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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 12, 2021

                                      100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                      100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                      Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                      By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                      Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                      83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                        84 write random letter

                                          85 use a rubberband

                                            86 dorm smell bad

                                              87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                  90 take a picture of the name card

                                                    91 iron inside out

                                                      92 old newspaper

                                                        93 tumble try shoes

                                                          keep a card like this

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                                                              94 soap bar

                                                                95 make a hole

                                                                  96 drop the battery

                                                                    97 use a coozie

                                                                      98 when taking a picture

                                                                        use a clean dust pan

                                                                          try a pants hanger

                                                                            use your cellphone light

                                                                              use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                  user binder clips

                                                                                    wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                      put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                        clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                          use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                            doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                              use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                  freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                    use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                      almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                        sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                          unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                            cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                              remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                  for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                    how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                      tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                        place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                          ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                            use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                              take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                  put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                    How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                      user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                        good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                          turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                            50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                              the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                    hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                      stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                        the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                          how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                            the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                              use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                  user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                    a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                      rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                        use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                          50

                                                                                                                                                                            51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                              52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                  kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                    use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                      58

                                                                                                                                                                                        59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                          60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                            hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                              Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                    if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                      keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                          drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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