Let’s be honest, show me one person you know that doesn’t have at least one guilty pleasure when it comes to food. I can honestly say I have at least 20, but that’s just me. Foods that are our secret guilty pleasure are great when we have a bad day, when we want to celebrate something because we’ve been extremely brave or hard-working, or when we simply want to enjoy life. However, most of the time, if not always, our guilty pleasures aren’t healthy. I mean, that’s why they’re called guilty pleasures, right?
Even if it’s understandable to slip once in a while, we thought you should know which foods are fattening you right away. Not necessarily so you can avoid them completely, but maybe to feel even more guilty. Just kidding. Or am I?
Smoothie King’s Hulk Strawberry Smoothie
I know what you’re thinking: C’mon, fruit and yogurt aren’t that bad, right? I’m sorry to break this to you, but they are. Smoothies are oftentimes made with ice cream and milk, not to mention they can be crammed with sugar.
But there is a positive aspect when it comes to this type of smoothie in particular! This treat is known to give you a heads up…if you want to gain weight! At least that’s how it’s been listened to on the menu. But the calories in it?
Dear, it has more calories than two Big Macs put together. And I’m only talking about the small version of the smoothie. If you want to choose something else instead, go for the low-carb strawberry smoothie: it has 268 calories, 9g fat, and 3g sugar.
Starbucks’ Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Creme with whipped cream
First of all, wow that’s a long name! Well, from its title, it does sound bad, but in the end, how bad can it be? This is an afternoon pick-me-up that will instantly give you as much as one-third of the MAXIMUM fat you should have in ONE DAY, and over half a day’s saturated fats.
So Frappuccino Blended Creme…you’re bound to break our hearts, aren’t you? If you want something slightly lighter, your best bet would be a regular cup of coffee without all these bells and whistles.
I know, I know, there’s no joy, but it’s much healthier. If you simply don’t want to live without a Frappuccino, you can try a Coffee Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee: it has 130 calories, 0.5 fat, and 16g of sugar.
Coldstone’s PB&C Shake
If you reached that far, I guess you already know that I’m about to explain now why this milkshake isn’t healthy AT ALL. Well, here it is: it’s not healthy at all! Even worse, this particular shake is made with chocolate ice cream, milk, and PEANUT BUTTER, so it shouldn’t even be called a milkshake, but more like a calorie bomb.
It’s a frosty little monster that you probably adore, but it delivers the number of calories you should eat in one day and almost three and a half times the daily limit for the recommended saturated fat. You can try instead a 16-ounce Sinless Oh Fudge! Shake, which has the same chocolaty taste, but only a quarter of the calories and 2 tiny grams of fat.
Auntie Anne’s Jumbo Pretzel Dog
If you slightly forgot, Auntie Anne’s is selling snacks, not proper meals. But I guess this didn’t stop them from having products that contain almost half the daily upper limit of fat and sodium, right? At least that’s what I would conclude from trying Nathan’s hot dog wrapped in a pretzel bun.
If I didn’t convince you already, one Jumbo Pretzel Dog with butter has 610 calories, 29g of fat, 13g saturated, and 1,150mg of sodium. Instead, you can try the original pretzel without any butter and salt, and you’ll easily count down 310 calories, and only 1 gram of fat. Now we can talk about a snack!
Cinnabon’s Caramel Pecanbon
I know, this dessert looks SO good, you could easily eat the picture. Not to mention that it has an extremely luring scent! But as a matter of fact, these decadent pastries are the ones that bring you the most trouble.
They contain about half the calories and all the fat you should consume throughout the day. In one dessert! One bun of Cinnabon’s Caramel Pecanbon has 1,092 calories, 56g of fat, and 47g of sugar. While there aren’t any other replacements for Cinnabon that could be even slightly healthier, you can try a Minibon, which is designed for smaller appetites. It has only 300 calories, and 11 grams of fat.
Wendy’s Sweet and Spicy Boneless Wings
A couple of years ago, Wendy’s came on the market with a groundbreaking item, claiming that it was supposed to be “as far as it can get from fast food”. But when it comes to calories, this meal won’t be that bad, if you don’t eat anything else at lunch.
However, it has the amount of salt you should have in an entire day, not to mention just one sitting. Only one order has 550 calories, 18g of fat, 27g of sugar, and 2,530mg of sodium. Instead, you can go for the Ultimate Chicken Grill, which is a grilled chicken breast on a sesame seed bun.
It has 320 calories, 7g of fat, and 8g of sugar. Please remember that given the fact it has 950 milligrams of sodium, you shouldn’t make a habit out of eating this.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ Coffee Cake Muffin
Muffins are oftentimes put in the same happy family as donuts. I mean, at least we love them just as much. But just like donuts, muffins can be shockingly high in fat. And the one that I mentioned, the Dunkin’ Donuts’ Coffee Cake Muffin, is especially offensive, as you would eat as well about three glazed donuts just to match the nutrients and calories in ONE muffin.
It has 620 calories, 25g of fat, 7g of saturated fats, 54g of sugar, and 93g of carbohydrates. Instead, you can try another breakfast treat. Go for the old-fashioned glazed donut, that has only 220 calories, 9g of fat, 12g of sugar, and 31g of carbs.
Olive Garden’s Grilled Shrimp Caprese
So, we’re talking about shrimp, who’s a low-fat, low-calorie, and very high in protein and iron food. So, you might be wondering: what’s not to like? The thing is, it has a garlic-butter sauce, which takes the dish to a whole new level.
Only the sauce racks up almost two-thirds of the recommended dose of daily fat, and about one and a half times the sodium limit. Only ONE plate of Olive Garden’s Grilled Shrimp Caprese has 900 calories, 41g of fat, and 3,490mg of sodium.
Instead, you can try a lighter version of the same dish, except you won’t get the melted cheese or the marinara sauce on the side. The Venetian Apricot Chicken is a great option, as it has only one-third the calories and 1/10 the fat.
Chili’s Onion String and Crispy Jalapeno Stack
Some diners and bloggers altogether were extremely outraged by the fried-onion Chili’s appetizer, the Awesome Blossom. Meanwhile, this unhealthy giant was removed from their menu, but it has been replaced by something only a bit better.
It’s an appetizer that’s meant to be shared, but even if you eat only one-quarter of this dish, you’ll reach your entire day’s limit of the fat. One appetizer has 2,130 calories, 213g of fat, 31g of saturated, and 1,320mg of sodium.
Truth to be told, we can’t recommend anything from Chili’s that would be particularly healthier. If you really want to have something from there, you can try the Chips and Hot sauce, as there are only 470 calories.
Macaroni Grill’s Kids’ Fettucine Alfredo
Theoretically, dishes that are meant to be for children should have fewer calories, right? I mean, they don’t need as many calories as we do. An average child of 10 to 12 years old(which is the upper age limit for many of the kids’ menus) will only need about 1,600 to 1,800 calories on a daily basis.
But the Macaroni Grill’s Kids’ Fettucine Alfredo has half of those calories, and more fat than any grown adult needs to eat in a day. One order has 890 calories, 67g of fat, and 1,480mg of sodium. You can convince your little ones into ordering the Grilled Chicken and Broccoli, as it has only
Quiznos’ Chicken With Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad
While we hear “salads” and we expect to talk about healthiness, it’s not only the case. There are so many unhealthy salads lurking around, that it’s actually confusing. They might promise us grilled chicken, leafy greens, and even fewer carbs, but what we get is bacon, cheddar cheese, and super high-fat dressings.
Oh, especially the high-fat dressings! The same goes for this Quiznos’ Chicken with Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad, so don’t let yourself be tricked by the “salad” word. As you can see, it’s the last one standing even on the title.
This salad will cost you half a day’s calories, so it’s simply not worth it. Instead, you should try The Cantina Chicken Sammie, which has 205 calories, and it’s ACTUALLY low fat.
Pizza Hut’s Meaty P’Zone
This 1-pound monster is for those of you who don’t want to share. You really want all those calories by yourself, don’t you? But as a matter of fact, these pizza-crust calzones are recommended to be shared with others, preferably with other 10 people.
Because eating the whole thing by yourself is not only disastrous for your daily calorie intake, but it also messes up your daily limit of sodium. One whole P’Zone has 1,480 calories, 66g of fat, and 3,680mg of sodium. Instead, you can try one slice of Natural Veggie Lover’s multigrain crust pizza, which had only 190 calories, which is A LOT less.
Lunchables’ New Wholesome Deep Dish Pepperoni Fun Pack
The ideal lunch box would keep a balance between taste, fun, and nutrition. But Lunchables aren’t ready to deliver that. Or maybe they don’t want to. Instead, they will deliver you 470 calories, 20g of fat, and 880mg of sodium.
The nutrition info for this delicious monster is based on a 2,000-calories-a-day diet, which might be needed by SOME of you. But it’s so processed, and so high in fat and sodium, that you might want to skip it.
Instead, you can try another variety of Wholesome Lunchables, such as the Turkey and Cheddar Club, which has extra water and applesauce instead of cookies and fruit punch, and only 360 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 600 milligrams of sodium.
Ruffles’ Cheddar & Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips
So you should know that Ruffles’ Cheddar & Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips aren’t just full of ridges, but it also has 17% of the upper limit of fat you just eat in a day in only one serving. In this case, we’re talking about a low-calorie intake, but there are big chances you won’t resume only one serving, as most of their packages are the larger 1.5-ounce size.
Instead, you could try Baked! Ruffles in the original flavor. You’ll eat only 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, and only 200 milligrams of sodium. It’s a big difference, as you will also get some fiber and protein.
Haagen Dazs’ Dulce de Leche Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt
This frozen yogurt is extremely tasty, but not that healthy. Truth to be told, I think this is the queen of guilty treats. And luckily for us, there are some decadent flavors that might surprise us, as they have less fat than regular ice cream.
But this is not the case. However, it’s worth mentioning that this flavor has 15 grams less fat than other ice cream flavors. But it has 25 grams of sugar. One serving, which is half a cup, will come with 190 calories, 2.5g of fat, and 25g of sugar. Instead, you could try Edy’s, which has a french vanilla flavor with only 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 14 grams of carbs.
Kar’s Yogurt Apple
Why wouldn’t this snack be super healthy? I mean it has the words yogurt, apple, and nut in its description, right? However, a serving size is 1 ounce. But the tiny snack, that you might often find in various vending machines, has nearly three times as much, meaning 2.75 ounces.
Also, bags in stores have five times as much. If you eat the 2.75-ounce bag, you’ll have already consumed 412 calories, which is the same amount of calories that you can find in one Snickers bar. By having a Kar’s Yogurt Apple Instead, try choosing something a bit healthier, such as Peeled Snacks. You’ll eat only 150 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Arnold’s Whole Grain Country White Bread
Don’t let yourself be tricked by the “whole grain” trick. At least not before you know all the facts. Even if “whole grain” sounds amazing, this particular product won’t offer you the amount of heart-healthy whole grains you need. At least not as much as other products with “100% whole grain” would.
Two slices of this beauty have 220 calories, 4g of fat, 420mg of sodium, 42g of carbs, and 4g of fiber. There’s no deal here. Instead, you can try Arnold’s Light line of bread, such as the 100% Whole Wheat one(as I said before). It has only 80 calories, 1g of fat, and 160mg of sodium.
Reese’s Puffs Cereal
You should know that having a bowl of these sugary puffs at breakfast can be worst for you than waking up on the wrong side of the bed. One serving of these tasty breakfast cereals contains more sugar than the actual Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
A 3/4 cup serving with half a cup of skim milk has 160 calories, 3g of fat, and 12g of sugar. Instead, you can try something more organic and natural, such as EnviroKidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs from Nature’s Path. While there might be the same amount of calories, you’ll eat less sugar.
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