This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Hot Pockets are what we call an energy-dense food that is ultra-processed. They are designed to be hyperpalatable (easy to overeat). Like many ultra-processed foods, you’d need to break out a magnifying glass to read the ingredients list.Products like Hot Pockets play on our desires for food that is simultaneously varied and familiar. New fillings and new types of crusts are rolled out continuously so we keep trying “new” things. It’s a “safe” purchase, because we already know that we like Hot Pockets.Tempting fillings like pepperoni pizza and cheese steak are paired with garlic butter crusts and crispy crusts in combinations that make us want to try them all. Additionally, though the serving size is one Hot Pocket, they are usually packaged in pairs. How many of us go ahead and eat them both in a sitting? (I know I used to do this!)As if the lunch and dinner infiltration wasn’t enough, now there are breakfast Hot Pockets as well. This addition comes with its own set of tasty variations. You can find pancake crust, biscuit crust, and croissant crust Hot Pockets filled with bacon, sausage and other breakfast foods.Regardless of flavor, most varieties of Hot Pockets are very similar nutritionally. Each sandwich has around 300 calories, 35 grams of net carbs, and 10 grams of protein. High Protein Hot Pockets have a bit more protein (and IMO were tastiest). I’d skip the even higher calorie Big & Bold Hot Pockets.There are currently no Hot Pockets that are keto, low carb, vegan, or gluten free. Most of the special diets exclude many ultra-processed foods. This is one reason people may find it easier to lose weight when adopting one of these eating patterns.Nutrition information is for one Hot Pocket in the High Protein Steak & Cheddar flavor. The exact nutrition information for your Hot Pocket depends on your portion size and the flavor you use.