All images: 123rf.com
1. Mushroom salad
Mmm, warm sauteed mushrooms on greens, all the better tossed with a creamy dressing. We’ve got bad news: a salad like that easily clocks in at 500 to 600 calories, which is more than a McDonald’s Big Mac (522 calories).
Maybe you feel better because it’s raw veggies you’re dipping into your tahini, but at 89 calories per tablespoon – say you have five tablespoons – you might as well be having a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (532 calories) as mid-afternoon munchies.
3. Macadamia nuts
Topping the calorie charts in the nuts category, an ounce of dry-roasted macademia nuts contain 204 calories – 88 per cent of which come from fat. That’s nuts! A reasonable serving of three ounces is nutritionally on part with a hearty McDouble with a medium Coke.
For a supposedly healthy food, rasisins are calorically dense. A small 1.5-ounce box contains 145 calories – equivalent to two full cups of grapes, their pre-dried ancestors, or a yummy McDonald’s Hashbrown (149 calories).
Beware of the pre-baked or flavoured packaged varieties at the supermarket. The price you’re paying is about 150 calories per serving – a Vanilla Cone at McDonald’s (147 calories) – as compared to 50 calories per serving of plain tofu, which you can flavour up much more healthily.
A version of this story first appeared in The Finder.