What 2,000 Calories Looks like at 14 Top Restaurants
Fast food is a beast like no other. Sometimes it is too difficult to avoid, even for the healthiest of the health nuts (there’s only so many options when out ‘n’ about and on the go). As obesity has become a huge issue in America, with the FLOTUS even making it her mission to end childhood obesity, many organizations and restaurants have pledged to do what they can to stop contributing to it. Over the years, chain restaurants have started to scrap their Super Size Me ways and even begun offering smaller portions. Still, many of the meals at some of our favorite guilty pleasures would be lying if they called themselves healthy — but just *how* unhealthy are they?
1. Chipotle: Although a lot of the food at the Mexican grill is locally sourced and nutritious, the meals as a whole are huge portions — you’ve seen them pack a burrito. All that guac and cheese adds up eventually.
2. Shake Shack: Even if you go with a single patty burger instead of the standard two, all the toppings (cheese on cheese, fries and a milkshake obviously) will make this an over 1,000 calorie meal.
3. Starbucks: Yeah, that daily Frappuccino you’re picking up is not exactly a green smoothie.
4. P.F. Chang’s: Although 2,000 calories at this bistro can get you multiple plates, there’s some serious sodium lurking in there.
5. McDonald’s: Maybe just stick to an order of the Dollar Menu fries at the Golden Arches and you could come out shining. Maybe.
6. Olive Garden: Not gonna lie, we could probably hit the 2,000 calorie intake goal on this Italian chain’s breadsticks alone.
7. Cheesecake Factory: You could without a doubt get a week’s worth of calories from the book-size menu at this multi-cuisine chain. Don’t even allow yourself to go down that rabbit hole.
8. Subway: Out of all of the chains pictured, Subway’s 2,000 calorie spread looks a lot like, well, an entire day’s worth of food. Who knows, maybe this IS exactly how Jared did lose all that weight.
9. Ruth’s Chris Steak House: What’s better than a steak and a martini? Your waistline, right? Um, or how about your heart health. Eek.
10. IHOP: Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we don’t think filling up on your day’s calorie intake with a meal like this one is the way to go.
11. Sonic: Want to know something sad and scary? You can top the calorie chart with only a shake from this drive-in. So good it hurts. Seriously.
12. Burger King: “Would you like to make that a combo?” That question will now be haunting our nightmares after learning how many calories are in the King’s numbered combo meals.
13. Wendy’s: Is it really any surprise that adding a loaded baked potato to a meal, especially at a fast food chain, would catapult you over your daily intake? We didn’t think so.
14. Pizza Hut: All these two-piece treats look more like samples than an actual meal, right? Maybe skip this pizza house and bust out the pizza stone at home.
At Home: Of course, you could always make everything at home and be much healthier (and save money), while filling those plates. Why not look through some of our favorite recipes to get you started?
Are you planning on sticking to at home eating after these findings? Let us know in the comments.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com