When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, it’s important to not only focus on what foods you’re consuming, but also how many calories those foods contain.
The number of calories you require daily will depend on numerous factors — but on average, a moderately active female should consume anywhere between 1,600 and 1,800 calories per day. This will depend on your age as well as your average physical activity level.
When we eat ‘junk’ foods, we often do not realize how many calories we are mindlessly consuming. Without offering much nutritional value, these types of foods can quickly add up. If you often eat any of the following ten foods, it’s important to be aware of how calorie-dense they truly are.
Calorie Content of 10 Commonly Consumed Foods
To put calorie content into perspective, one medium apple is 95 calories, whereas a sweet potato is 86 calories. Now, when we analyze the calorie content of the following ten foods, you will notice that they are substantially more — not to mention the amount of unhealthy fat per serving.
- The Grande Unicorn Frappuccino
This funky, colorful frappuccino may look enticing and interesting, but it is far from calorie-wise. Weighing in at 410 calories and 59 grams of sugar, this isn’t the type of beverage you want to grab every day — let alone every week.
- Grand Mac
If you thought a Big Mac was indulgent, the Grand Mac is even bigger. You may want to rethink this choice, as it is a hefty 890 calories. That is without adding the calories from an order of fries or the sugar from a pop. Yikes!
- Naked Chicken Chalupa
Chicken is a healthy choice, right? Well, not when it is in the form of a fried chicken taco shell. Being 440 calories, 62% which comes from fat, this isn’t the type of taco you want to get into the habit of eating.
- Mac Junior
Sometimes you have a craving — and for many, that craving is a Big Mac. When you don’t want to splurge on the original burger, you may think that the junior is an optimal choice. It may be small in size, but it still weighs in at 460 calories — not exactly a health-wise choice.
- Cascara Latte
A latte is a latte — not a meal. Too bad the Grande Cascara Latte is 240 calories. Considering 100 grams of steak is 271 calories, that puts things into perspective. Instead, opt for black coffee or your favorite brew made with almond milk — hold the sugar.
- Triple Double Crunchwrap
Trying to watch your carb intake? Well, the Triple Double Crunchwrap is a whopping 700 calories — with 48% of those calories coming from carbs.
- Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato
Coconut has been all the craze — and when consumed in its natural state, this fruit is highly nutritious. With that being said, a 16-ounce Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato isn’t guilt-free. With the addition of white chocolate and sugar-dense caramel, this drink is 200 calories — 40% which comes from fat.
- Poke Bowl
This traditional Hawaiian dish may be high in calories, but it at least offers you some beneficial nutrients. The average Poke bowl from a sushi shop will be approximately 460 calories for a 380 gram portion. This will include the white rice and a hearty portion of raw fish.
Made by Coors, this malt beverage is clear and lightly carbonated — it is also alcoholic. Coming in three flavors, including citrus, pineapple citrus, and tangerine, this drink is 181 calories. For those who consume three in an evening, that’s 543 empty calories. Certainly something to think about!
- McDonald’s Ice Cream Cone
The classic McDonald’s cone may only 146 calories, but it packs a punch with 18 grams of sugar.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or are simply becoming more health-conscious, it’s important to be aware of calorie content. The above foods should be consumed only in moderation. Instead, fill your standard diet with nutrient-rich whole foods that give you more ‘calorie bang for your buck.’