Paula Deen has a trick I love for soaking up the fat. Use a shallow pan and line it with slices of bread. Shape your loaf and place on top of bread. The bread soaks up the grease and you just throw it away when the meatloaf is done. The pan is easier to clean, too.
Pickle juice contains a lot of sodium. It also has some potassium. After a sweaty or lengthy exercise session, sipping some pickle juice can help your body recover to its normal electrolyte levels more quickly.