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500 Calorie Comparisons

Did you know that all of our macromeals are under 550 calories? We’ve made the following comparisons for common Grab & Go options to help make your quick thinking a little bit easier. Keep in mind that there is much more to eating then just calories, so we also want you to think about how much actual nutrition your body and cells are getting from each meal and how full you’d feel. The recommended caloric intake for women is roughly 2000 calories per day, and 2500 calories for men. This means you could eat a full 4-5 macromeals per day while still being under your calorie intake AND add snacks, do you think you could finish it all? Not only would you get to eat all that food; but eating correctly helps balance hormones which will help rev up your metabolism, boost weight loss benefits, ensure proper fuel for your cells and increase over all health. See below and let us know what you would choose!

It only takes 4 slices of bacon to hit 500 calories.

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.

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

Starbucks may be overly sugary –  this is a larger drink for the same 500 calories.

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

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

All it takes to hit 500 calories on a 6-inch ham on wheat, all you need to add is oil and vinegar.


Thai Basil Beef –  486 calories

Contains a heavy dose of Vitamin C, phytochemicals, cartenoids, capsaicin, and flavonoids.

Fire Engine Chicken – 426 calories

Asparagus is a nutrient-packed vegetable which is a source of vitamins, minerals, and essential proteins. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and vitamin K (phylloquinone).

The mineral treasures that are stored in it include iron, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium, and potassium.

Lemon Dill Salmon – 435 calories

Wild salmon is loaded with protein and the two blockbuster omega 3s — DHA and EPA — that helps with brain, nerve and eye development. As the body can’t make omega-3 fatty acids, the best way to obtain them is through the food we eat.

Cajun Shrimp – 252 calories

Loaded with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, shrimp are an excellent, carbohydrate-free food for anyone determined to shed off pounds. Shrimp contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives them their pink color and that can act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature aging. Also the omega-3 fatty acids in shrimp provide antioxidant protection.

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