A Healthy Sausage?

Eat by Stars is back in our local supermarket.  Here’s this week’s five items.

Organic Valley Egg Whites®

Per ¼ cup (an eggs worth): calories 25, fat 0g, carbs 1g, protein 6g

This is truly liquid chicken.  Well, mostly.  I guess you can’t have a chicken without the yolk.  I digress.  This carton gives us a good shot of protein, no fat, little carbs, and an ingredient list reading in its entirety “100% organic egg whites”.

Johnsonville 3 Cheese Italian Chicken Sausage®

Per link: calories 180, fat 12g, carbs 4g, protein 13g, (salt 34% DV)

Sausage can really be made out of anything, you know?  So why not start with something healthy?  A chicken base for sausage is definitely a step in the right direction, the incredibly long list of fillers is not.  Still, for a healthier sausage it’s not a bad option.

Fig Newman’s®

Per 2 figs: calories 110, fat 1.5g, carbs 23g, protein 2g

I still get a little confused when I see the star of The Sting hawking dressing, pretzels, and cookies.  No matter, at least he did it by offering healthier, organic, options.  This is Newman’s take on Fig Newtons.  Better yes.  But they’re still cookies.


Per 16 pretzels: calories 110, fat 0g, carbs 23g, protein 3g, (salt 20% DV)

I’m not sure when the notion pretzels are healthier than potato chips started.  In any event, let’s get this straight, pretzels are not a healthier snack than potato chips.  In fact, the case could be made they’re worse.  Potato chips don’t have the sinister enriched flour as ingredient #1.

Entenmann’s Cinnamon Donuts

Per 4 doughnuts: calories 270, fat 16g, carbs 29g, protein 2g

They’re dough that’s fried then covered in cinnamon flavored powdered sugar.  And absolutely delicious!  My wife and I have developed a tradition of doughnuts once a year on New Year’s Day.  That’s the definition of a 1-star food.

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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