Eating at the Drugstore

For Eat by Stars I typically give samplings from my local grocery or pick menu items from chain restaurants.  Obviously there are plenty of other places to get food.  Let’s visit one this week.

Today’s center of the food universe, my local drugstore.  Food aisle here I come…


Per cup (heaping handful with shells): calories 160, fat 14g, carbs 8g, protein 6g

In establishments that only offer ‘convenience’ foods, nuts are usually the best option.  Pistachios fit that bill.  Similar to almonds they pack a caloric punch but also contain heart healthy fats and a good dose of fiber.  Plus, they’ve got cool commercials.

Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Ziti & Meat Sauce® 

Per container: calories 340, fat 6g, carbs 56g, protein 15g (salt 25%)

This pasta and sauce microwaveable offering packs in a little too much added sugar and salt.  A common theme of packaged foods.  Still, if you’re in a real pinch for lunch, you can do worse.  But it shouldn’t reside in your pantry.

Rice Works Snack with Sea Salt® 

Per 10 chips: calories 140, fat 7g, carbs 18g, protein 2g

Another “Finally a Healthy Chip!” offering.  This one purports to be made of brown rice.  It too, is a healthy food imposter.  Better than Doritos, but not that much.  The giveaway is ingredient #2: “Brown and white rice flour”.

Lipton Iced Tea w/Lemon mix® 

Per 8 oz glass: calories 70, fat 0g, carbs 18g, protein 0g

Don’t get Iced tea confused with green tea.  Green tea=good.  Sweetened iced tea= soft drink.  This mix is straight sugar with flavoring.  Essentially tea flavored Kool-Aid.  And the serving size is skewed on the small size.  Brew your own tea and judiciously add sugar.

Starbucks Frappucino Vanilla® 

Per bottle: calories 200, fat 3g, carbs 37g, protein 6g

Another soft drink.  Lots of those in drugstores apparently.  It just looks loaded with sugar.  It is.  Plus caffeine.  At least it should wake you up.  Before the crash…

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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