Eat by Stars: Avocado, Chip’ins and more

This week’s food ratings.  I welcome your comments!

Avocado

Per 1 avocado: calories 276, fat 25g, carbs 14g, protein 3.5g

Yes, it’s kinda high in calories and fat.  But its fat is an abundance of heart healthy “good fats”.  Most of its carbs are fiber, keeping you full longer and not spiking your blood sugar.  And, they’re damned tasty.  Due to its thick skin, organic status is not a must.

Perdue Carved Chicken Breast Roasted Garlic with White Wine

Per 1/2 cup serving: calories 110, fat 2.5g, carbs 3g (sugars 1g), protein 19g, sodium 450mg

This is a tough one.  If this were star search I’d give it 3 1/2 stars.  High in protein, low in carbs and fat.  The drawback is the unnecessarily high salt content.  And, it’s certainly better to grill your own chicken in advance for later use.  However, if salt intake isn’t a concern, this is a solid, convenient choice.  I’m going 4 stars.

 imagePop Secret 100 Calorie Pop Kettle Corn

Per popped bag: calories 100, fat 3g, carbs 20g (sugars 17g), protein 3g.

Are there better snacks? Yes.  Do I typically like 100 calorie packs? No.  And it contains artificial sweeteners.  But compared to most salty and sweet snacks, this popcorn is a super star. 

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 Popcorn, Indiana Chip’ins White Cheddar

 Per 18 chips: calories 130, fat 4g, 21g, protein 2g

The first snack of its kind, a chip made from popcorn.  They’re uniquely tasty and a positive alternative to Doritios and such.  That said, they’re still a processed snack and should only be eaten rarely.

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 Chips A’hoy Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Per 3 cookies: calories 160, fat 8g, carbs 21g (sugars 10g), protein 2g

You probably saw this one coming.  Yes, they’re tasty, but completely devoid of nutritional value.  High in calories, and loaded with the blood sugar spiking carbs, these guys should be for only the occasional treat.

Check out the Eat by Stars Guide. And previous rankings: 5 Star, 4 Star, 3 Star, 2 Star, 1 Star

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4 responses to “Eat by Stars: Avocado, Chip’ins and more

  1. 2 questions.

    Avocados are one of my favorite foods. Does is affect the nutritional value any if I make guacamole? Usually I add lime, cilantro, and salt, and sometimes jalapeno – along with 2 avocados. And the second question- what about chips? I feel like the guac is healthy, but the chips ruin it.

    • Hi Average Joe! Making homemade guacamole the way you’re describing doesn’t negatively affect the nutritional value of an avocado. Whatever you do, don’t use the guacamole mix you find at the grocery store. Too many additives. But feel free to mash your own at home!
      As for the chip question, yeah dipping processed tortilla chips in guac definitely knocks down the health quotient of this snack. However, I’d say serving chips with guacamole at a party is an improvement over typical cheese and cream based dips served at such gatherings. If you’re making guacamole more often try dipping carrots and celery. Or toast whole grain pita. Definitely an improvement over standard tortilla chips.
      Thanks for the question! Have a delightful day!

  2. great advice on toasting the whole grain pita. thanks!

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