Eat by Stars: Carrots & Slim Jims

This weeks Eat by Stars….

Carrots 

Per large stalk: calories 45, fat <1g, carbs 10.5g, protein 1g

Pretty simple.  It’s one ingredient, it’s a vegetable, and it’s orange. (Ok, orange doesn’t matter) Carrots are a great way to add crunch to tacos, sandwiches, or stir fry.  Also great as a snack.  Dip it in hummus, not ranch.  Organic is a good idea, but not a must.

Pickled Eggs 

Per egg: calories 80, fat 5g, carbs <1g, protein 7g, (sodium 15% DV)

Yup, pickled eggs are good for you.  Well, kinda.  Like dill pickles, they’re just eggs floating in salt water and vinegar.  Two problems:  the salt content and “artificial coloring”.  I don’t trust taking in too much of anything  “artificial”.   Except Kim Kardashian….

Sabra ToGo Hummus Pack® 

Per pack: calories 380, fat 23g, carbs 37, protein 9g

Well, the hummus is good.  Great, even.  Plain hummus gets a four star around here.  The pretzels, not so much.  All they add is processed carbs.  Get some carrots for dipping and avoid these, although convenient, ultimately disappointing hummus snacks.

(A quick lesson.  The Sabra snack pack lists the hummus and pretzels separately.  So on first glance you’ll likely only see the hummus nutritional info, which looks good.  Keep going to see the not-so-good pretzel info.  It’s not an uncommon trick)

Slim Jim Beef Snack® 

Per stick: calories 40, fat 3.5g, carbs 0g, protein 2g

By itself this nutritional info doesn’t look too bad.  Keep in mind this is for the smallest serving of processed, salted meat snack.  There’s 12 in the package you see above.  Look, I admit, I love slim jims.  But, until I find a tree sprouting these meat snacks, I can’t give them much higher than a two-star.

Garden Vegetable Spread 

Per 2 ounces (large spoonful): calories 180, fat 1.5g, carbs 37g, protein 9g

Tricky, tricky, tricky.  Using vegetables to get you to guiltlessly indulge in this product.  GARDEN vegetables no less!  They oughta be ashamed.  One check of the long ingredient list and the unnecessarily high carbs reveals this spread’s true identity.  And beware of spreads, their natural habitat is atop processed crackers.

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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