Thursday, September 11, 2008

Save Some Calories!

While mine is primarily meant to be a Beauty Blog, I realize how large a role dieting often plays in one's general Beauty Ritual. I'm a huge proponent in enjoying your food, enjoying your life and your body rather than constantly dieting and using precious brain power to obsess over the number on your scale so this is in no way meant to encourage ANYONE to diet.

This post is geared toward letting others (who may not be aware of it) know that there are yummy, junk food items available to them whether they are watching their calories or not. I am not a nutritionist so I cannot vouch for how healthy or well-balanced any of these offerings are; some of them may be full of other undesirable ingredients such as Sodium. Please, do take advantage of the Nutritional Value information available on most fast food websites. Here are my favorites:

Taco Bell

1. Zesty Chicken Bowl (featured image): Beans, Chicken, Fiesta Salsa, Lettuce, Red Strips, Rice, Three Cheese Blend, Zesty Dressing. Pretty appetizing, right? The caloric damage is 640 with the dressing or 440 calories without. I tend to find that the dressing overwhelms all the different flavors and replace it with a tablespoon of sour cream. I presume it's at least 100 calories less than the dressing.

2. Chicken Quesadilla:
Chicken, Creamy Jalapeno Sauce, Three Cheese Blend, Tortilla; 520 calories

3. Pintos n' Cheese:
Beans, Cheddar Cheese, Red Sauce; 128 calories and less than $1, so you'll also save a bit of money.


1. Cheeseburger: 300 calories

2. Hamburger: 250 calories

3. Small French Fries: 230 calories

4. Vanilla Ice Cream Cone: 150 calories; you didn't think I'd forget the sweets, did you?

5. Hot Caramel Sundae: 340 calories

There are many low-calorie options available at every eating establishment so counting calories is no reason to give up the occasional dinner out or fast food treat.

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Anastasia said...

Whee, another food-lover! I know McDonald's is shit, but there are times when a girl's just gotta have a cheeseburger, saturated fat or not.

The real problem with junk food is the saturated fat content. People are advised to snack on nuts and seeds instead - which contain MORE fat (walnut are over 60% fat, way worse than chocolate) but their fat is the nice, unsaturated kind that contains essential fatty acids and aren't associated with obesity, heart disease, cancer etc.

But I know when I think "Healthy lunch" and go to look at the salads in Boots, and see ones with 500+ calories in, sometimes I think "screw it" and get chicken nuggets :x

Anastasia said...

Ohh, btw, I bought that Revlon powder on eBay along with my usual Benefit one - time to compare!

I got some Prescriptives liquid illuminator too, which I could use as a base =x

A Gal On A Budget said...

Yes, there are other unhealthy aspects of fast food (hence the bad rep) but my post was primarily aimed at those who are concerned with calories. That is why I encourage reading the Nutritional Information available online to ensure that one is not allergic to ingredients, the cholesterol in the item doesn't exceed one's limit, etc. Please don't misunderstand, I never, ever claimed these were healthy options.

Anastasia said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to rant off and sound like I was contradicting your post =[ I hope I didn't offend you.

They ARE surprisingly low in calories, and I think people over-react to sodium >.> I mean, you're SUPPOSED to get 6g a day - not go "Omg, this has 10% of my daily amount?!" and have NO salt.

I had KFC today T_T;

A Gal On A Budget said...

It's fine, I was just worried that my post came off as misleading and/or suggesting that junk food is actually healthy.