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10 Summer Favorites Made Lighter

Try these guilt-less versions of beloved warm-weather foods
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Ice Cream Everything continued...

A good-tasting light ice cream that isn't excessively high in sugar will usually have around 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving. One of my favorites is Breyer's Light Vanilla, which I use in smoothies and serve with fresh fruit. It has 3.5 grams of fat and 100 calories per half-cup serving.

The other part of enjoying ice cream the healthy way is to keep your serving to 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup. Use your 1/2 or 3/4 cup measure to scoop out the ice cream. You're more likely to be happy with that amount if you serve your ice cream with some fresh fruit!

Hotdogs

Light hot dogs are available in just about every supermarket. Some taste better than others, I'll tell you that right now.

My family likes Ball Park Light Franks, and Reduced Fat Hebrew Nationals. I don't mind Louis Rich franks, either, if they're on the barbecue. I'm so used to light hot dogs that the idea of a regular hot dog just isn't appealing. But then that's just me.

Barbecued Chicken

I'm used to working with skinless chicken breasts and thighs. And I've found if you marinate or sauce your skinless chicken, it tends to do well on the grill. It will stay moist on the inside.

It doesn't make sense to me to take such care to flavor the skin, and then peeling the skin off before you eat it. Better to flavor the actual meat and grill it the way you are going to eat it!

Many people grill their chicken over indirect heat (off to the side on the barbecue) so it doesn't get that hot flame and the flare-ups that can ensue when the chicken is directly above the coals or flame.

One great option to grilling chicken is to use the skewer. When you use bite-size pieces of skinless, boneless chicken, it spends less time over the coals -- and more of the surface area gets coated with the lovely (and, we hope, not high-fat) marinade or sauce.

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