Eat by Stars: Scallops, Fresh Mozzarella, & more

This week’s Eat by Stars foods:


Per 2” scallop: calories 38, fat 2g, carbs 2g, protein 3g

A five-star for these mussels is contingent on preparation.  Seared in a little olive oil?  Yes please!  Breaded and fried or laid on top of fettuccine alfredo?  Not so much.   There are some sustainability questions, so I reserve the right to knock them down a notch.   But for now, a delightful, and healthful, dinner option.

Boar’s Head Lemon Pepper Deli Chicken Breast

Per 2 oz (2-3 slices): calories 60, fat 1g, carbs 1g, protein 13g

Boar’s Head uses no fillers or additives, so they’re my choice for deli meat.  High in protein and low in fat makes this a wise choice to fill your sandwich.  Or roll up a slice with some cheese and spinach for satisfying snack.  Added salt
(15% daily value) keeps this option grounded at a 4 star.

Fresh Mozzarella

Per 1 oz (ping-pong ball size): calories 70, fat 5g, carbs 0g, protein 5g

Only three ingredients (milk, enzymes, salt) makes me happy.  So does the taste and texture of these favorites.  Eat straight up, dipped in olive oil and herbs, or with tomatoes and bread.  They have a little too much fat to eat daily, but are far superior in taste to processed cheese.


Per 1 oz (2-3 poker-chip-stack size):  calories 100, fat 7g, carbs 0g, protein 8g

Salted, cured meats are forever my weakness.  And sopressata is near the top of the list.  My heart sinks knowing it’s not good for me.  But high in sodium and
saturated fat I shouldn’t enjoy it often.  Of course, that’s the point, when I do indulge it’s a treat.  Not as bad as out of the box junk, it lands at 2 stars.

Whopper’s Candy

Per 18 pieces (2 handfuls): calories 180, fat 7g, carbs 31g, protein 1g

Obviously, balls of sugar wrapped in chocolate are not good for you.  What’s not obvious is why “Naturally and Artificially Flavored” is predominantly displayed on the box.  Are there other types of flavor besides natural and artificial?

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

Disclaimer: I take all these pics myself at local markets.  Unless specifically noted, I am not 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 and the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory website.


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