What does 100 calories look like?
In my day to day life, I prefer to eat intuitively - I don't believe in following numbers or strict rules. Personally, I feel as though life is not meant for calorie counting, weighing foods or restricting your social life.
This is unless of course; you're an athlete, you're competing or if your goals require a macro plan to achieve.
But for myself, and a lot of my blog readers - the goal is to maintain a lean body all year round and live it like a lifestyle, not a diet or to be contest lean.
A healthy way of life can be challenging at times yes, because we're all human and we all get cravings.
In saying that, it never leaves you feeling hungry or deprived, because not only do you eat a variety of nutritious foods, you also consume adequate amounts of protein, fats and carbs to fuel your brain and body.
The ability to visually 'read' food is a skill not easily picked up, but can help SO much in a lot of food situations you may come across in your life.
As you start to change your lifestyle, you will become skilled at guesstimating and determining healthy portion sizes.
I don't know about you, but I'd prefer not to be the person who has to calculate how healthy or unhealthy a meal is for myself at the table of a restaurant! Haha.
It will take a LOT of fine tuning, research and practice to get it right.
You will need to understand your body, what it responds well to, what you need in moderation and what your body loves to use as fuel and give you the energy you need!
Knowing the nutritional content of foods and a rough amount of the calories it holds is a sure-fire way for you to make healthy choices when you eat out with your friends and family.
I've created a list of foods and visuals with a HUGE variety of foods from vegetables to nuts- right through to pasta and chocolate- to supply you with the knowledge I use each day when I make decisions about what to eat.
It's not only important to remember that processed foods can pack a serious punch of calories, but at the same time- so can whole, clean foods. (ie. those dense raw cakes and nuts!!)
Only four and a half walnuts contain 100 calories! But in saying that, walnuts are also an amazing source of polyunsaturated and omega-6 fats.
A diet full of variety and nutrient dense foods INCLUDES those foods that are super high in calories AND nutrients - but in the right amounts.
- 1 Cup of Blueberries
- 13 Almonds
- 28 Grapes
- 1/4 Cup of Raisins
- 3 Cups of Air Popped Popcorn
- 1/2 Small Avocado
- 1 Small Baked Potato
- 3 Cups of Strawberries
- 1 Fun Size Mars Bar (82 calories)
- 1 Bubble O Bill (159 Calories)
- 1 Glass of Red Wine
- 1 Slice of White Bread
- 4 Cups of Carrots
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
- 1 Can of Coke
- 1.425kg of Celery
- 588g of Broccoli
- 3 Large Eggs
- 330g of Grilled Chicken Breast
- 35g of Peanut Butter
- 170g of Tuna (in Brine)
- 1 Mars Bar (241 calories)
- 50g of Pizza Shapes
- 6 Apples
- 70g Pinapple Lollies
- 1700g Celery
- 100ml Vodka
- 65g of Coco Pops
I documented the above serving sizes to really give you all a greater understanding of just how big or small the serving size- with the same caloric value, can differ.
Keep in mind that just because certain foods are healthy, portion sizes still need to be valued.
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