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By Derek Gille

Welcome to The Podcast Plug, where we do just that. Each week we will be plugging our favorite podcasts, both old and new, of all genres. 

Leave us a comment or email us and let us know your podcast recommendations for a shot at a future feature. 

THIS WEEKS PICK:

USI Events |Yuval Harari |Flickr

Podcast: Yuval Noah Harari: Getting Interviewed

Genre:  Interviews

Episode duration: 1 hour

Background & description:

Yuval Noah Harari has emerged as one of the most influential intellectuals of his day. Harari has authored three best-selling books; Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. He is currently a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Due to the nature of history PhD programs, historians often become experts on isolated and specific events or time – Harari earned his analyzing letters sent home from soldiers during medieval ages. Now, Harari occupies the role of a macro-historian, interested in topics playing out on large time-scales over vast environtments. – Was the individual human better off after the Agricultural Revolution? How have the advances of science changed our understanding of free-will? How will the bio-tech and AI revolutions shape the future of humans?

Harari argues that all large-scale human cooperation, be it economies, nations, religion ect., is based on fictional stories. There is no physical reality of the United States, the lines on our maps are nowhere to be found across south Texas, however the US remains a nation with boarders because we all agree that the story is true.

Human rights – the keystone of the liberal democracies that dominate contemporary government – is a story. This does not mean that this is not a good story, or that it isn’t better than other stories told. When you look inside a human you see many things, none of which are human rights. There is no physical reality to this, it is a story told that becomes true only once many accept it.

Sapiens gives us a history of Homo Sapiens, how this storytelling allowed for unprecedented large scale cooperation, which lead us to dominate the planet. Homo Deus looks deep into the future, asking if the stories we tell ourselves today can withstand the coming changes. 21 Lessons focuses on today, discussing issues we are facing right now.

Why we like it: 

Harari offers insightful, thought-provoking ideas in both his books and throughout these interviews. There are things for all of us to learn within this podcast, some of which may help you navigate the current and coming landscape of our world.

Some of our favorite episodes:

#1 Mark Zuckherburg and Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation

#3 Yuval Noah Harari and Steven Pinker in Conversation

#9 The Ted Interview

#8 Making Sense with Sam Harris – 138

You can listen to Yuvals’ podcast on the iHeartRadio app, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts. 

 

Unemployment checks not adding up? You’re not alone.

My last day of work was March 10th. It’s been 11 weeks.

To provide a little background, before the pandemic I was working two part time jobs. I worked as a promotions assistant at iHeartRadio events all over Chicago, and as a server in the affluent Old Town neighborhood.

Giving a rough estimate, servers who work in the old town district who work 3-4 days during the week walk away with $600- $800 a week during patio season.

While my checks from iHeartMedia were substantially lower, I was still bringing in an extra $100-200 a week working their events.

Let’s assume my average income would normally be roughly $700 a week.

Over 11 weeks I would have earned close to $8,000.

Now fast forward to today.

While unemployment benefits have been nothing short of the biggest f**king joke of 2020, I have been one of the lucky ones who has received some sort of payment from the government.

But I’ll tell you, that sh*t wasn’t easy.

I continuously attempted to certify for benefits until I reached a point where I truly thought I was going to punch a hole through my computer if I saw “you cannot certify at this time please call (800) 244-5631” one more time.

Finally, 10 weeks later. Ya girl got paid.

Instead of boring you guys with ramblings, I have put together a brilliant timeline so our readers can take a quick look at my long and extremely irritating journey towards receiving unemployment benefits.

While extremely grateful that the IRS had answered my prayers, the numbers just weren’t adding up…

When I received my UI finding, it said I would be given $235 a week from Illinois for unemployment. It was better than nothing, I’ll tell you that.

However, according to NBC News, once you’re eligible for unemployment benefits in your state, you are automatically eligible for an additional $600 a week in federal compensation until the end of July.

This would bump my weekly earnings to $835, which is just as much if not more than what I would have been making if I had been working both of my part-time jobs.

As stated before however, when you do the math for $1,422, the numbers just don’t add up.

All three of the UI Finding letters I was sent by the Illinois Department of Employment Security stated that my “benefit year begin date” was March, 22nd 2020 (even though I have only been receiving benefits since May 23).

From what I heard from other unemployed-people was that this “benefit year date” was the date from which they would start paying you.

I was under the impression from multiple people that if, for example, your benefit year begin date is April 10th, and you don’t get paid until May 8th, you would then receive back-pay for all of those weeks you weren’t paid and still unemployed.

Anyway, when you divide $1,422 by a weekly payment of $235 you get roughly 6 weeks which takes us back to the beginning of April, which doesn’t really make sense.

Then when you try and divide it by 835 ($235 state + $600 federal) you get an even weirder number of 1.7. Like, what the f**k is that?

How did they get to the number $1,422? Is that one week? Does that include-back pay? Does that include the $600 federal emergency money? Is this for one week or for two? Why did I receive a payment one week but not the next?

There are just so many f**king questions, and zero human beings to speak to to answer them.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security currently has no way to contact any member of their staff, everything is automated. Plus, with such overwhelming numbers of people filing, the website crashed weekly, if not daily during March and April.

The only way to find out if you were going to receive any money was by waiting. Either for your UI finding in the mail, or for any funds to hit your bank account.

I was told in my UI Finding letter that I need to certify bi-weekly on a specific day of the week, which is what I am currently doing.

My second certification date was this past Monday, May 25th, and things went smoothly.

For those of you who haven’t received any unemployment payment yet, hang in there! It really is a waiting game, which are the f**king worst.

Even if you get a random a** number in your bank account like me, shiiieeeet…like I said, it’s better than nothing.

If you’ve had a similar experience with unemployment, let me know in the comments. Let’s talk sh*t together.

300+ fast-food snacks under 350 calories

In these stressful a** times, a little comfort food can go a long way. However, eating loads of it can add to our current anxieties and can even cause some to spiral into a greater state of depression.

Additionally, according to a study conducted by Karen Phillips, Susan Kelly-Weedler and Kathrine Farrell, female college students are more likely to report poor body image and negative effects of following an episode of binge-eating.

Fast food can have some scary effects  on the body if eaten regularly, however an occasional night of fast food every now and then won’t hurt.

Although calorie intake depends on the person, the 2000 calorie-a-day myth has been debunked for quite some time now. And though theres always an exception to the rule, very few people need an intake of 2000 calories-a-day.

Answers vary widely on how many calories any given man or woman should consume per meal, however data shows that nutritionists and researchers agree for the most part that snack calories should be kept between 300 – 400 per day.

Rolling up to a drive-thru window and scrolling your eyes across the menu can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to make a “good” choice at a fast food restaurant.

Thats where we come in.

Below we have compiled a list of 300+ options of fast food snacks for 350 calories or less from some of the most popular fast food chains in the United States.

We did not do any Pizza places because that sh*t was too much to calculate with all them damn toppings. 

We also focused mostly on main and side dishes, breakfast, and desserts, and less so on drinks, smaller side dishes and condiments/toppings/sauces.

*All values below are based on the item listed only, these values do not include fries, sides, sauces or any other condiments. 

300+ fast food snacks under 350 calories 

ARBYS 

  1. Orange Cream Shake (12 oz/snack) – 310 calories 
  2. Chopped Farmhouse Salad (Roast Turkey) – 240 calories
  3. All Sliders are each under 350 calories (per 1 slider). All Arby’s sliders are between 200 – 300 calories. 
  4. Jalapeño Bites – 290 calories
  5. Potato Cakes (2) – 250 calories
  6. Curly Fries (snack size) – 250 calories
  7. Ultimate Chocolate Shake (snack size) – 320 calories
  8. Jamocha Handcrafted shake (snack size) – 310  calories
  9. Vanilla Shake (snack size) – 250 calories
  10. Every item on the Arby’s kids menu is under 350 calories. Everything is between 75 – 220 calories. 
  11. Bacon Biscuit – 340 calories
  12. Ham Biscuit – 340 calories
  13. Ham & Swiss Croissant – 340 calories
  14. Bacon & Cheese Croissant – 330 calories
  15. French Toast Sticks – 350 calories
  16. Arby’s Melt – 330 calories
  17. Ham & Swiss Melt – 300 calories
  18. Homestyle Fries (kids size) – 240 calories
  19. Homestyle Fries (small) 350 calories

BURGER KING

  1. Whopper Junior Sandwich – 310 calories
  2. Hamburger – 240 calories 
  3. Cheeseburger – 280 calories
  4. Double Hamburger – 350 calories
  5. Bacon Cheeseburger – 320 calories
  6. Chicken Nuggets (4 pc) – 170 calories
  7. Chicken Nuggets (6 pc) – 260 calories
  8. Spicy Chicken Nuggets (4 pc) – 210 calories
  9. Spicy Chicken Nuggets (6 pc) – 320. calories
  10. Chicken Fries (9 pc) – 280 calories
  11. Crispy Taco – 170 calories
  12. Onion Rings (value) – 150 calories
  13. Onion Rings (small) – 320 calories
  14. French Fries (value size, unsalted) – 220 calories
  15. French Fries (small, unsalted) – 320 calories
  16. French Toast Sticks (3 pc) – 230
  17. Every item on the King Jr, or kids menu at Burger King is under 350 calories. 

CHICK-FIL-A

  1. Chick-n-Minis (4-count) – 350 calories
  2. Egg White Grill – 300 calories
  3. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffin – 300 calories
  4. Hashbrowns – 240 calories
  5. Chick-fil-A Nuggets (8-count) – 260 calories
  6. Chick-n-Strips (3 count) – 350 calories
  7. Grilled chicken sandwich – 310 calories
  8. Grilled Nuggets (8-count) – 140 calories
  9. Grilled Nuggets (12-count) – 210 calories
  10. Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap – 350 calories
  11. Grilled Market Salad – 200 calories
  12. Grilled Market Salad w/ Toppings – 330 calories
  13. Spicy southwest salad – 290 calories
  14. Fruit Cup (small/large) – 45/80 calories
  15. Greek Yogurt Parfait w/ Granola – 230 calories
  16. Greek Yogurt Parfait w/ Cookie crumbs – 210 calories
  17. Superfood side w/ Toppings – 90-190 calories
  18. Chicken Soup (regular/large) – 130/240 calories
  19. Icedream Cone (small) – 170 calories
  20. Ice dream Cone (large) – 260 calories
  21. Ice Dream Cup (small) – 290 calories
  22. Chocolate Chunk Cookies – 350 calories
  23. Every item on Chick-fil-A kids menu is under 350 calories. Everything is between 30 -280 calories. 
  24. Dutch Apple Pie – 340 calories
  25. Hershy’s Sundae Pie – 310 calories
  26. Oreo Cookie Cheesecake – 350 calories
  27. Soft Serve Cone – 190 calories
  28. Soft Serve Cup – 170 calories
  29. Hershey’s Chocolate Sundae – 260 calories
  30. Carmel Sundae – 240 calories
  31. Chocolate Chip Cookies (each) – 160 calories
  32. Croissan’which Egg & Cheese – 340 calories
  33. Hashbrowns (small) – 250 calories
  34. French Toast Sticks (3-count) – 230 calories

CHIPOTLE 

  1. Barbacoa Burrito Bowl – 170 calories
  2. Carnitas Burrito Bowl – 190 calories
  3. Chicken Burrito Bowl – 190 calories
  4. Sofritas Burrito Bowl – 145 calories
  5. Steak Burrito Bowl – 190 calories
  6. Salad w/ Barbacoa – 180 calories
  7. Salad w/ Carnitas – 200 calories
  8. Salad w/ chicken – 200 calories
  9. Salad w/ sofritas – 155 calories
  10. Salad w/ steak – 200 calories
  11. Barbacoa Tacos w/ Crispy corn tortilla (3 count) – 350  calories

CULVERS

  1. Buffalo Chicken Tenders (2 piece) – 230 calories
  2. Original Chicken Tenders (2 piece) – 270 calories
  3. Fries (small) – 240 calories
  4. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (regular) – 130 calories
  5. Cole Slaw (regular) – 200 calories
  6. Steamed Broccoli – 40 calories
  7. Chocolate Cake Cone (1 scoop) – 300 calories 
  8. Chocolate Dish (1 scoop) – 280 calories
  9. Vanilla Cake Cone (1 scoop) – 330 calories
  10. Vanilla Dish (1 scoop) – 310 calories
  11. Garden Fresco Salad with Grilled Chicken – 350 calories
  12. Corn Dog – 240 calories 
  13. Chicken Noodle Soup – 100 calories 
  14. Dinner Roll – 100 calories 
  15. Signature Chili – 300 calories 
  16. All soups at Culver’s are under 350 calories except George’s Chili Supreme. They range between 100 – 275 calories.
  17. Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp (6-count)  – 310 calories

DAIRY QUEEN 

  1. Chicken BLT Salad (Grilled) – 280 calories
  2. Classic Hot Dog – 330 calories
  3. Every item on Dairy Queen Kids’ meal is 350 calories or less. 
  4. Fries (regular) – 290 calories
  5. Pretzel Sticks with Zesty Queso – 330 calories
  6. BBQ Sandwich – 280 calories
  7. Butterfinger Blizzard (mini) – 350 calories
  8. Raspberry Fudge Bliss Blizzard (mini) – 340 calories
  9. Misty Slush (small/medium/large) – 200/260/340 calories
  10. Misty Freeze (small) – 360 calories
  11. Carmel sundae (small) – 300 calories
  12. Chocolate sundae (small) – 270 calories
  13. Hot fudge sundae (small) – 300 calories
  14. Pineapple sundae (medium) – 330 calories
  15. Pineapple sundae (small) 230 calories
  16. Strawberry sundae (medium) – 340 calories
  17. Strawberry Sundae (small) – 240 calories
  18. Orange Julius (small/medium) – 200/260 calories
  19. Strawberry Banana Julius (small) – 330 calories
  20. Strawberry Banana Smoothie (small) – 270 calories
  21. Mango Pineapple Smoothie (small) –  260 calories
  22. Mango pineapple smoothie (medium) – 340 calories
  23. Chocolate cone (kids) – 160 calories
  24. Chocolate cone (medium) – 340 calories
  25. Chocolate cone (small) – 240 calories
  26. Dipped Cone, Butterscotch (small) – 320 calories
  27. Dipped Cone, Cherry (small) – 320 calories
  28. Dipped cone, chocolate (kids) – 200 calories
  29. Dipped cone, chocolate (small) – 320 calories
  30. Vanilla cone (kids) – 160 calories
  31. Vanilla cone (small) – 220 calories
  32. Vanilla cone (medium) – 320 calories

DEL TACO 

  1. Beer Battered Fish Taco (single taco) – 230 calories
  2. Beyond Taco (single taco) – 300 calories
  3. Beyond Avocado Taco (single taco) – 260 calories
  4. Carne Asada Al Carbon Taco (single taco) – 160 calories
  5. Chicken Al Carbon Taco (single taco) – 150 calories
  6. CrunchTada Tostada (single taco) – 330 calories
  7. Flatbread Taco (Carne Asada) – 350 calories
  8. Flatbread Taco (Chicken) – 320 calories
  9. Grilled Chicken Taco – 210 calories
  10. Habanero Grilled Chicken Soft Taco – 210 calories
  11. The Del Taco (Crunchy) – 310 calories
  12. The Del Taco (Soft) – 300 calories
  13. Salsa Chicken Taco – 150 calories
  14. Value Taco (Crunchy) – 130 calories
  15. Value Taco (Soft) – 150 calories
  16. Chicken Roller (Chipotle) – 280 calories
  17. Chicken Roller (Original) – 250 calories
  18. Chicken Roller (Ranch) – 280 calories
  19. Chicken Roller (Queso) – 270 calories
  20. Jacked Up Value Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito – 290 calories
  21. Kid’s Bean & Cheese Burrito (Green) – 300 calories
  22. Kid’s Bean & Cheese Burrito (Red) – 310 calories
  23. Crinkle-Cut Fries (Kids) – 160 calories
  24. Crinkle-Cut Fries (Small) – 210 calories
  25. Crinkle-Cut Fries (Medium) – 320 calories
  26. Kid’s Hamburger – 330 calories
  27. 3 Layer Queso Nachos – 270 calories
  28. Kids Quesadilla – 130 calories
  29. Chips & Queso Dip – 290 calories
  30. Mini Bacon Quesadilla – 170 calories
  31. Mini Cheddar Quesadilla – 130 calories
  32. Nachos – 300 calories
  33. Chicken Quesadilla Snacker – 190 calories
  34. Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 Cookie) – 200 calories
  35. Mini Cinnamon Churro (1pc) – 110 calories
  36. Mini Shake (Vanilla) – 220 calories
  37. Mini Shake (Chocolate) – 250 calories
  38. Mini Shake (Strawberry) – 240 calories
  39. Bean & Cheese Cup – 320 calories
  40. Potato Poppers (4 Piece) – 240 calories
  41. Breakfast Roller (Bacon) – 340 calories
  42. Breakfast Taco (Bacon) – 230 calories
  43. Breakfast Taco (Carne Asada) – 240 calories
  44. Breakfast Taco (Chorizo) – 240 calories
  45. Breakfast Taco (Egg & Cheese) – 190 calories
  46. Breakfast Roller (Chorizo) – 310 calories
  47. Breakfast Roller (Egg & Cheese) – 290 calories
  48. Hashbrown Sticks (5 pieces) – 230 calories

MCDONALDS 

  1. Hamburger – 250 calories 
  2. Ranch Snack Wrap (crispy) – 340 calories 
  3. Ranch Snack Wrap (grilled) – 270 calories 
  4. Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (crispy) – 330 calories 
  5. Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (grilled) – 260 calories
  6. Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap (crispy) – 330 calories
  7. Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap (grilled) – 260 calories
  8. Mac Snack Wrap – 330 calories
  9. French Fries (small) – 230 calories
  10. Chicken McNugget (4 piece) – 190 calories
  11. Chicken McNugget (6 piece) – 280 calories
  12. Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken – 320 calories 
  13. Premium Southwest Salad (no chicken) – 140 calories 
  14. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken – 260 calories
  15. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad w/o Chicken – 140 calories
  16. Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken – 220 calories
  17. Premium Caesar Salad with Crispy Chicken – 330 calories
  18. Cesar salad w/o Chicken – 90 calories
  19. Egg McMuffin – 300 calories
  20. English McMuffin – 160 calories
  21. Sausage Burrito – 300 calories
  22. Hot Cakes – 350 calories
  23. Hashbrown – 150 calories
  24. Fruit and Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar – 290 calories
  25. Oatmeal without brown sugar – 260 calories
  26. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait – 160 calories
  27. Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone – 150 calories (only 35 calories from fat!) 
  28. Strawberry Sundae – 280 calories
  29. Carmel Sundae – 340 calories
  30. Fudge Sundae – 330 calories
  31. Baked Hot Apple Pie – 250 calories
  32. Oreo McFlurry (snack size) – 340 calories

POPEYES 

  1. Bonafide Chicken (Spicy or Mild) Whole Wing (each) – 210 calories
  2. Bonafide Chicken (Spicy or Mild) Leg (each) – 160 calories
  3. Bonafide Chicken (Spicy or Mild) Thigh (each) – 280 calories
  4. Handcrafted Tenders (Blackened, 3 pieces) – 170 calories
  5. Handcrafted Tenders (Blackened, 5 pieces) – 283 calories
  6. Handcrafted Nuggets (6 pieces) – 225 calories
  7. Handcrafted Nuggets (9 pieces) – 338 calories
  8. Loaded Chicken Wrap – 310 calories
  9. Biscuit (1) – 207 calories
  10. Cajun Fried (reg) – 268 calories
  11. Corn on the Cob (1 Cobbet) – 210 calories
  12. Macaroni and Cheese (regular) – 219 calories
  13. Mashed Potatoes with cajun gravy (regular/large) – 110/330 calories
  14. Red Beans and Rice (regular) – 247 calories
  15. Cajun rice (regular) – 183 calories
  16. Onion rings (regular) – 278 calories
  17. Jambalaya (regular) – 190 calories
  18. BBQ Chicken Po’Boy Sandwich – 340 calories
  19. Hot Cinnamon Apple Pie – 236 calories
  20. Mississippi Mud Cake – 260 calories
  21. Mardi Gras Cheesecake – 320 calories
  22. Sweet Potato Pie – 350 calories

SUBWAY

  1. All 6 inch Fresh Fit Sandwiches *All values include meat specified, 6 inches of 9 grain wheat bread and all fresh vegetables. (Black Forrest Ham (219), Oven Roasted Chicken (233), Roasted Beef (233), Rotisserie Style-Chicken (247), Subway Club (240), Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (265), Turkey Breast (219), Veggie Delight (162). 
  2. All of Subway’s Soups are under 350 calories except their Beef Chili with Beans. All other soups are between 215 – 260 calories. 
  3. 3. All of Subway’s Desserts and Sides are under 350 calories. All are between 45 – 165 calories. 
  4. 4. All of Subway’s Breakfast and Pizza are under 350 calories. All are between 90 – 300 calories. 
  5. 5. All of Subway’s Fresh Fit Salads are under 350 calories. 
  6. All of Subway’s Cookies are each under 350 calories (per cookie). 
  7. Biscuit & Gravy – 280 calories
  8. Brownie (gluten-free) – 350 calories
  9. 6 “ Egg White & Cheese Flatbread – 340 calories 
  10. All salads except the Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt on Subway’s Menu are under 350 calories. 
  11. 6” Cold Cut Combo Sandwich – 330 calories
  12. 6 “ Steak & Cheese (with American Cheese) – 340 calories
  13. Veggie Delite on Spinach Wrap – 330 calories
  14. All Subway’s Sliders are under 350 calories (each).

TACO BELL 

  1. Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito – Bacon – 350 calories
  2. Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito – Fiesta Potato – 340 calories
  3. Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito – Sausage – 340 calories
  4. Cinnabon® Delights™ (2 Pack) – 160 calories
  5. Hash Brown – 160 calories
  6. Mini Skillet Bowl – 180 calories
  7. Bean Burrito – 350 calories
  8. Cheesy Potato Griller – 340 calories
  9. Cheesy Roll Up – 180 calories
  10. Cinnamon Twists – 170 calories
  11. Shredded Chicken Quesadilla Melt – 310 calories
  12. Spicy Potato Soft Taco – 230 calories
  13. Spicy Tostada – 190 calories
  14. Triple Layer Nachos – 320 calories
  15. Fresco Bean Burrito – 330 calories
  16. Fresco Burrito Supreme® (Chicken) – 320 calories
  17. Fresco Burrito Supreme® (Steak) – 330 calories
  18. Fresco Crunchy Taco (Beef) – 140 calories
  19. Fresco Soft Taco (Beef) – 160 calories
  20. Fresco Soft Taco (Shredded Chicken) – 150 calories
  21. Fresco Soft Taco (Steak) – 150 calories
  22. Flamin’ Hot Dorrito Loco Taco – 170 calories
  23. Flamin’ Hot DLT Supreme – 190 calories
  24. Black Beans & Rice – 170 calories
  25. Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes – 230 calories
  26. Chips & Guacamole – 230 calories
  27. Chips & Nacho Cheese Sauce – 220 calories
  28. Chips & Pico de Gallo – 180 calories
  29. Chalupa Supreme (Beef) – 350 calories
  30. Chalupa Supreme  (Chicken) – 330 calories
  31. Chalupa Supreme (Steak) – 330 calories
  32. Crunchy Taco – 170 calories
  33. Crunchy Taco Supreme – 190 calories
  34. Grilled Steak Soft Taco – 200 calories
  35. Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco – 170 calories
  36. Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Taco Supreme® – 190 calories
  37. Soft Taco (Beef) – 180 calories
  38. Soft Taco (Chicken) – 170 calories
  39. Soft Taco Supreme® (Beef) – 210 calories
  40. Spicy Potato Soft Taco – 230 calories

WENDY’S

  1. Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe – 340 calories 
  2. Jr. Cheeseburger – 280 calories 
  3. Chicken Tenders (3 piece) – 330 calories
  4. Chicken Nuggets (6 piece) – 250 calories
  5. Spicy Chicken Nuggets (4 piece) – 190 calories 
  6. Spicy Chicken Nuggets (6 piece) – 280 calories
  7. Crispy Chicken Salad – 330 calories
  8. Crispy Chicken Nuggets (4 piece) – 170 calories
  9. Crispy Chicken Nuggets (6 piece) – 250 calories
  10. Parmesan Caesar Chicken Salad (regular) – 310 calories
  11. Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad (regular) – 300 calories 
  12. Apple Pecan Chicken Salad – 340 calories
  13. Honey Butter Biscuit – 310 calories
  14. Classic Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich – 320 calories
  15. Sausage Egg and Cheese Burrito – 340 calories
  16. Seasoned Potatoes (small) – 230 calories
  17. Seasoned Potatoes (medium) – 330 calories
  18. Oatmeal Bar – 270 calories

Please let us know in the comments if you like this resource. Also let us know if we missed any of your favorite fast-food restaurants! Some restaurants were omitted because they did not meet the criteria of having 350 calorie or less options on their menu.

Ready for a fun at-home work out that’s actually fun? Search no further.

If you are like me, you hate working out. I think everyone secretly hates working out, but some are really good at faking it.

Alas, physically exercise/activity is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. So if that’s your thing, keep reading.

A lot of at-home work-out videos/programs are, in my opinion, either too slow-paced and boring, or excruciatingly intense, and a little– I’m gonna go ahead and say it– traumatizing.

I personally don’t like yoga. Not throwing any shade at my yogi sisters and brothers, but it just isn’t my go-to work out. It’s way too slow paced for me and I find myself losing interest and not enjoying myself.

That said, I really don’t want anyone thinking I am someone on the other end of the spectrum who enjoys an insanely intense work out. That HIIT sh*t? No thanks. I like to sweat when I work out, not throw up then contemplate suicide.

The most important thing to me when I work out is that I 1. break a sweat and 2. have fun.

Ergo, I was F L O O R E D when I found out about Pop Sugar Fitness’ YouTube channel.

The thing I miss the most about the pre-COVID-19 world is going to Healthy Hood  in Chicago every Monday night with my girls for our VIBE dance class where we would shake our a** and be amazing.

So when I saw that the Pop Sugar Fitness YouTube channel had dozens of 30 minute dance work out videos I thought to myself  “s a y   l e s s”.

Not only do they have hip-hip, salsa, bachata, tabata and more dance work-out classes, they also have beginners work-out classes, HIIT cardio classes, yoga classes, ab work-outs, butt work-outs, full body work-outs, no equipment cardio classes, and more! ALL FREE. Below are just a few!

Most of the videos on Pop Sugar Fitness are 30 minutes long, but they range between 7- 30 minute work-outs. All are fun as f**k.

Not to play favorites, but below is a link to one of my favorite hip-hop dance classes I’ve taken in the comfort of my bedroom since being in quarantine thanks to Pop Sugar Fitness.

I really hope you guys like these extremely fun and effective work-outs. Please let us know in the comments if you liked these videos as much as I did and which one was your favorite!

Quarantined and don’t know how to teach your kids? No problem. Keep reading.

During this time we all have gone through and realized so much about the world around us and its uncertainties. One thing I think every parent is now certainly aware of is how hard it is to teach kids.

Teachers should all make a billion dollars a year. Plus free botox (if they want it) and groceries.

Saying that coming up with new ideas everyday to keep your kids entertained is draining is an absolute understatement. On top of all the stress our out-of-work adult asses are experiencing? F**k that.

But don’t trip, the people at Scholastic Learning have us covered!

Here is a link to a really useful resource to help your little ones stay on some sort of track and have fun while doing it! It includes 4 weeks of fun learning material for errrybody.  Pre-k, kindergarteners, every grade level all the way up to 9th graders.

I take care of a 3 and a 5 year old, and these activities are a great way to wake up their brains in the morning with little to no effort by mom and/or dad.

A big shout out to everyone who made Scholastic Learn At Home at Home possible. You the real MVP.

Another A M A Z I N G and fun resource to keep your kiddos brains activated and engaged is the Mr. DeMaio YouTube channel. He has dozens off cool a** videos on there with a bunch of sh*it that younger kiddos just eat up. Check him out!

He even has a very informational video for kids explaining about the corona virus which we have shared here.

Enjoy and stay safe!