This week’s Eat by Stars foods:
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.