Making a decision in the supermarket today is an exercise of patience.
There are more and more packaged products, all of which are marketed to people who do not have much time to count on nutritional charts. (So if there are 280 calories per serving and the bag says that there are about 4 1/2 servings per bag, then …)
So, take something that's good and good looks -for-you. But later, take a closer look and ask yourself, "Is that healthy at all?"
For example, if you think of healthy food, you may not come up with cheese socks. But grain-free protein cheese curls sound like the dream snack of a Paleo Dieter.
I've tasted Lesser Evil's Egg White Curls in Himalayan Salt, Huevos Rancheros and Egg + Cheese. So it happened to them:
The product: Lesser Evil's Egg White Curls
The Nutrition: Pro 1
The ingredients: Organic manioc flour, cage-free, not genetically-engineered protein, organic avocado oil, organic tapioca starch, Himalayan salt.
Is that good?
Taste: I expected that these would taste like fries with a taste in taste, but was pleasantly surprised that they actually reminded me more of Pirate's Booty. I shoved it at my colleagues and one remarked, "It tastes like a cheerio with salt." Of the three flavors, I enjoyed Egg + Cheese the most. I kept looking for an aftertaste of eggs, but really did not discover any.
Texture : Crispy, firm and less airy than traditional cheese socks. These seem to be much heartier and denser, but I still thoughtlessly snacking on them as if they were as light as Cheetos.
Aftertaste : You do not want to kiss anyone after eating the Huevos Rancheros, which contain onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, and jalapeno pepper powder. My breath stank of spice and I wish I had not chewed my last piece of gum this morning.
Is that healthy at all?
"Sure, they contain more protein than regular cheese socks, but they look about the same in terms of calories," says Abby Langer, R.D., a Toronto-based dietician. If you eat the entire bag, you have consumed more than 500 low-calorie calories.
Compared to other snacks, they have some selling points, says Langer.
"I think if you press them against Cheetos, the only benefit they have is their protein content and their non-fluorescent color," she says. "But who is eating cheese curls for the protein?"
If you are craving cheese curls and following a paleo diet, they will likely satisfy your cravings.