Saturday, March 10, 2012

Product Review (Food): Trader Joe's Tofu Edamame Nuggets

The other day I headed over to Trader Joe's. I never really go there because it's on the complete opposite side of town and I have 2 grocery stores right next to me.
(I believe that there is some controversy around TJ's, but that isn't what this post is about..so..)

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I got several of their products that I don't typically buy and the Tofu Edamame Nuggets was one of them.

I expected them to be mushy, tasteless little nuggets, but I was actually surprised!


I chose to cook them in the oven because I wanted to be sure I got a crispy texture and not a mushy one in the microwave.

They had a nice flaky crust and the vegetables and tofu on the inside were seasoned well.
They were a tad bit salty if you are sensitive to sodium, but it wasn't too much in my opinion.
I personally didn't think that they needed any dipping sauce, but they would probably be good with any kind. BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ketchup, Ranch.
Whatever floats your boat.

Nutrition Information:


Serving Size
5 pieces
Serving Size per Container
3
Calories per Serving
200
Calories from Fat
90
Total Fat
10g
Saturated Fat
1g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
510mg
Total Carbohydrate
17g
Dietary Fiber
1g
Sugars
2g
Protein
11g
Vitamin A
4%
Calcium
4%
Vitamin C
6%
Iron
6%


What does all this mean:

Are 5 nuggets enough?
The serving size is decent and filling if you have it with a side salad, etc. and make it a meal.
The calories are a good amount for this serving size and since there is 10 grams of fat, it should keep you full for a while.

Is 10 grams of fat too many?
I don't think so. The fat is probably from the edamame and the tofu, which isn't a bad thing.

Is 510mg of Sodium too high?
Well, they definitely aren't a low sodium product.
In order for a product to boast the 'low sodium' claim, it must have <140mg Sodium per serving. That's clearly not the case here.
If you rarely eat processed foods, you can incorporate these into your diet because you can have anything in moderation. Just know that according to WebMD, this product definitely qualifies as a high sodium food. So, if you have hypertension you will want to be careful.

What about its Fiber content?
Let's be honest. The fiber content in this product flat out sucks. 1 gram? Puh-lease.

Is that a good amount of Protein?
It's pretty decent for a vegetarian product. Remember, we previously discussed how to calculate our individual protein needs.

Final Verdict:
I would say these would be nice to have around when you are in a hurry and need something quick and easy for lunch. 
But, not to make it a part of your regular routine due to the high sodium content since it's a 'processed food.'




Have you ever tried these?

4 comments:

  1. I haven't tried the edamame nuggets, but I did pick up some shrimp corn dogs last time I was there. Haven't tried them yet. They look...interesting.

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    1. Shrimp Corn Dogs?! That sounds very...interesting! Let me know how they turn out! ;)

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  2. These were great and they dont have them in :>( hopefully they will be back in soon!

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  3. I hope they get them in soon for they are out and these are delicious!

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