Eat by Stars: Edamame, Grits, & more

Eat by Stars for this week…


Per 1/3 cup (half a handful): calories 80, fat 3g, carbs 8g, protein 7g

Edamame is a fancy word for soy beans.  It’s also a fancy word for good-for-you.  They have the right balance of fat, carbs, and protein and offer a good dose of fiber to keep you full.  Although I’m only familiar with these green pods as a sushi appetizer, edamame are quite versatile and a vegetarian/vegan diet staple.

Kosher Dill Pickles

Per spear: calories 8, fat 0g, carbs 2g, protein 0g, (sodium 11% DV)

Pickles are cucumbers floating in salt water and spices.  Cucumbers are good for you.  Five-star good for you.  Pickles get knocked down to 4-star because, well, the cucumbers are swimming in salt water.

Instant Grits

Per ¼ cup dry (about silver dollar pancake): calories 130, fat 0.5g, carbs 29g, protein 3g

I’ve become a fan of this cornmeal creation since moving to Atlanta 9 years ago. They’re a little high in carbs, but definitely beat hash browns as a breakfast side.  Trouble is, grits are best with cheese. (not good)  Or, as my wife likes them, sweetened with table sugar. (worse)

XoChitl Organic Tortilla Chips®

Per 1-2 handfuls: calories 135, fat 6g, carbs 18g, protein 2g

First off, these are the best damned tortilla chips I’ve ever eaten.  Seriously.  Holy Yucatan Peninsula good.  And their organic!  Alas, they’re still tortilla chips.  That makes them anything but a dietary staple.

Ritz Snack Pack Crackers®

Per pack: calories 200, fat 11g, carbs 21g, protein 4g

First ingredient: Enriched flour.  Eighth ingredient: High fructose corn syrup.  That’s all you need to know.  In addition, it’s oddly disconcerting that it touts REAL peanut butter.  There’s fake pb out there somewhere?  God help us.

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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