What Sam Wrote: What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

For a while I had an app on my iPhone that let me look up (and log) foods to see how many calories I was putting in my mouth. Eventually I decided that was way too involved, since my goal was not to lose weight, but to gain muscle. But somewhere along the way, “200 calories” had become my benchmark for foods.

Maybe it was because I noticed that a package of Skittles was just over 200 calories, and so was a Milky Way bar. (Not all of my nutritional comparisons are based off candy brands; a 6-inch turkey sandwich at Subway also weighs in at the same range.) So when it got time to pitch story ideas, I thought it’d be fun to show what 200 calories’ worth of different foods looks like.

One of the cool things about being a writer is that you have free rein to investigate things you might have been curious about — but not necessarily curious enough to research on your own.  For example, I knew that my morning Starbucks latté (nonfat, one Splenda, no foam) probably had more calories than I thought, because it’s basically 15 ounces of milk, but I’d never bothered to look up the nutritional information. First item I decided on for this article? Nonfat latté.

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And then I wanted to throw in the crazy things, too. Bacon surprised me, because I thought the calorie content would have been much higher. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, celery: How many stalks would you have to devour to even reach 200 calories?

I love that snacketeria made it into print. And my reference to calorie-apportioned packages as pre-dosed. And “laying waste to more than one platter of crudités” to consume 200 calories’ worth of celery. And so many asides — “mmm, sandwiches!” — and parenthetical remarks.

WHAT SAM WORE: 2-23-12
The shirt: Vintage polo shirt by Le Tigre, from Buffalo Exchange.
The pants: Vintage khakis by Chip & Pepper, from Last Chance.
The shoes: Trainers by Diesel, from Last Chance.

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