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Would you like fries with that?

February 5, 2011

I like to think I am a healthy eater...sometimes.  I rarely buy junk food.  My kids don't even know what PopTarts are!  I am not one to say my kids don't eat fast food, because you cannot move and travel as much as our family does without singing the praises of McDonald's PlayPlace!  I will tell you that I never rarely give my kids the fries, instead they always get the apples..and I always usually give them juice or milk instead of soda.  I can honestly say I have never had a Big Mac (I did try a bite of my nephew's this December).  However, I do love a good Whopper when I am hung-over!
To make a long blog post short...I like to think I pay attention to calories and fat in the food I feed to my family.  But I also don't worry about a fast food stop here or there!  Until the other day...
We were about to get on the road (after our trip here), and we decided to grab some burgers (and a hot dog for my daughter) so we could eat our lunch in the car and try to beat the winter storm that was headed our way!  We had eaten burgers at Five Guys once before, and it was delicious.

My husband dropped me off and my job was to order the food, while he took the kids over to run a quick errand at Rite Aid!  I walked through the doors  and walked past everyone eating their burgers, nibbling on fries, cracking peanuts, while washing it down with their big sodas!  Yum!

I walked up to the counter and looked up at the menu...
"May I take your order, ma'am?"
silence
"Are you ready to order?"
silence
"Do you have any questions about the menu?"

I apologized as I reached down and lifted my jaw from the counter...
Now, I bet you are wondering what could have caused me to actually think about turning around and running out of this burger joint (I really would have, but my husband had the car, and I had no where to run to).


I was dizzy, I was sweating, I was in shock.  I will share with you a few of these calorie counts.

Hamburger - (700 calories)
Regular Fries  - (620 calories)
Large Soda  - (0-492 calories) 

That meal will run you about 1500 calories!  (not including condiments)

How about this...

Hot Dog - (545 calories)
Half order of Regular Fries - (310 calories)
Small Soda - (0-340 calories)

That meal will add up to about 1055 calories

Yes We Can! eat a days worth of calories in one meal!

One of my favorite features in my husband's Men's Health magazine is the Crime and Punishment section!  I thought I would share with you a quiz I found in Crime and Punishment:

THE CRIME:  Five Guys cheeseburger and regular fries (1,534 calories)

THE PUNISHMENT:  You would have to run ______miles to burn 1,534 calories
❑  1 mile
❑  4 miles
❑  7 miles
❑  11 miles
(answer is at the bottom of the post)
 To answer your question, Yes...I ordered our lunch while trying to turn a blind-eye to the calories I was ordering with the hamburgers and hotdog.  I ordered a large Diet Coke for my husband and myself to split...and then it came, THE question...

"WOULD YOU LIKE FRIES WITH THAT?"
I said "No, Thank You"and I grabbed my 2,045 calories-in-a-bag and I got a head start on my 11 MILE RUN!!  
That is right, you would need to run 11 miles to burn 1, 534 calories!  

Do you think posting calories at restaurants would make people think twice before ordering foods that are high in calories?  



19 comments:

Hockey Wife said...

Hmmm ... yeah, I think it would make me think twice. I can't say if it would always change my mind though. I don't eat fast food THAT often so when I do, I know it's a caloric splurge.

I have purchased Happy Meals for Linden - this kid is unbelievable. He'll take one bite of a chicken nugget, eat three french fries, and be done. Not interested.

He also won't touch 90% of the things most kids would die to have. Not sure why but I'll take it!

Mrs K said...

Omg! I would never buy any fast food at all:O

TexaGermaNadian said...

Holy cow...but still, those burger and fries look great! Haha. I LOVE that they post calories at restaurants. I have a pretty good idea of what is in what I am eating, but most people don't. I think for the clueless (and certainly not talking about you here), it is helpful.
They posted all the calories at the concession stand in Yankee Stadium and I again thought it was great. Who knew a hotdog was your best bet?! :)

Missy said...

WOW!!They're some hefty meals!! I noticed last year when I was in NYC that Hard Rock had all the calories in the menu. The person I was with had Mac and Cheese and that was nearly 2000 calories without including the drinks etc. Crazy!!

TheYotesDiva said...

Posting the calorie counts on all the menus would likely deter me from ordering - unless of course I was hungover. Then it wouldn't matter how many calories were in the food. I'd want it ALL!

April Westerhold said...

Yes! I stopped by husband from ordering the Stuffed Meatball Sandwich from Applebees because the sandwich itself was about 1500 calories-ugh. I love Men's Health and Dave Zinczenko (Eat This/Not That). I follow him on Twitter and he is always putting up outrageous facts. I post them on my FB page and all of my friends get really ticked off. LOL

April@Party of Five

Open Eyes said...

LOL... I have to admit that Five Guys was my go to in Mississippi for the hangover cure. On the other hand I try to eat healthy/organic and watch my calories so I love when restaurants include this info.

Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

I only go to fast food places once in a blue moon, so I don't worry about it too much.. I do, however, think that listing the calories etc of each food item is a fantastic idea. A lot of people order those salads not realizing that after they put the dressing on, they are eating more fat than if they had gotten a cheeseburger. I say knowledge is power ;)

Michelle said...

Eeek! Crazy! And they STILL sell food. People still buy it! Truth in advertising. LOL Following now from the weekend wander!
michelle
http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com

April Westerhold said...

We went out for my bday last night and I told everyone about your 5 Guys Burger story. I have given you an award. You can get it at my blog:

http://westerhold.blogspot.com/2011/02/2-awards.html

Ms. Sarah said...

yikes. We try but know we could imporve. My kids get the milk and juice where ever we eat out. I for the most parts cook our meals at home.

Nicole said...

apparently it didn't make those already in there eating think twice... It would make me leery, but maybe that's how they are trying to make a less-obese country??

No. 7 said...

I have a love/hate with the calorie info posted on menus. We eat really, really healthy food and rarely eat out. Yet, on the rare afternoon that I go out with one of the kids for a "special day" and come across the calories I'm FREAKED out. I want to enjoy my random and infrequent meal of junk, but can't. I end up getting a salad with dressing on the side.

blondevue... said...

Yeah it would help a lot if they posted the calories up there on the menu board. I would walk out with a water and a...large ice cream!! :D

Nicole said...

apparently it didn't make those already in there eating think twice... It would make me leery, but maybe that's how they are trying to make a less-obese country??

Michelle said...

Eeek! Crazy! And they STILL sell food. People still buy it! Truth in advertising. LOL Following now from the weekend wander!
michelle
http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com

Open Eyes said...

LOL... I have to admit that Five Guys was my go to in Mississippi for the hangover cure. On the other hand I try to eat healthy/organic and watch my calories so I love when restaurants include this info.

Mrs K said...

Omg! I would never buy any fast food at all:O

blondevue... said...

Yeah it would help a lot if they posted the calories up there on the menu board. I would walk out with a water and a...large ice cream!! :D