1 cup of black beans = One slice of Carvel Celebration ice cream cake
Beans are filling for a reason: one (cooked) cup comes out to about 227 calories. You know what else is that caloric? A slice of the Carvel Celebration ice cream cake you can find in most grocery stores. Though the incredibly clever "Happy Bird-Day" message you frosted on top probably adds an extra 10.
One glass of orange juice = 12 Pringles
OJ has a lot of great things like calcium and vitamin C, but it also doesn't skimp on the calories. Each glass is 120 calories, making one as calorie-rich as a small stack of Pringles -- and the Tropicana orange doesn't have nearly as great a mustache as Julius Pringles. So low marks all around.
1 cup of granola = Two bags of M&M's
If you had to filter the ingredients in trail mix by calories, you'd probably put the chopped M&M's in the top tier and the granola in the bottom, right? Wrong. While granola can obviously vary, a cup of brands like Bear Naked has 480 calories, which is the same as two whole bags of M&M's. And since you already know the truth about another common trail mix ingredient (almonds), you might as well just skip the mix and go straight for the candy.
Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist, and now understands why she always feels full after drinking vitaminwater. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.