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Hungry Girl Today: 9.23.09


Hungry Girl,

I live in NYC and LOVE bagels with cream cheese. Do I have to give them up

if I'm counting calories? Any bagel tips for me?

NY Bagel Lover

Dear NY Bagel Lover,

Yeah, I've got bagel tips! If you want bagels that are low in calories and

you're not a total bagel snob (NY bagels are great, I know!), check out Kim's

Light Bagels and Western Bagel Alternative Bagels (each of those has about

110 calories). They both can be ordered online, come in lots of flavors, taste

great, and are low in calories and high in fiber. All excellent things. They're

not huge, obviously, but they're not too small either. Another good find for a

bagel fix is the Kraft Bagel-fuls line -- bagel-ish pockets with cream cheese

inside for around 200 calories each. If you insist on buying your bagels while

you're out and about, you're entering into another category completely.

Bakery-bought bagels typically have 350 - 550 calories, depending on how

big they are. And NYC is known to have giant bagels, so watch out. If you

scoop the dough out from inside your bagel, my guess is that you'll easily

shave off 100 calories. Your bagel will still be pretty high in calories, but I

say, save where you can! As for the cream cheese? Swap it out for a wedge

of Laughing Cow Light -- it tastes just as good but has way fewer calories

and fat grams. But if that's not available, at least opt for reduced-fat or fat-

free cream cheese, and try not to use a crazy amount of it. My personal

favorite bagel treat? A low-cal, high-fiber bagel packed with smoked salmon,

sliced tomato, and red onion. Yummmmmmmmm!!!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I'm new to your site and would love to hear more about your old "no dry

carbs" rule that I read about. I KNOW carbs are making it hard for me to

lose the FINAL TEN pounds, and I need some info on high-protein breakfasts

and quick no-bread lunches especially. Thanks in advance, HG!

HG Newbie

Dear HG Newbie,

Welcome!!! Nice to have you. Regarding my no-carbs phase, a long time

ago, I did give up what I call "dry carbs." That means I had no bread, pasta,

rice, flour, potatoes, etc., and I did that for one full year. It was sort of tough

in the beginning, but after a few weeks, I didn't even miss them. I do eat

those things now, but very much in moderation. I don't eat sandwiches very

often, I rarely eat pasta (Tofu Shirataki noodles are another story, though!),

and I go easy on the potatoes. Even when I go out for sushi (which is often!),

I order it made with just a little rice, or I stick with sashimi. For me, avoiding

that stuff makes it easier to lose and/or maintain weight. I'm not sure if it's

because those things are my "trigger foods" and cause me to eat more, or if

there's another reason, but limiting them is what works for me. Since I avoid

those things, it's easy for me to rattle off some breakfast and lunch ideas for

you... B-fast -- Egg Beaters scrambled with fat-free or low-fat cheese, fruit

salad, hard-boiled egg whites, and fat-free yogurt with fruit are some of my

favorites. (Greek yogurt has lots of protein!) Lunch -- lettuce wraps stuffed

with tuna salad (water-packed albacore with just a little fat-free mayo),

chopped salads packed with veggies and grilled chicken, "turkey roll-ups"

(pickles, veggies, and fat-free cheese wrapped in lean turkey slices), and

veggie burger patties (on a plate with some veggies). Okay, now I am

hungry and must eat... Byeeeee!

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