Eat by Stars: String Cheese, Pop Tarts, & more

Another 5 foods ranked to Eat by Stars:

String Cheese

Per stick: calories 80, fat 6g, carbs 1g, protein 8g

High in protein and calcium plus low in carbs and calories equals one of the best snack options around.  Kids (and adults!) love the peel and eat process.  The small shot of saturated fat (3.5g) is not enough to make this anything but a 4 star.

Grapes

Per 10 grapes (a handful): calories 35, fat 0g, carbs 9g, protein<1g

Grapes are great for you.  But, like most fruit, they’re mostly sugar.  Also like most fruit, don’t let that keep you from eating them regularly (just not a whole bunch a day).  Grapes are a fantastic snack and pack easily in lunch bags.  They travel even better when dried…

Raisins

Per ¼ cup (half a handful): calories 130, fat 0g, carbs 31g, protein 1g

They’re dried grapes so the sugar content is more concentrated, knocking them down a notch from fresh grapes.  But not enough to take them out of 4 star territory.  A solid, easy-to-take-with-you snack.

Natural Peanut Butter

Per 2 tablespoons (2 slathers): calories 200, fat 16g, carbs 6g, protein 7g

Whoa, lots of fat for a 3 star!  Maybe, but it’s mostly “good” fats
similar to those in olive oil.  Plus, the ingredients are peanuts and nothing else. Compared to typical peanut butter formulations, the natural kind is a gazillion star.  Compared to other foods it comes in at a solid 3 star.  (For the uninitiated, the oil in natural peanut butter rises to the top with storage.  Stir before each use.)

Pop Tarts

Per 1 pastry:  calories 200, fat 5g, carbs 37g, protein 2g

First off, anything that is called a pastry isn’t very good for you.  A pastry that comes out of a box is worse.  The insanely long ingredient list is a dead giveaway.  Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Eat by Stars rating overview5 stars. 4 stars, 3 stars, 2 stars, 1 star

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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