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We've spent the past three months stressing about bikini season and don't plan on throwing it out the window for one hot dog. Do you?


Dietitian in the Kitchen, Diane Henderiks has the dish on how to keep us in summer shape without scaring us from the tempting barbecue grill.

Diane Henderiks: Healthy eating can easily be fun, nutritious, and delicious! All of the ingredients required to prepare healthy meals are easy to obtain and easy to work with. The key is to select items that are as close to their natural state as possible.

One of my favorite summer accompaniments to meals is SALSA. Think of salsa as a cold mixture of your favorite fresh fruits, veggies, & herbs that create an awesome bed on which to rest savory grilled protein. Salsa is so versatile and you can change the ingredients to your liking, so if you don't like mango -- use peaches; if cilantro is not your herb of choice -- use basil. Just about every fruit and herb will make a great salsa!

Rubs are a great way to add flavor to foods and can be used on any protein: chicken, center-cut pork chops, lean red meat, tofu ... anything! Vinaigrette dressings easily double as a marinade and are quick and simple to use. DO NOT put protein on the grill without a marinade or rub; they are a MUST for grilling to infuse fantastic flavor.

Bring this tasty salsa recipe to your next family BBQ:

Pineapple-Mango Salsa
½ medium pineapple, peeled, cored, & diced (1½ cups)
1 firm, ripe mango, diced
1 small jicama bulb, peeled & diced
½ cup diced red onion
2 medium tomatoes, cored & diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
½ cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Combine all ingredients together.
2. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to meld flavors.
3. Add pepper to taste.
4. Chill until ready to serve.
5. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

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Michelle June 8, 2009, 2:51 PM

I love the hectoring, bullying tone of the headline. As a psychologically healthy person, no, I have not been stressing about bikini season for the past three months. And one hot dog has, what, 150 calories? Please explain to me how one hot dog is “throwing it out the window”. I don’t know about you, but I work out and eat well so that I can eat the occasional hot dog without being a psycho food nazi at what is supposed to be a fun, relaxing BBQ.

FAIL on the headline, ladies of momlogic.

Anonymous June 8, 2009, 4:16 PM

and as far as the model in the picture goes, I am sure that she NEVER eaten a hot dog let alone much else!

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