Picture This: What 1,500 and 2,000 Calories Looks Like

We hear and read about calories all the time, but how does that translate into actual food choices?

Here’s a great video that shows what 2,000 calories looks like.  It’s interesting to see how different foods stack up.  Two Chipotle burritos has the same calories as 19 bananas.  While I know many of you may be thinking: “I’ll take the burritos,” the video does show how eating less processed foods generally allows you to have a bigger portion for fewer calories. While foods such as nuts are more calorie-dense (in other words you get a lot of calories in a smaller package), we still want to include them in our daily eating since they contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat as well as other key vitamins and minerals.

Wondering what a day’s worth of healthy eating looks like?

Here’s a link that shows what a 1,500 calorie diet looks like from eatingwell.com.

What I like about this visual is again how you can eat a larger volume of food when eating healthy.  It also shows by eating a variety of foods, you get a colorful, nutrient-rich diet.

Find anything surprising?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.