A Summer Quencher Ruined and Letterman’s Giveaway

It’s Eat by Stars time!  Here’s this week’s five fairly randomly chosen grocery items.  Including some Cuties, canned ham, and a bad summer delight.

Tangerines (mandarin oranges)

Per small: calories 38, fat <1g, carbs 9g, protein <1g

These Cuties® are just small oranges.  Like regular oranges, the kid’s lunch box version are a good choice.  And the attractive, kid-friendly packaging is a great start to making kids dig something other than processed junk.  Eat, and feed to your kids, at will.


Per teaspoon (pea sized amount): calories 15, fat 1.5g, carbs 1g, protein 0g

This spicy condiment adds punch to a roast beef sandwich, and used sparingly is a much healthier addition than mayo.  Sparingly is the key word.  The above 9 ounce bottle has 53 servings, so don’t be fooled by the low calories and carbs.  Just a dab’ll do ya..

Canned Ham

Per 2 ounces: calories 100, fat 7g, carbs <1g, protein 9g (salt 26% DV)

David Letterman’s favorite audience participation gift is actually not the worst thing you could eat.  But, as you’d suspect with meat out of a can, it’s no diet staple.  Added salt is the biggest concern.  Eat canned ham on occasion if you desire.  But with the non-canned version available, why would you?


Per 12 ounce glass: calories 150, fat 0g, carbs 37g, protein 0g

It’s a lemon-flavored soft drink.  Plain and simple.  The 37 grams of carbs it carries are ALL sugar.  This summer make your own lemonade.  Control the sugar you add.   For flavoring, use actual lemons.

King’s Hawaiian Rolls®

Per roll: calories 100, fat 2g, carbs 17g, protein 3g

These sweet rolls are delicious.  And, sadly, standard enriched flour based white bread.  Another reminder if it doesn’t list whole grain as ingredient one, stay away.

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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