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This Week's SHAPE Up: 4th of July Survival Guide, 50 Summer Foods for Weight Loss and More Hot Stories

Complied on Friday, July 1st

Ah, the long July 4th weekend is finally here. And if you’re anything like us, your weekend is packed with picnics, parties, and barbecues, but you don’t want to blow that bikini body you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Did we mention some of these parties are pool parties? Don’t worry, bikinis and barbecues can co-exist. Use our strategies for navigating a day of indulgence by filling your plate with the right foods, lightening up your cocktails (nope, we’re not suggesting you forgo a cocktail or two) and bringing a few healthy recipes of your own.

Try working a few of the top 50 summer foods for weight loss into your menu this weekend. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed—burgers, catfish, and crab all made the list! Then check out the 2011 Snack Awards for the best grab-and-go options under 200 calories. And don’t forget to enter to win fantastic prizes in our annual 30 Days of Summer Giveaways.



Barbecue Smarts: Eat All Day Without Overdoing It


Even though your long weekend is probably packed with barbecues, picnics, and parties it doesn’t have to be a diet disaster. Use these strategies to avoid trigger foods, make the best choices, and lighten-up your cocktails this July 4th.


Katie Brown’s Easy Dessert Recipes: Healthy Dessert Recipes to Bring to a BBQ


Make sure there’s a not-so-bad for you option at all this weekend's festivities by bringing along one of Katie Brown’s quick and easy dessert recipes. They all clock in between 90 and 180 calories and transport easily. Plus, the blueberry cheesecake bars look super festive!



Top 50 Summer Diet Foods for Weight Loss


Did you know pineapple contains an enzyme that helps flatten the belly, peaches provide gentle laxative properties, or that walnuts have metabolic-boosting benefits? They do! We rounded up 48 more delicious foods that can help you slim-down this summer. Fruit salad anyone?


Snack Awards 2011: The 20 Best Low-Calorie Snacks


Craving chips, chocolate, or ice cream? We’ve got just the thing for you. We tasted hundreds of snacks to bring you the most satisfying options under 200 calories. At less than 400mg of sodium and not a drop of trans fat or high-fructose corn syrup in sight, you can feel good about satisfying that sweet—or salt—tooth when the snack sirens start calling!



30 Days of Summer Giveaways


We’re just a few days in to our annual 30 Days of Summer Giveaways. Be sure to log in and enter to win one (or more) of our fabulous prizes! From hair care and beauty products to swimsuits that you’ve seen on the pages of our magazine, to watches, gadgets and workout gear galore, we’ve got amazing prizes to get you through your summer fit and fashionable.


 

More hot stories this week:



9 Cocktails Under 200 Calories


—FitSugar




Healthy Twists on 4th of July Favorites

—That’s Fit


5 Reasons to Love American Men (Cowboys, Capitalism, and All)


—YourTango


Red, White, and Blue Angel Food Cake

—Fit Bottomed Girls


Not-So-Bad-For-You Blondie Recipe

—Vital Juice

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