If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last 10 days or so in a Gilmore Girls-induced haze. Ever since the entire series was added to Netflix on October 1, I confess that I’ve been binge watching almost every night.
Several things have stuck out to me while re-watching the series. I’ve marveled at the quick, witty script, cringed at the awful early 2000’s fashion, and enjoyed pre-Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy. However, the thing that’s stuck out to me the most has to be the food. It’s a running gag that the titular Gilmore Girls eat like crap and somehow manage to still look amazing. To celebrate (and condemn) the gastronomic nightmare that is the Gilmore Girls diet, here’s a countdown of some of their top indulgences.
9. Chinese Takeout
This was a refrigerator staple in the Gilmore house. It’s also not the absolute worst thing you could eat, but you have to be mindful of what may be in your takeout calorie-wise, which is dependent on how it was prepared. Chinese food can also be notoriously high in sodium and fat.
Remember, just because you are attracted to pie doesn’t mean you want to date it. Also, if you throw a pencil, you’re signaling you need pie. Be wary though, that slice of pie could run you 250-500 calories depending on the kind.
Fries are one of the more adjustable foods on the list. Whether they’re being served as a side for Luke’s burgers or on their own doused in chili, fries are a Gilmore Girls staple. Sub them for sweet potato fries, and they’re not all that bad for you either, even if some may consider them the devil’s starchy fingers.
Burgers are another Gilmore food staple, and who can forget the sweetly gross Santa-burger from Season 1? Fact is, a regular burger will have around 350 calories, which isn’t terrible, but also 46 percent of your daily recommended saturated fat, which is.
We like these Jalapeno Cheddar Burger Bite Kabobs instead
5. Red Vines
It’s not movie night for the Gilmores without Red Vines. A serving of Red vines (four pieces) has 140 calories and 16 grams of sugar. So, they’re not the best things you can eat, but they’re certainly not the worst.
A morning, snack, or in some cases appetizer food, Pop-Tarts got an impressive amount of product placement considering we almost never saw the box. Also, for a food she wasn’t sure she actually liked, Lorelai ate quite a few of the approximately 190 calorie-each snacks.
Just two mallomars will provide 15 percent of your recommended daily amount of saturated fat, and pretty much nothing else but sugar. We’re guessing the Gilmores ate more than two each after Rory spelled out “Happy Birthday” for her mom using the chocolate-covered, marshmallow topped cookie.
Pizza, it’s a near-perfect food in the Gilmore universe, whether eaten during movie night, after a break-up, or really just anytime someone was hungry. If you’re going to order a pizza, at least be sure to go easy on the serving size. Look at it this way; you’ll have more to eat later!
Of course coffee is the number one Gilmore food. I don’t think there’s one episode where coffee isn’t consumed. Happily, not only is coffee not terrible for you, it also has several proven health benefits! So feel free to enjoy your coffee, just maybe not on Gilmore-esque IV levels.
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