Eat by Stars: Pimento Cheese Spread

This week’s Eat by Stars

Pimento cheese spread 

Per ¼ cup (on small sandwich spread): calories 170, fat 14g, carbs 6g, protein 5g

Pimento cheese sandwiches are favorite around the south.  Once reserved for finger food, high-end versions have hit fancy restaurants around Atlanta.  They’re not great for you.  Too much saturated fat and sodium usually wedged between white bread.  But, a finger pimento cheese sandwich or two at a Derby party won’t kill you.

Jack Daniel’s Pulled Chicken

Per 5 ounces (one sandwichful): calories 160, fat 2g, carbs 27g (sugars 22g), protein 9g

I really hope the folks at JD aren’t actually making pulled chicken at the same facility as the distillery.  The real problems here are the monumental ingredient list and the high sugar content.  But pulled chicken is a generally healthy option.  A better idea: slow cook chicken in diluted root beer and serve with a spoonful of bbq sauce.  Wash down with a jack & coke….


Per 11 “bites”:  calories 43, fat 1g, carbs 8g, protein 1g

It seems there’s always a new “chip” that’s supposed to let you indulge without the guilt.  Waferbites are the latest attempt.  Not a bad attempt at all.  The taste is mildly entertaining.  As a chip substitute, great.  As a daily snack, I can think of better.

Sliced Apples with Caramel dipping sauce

Per serving (bag of slices & dip): calories 80, fat 0.5g, carbs 17g (sugars 12g), protein 0g

Snacks don’t get a whole lot healthier than sliced apples.  Then we add caramel dipping sauce.  Harrumph.  Caramel’s first ingredient is the sinister High Fructose Corn Syrup.  If you must sully apples in this manner, please do so only as an alternative to a scoop of cookie dough ice cream.

Townhouse Multigrain Toppers®

Per 3 crackers: calories 70, fat 2.5g, carbs 10g, protein 1g

Remember the multi-grain conversation?  Townhouse is just trying to make these crackers look healthier.  Another trick comes from serving size.  There are 27 servings in this box. 27!  That’s, oh, 1900 calories in this box.  The real Topper is the first ingredient is enriched wheat flour (AKA processed crap).  Toppers can’t be topped in food marketing deception.  Get triscuits instead.

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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