The Not-Entirely-Famous food ranking system, Eat by Stars, is back!
Black Eyed Peas
Per ¼ cup: calories 90, fat 0g, carbs 23g, protein 9g
Eating them on New Year’s Day is considered good luck. But, are they lucky for your waistline? Absolutely. Like other legumes, they’re full of fiber and a good source of protein. Preparation is key. Knock them down to a 3 star if salted & cured meat are swimming in your serving.
Canned Artichoke Hearts
Per can: calories 150, fat 0g, carbs 27g, protein 3g (salt 32%)
The same old story for canned veggies: Salt content is the only major drawback. Per usual, fresh is best, but pick canned veggies over no veggies every time. The high carbs here is mostly fiber. Good stuff.
Per half can: calories 260, fat 8g, carbs 32g, protein 14g (salt 32% DV)
Beans (i.e. legumes-see Peas, Black Eye) are generally good for you. Unfortunately refried beans are boiled beans fried in lard. Rule of thumb: Fried in lard can lead to Deen-itis.
Per hot dog sized serving: calories 130, fat 10g, carbs 4g, protein 8g (salt 32%)
Took me years to figure out how to pronounce this Cajun staple, (it’s an-Do –ee) but only a moment to realize it was going to be a favorite. A favorite treat, that is. Nutritionally, it’s basically a much better tasting hot dog. Spoiler alert-hot dogs aren’t so good for you…
Chicken Pot Pie
Per pie: calories 1180, fat 68g, carbs 108g, proteins 38g, (Salt 72%DV)
Possibly the worst food I’ve reviewed. Ever. Look, it’s a treat to be consumed once a year at most. But, for me, I can think of a lot better options for a treat. Deep fried twinkies for one….
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.