5 Calorie Killers (Some May Surprise You!)

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We all have them. The little vices that kill our calorie count. The snack you didn’t factor in, that cookie tray in the break room. But some of the things that add extra calories to our day do it in a less chocolate-and-peanut-butter kind of way. Here are 5 calorie killers that might be sabotaging your diet!

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Image via Flickr/williamnyk

Coffee

So many of us reach for a cup of coffee in the morning to get us going. Whether it’s from the coffee pot in the kitchen or from the drive-thru, you can’t forget to add that morning pick me up to your daily calorie intake. How much damage are we talking about?

Well, just for one example, a  16 oz. Starbucks double chocolate chip Frappuccino blended creme with whipped cream packs a whopping 510 calories; 19g fat (11g saturated); 59g sugar; and 300mg sodium. So it might be smart to think twice before wasting more than ¼ of your daily calories (based on a 2000 calorie diet) on one morning splurge!

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Alcohol and Soda

Be honest, do you count that glass or wine you had at the bar with a girlfriend after work? One  5 ounce serving of wine is about 120 calories.

What about when you grabbed that can of regular Pepsi instead of diet? That’s 150 calories and 41 grams of sugar my friend. My advice – drink more water. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you!

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Granola

But, wait, granola is healthy right? That depends. Some brands contain enormous amounts of sugar! One serving of Quaker Natural  Low-Fat Granola has 18 grams of sugar. That’s the same as a Twinkie! So before you add granola to the top of your Greek yogurt in the morning, be sure you're willing to add 210 calories and 18 grams of sugar for 2/3 of a cup.

If you really can’t live without that crunch on your yogurt try Kashi GoLean cereal. It will give you that crunch you’re looking for without all the sugar and calories. You can have a whole cup for just 140 calories and 6 grams of sugar!

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Image via Flickr/sk8geek

Salad Dressing

You think you’re making the healthy choice by opting for the salad. But, have you stopped to consider which dressing you’ll choose? Don’t think it will make that big of a difference?

How about 320 Calories for 2 ounces of T.G.I.Friday’s Bleu Cheese? Or 180 calories for 2 tablespoons of Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch? 2 TABLESPOONS! I’m pretty sure with the size of the salad, you’ll need more than that. Say we double it? For 4 tablespoons we’re up to 360 calories!

Have a salad, but try using olive oil and vinegar or a low calorie option for dressing.

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Image via Flickr/eknott@pdqfreshfoodfast.com

“Crispy” Anything

Crispy is just another way to say deep fried in fat and oil. When you have the option of choosing between grilled or crispy, grilled is the better choice. We’re talking more than 100 calories better choice.

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A McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Classic sandwich is 350 calories, while the crispy version of the same sandwich is 510 calories. Not to mention, you double the saturated fat.

 What is your guilty pleasure? What are you willing to sacrifice for?

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5 Calorie Killers (Some May Surprise You!)

Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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3 comments

  1. Marissa says:

    I always opt for the italian dressing when having salad!

  2. I love crispy things, i really dont eat to much of the other stuff and only buy lite or diet dressing, which i know is still high in calories so I don’t eat a whole lot of it! I don’t know if I could cut out “crispy” stuff all together though!

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