Hungry Girl’s Healthy Frozen Treats Survival Guide

08/18/2014 at 08:15 AM ET

Hungry Girl Frozen Yogurt
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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.

When it’s hot outside, it can be hard to resist the siren song of frozen treats. (Kourtney and Khloé know what I mean.) NEWSFLASH: You can totally indulge without going completely overboard on calories and fat. Order smart with these tips and picks.

What’s one of the best Summer Collection combos for 2014? Pairing the classic tart fro yo with crushed watermelon. I’m feeling more refreshed just thinking about it! A Small Original with that melon has just 145 calories; a Medium order has 235. YUM!

Yogurtland & Menchie’s
The key at self-serve places like Yogurtland or Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt — portion control! The low calorie counts you see at Yogurtland are for a single ounce of yogurt, and they don’t take into account the inevitable toppings. So stick to a smaller portion of the lighter yogurt options — like Yogurtland’s Blueberry Tart — and load up on fresh fruit as a topping.

Want a protein boost with your sweet treat? Try out some of TCBY’s soft-serve Super Fro Yo. Want even MORE protein? Order the Greek Honey Vanilla — the first soft-serve Greek yogurt! A 1/2-cup serving has 100 fat-free calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein. Wow!

Dairy Queen
Beware of the Blizzards! Those things are bad news for your waistline. Even a seemingly safe small Oreo Cookies Blizzard has 550 calories and 20g fat. (A large Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard? 1,380 calories and 64g fat!) But that doesn’t mean everything on the menu will take you down. Keep it simple. A small Pineapple Sundae has 230 calories and 7g fat. Not bad!

Ben & Jerry’s
Is it frighteningly easy to get into trouble at Ben & Jerry’s? Heck, yes! Does that mean you need to avoid it altogether? No way! One word: SORBET. Those crazy Vermonters make a mean sorbet; snag the Mango Mango (the fruit so nice, you say it twice). A 1/2-cup serving has 100 calories and 0g fat, so order accordingly.

Finally, I’m a big fan of the BRight Choices lineup  — those words are basically the secret code for guilt-free goodies. The newest addition is the Super Yumberry Greek Frozen Yogurt, with a super-fruit triple-berry ribbon running through it. A small 2.5-oz. serving has 130 calories and 3.5g fat. Yum is in its name, you guys.

‘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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