meal.

Movie Time!
So, you’ve elected to skip the SPF 50 and take in a big-budget blockbuster. (Who’s seen Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction?!) But it’s easy to get into trouble at the concession stand.

Here’s the scoop: A large buttered popcorn can have between 850 and 1,500 calories and up to 130 grams of fat. An order of nachos (which are never as good as you want them to be!) can pack as many as 1,400 calories. And those candy stats might not seem too bad, but the package often contains 3 – 4 servings!

A large-but-discrete purse is the way to go. Before you leave home, pop a 100-calorie mini bag of 94% fat-free popcorn — you may wanna break it out while Godzilla is loudly smashing the city. And throw in a couple of Tootsie Pops — each has just 60 calories!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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