9 Unexpectedly High-Calorie Health Foods & What You Can Do To Burn Them Off

It seems the consensus is that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise appear to be the key to one’s well being. Gotta make sure to jot that down in my Trapper Keeper.

While introducing health foods to your diet is a good thing, there’s definitely a limit to how much of some health foods you should actually consume. A bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit can clock in at nearly 700 calories (almost half the allotted calories for a day’s worth of food).

Budget Direct Health Insurance created an infographic that highlights nine healthy, albeit high-calorie, foods. Not only does it show you which health foods are a clown car full of calories, but it also offers methods to work off those calories while getting stuff done around the house.

Each food features a daily activity and the length of time it will take doing that activity to burn those calories.

Check out the infographic below. At the very least, you’ll be able to see what health foods to enjoy in moderation and which chores burn off the most calories. Keep in mind these are just approximations and you can still totally go to the gym.

How much daily activity you need to burn off 9 healthy (but high-calorie) foods

Fast Food

Chipotle Plans To Lure You Back By Adding Quinoa To Its Burritos

At its core, Chipotle has always attempted to be a healthier alternative to street Mexican food that typically comes greased up to the nines. As it tries to repair its shaky image, the Mexican-ish grill is going back to its healthy roots by testing out quinoa in New York.

Of all the grains that exist on this earth, none are as trendy as quinoa, and it is somewhat surprising that Chipotle didn’t already have it on the menu from the get-go.

But here we are, and the Chipotle New York test kitchen is giving customers another grain option besides the usual white and brown rice offerings.

According to Business Insider, the red and gold quinoa is mixed with citrus juice, cumin, and chopped cilantro.

If you missed the big news last week, Steve Ells was replaced as Chipotle CEO, and the new guy in charge is Brian Niccol, who used to be the CEO of Taco Bell. No, seriously.

With that said, quinoa seems to be Niccol’s first major order of business, and with the abuse that Chipotle has taken over the last few years, they can only go up from here.

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7 Facts That Make Quinoa A True ‘Superfood’


Good for you; hard to pronounce. That’s about all we knew about quinoa before trying to discover more. Sure, it’s a “Superfood,” but like any beloved superhero, they have a compelling backstory. From the origins of its name to space travel, learn about this mysterious grain (or is it really a grain?!).


Quinoa Means Mother Of All Grain


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Its translation comes from the Spanish spelling of “quechua” in the Inca language. Literally, it is “mother of all grain.” Incans considered it to be sacred. But quinoa isn’t really a grain; it is technically a seed. It’s part of the goosefoot family, making it related to beets, spinach… and tumbleweeds?!


Quinoa Pumps You Up With Nutrients


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Quinoa’s earned the “superfood” nickname, because of its nutrient-dense attributes. According to the USDA, one cup of cooked quinoa has 2.8 grams of iron, or 15% of your daily recommended intake. That is four times the amount of iron per serving than brown rice. It also has 10 times more folate, a nutrient women have a difficult time finding.


It Can Take The Heat And The Cold

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80% of the world’s quinoa is grown in South America, specifically in the areas of Peru and Bolivia. Quinoa is a highly adaptable crop. It can be grown from sea level to an altitude of 4,000 meters, and can withstand temperatures from minus eight to 38-degrees Celsius. If you grew a plant at home, its leaves could make for a nutritious side dish.


Hair Can Benefit From Quinoa, Too!


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When you consume quinoa, you’re ‘cleaning’ hair follicles with vegetable protein. Its nine amino acids protect hair shafts, strengthening and even repairing damaged hair. This also reduces dry scalp and dandruff. Thanks to those proteins, split ends are treated and balanced by the natural oil production. Early quinoa farmers have been known to reserve water for later use as a natural shampoo.


Quinoa’s Coating Is A Natural Bird And Pest Repellent


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We rinse quinoa in cold water to remove its natural, waxy coating called saponin, which can make it taste bitter. This outer layer acts as a natural pest and bird deterrent. Then cook it as you would rice. Be wary of purchasing products made of quinoa flour, though. They are typically refined and do not possess the same health benefits of consuming whole grain, errrm, seed.


Other Countries Drink Their Quinoa


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Chicha is a Central and South American commonly consumed beverage. Typically made of corn, quinoa is also used. Served to visitors and during social gatherings, its taste varies depending on which country you’re in, and whether it’s been fermented (akin to beer) or not. We say don’t question it, and drink up. Cheers!


NASA Has Served Quinoa For Long-Duration Manned Spaceflights


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With zero cholesterol and the most nutrients per 100 calories, the gluten-free super seed is a preferred food at Cape Canaveral. The World Health Organization even equates its protein levels to that found in milk. It not only does a body good, but quinoa nourishes astronauts to infinity and beyond!

Fast Food News Restaurants

Chick-fil-A Gets Healthy, Tests Quinoa Bowls


Popular chicken fast-casual chain Chick-fil-A is testing a series of non-poultry items at select locations around the United States. Known best for their chicken sandwiches, the company is testing a few different dishes where healthier ingreidents are highlighted.

There’s still chicken, just not as much.

According to Eater, the items include a Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl and an Egg White Grill Grain Bowl.


The Harvest Kale Grain Bowl features chopped broccolini and kale with dried cherries and is tossed in a maple vinaigrette. The Egg White Grill Grain Bowl features scrambled egg whites, grilled chicken, and a blend of cheddar cheeses.

Both bowls have a Harvest Grain blend of red quinoa, white quinoa, and farrow.

Currently, locations in San Francisco, Sacramento, Tampa, and Huntsville, Ala., are the only spots that carry the new menu items. Eater says that if tests go well, the grain bowls should see a national release sometime in 2018. They cost about $8.

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How To Make Quinoa Fried Rice


When we heard the name Fried Quinoa, we automatically pictured a cluster of quinoa coated in corndog batter and thrown in a boiling hot deep fryer. Don’t blame us, that’s just the kind recipes we’re used to. So it was awesome to see Clean Eats come up with a quinoa recipe that was NOTHING like how we described.

Rather, it’s a healthier take on fried rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil, onions, carrots, green peas, ginger, garlic, quinoa, 3 eggs, soy sauce and green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.

What to do:

Start by sautéing the onions, carrots, green peas, ginger and garlic. Then, add the quinoa and mix it into the veggies for a minute or two. Carve out a hole in the middle of your skillet and add three eggs. Allows the eggs to fully cook and add mix them into your quinoa.

Add some soy sauce, as much as you desire, and mix your quinoa thoroughly.

Finally, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Check out the video for the full recipe, in glorious detail. You can also make a dope cauliflower fried rice variation.