Eat by Stars: Froot Loops, Tortilla chips, & more

Thursday means five more foods ranked to Eat by Stars:

Cauliflower

Per cup (Large heaping spoonful): calories 25, fat <1g, carbs 6g, protein 0g

Veggies are a mainstay in 5-star league.  Cauliflower is no different.  I grew up on Cheez Whiz covered florets, which tasted great, but hurt the healthfulness.
Try roasting and tossing in EVOO with fresh grated parmesan and pinch of salt of pepper.  Or try this recipe from Men’s Health.  Cauliflower will never be the same…

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Per 2 tsps (one quick shake): calories 20, fat 1.5g, carbs 0g, protein 2g

Not just for pasta, I love to throw grated parmesan on veggies (see above).  The style pictured above has adds binders which pushes it dangerously close to 3-star standing.  If you can, invest in a good cheese grater and shred your own.  You’ll notice the difference and be solidly in 4-star zone.

Restaurant style Tortilla Chips

Per 7 chips: calories 140, fat 7g, carbs 19g, protein 2g

The short ingredient list is a plus.  The carbs are not.  All in all, tortilla chips aren’t the worst thing ever.  But they’re usually an unnecessary addition to a meal.  Do really think you only down 7 chips from the basket that appears almost
instantaneously at Mexican restaurants?  Enjoy, but be mindful of careless munching.

Fruit Loop Cereal®

Per 1 cup cereal & ½ cup skim milk (a very small bowl) : calories 150, fat 1g, carbs 25g, protein 1g

You probably hear often to get more fiber.  They say it keeps you full longer and is good for the heart.  Both true.  Sugary cereal, however, is not where to get it.  Nonetheless, every kid’s cereal touts fiber.  News flash: It doesn’t have all that much.  Only 3 grams.  It’s better than nothing at breakfast.  But that’s the only option it beats.

Pudding Snack Packs  

Per pack: calories 130, fat 3g, carbs 23g, protein 1g

These “snack” packs are more aptly titled “treat” packs.  (Happens a lot).  They’re loaded with sugar and have a decent dose of saturated fat.  The one thing they have going for them is the serving size is perfect to not over indulge.  Eat one at a time, once a week, and you’re in good shape.

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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