Hungry Girl: Try These Healthy Snacks Inspired by the New Summer Blockbusters

06/13/2016 at 04:16 PM ET

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Courtesy Lisa Lillien

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 eleven 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.

Summer means many things: vacations, amusement parks, baseball, barbecues – and the biggest, most fun movies of the year! Check out my healthy snack picks to get you in the mood for the season’s upcoming blockbusters.

Finding Dory
Here’s a totally appropriate treat for under-the-sea fun: seaweed snacks! I’m a huge fan, and most single-serving packs have around 25 calories. I’m also obsessed with SeaSnax Chomperz, which feature an extra crunchy rice layer.

RELATED: Hungry Girl: 4 Easy Food Hacks to Save Your Summer BBQ

Independence Day: Resurgence
Nothing says Independence Day like patriotic fireworks, so why not whip up sparkler-inspired popcorn mix! In a quart-sized plastic bag, mix up 3 1/2 cups light popcorn, 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, and 1/2 cup freeze-dried blueberries. Boom! A perfect light ‘n crunchy snack that’s also red, white, and blue.

So Hi-C Ecto Cooler may have returned for the movie franchise’s reboot, but that stuff is just a little too sugary for my taste. However, I do dig the idea of enjoying a refreshing green juice. Evolution Fresh’s Coconut Water and Greens is a balanced blend of fruit and greens, with only about 100 calories for the whole 15.2-oz. bottle – not too shabby!

RELATED: Hungry Girl: Dads Will Love My Bacon Cheeseburger Chili for Father’s Day

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
This movie’s been out for a while now, but I couldn’t resist because… pizza! Hit the freezer aisle for a single-serve pie: I love Amy’s Light & Lean options. Or whip up this Cauliflower Crust Pepperoni Pizza to share with a pal… I think the artist-named reptiles would appreciate my culinary masterpiece!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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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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