The Best Cereal & The Worst Yogurt

A good cereal, a bad yogurt, and three foods in between are in this week’s Eat by Stars.

Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch Cereal®

Per bowl (1 cup; no milk): calories 240, fat 6g, carbs 43g, protein 6g

No cartoon characters on this box, that’s a good start.  As cereals go, you don’t get much better.  The first 4 ingredients are whole grains.  Sugar shows up at #5.  A bowl of this every morning would not be a poor way to start the day.  Skim milk please.

Imitation Crab

Per 3 pieces: calories 90, fat 0g, carbs 15g, protein 6g

The package is pretty honest.  “Imitation crab” says it all.  A long ingredient list of fillers is not what you want in your seafood choices.  Still, its nutrition profile isn’t too bad.  Don’t make it a staple, but you could do worse.

Campbell’s Chicken & Stars Soup®

Per can: calories 175, fat 5g, carbs 28g, protein 7.5g, (Salt 50% DV)

Soups biggest downfall is salt content.  And this one has it in spades.  But any drive through fare is easily trumped by soup so don’t shy away.  Just limit it to a can a week.  Maybe twice a week during the winter months.

Fruit Paste

Per pea sized serving: calories 15g, fat 0g, carbs 5g, protein 0g

This stuff isn’t meant to be spread on toast.  No, fruit paste is to be enjoyed with a cheese plate and wine.  I know this because my wife and I are poser sophisticates.  The small serving size keeps this sugar laden product in my good graces.  Still, I prefer the cheese.  And the wine.

Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt

Per container: calories 190, fat 2g, carbs 37g (sugars 31g), protein 6g

I have no earthly idea why fruit on the bottom yogurt is so unbelievably loaded with sugar.  But, if you remember one thing about yogurt, it’s this: NEVER get fruit on the bottom.  You may as well get a scoop at 31 flavors.

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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