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Today's Lunch...
Today's lunch is South Beach Diet Garlic Herb Chicken with Green Beans Almondine



Calories 270
Calories from Fat 100
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 660mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g

Again, of all the ingredients, the most notable is sodium-- it gives you 660mg, 28% of your daily value.* In comparison to other frozen meals, it rates a bit above average on the salt scale. Probably fine for most people, but my body just doesn't like salt, for whatever reason. Weirdly enough, I don't actually have any problems with hypertension-- my blood pressure's always been unusually excellent-- I just don't like the way it tastes, or the way it makes me feel.

Protein is really high, which is to be somewhat expected from a South Beach Diet food.

Other ingredients seem really good. There are very few processed ingredients! Major kudos for keeping it simple.

On the downside, it's really not as pretty as the box.



Why they chose to use beige plastic trays is beyond me. They look so institutional! Even brown would be better. But what do I know-- I'm just some chick who eats 'em.

The chicken is very tasty. Nice and garlicky. The green beans are good, too-- not too soft, and the almonds are num. It amazes me how so many of these entrees can have more than one component, yet cook both perfectly at the same settings. Food science rocks.

I'd give this a solid four out of five. I can't bring myself to take a whole mark off for sodium, when the ingredient listing is so solidly good. And I can't take a full mark off for looks when it's pretty tasty.



* Hm. According to Wednesday's Smart Ones lunch, 660 mg is 27% of one's daily recommended sodium intake. *does math* Aha-- 660 mg of salt is 27.5% of one's daily recommended intake. Kraft's South Beach Diet gets two points for using correct mathematical procedure and rounding up! Shame on you, sneaky tricksy Smart Ones.
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bluegrrl314 From: bluegrrl314 Date: March 16th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Rounding

Unfortunately, its common place in the food industry to not round up. I work at a food manufacturer and do the labels for our items, and have been explictly told not to do any rounding. When it comes to serving sizes, if something is 3.2 servings, its 3 servings....if its 4.7, it becomes "About 4 1/2". Really hurts my brain!!!! The rounding thing isn't regulated by the FDA....they "suggest" what to do, but it isn't one of the mandated items....kinda sucky, if you ask me.

(Then again, the FDA also recently passed the "Gluten Free" phrasing, saying if things are naturally gluten-free, such as milk or WATER, it can have the "Gluten Free" phrase on the package...ummm...gee...never woulda guessed WATER was free of wheat!!!! HA!!!!)
ellie From: ellie Date: March 16th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Re: Rounding

Water is also no-carb too. :P

I remember during the Atkins fanaticism that was a big thing to put on water. Like DUH!
mauracelt From: mauracelt Date: March 16th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Re: Rounding

OMG! Atkins! *yuck* What a mess that was, eh? And the weirdest thing was that it caught on so well! All that meat and so little 'good for you' stuff, insanity! Boy, did he have a thing with the cholesterol chem companies or what? Sure, eat MY diet, then go to the doc and get This cholesterol med. Right.. :/
mauracelt From: mauracelt Date: March 16th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC) (permalink)
It never looks as good "in person" as on the box, does it? But you know that secret: marketing 'makeup'. hehehe
Did you get the chance to find the Healthy Choice kind? I used to eat those because the doc said they were about the only ones that were diabetically approved, they weren't bad, either. Little more expensive than some, but fairly worth it.
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