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What 500 Calories Really Looks Like in Different Foods

What 500 Calories Really Looks Like in Different Foods

Food is at once the most amazing and annoying part of our lives. We have to eat in order to live, and there are so many delicious flavors to enjoy in the world. The problem is that everything we eat has a cost attached to it; not just a monetary cost (although that’s annoying as well), but rather the calorie count of the food we eat that really gets us—especially in the USA.

Making dietary decisions is difficult, but we’re not walking into it blindly. There are guidelines available: the average person (depending on height, weight, age, and level of physical activity) requires between 2000 and 3000 calories. That sounds like a lot, but it’s pretty easy to go over that in a day. Here are some foods that are ~500 calories to assist you in deciding what to eat.

Arby’s Beef ‘n Cheddar Classic w/ 1 tbsp. of Horsey sauce

beef n cheddar

    Arby’s classic sized Beef ‘n Cheddar isn’t quite 500 calories, but once you add just 1 tbsp of Horsey sauce (less than 1 packet), it hits pretty quickly. A small order of curly fries adds another 331 calories to your meal.

    Plain Bagel w/ Plain Cream Cheese

    bagel and cream cheese

      Bagels vary in size, but a plain bagel with one 3-oz packet of plain cream cheese will take you around 500-550 calories. If you use another packet of cream cheese (because let’s face it, one is only enough for half a bagel), you’re adding another 291 calories.

      Large Belgian Waffle w/ 1.5 tbsp. Maple syrup

      belgian waffle

        Maple syrup

          Just a Belgian Waffle and a slight drizzle of syrup is enough to hit 500 calories for breakfast. See below for more details on the calorie count of butter

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          Dunkin Donuts Medium Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Coffee Coolatta with Skim Milk

          Frozen Coffee Coolatta

            Change to a medium or use 2% (or cream) instead of skim, and you’re adding 200-500 extra calories to this drink.

            McDonalds Big Mac

            big mac

              The Big Mac is actually 550 calories, but if you leave a bite or two, you’ll be able to slide under the bar.

              Bacon (~ 4 slices)

              Bacon

                It only takes 4 slices of bacon to hit 500 calories. Add this to your Belgian waffle & DD Coolatta, and you can easily consume your daily caloric allowance.

                Starbucks Venti Caramel Frappuccino w/ 2% milk & whipped cream

                Caramel Frappuccino

                  Starbucks may be overly sugary, but they run their business with a high level of morals, providing benefits to part-time workers and often overpaying for their coffee beans. If you’re feeling guilty about that DD Coolatta, this is a larger drink for the same 500 calories.

                  Subway 6-inch Black Forest Ham on Wheat Bread w/ Oil & Vinegar (no cheese or toppings)

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                  Subway Ham

                    Subway advertises themselves as being healthy, but the calories get you where you wouldn’t think. All it takes to hit 500 calories on a 6-inch ham on wheat, all you need to add is oil and vinegar.

                    Cheddar Cheese (4.5 oz)

                    Cheddar Cheese

                      Whether it’s a salad or a burger, it only takes 4.5 oz of cheese to add 500 calories to your diet.

                      Snickers Regular Size (2)

                      Snickers

                        Candy is bad for you, but it’s not entirely because of calories. 2 bars will get you to 500 calories.

                        Skittles Regular Size (2)

                        Skittles

                          The rainbow tastes like just under 500 calories by the time you’re finished polishing off 2 standard sized bags of this sweet treat.

                          Raw Golden Delicious Apple (5)

                          Raw Golden Delicious Apple

                            A golden delicious apple is 100 calories. Five apples a day keeps the craving for Snickers and Skittles away.

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                            Jamba Juice Aloha Pineapple Original Size

                            Jamba Juice Aloha Pineapple Original Size

                              It’s not just coffee drinks: smoothies have calories too. Adding a boost or upping the size at Jamba Juice adds 100+ calories.

                              Eggs

                              eggs

                                It takes over half a dozen eggs to get to 500 calories. Cut it down to 2 eggs, and add small amounts of bacon & cheese for a well-rounded 500 calorie breakfast.

                                Steak

                                steak

                                  A 9-oz lean steak gets you just under 500 calories, but the seasonings you use can quickly raise that. Get a fattier steak, and the calories go up accordingly.

                                  Chili’s Baby back Ribs Half rack

                                  Chilis Baby back Ribs Half rack

                                    At 480 calories, Chili’s famous half rack of baby back ribs leaves you room for an iced tea or a couple French fries.

                                    Banana (105 calories)

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                                    banana

                                      If you eat 5 bananas, you’ll have consumed the caloric equivalent of a Big Mac.

                                      If you want to add more flavor to your food, here’s the calorie count of different condiments to get you started:

                                      Condiments:

                                      Ranch Dressing (80 calories per tbsp.)

                                      Butter (102 calories per tbsp.)

                                      Ketchup (19 calories per tbsp.)

                                      Mustard (3 calories per tbsp.)

                                      Hot Sauce (0 calories)

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                                      Last Updated on July 18, 2019

                                      10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                                      10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                                      Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                                      Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                                      1. Make the Windows Your Own

                                      When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                                      One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                                      2. Put up Some Art

                                      If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                                      Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                                      3. Improve the Aroma

                                      A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                                      Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                                      4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                                      A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                                      There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                                      5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                                      If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                                      Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                                      6. Improve Your Air Quality

                                      One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                                      The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                                      7. Fill it with Plants

                                      Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                                      They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                                      8. Change the Doorknobs

                                      Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                                      Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                                      9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                                      There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                                      Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                                      10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                                      You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

                                      You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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