Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fast Food Trivia - Which is the lowest in calories: Answers

Last week's blog featured a quiz created by Kelly White MS, RD, CSSD, LD. This week, check the answers below to see how well you did!

Kelly is a clinical, sports and wellness dietitian. Feel free to contact her directly at

Be Extraordinary,

How did you do?!
Which of the two choices has the most calories? Higher-calorie option is underlined; calorie totals follow.
Fast Food

1. Big Mac from McDonalds vs. Subway 12-inch Italian BMT sandwich: 600 vs. 900

2. Burger King Chicken Club Salad with Tendercrisp Chicken vs. Burger King Bacon Cheeseburger: 480 vs. 360

3. 2 McDonalds Quarter Pounders vs. Large McDonalds Chocolate Shake: 820 vs. 1160

4. Quiznos Chicken Bourbon Sandwich vs. Quiznos Classic Italian Sandwich: 320 vs. 950

5. Taco Bell Taco Salad vs. Taco Bell Nacho Cheese Steak Gordita: 840 vs. 270

Ice Cream/Beverages

1. Small Wendy’s Vanilla Frosty vs.Small Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard: 310 vs. 570

2. Starbucks Small Coffee Frappuccino vs. McDonald’s Medium Coke: 180 vs. 210

3. Sonic Tropical Fruit Smoothie vs. Smoothie King Strawberry Smoothie: 500 vs. 380

4. Coldstone Medium Chocolate Ice Cream vs. McDonalds Vanilla Ice Cream Cone: 520 vs. 150 

5. Starbucks Café Americano vs.Starbucks Medium Hot Chocolate with whipped cream: 450 vs. 30


1.Ruby Tuesday’s Kids Meal Macaroni and Cheese vs. Pizza Hut one slice of Thin n’ Crispy Pizza: 900 vs. 230

2. Chili’s Cheese Fries vs. Outback’s Bloomin Onion: 2070 vs. 1700

3.Chili’s NY Strip Steak vs. Chili’s Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken: 790 vs. 1010

4. Red Lobster's Cajun Chicken Linguini vs. Applebee's Chicken Wings (12 ct): 1828 vs. 1545

5. Applebee's Honey Grilled Salmon dinner vs. Chili's Chicken Caesar Pita: 555 vs. 650

Of course many of these foods are okay in moderation, but you can see how eating out day after day can add to your waistline.There are many meals and beverages restaurants offers that are lower in calories and more nutritious.  Remember to plan ahead and look up foods before you go out to eat!


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