Many are familiar with the 580 calorie McDonald’s Big Mac, but often don’t think about hidden-calorie food and drinks. Many may consider some of these foods healthy, but they can pack on more calories than a Big Mac and side of french fries. The Milestone Online looked into some of the food and drinks that end up being a lot healthier sounding than they really are.
After the cheese, croutons, and high calorie dressing, a salad can be as unhealthy as a plate of French fries. A regular size Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad has 1,380 calories and 99 grams of fat. At that rate, it would be better to get a cheeseburger, which has 940 calories and only 58 grams of fat. Try getting the Paradise Chicken Salad which contains only 340 calories and 4 grams of fat.
The fact that it’s full of vegetables makes guacamole sound super healthy. However, 4 oz. of guacamole from Chipotle has 170 calories and 13 grams of fat. A couple chips later, and 300 calories could have been consumed before the burrito. Try dipping their chips in tomato salsa, which has 17 calories and 0 grams of fat per 4 oz. serving.
While nuts and peanut butter contain healthy fat, they are best eaten in small portions. There are around 160 calories and 14 grams of fat in a 1 oz. serving of peanuts, and 190 calories and 16 grams of fat in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Avoid snacking on nuts when they’re sitting in a bowl at a party, and use portion control when eating them.
Many people have to have their cup of coffee in the morning. However, if it’s not chosen wisely, it can add a large number of calories to your diet. A Starbucks Venti (large) sized Mocha Coconut Frappuccino with whipped cream has 710 calories. Try a healthier option to start off the morning with the same-sized Clover Brewed Coffee which has only 5 calories, or a Misto with brewed coffee and steamed milk that only has 130 calories.
These two classic breakfast foods aren’t always very filling and can add up in calories. A Cinnamon Crunch Bagel from Panera has 430 calories without cream cheese, and a Panera Pumpkin Muffin has 590 calories. To cut down the calories on a carb craving, try the 320 calorie Cinnamon Swirl and Raisin Bagel with a side of reduced fat plain cream cheese.
If made right, a fruit smoothie is a perfect healthy snack. However, the added sugar, yogurt, and ice cream can pack on the calories. A medium sized Cranberry Supreme smoothie from Smoothie King contains 831 calories, which is way more calories than needed for a snack. Try the small sized Blueberry Heaven which only has 325 calories and still satisfies a smoothie craving.
Places like Subway, Jersey Mike’s, and Jimmy John’s deceive many into thinking that all of their sandwiches make for a perfect, healthy meal. Many of the ingredients, though, contain belt busting calories. A 6” Chicken and Bacon Ranch Melt from Subway has 570 calories. Add a bag of chips and a soda, and a meal could get up to 1,000 calories. Try a 6” Subway Club which has only 310 calories, but has plenty of meat to satisfy your hunger. Stay away from high calorie condiments like oil and vinegar, and mayonnaise.