NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Lisa Hark, author of the new book, The Whole Grain Diet Miracle (DK Publishing), knows that New Yorkers need help finding whole grains-so she's compiled a list of whole-grain friendly stores and restaurants in NYC. "Whole grains help people lose weight, have more energy, fend off disease, and increase heart health-and they taste great. New Yorkers have always been trend-savvy, and this is a life-saving trend they can't afford to miss," says Dr. Hark. Because of all the health benefits, the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines advise Americans to eat three servings of whole grains every day. Most Americans eat less than one serving daily, and about a third of us don't eat any at all. "It's really so simple to get in three servings of whole grains. Oatmeal for breakfast, brown rice with lunch and a slice of whole grain bread with dinner- even the most harried New Yorker can handle it," says Dr. Hark. Here are some of Dr. Hark's suggestions for New Yorkers: WHOLE FOODS MARKET-various locations A one-stop source for whole grains. Shoppers will find natural whole grains at very reasonable prices for cheap home-made grain dishes. You can also find a range of fresh and frozen products made with delicious whole grains. Whole Foods is also a great place to pick up prepared whole-grain dishes for a quick lunch or dinner. It's the whole whole-grain experience. BABYCAKES-248 Broome St. Love the idea of eating more whole grains, but hate the idea of giving up cupcakes? Babycakes just might be the answer. The lemon spelt cupcakes are delicious and free of wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, soy, nuts and refined sugar. SOUEN-210 Sixth Ave. and 28 E. 13th St. This healthy Asian-influenced restaurant offers a "grain of the day"-and it's often an unusual and delicious whole grain. ELEMENTAL FOODS-259 W. 19th St. This lunch spot (and caterer) offers a delicious rotating selection of whole-grain side dishes. And don't forget dessert-the spelt jam cookies are a delicious source of whole grains. THE PUMP-various locations This local chain features healthy fast food. Grab a sandwich on a whole- grain pita or a piece of whole-grain pizza-both easy ways to do a body good. ANGELICA KITCHEN-300 E. 12th St. Angelica Kitchen is the penultimate healthy dining experience. From satisfying soba-noodle dishes to scrumptious brown rice gravy, you'll experience whole-grain goodness at its best. This is just a starting point-it's possible to find whole grains in many stores and restaurants. Dr. Hark adds that "most Chinese take-out places now offer brown rice. You just have to know to ask. Greek and Middle Eastern cuisines also offer diners abundant whole grains. Even corner delis offer rye and whole-grain bread or barley soup. Look for the whole grains and you'll find them. It's worth the effort." ABOUT DR. LISA HARK Dr. Lisa Hark is the star of TLC's new hit show, "Honey, We're Killing The Kids." She is also a renowned medical nutritionist with over 20 years experience in nutrition counseling, and the co-author of Nutrition for Life. As Director of the Nutrition Education and Prevention Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she is a leading nutrition educator for medical students and doctors. Dr. Hark is a mother of two and lives in Philadelphia, PA. Visit http://www.lisahark.com for more information. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin Books, The Penguin Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com/) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.
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