Trade Up Tuesday: Popcorn and Soda (Diabetes Friendly)

It’s the time of year when snuggling up on the sofa with a warm blanket and watching a movie is a perfect way to spend a crisp fall evening.  To help complete the night, maybe you’d like to include popcorn and a soda.  But those can add up to a lot of calories!  Let’s find a way to make this snack fit in your day by once again turning to NuVal as a guide.

Let’s start with the popcorn.  A bag of Fit Parmesan and Herb Popcorn has a NuVal score of 26, which is a trade up from a cheddar popcorn which only has a score of 13.  Since nutrition facts labels are based on weight, not volume, you get more popcorn per serving with the Fit Popcorn.  The Fit Popcorn has a shorter and simpler ingredients list, less fat and less calories.

Ricos Cheddar Popcorn (NuVal  13)
Serving Size: 2 cups (about 30 g)
Calories: 180
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 240 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 11 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 2 g

Ingredients: Popcorn, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: corn and/or soybean and/or cottonseed oil  with artificial butter flavor colored with beta carotene), cheddar cheese (Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), whey protein concentrate, lactose maltodextrin, salt, sodium phosphate, natural flavor, enzyme modified butterfat, citric acid, disodium phosphate, maltodextrin, natural flavor (including butter), salt, modified food starch, FD&C yellow #5 lake & #6 lake, whey powder, lactic acid, and less than 2% silicon dioxide added to prevent caking. 

Fit Parmesan & Herb Popcorn (NuVal 26)
Serving Size: 3 ¼ cups (about 28 g)
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 250 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 16 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 3 g
Ingredients: Popcorn, canola oil, parmesan cheese (part-skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), whey (milk), buttermilk, salt, rosemary, black pepper, parsley.

Now let’s look at cream soda.   A regular cream soda has a Nuval score of 1.  Trading up to Zevia cream soda, the NuVal score increases to 22.  Zevia is much lower in calories and carohydrates when compared to the A&W soda.

Regular A&W Cream Soda (NuVal 1)
Serving Size: 1 can
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 70 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 46 g
Sugars: 46 g
Protein: 0 g
Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate (preservative), caramel color, citric acid, yucca extract, natural and artificial flavors, caffeine.

Zevia Cream Soda (NuVal 22)
Serving Size: 1 can
Calories: 0
Total Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 4 g
Sugars: 0 g
Erythritol: 4 g
Protein: 0 g

Ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, Reb A (stevia extract), citric acid, caramel color.


1 comment :

  1. I love that Marketstreet offers this option. I encourage all my clients to shop here and teach them how to use this wonderful system.