Eat by Stars: Greek Yogurt, Potatoes, & more

Greek Yogurt

Per 1 container: calories 140, fat 0g, carbs 20g, protein 14g

These days greek yogurt is all the rage.  (Good ol’ Oprah)  It is a solid choice.  It’s thicker than regular yogurt and higher in protein.  Careful though, yogurt can be high in sugar (aka: bad carbs).  Still, a solid snack choice.

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Per 2 teaspoon (about 6 shriveled tomatoes in oil):  calories 45, fat 3g, carbs 1g, protein <1g

An absolutely wonderful way to add flavor to most any dish.  Try in an omelette or sautéed with garlic and olive oil and tossed with whole grain pasta.  Sun-dried tomatoes add tons of flavor to food but minimal calories, carbs, and other bad stuff.  Give them a try.

Russet Potatoes

Per 1 medium (3” diameter): calories 170, fat<1g, carbs 38g, protein 5g

Quite obviously a potato can be ranked all over the place depending on the preparation.   Baked and filled with sour cream, butter, bacon, and cheese?  Um, not so good.  Fried?  Forget about it.  High in carbs, potatoes aren’t a staple.  But they don’t need to be shunned. This three-star ranking reflects a baked potato with salt and pepper.  And is the highest a spud can climb in these rankings.

Hormel Compleats®

Per container: calories 280, fat 11g, carbs 34g, protein 11g

Basically, a frozen dinner. That’s not frozen.  Admittedly, these guys are convenient.  And not too horribly tasting.  But the salt content is mind-boggling.  Eat one and you’ve knock back nearly half your daily allotment.  Eat if you must, but I can think of tons of better options for a “cheat” meal.

Cheese Crisps

Per 10 crisps (one handful): calories 135, fat 6g, carbs 14g, protein 6g

The first in a long ingredient list is “enriched flour”.  If you’ve learned nothing else, this ingredient (let alone the first) should make you run for the hills.  A thinly veiled attempt at making a junk food not appear to be a junk food.

Eat by Stars ratings overview.

Disclaimer: I take all these pics myself at local markets.  In no way am I attempting to single out a specific brand or company.  One company’s product is not different or better than another’s similar product. I get all my nutritional info from the package.  For items without packages I consult fitday.com and the USDA Nutrient Data Labratory website.

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