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Hungry Girl Today: 9.9.09


Dear Hungry Girl,

I am going to NYC and will be staying in a hotel with no microwave in the

room. I want to stay smart about breakfast without having to eat out every

morning. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Big Apple Breakfast

Dear Big Apple,

I'm all too familiar with NYC trips, so I definitely have some tips and tricks

for you. The first thing I do when I check into my hotel is head to a deli to

pick up some essentials. New York City is PACKED with delis that are more

like mini grocery stores, and they usually sell amazing HG-friendly items. I

grab lots of bottled water, whole fruits (apples, bananas, etc.), and a few

emergency snack bars (Gnu bars are sold EVERYWHERE in NYC!!!). If the

hotel has a stocked mini fridge, sometimes you can have it emptied (or

empty it yourself!) and then put your own stuff in there. If there is no mini

fridge in the room, some hotels will actually bring you one if you request it. If

you do have some sort of "chilling" option, when you make your deli run,

grab a few containers of fat-free yogurt and some light string cheese. Hard-

boiled eggs are another great option -- they're CHEAP and delicious. I ditch

the yolks and eat about three egg whites with some fruit. That's a great light

and protein-packed way to start your day. The key is to locate your deli

early on. It'll end up helping you a TON... I promise. Use these tips for hotel

stays anywhere -- if there are no good delis, just hit up a supermarket. Safe

travels! P.S. Remember to pack your emergency snacks!

Dear HG,

I've noticed that high-fructose corn syrup is an ingredient in several products

you LOVE (like Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers). I hear that stuff is really awful

and should be avoided. What's the deal?

Highly Confused About Fructose Syrup

Dear Highly Confused,

Thanks for this Q. Hungry Girl is all about living and eating in the real world --

figuring out what to eat in any situation and doing the best you can every

day. Everyone knows that things like fish, lean meats, fruits and veggies are

good for them. It gets a lot trickier when it comes to navigating the

supermarket aisles for decadent foods and things you CRAVE, ones that

aren't super-fattening. That's where I come in. However, since I'm not a

doctor, I called on my good pal Dr. Melina Jampolis (who is an actual MD, a

nutrition specialist, and the author of The No Time to Lose Diet) to help with

this HFCS question. She says, "While high-fructose corn syrup consumed in

large amounts -- from things like non-diet soft drinks (which are pure HFCS)

and sugary juice drinks -- MAY have some negative health and weight-loss

consequences, having small amounts (less than 10 grams per serving) --

from foods like low-fat/fat-free dairy products and condiments -- is not a

major dietary issue." What she says makes a lot of sense and is important to

digest (no pun intended). In the case of the (awesome) Wish-Bone Salad

Spritzers, those only have 10 - 15 calories a serving, so the amount of HFCS

in each serving is MINIMAL. HFCS packs a lot of calories, so low-calorie foods

in small amounts can only contain so much of it. Dr. Melina also says it's

important for dieters to focus on lowering OVERALL intake of refined sugars,

as opposed to just focusing on high-fructose corn syrup as the nutrition

villain, which I think is great advice. Now maybe everyone out there will be

able to breathe a bit easier when they discover their favorite 100-calorie

pack or fat-free yogurt contains a small amount of the stuff...

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