Dear Fellow Business Traveler,
If you're like millions of Americans, you've started a
diet lately. Whether it's self-designed or a "designer diet" such as
Atkins, South Beach, or countless others, limited hotel dining options
can making sticking to it quite a challenge for road warriors.
Fortunately, many of the major hotel chains have
responded to American's need for more options and more control. In this
month's newsletter, I highlight a few specific programs and invite you
to check them out on your next trip.
Most of the major hotel chains have designed specialized
menus in the past year, most of them focusing on the low-carb craze.
And, good news for convention goers, most are in the process of adding
similar items to their event catering menus.
Restaurant chains are responding as well, and next
month's newsletter will include an inventory of their new menus.
To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy Travel Network
PS - Don't forget to eat your
Marriott seems to have
the most flexible new menu, called Fit for
You. Its menu items encompass a variety of dietary regimes
including low-carb, low-fat, and low-cholesterol. Dishes vary from
hotel to hotel, but are marked on restaurant and room service menus and
include tasty items such as chicken benedict, steak and eggs with wild
mushroom bacon hash, or egg white vegetable frittata.
Holiday Inn has
expanded its Best-4- Breakfast menu
to include two new low-carb items: a three-egg omlet with cheese,
vegetables, bacon or sausage (7g carbohydrates, 40 g protein) and two
made-to-order eggs accompanied by slices of grilled chicken and fresh
avocado (8g carbohydrates, 38g protein).
Holiday Inn also offers a number of healthier alternatives on the rest
of its breakfast menu, including no-charge substitution of Egg Beaters for regular eggs.
Hyatt has long been a
proponent of low-fat and low-cal meals, having introduced its Cuisine Naturelle Menu 10 years ago.
Responding to industry trends, it announced its low-carb menu in March of this year, with
complete meals containing less than 20 grams of net carbs.
Although a complete menu was not available online,
sample items include bacon wrapped turkey medallions, short ribs with
cauliflower puree, spicy Asian chicken salad, hot smoked salmon
quesadilla, and buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad.
Sheraton has jumped on
the low-carb bandwagon with its Low-Carb
Lifestyle(SM) menu. Its web site proclaims that many menu items
have less than six grams of net carbs, but it pays to read the label
since I found many that exceeded that number.
The Sheraton menu includes some interesting dishes,
such as a salmon lettuce wrap, no-chip dip appetizer of veggies and
dip, and caesar salad with toasted parmesan instead of croutons.
Portion sizes still seem to be an issue however, as the bunless burger
comes with two burgers, and the deli platter sounds like it would make
a good party platter.