Eat by Stars: Oatmeal, Whole Grain Cheese Curls, & more

This week’s Eat by Stars foods:

Oatmeal (Organic) 

Per 1 packet: calories 100 fat 2g, carbs 19g, protein 4g

Oatmeal is easily one of the best ways to start your day.  Organic makes it even better.  A good jolt of fiber will keep you full and your innards in working order.  Whole grain rolled oats is the sole ingredient and the pre-measured packets make the serving size idiot-proof.  Now don’t be an idiot and ruin this health food with lots of added honey or sugar.  For sweetness add some fresh berries.  Or one, and only one, teaspoon of sugar.

Cantaloupe 

Per large wedge (1/8 large melon): calories 36, fat <1g, carbs 8g, protein 1g

Like all fruits, the high sugar content means you can get too much.  But it’s really hard.  It’s a fantastic snack or after dinner sweet tooth satisfier.  Don’t let the recent Listeria scare you away, these melons can and should be eaten regularly.

Campbell’s Chunky Soup®: Beef w/ Country Vegetables 

Per can: calories 220, fat 2g, carbs 36g, protein 14g, (sodium 34% DV)

As the weather turns cold, soup will ease its way into my dietary rotation.  And that’s a good thing.  The high sodium count is a concern, as is the carbs.  But the broth isn’t cream based and its loaded with veggies.   You can do a lot worse than a can of Beef with Country Vegetables for lunch or dinner.

Eat Smart Whole Grain Natural Cheese Curls® 

Per 1 ½ cups (2-3 handfuls): calories 130, fat 6g, carbs 20g, protein 2g

Whole grain.  Great!  All natural. Terrific!  Cheese curls! Sigh. Unfortunately no matter how you dress them up, cheese curls are cheese curls.  (Which is to say, they don’t exist in nature.)  Don’t be fooled by the whole grain and natural nonsense.  These are what they appear to be, junk food.

Oatmeal Raisin cookies  

Per cookie: calories 80, fat 3.5g, carbs 12g, protein 1g

What happened to you oatmeal?  I just decreed you a five-star food!  Then you go mixing with enriched flour and sweeteners and get all processed. What a fall from grace.  Don’t even get me started on the raisins.  If you like oatmeal raisin cookies, enjoy these treats.  But remember, they’re still cookies.

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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