Eat by Stars: Eggs, Ramen Noodles, & more

This week’s Eat by Stars foods:

Green Beans  

Per cup (Heaping spoonful): calories 40, fat <1g, carbs 8g, Protein 2g

It’s a vegetable.  No reason to make it difficult.  5 star all the way.  Now , don’t cover it in butter or tons of bacon & ham (a little is ok).  Try a dash of salt & pepper.  Maybe some grated parmesan or olive oil.  You’re eating a vegetable. Congratulations!  Don’t mess it up…

Eggs

Per one egg: calories 70, fat 4.5g, carbs 1g, protein 6g

It’s incredible.  It’s edible.  Where would I be without eggs?  Likely hungry mid-morning.  Loaded with protein, they’re a wonderful way to start your day.  Scramble with some cheese and whatever veggies you can find.  And don’t be  afraid of the yolks, that’s where all the heart healthy omega-3s reside.  Get these liquid chickens organic.

Pistachios

Per ½ cup with shells (one handful): calories 160, fat 14g, carbs 8g, protein 6g

The nut with the undisputable best marketing team, pistachios are a solid snack choice.  They’re calorically dense, a couple of handfuls sets you back 320 calories, but keep you full and are fun as hell to crack.  Keep a bag in your desk drawer for an afternoon snack.  One handful only!  And for god’s sake, clean up your shells.

Ramen Noodles

Per package: calories 380, fat 14g, carbs 52g, protein 10g, (salt 72% DV)

Ah, the days of dorm living.  Ever, in a pinch, eat them raw?  Not good.  This is a perfect lesson in misleading nutritional info. The back of the package lists a serving as half a package.  A quick glance shows only 190 calories.  No one, and I mean no one, eats half a pack of ramen noodles.  Especially a starving, and potentially stoned, college kid.  Freshman 15 anyone?

Jelly Beans

Per 35 Pieces (2 handfuls): calories 140, fat 0g, carbs 37g, protein 0g

Another candy, another incredible amount of sugar (carbs), another one star.  Look, a no-fat candy is still candy.  Candy is a treat.  Eat it as such.  One curious question: The first 2 ingredients listed are sugar and corn syrup.  Um, those are the same thing….

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 fitday.com and the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory website.

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