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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 February 11, 2021

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