Right Stuff vs. Food Porn
"Superfood made super easy," says the label of Earthbound Farm Organic Mixed Baby Kales. Got that right.
Kale’s super-food credentials are indisputable. It’s one of the dark leafy greens that make nutritionists weak in the knees. They can’t help but swoon over kale’s vitamins A, C, and K, its lutein, and its calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and fiber. And every half cup cooked (or 1 cup raw) has just 20 calories.
The only foods that even come close: spinach, collards, and some other sister greens.
If you live in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, check out Olivia’s Organics Baby Kale (or Baby Collards or Baby Swiss Chard) Cooking Greens, which come in generous 11 oz. packages.
Do you shy away from greens for fear that they’ll take too long to wash, de-stem, and cook? You’ll need to come up with a new excuse. Both companies’ greens are washed and ready to go into your next stir-fry, soup, or other dish.
And they’re so tender that you can just toss a handful of uncooked baby kale (or collards or Swiss chard) in with your salad creations. Try avocado, red onion, and cherry tomatoes with fresh lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Or toasted pine nuts, golden raisins, and Parmesan with balsamic vinaigrette. Or edamame, carrot, avocado, and celery with sesame dressing.
Suddenly, kale is convenient.
Earthbound Farms: (800) 690-3200
"Now you can get your favorite pizza with your favorite sides—all in one box," gushes DiGiorno on its frozen-pizza boxes. Is that good news or what?
Take the Four Cheese Pizza & Cheesy Breadsticks. Just heat the breadsticks and pizza in the oven for 15 minutes, then "remove and enjoy breadsticks while the pizza cooks an additional 2 minutes."
So you have two minutes to wolf down your breadsticks (white flour, water, cheese, etc.) with marinara sauce (mostly water and tomato paste) before digging into your pizza (white flour, water, cheese, tomato paste, etc.). Why munch on baby carrots and dip or salad or fresh fruit as an appetizer when you can load up on bread before your bread?
Let's say you eat half of the 22 oz. pizza. (That’s more than the 4 oz. serving—1/5 of the pie—listed on the Nutrition Facts panel, but it’s close to DiGiorno’s individual-size 10 oz. pizzas.) You’ve downed 780 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat plus nearly 4 grams of trans fat and 2,080 milligrams of sodium. Each of the eight breadsticks adds another 110 calories, 1½ grams of sat fat, ½ gram of trans, and 350 mg of sodium. Urp.
The numbers don’t drop for the Pizza & Wyngz (chicken fritters) or Pizza & Cookies.
"Make Friday night memorable!" urges the box. No problem. You’ll have plenty of fat cells and stiff, clogged arteries as a souvenir.
DiGiorgno (Nestle): (800) 225-2270
Dish of the Month
Can’t Beet It Salad
Arrange ½ lb. of sliced cooked beets on a platter. Top with ½ thinly sliced small red onion, ¼ cup of crumbled feta cheese, and ¼ cup of sliced celery hearts. Drizzle with 2 Tbs. of extra-virgin olive oil and 2 tsp. of red wine vinegar.