Wendys nutrional guide

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I can’t tell you definitively what the “healthiest” option off the Wendy’s menu is, because we all have different definitions of what healthy means.

For you, a fast foodrestaurant may not be healthy at all, and that’s fine! But just because it’s fast food, that doesn’t mean there are not some decent options.

Let’s explore some of the options on Wendy’s menu and which may be best for your goals, whether that’s finding an option with the lowest calories, or the highest protein, or the fewest carb.

 

Is Wendy’s Healthy?

Many people tend to look at fast food and automatically think that it’s unhealthy, but that’s not true at all.

If you do a quick internet search for “is fast food healthy” you’re going to be bombarded with links about “what fast food does to your body” or “worst fast food options to eat.” Blah blah blah.

To me, that is all nonsense.

It’s just food.

Sure, some of the options may not be considered healthy, but that doesn’t make them UNhealthy. There’s a big difference there.

Not healthy doesn't mean unhealthy

Nobody is going to argue with you if you call vegetables healthy food.

Well, since this is the internet, someone might argue with you… but you get the point.

But on the other hand, if something is NOT considered healthy, that doesn’t mean that it is UNhealthy.

Let’s use the Wendy’s menu as an example. More specifically, a Wendy’s burger.

We’re going to generalize here, but most people probably don’t consider Wendy’s to be “healthy” food. The problem there is that because of that labeling, they then see Wendy’s as unhealthy.

But it doesn’t need to be one or the other.

Just because something doesn’t directly benefit your health, it doesn’t make it unhealthy.

No single food is inherently unhealthy. It may provide fewer health benefits than other foods, but it can never be unhealthy on its own. That holds true for burgers, fries, ice cream, pizza, or any other food you can think of.

You should never look at food and see it as unhealthy.

Sure, you may not consider most items on the Wendy’s menu to be health food, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

And besides, there’s always the mental health aspect as well. If a spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy’s is going to bring you joy, you should be able to enjoy it!

 

Is Wendy’s Good Quality?

When we think fast food, we typically think of low-quality ingredients, and the Wendy’s menu is no exception.

I remember a rumor from many years ago that Taco Bell used the lowest possible quality meat allowed, which basically equated to eating meat scraps suitable for dog food.

People took that and ran with it, and it seems that the stigma has continued to live on across all fast food options.

But that is not at all the case. Some fast food restaurants (if not most, at this point) use incredibly high-quality ingredients.

If you visit the Wendy’s website, I feel they hit the nail on the head:

Is it just us, or are a lot of restaurants using words that don’t really mean anything? They talk about their “artisanal” chefs and “superfoods,” and how their “all-natural” menus are perfect for “eating clean.” Wait, what?

Honestly, it’s true. Do we even know what artisanal means?

Wendy’s cuts right to the chase. Here’s what makes their ingredients higher quality than other options (according to their own website):

  • Meat that is always fresh and never frozen
  • Fruits & vegetables from quality farms
  • No artificial flavors or preservatives
  • All sandwiches made to order
  • Transparent nutrition, allergen, and product sourcing info

Say what you will about Wendy’s, but to me, that is quite impressive!

Let’s dive into Wendy’s nutrition to see how each of the menu items stacks up.

 

Nutrition Facts for Wendy’s Burgers

Wendy's Menu Nutrition Guide

Wendy's Burgers Nutrition Facts

There are quite a few burger options at Wendy’s, and I couldn’t quite fit them all on this graphic, but I included most of ’em.

They do change occasionally, with seasonal items making it onto the menu, so note that the menu may be slightly different depending on when you’re seeing this.

 

Lowest calorie Wendy’s Burger

Wendy's Jr. Hamburger

Jr. Hamburger: 250 Calories, 11g Fat, 25g Carbs, 13g Protein

If you want something a little more substantial, but still lower in calories, the Jr Bacon Cheeseburger has 370 Calories, 23g Fat, 26g Carbs, and 18g Protein.

 

Highest protein Wendy’s burger

Big Bacon Cheddar Triple Wendy's

Big Bacon Cheddar Triple: 1,420 Calories, 102g Fat, 46g Carbs, 82g Protein

While 82g of protein is a ton, we cannot argue that over 1,400 calories are also very high for a burger.

Since the Big Bacon Cheddar Triple Burger is the highest calorie item on the menu, it should come as no surprise that it also packs the most protein.

If you want a higher protein option, without overdoing it on calories, The Bacon Doublestack is a great option With 26g of protein and 450 Calories, it won’t break the calorie bank, and will help you get some extra protein in!

 

Wendy’s burgers calorie saving tips

Wendys healthy burger

When it comes to burgers, most of the options at Wendy’s have cheese. How many calories can you save by leaving the cheese off?

Let’s figure it out.

Since we know the nutrition for a Jr. Hamburger as well as a Jr. Cheeseburger based on the graphic above, we can do some quick math to figure out the nutrition for the slice of cheese (since that is the only difference in these burgers).

When you find the difference, you’ll see that one slice of cheese at Wendy’s is 40 calories, 3g fat, 1g carb, and 2g protein.

If you want to go for a Dave’s Triple, which has 3 slices of cheese, you can save yourself 120 calories & 9g fat by asking for no cheese.

That monster of a burger still would have nearly 1,000 calories, but I’m not judging.

And while it’s tough to say exactly how many calories are added by condiments, we can always estimate how many there are.

But if you want to definitively save some calories, ask for condiments on the side!

Something like mustard won’t be adding a ton of calories, but mayo can end up adding 100s of calories to your burger. Asking for it on the side allows you to control how much you’re using, but you can of course just leave it off altogether.

 

Nutrition Facts for Wendy’s Chicken Sandwiches

Wendy's Chicken Sandwiches Nutrition

Ahhh, Wendy’s chicken. In my humble opinion, the best chicken sandwiches in the fast-food game. The spicy chicken has long been one of my favorite options out there!

Similar to the burgers, the nutrition here is mostly dependent on the cheese and condiments. While we don’t know the exact number, I estimate that leaving the mayo off of a sandwich will save about 100 calories. When I order the spicy chicken sandwich without mayo, I estimate that the sandwich comes in at just about 400 calories. Not bad!

The major difference with the chicken sandwiches is that you can go with grilled chicken or fried chicken, which will change the nutrition quite a bit.

If we compare the basic Crispy Chicken Sandwich with the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, they have virtually the same exact calories. However, the grilled chicken sandwich has 33g of protein and only 8g of fat, whereas the Crispy Chicken has 17g of fat and only 14g of protein.

 

 

Which Wendy’s chicken sandwich is the healthiest?

Grilled Asiago Ranch Club

When it comes to chicken, it’s no secret that a grilled option is going to be a bit healthier than a fried option.

If you’re looking to minimize your calories and maximize your protein, going with was grilled chicken sandwich is definitely the way to go.

The Wendy’s Grilled Asiago Ranch Club is a great choice- it has 490 calories and 40g of protein! And if you opt for no mayo, swapping it out for something lower calorie like mustard or hot sauce, the sandwich will have about 400 calories and still contain 40g of protein, which is very impressive all around.

 

 

Nutrition Facts for Wendy’s Sides and Dessert

Wendy's Sides

Wendy's Sides Nutrition

This is a rather broad category containing both nuggets and Frosty’s, but it works! We’ll call this “sides and more” to be all-encompassing.

Before putting this nutrition guide together, I assumed that Frosty’s were very high in calories, much like DQ Blizzards. The calories in a Frosty are really not that bad in all!

In fact, a Junior Frosty is only 200 calories, which is on par with most small ice cream cones. Of course, this is a very small cup, but it can be a great treat for dessert.

Have you ever dipped a french fry into a Frosty? If not, you need to give it a try, because it’s delicious.

Wendy’s fries are also surprisingly low calorie when compared with other fast-food french fries. If you’re ordering fries, ordering either a small or medium fry will only come in around 300 calories, which is not bad at all.

 

Which Wendy’s side item is healthiest?

Wendy's chicken nuggets

If you’re looking to maximize your protein with the fewest calories, a side of chicken nuggets will likely suit you well.

If you were to order a 6 piece chicken nugget for your side, you’d be looking at 270 calories and 15g of protein.

However, an option that is surprisingly more appealing is the side of chili. A small cup of chili has only 240 calories and 16g of protein, which may be more appealing to you than the chicken nuggets!

And if you’re looking for a filling side (assuming carbs are not a concern) a baked potato may be a great option for you. While you can top it with a wide variety of options, a basic baked potato has roughly the same amount of calories as a small fry, but I’m willing to bet will fill you up way more.

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts for Wendy’s Salads

Nutrition Facts for Wendy's Salads

Wendy’s ends up being one of my go-to fast food stops when I’m on the road because they are one of the few fast-food restaurants to offer quality salads.

My favorites are when they release their seasonal summer salads, which always have some kind of fruit in them. but since they are only seasonal, I stuck with the current staples here.

Most of the salads at Wendy’s are topped with grilled chicken breast, leading them to be high in protein and lower in carbs.

The nutrition for these salads does not include dressing- the dressing always comes on the side in packets, which you can see above. Depending on which salad you choose, the calories can get bumped up quite a bit from the dressing.

 

Which Wendy’s salad menu item is healthiest?

Depending on what you’re looking for in a salad, you have quite a few options.

From a pure calorie standpoint, the Caesar Salad is actually your best bet, which may sound surprising considering caesar salad is notoriously high in calories.

With only 300 calories and 41g of protein, it’s a very impressive salad from a nutrition standpoint. Note that this does not include the dressing, which you can see will add an extra 140 calories if you use the entire packet of dressing.

 

Wendy’s salad calorie saving tips

Side Salad

When I order salads, I never add the dressing right on top. Instead, I keep it on the side, dip my fork into the dressing, then eat the salad with that.

It helps me to use less dressing while still feeling like I’m getting plenty of flavor. It’s one of my go-to moves to save some calories whenever I eat out at a restaurant.

If you want to use dressing, I have nothing against it! At around 150 calories, using a packet of dressing is surely not going to ruin your diet. That being said, a little goes a long way. Even if you use half of the dressing packet, you’ll save around 70-80 calories, which can add up over time.

Depending on the type of salad you get, you can also use alternatives for dressing. My go-to is always a Southwest salad wherever I go, and instead of salad dressing, I’ll use hot sauce or salsa! The caloric impact is very minimal, and the flavor is even better than a salad dressing in my eyes!

 

Nutrition Facts for Wendy’s Breakfast

Wendys Breakfast Menu Nutrition

Last, but certainly not least, we have Wendy’s breakfast!

Unlike McDonald’s or Burger King that offers Pancakes or Wraps, Wendy’s breakfast is comprised exclusively of breakfast sandwiches.

You have the option of a biscuit, English muffin, or croissant as your breakfastsandwichbun.

When looking for the “healthiest” breakfast item to order, it’ll generally save you some calories by choosing applewood smoked bacon over a sausage patty. The Classic Bacon, Egg, & Cheese has only 320 calories, with the Classic SausageEgg & Cheese containing 500, which is quite a big difference!

 

Conclusion: is Wendy’s healthy?

Wendy's Sign

That’s for you to decide!

There’s no true definition of what healthy means. For you, that might be high protein and low calorie. For someone else, it might mean something nourishing with lots of micronutrients.

It’s totally up to you if the Wendy’s menu is healthy!

All I can do is provide you with the information to make that decision for yourself.

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All of this being said, it’s okay to put calories and macros aside and enjoy a meal at Wendy’s. Even if that means eating a burger with over 1,000 calories. I’m not judging.

Even if your goal is weight loss, you’re allowed to live your life sometimes without worrying about calories.

Remember: every food choice we make does not need to be in the pursuit of perfect health. Even if Wendy’s doesn’t support your goals, that doesn’t mean it’s off-limits.

Everything in moderation.

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What to Eat at Wendy's: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

With locations in 30 countries, Wendy's is one of the most popular global fast-food chains. Its menu has expanded to include French fries, chili, salads, chicken sandwiches, and the chain's famous Frosty for dessert.

Whatever your dietary needs, preferences, and goals, this fast-food chain has dozens of options and can be customized for most dietary preferences. Knowing the nutrition content of the menu before you order can help you create the most nutritious meal anytime you visit the restaurant. The signature menu and its many varieties of dishes can be enjoyed guilt-free whether you're stopping by for a quick snack or a full-sized meal.

What Experts Say

"Wendy’s has multiple salad options that can boost veggie intake, but much of the menu doesn’t provide enough fiber-rich ingredients and contains higher sodium levels. If you eat here on a regular basis, choose vegetables, whole grains, and lower sodium ingredients when you can to help balance out overall daily nutrition."

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Navigating the Menu

You can order breakfast at Wendy's, with options including breakfast sandwiches, an oatmeal bar, or a breakfast burrito. For lunch and dinner, Wendy's offers hamburgers, chicken options, salads, and a variety of sides, desserts, and drinks. Kids' meals are available as well.

What to Order & Avoid at Wendy's
Most Nutritious OptionsLeast Nutritious Options
Oatmeal Bar (Breakfast)Breakfast Baconator (Breakfast)
Jr. Hamburger (Beef)Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple (Beef) 
4 Pc. Crispy Chicken Nuggets (Chicken)Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub (Chicken)
Parmesan Caesar Salad (Salad)Taco Salad (Salad)
Apple Bites (Sides)Chili & Cheese Baked Potato (Sides)
Jr. Vanilla Frosty (Dessert)Lg. Chocolate Frosty (Dessert)
Nestle Pure Life Bottled Water (Beverages)Lg. Hi-C Flashin' Fruit Punch (Beverages)

Most Nutritious Option

If you're looking for the healthiest meal at Wendy's, the Parmesan Caesar Salad is the best choice; and you can either skip the dressing or only use half if you want to reduce overall fat, calorie, and sodium content.

Breakfast

Wendy’s breakfast menu features many sandwiches—which you can get on a croissant, biscuit, or hamburger bun—as well as a few other items, such as a burrito or oatmeal bar. Many of these are high in fat, calories, and sodium.

To make your breakfast sandwich healthier, consider an option without cheese and bacon. You may also want to stay away from the breakfast combos (which come with a side of fried seasoned potatoes) or ask to substitute apple bites for the potatoes.

✓ Oatmeal Bar

Wendy's Oatmeal Bar provides 270 calories, 10g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 44g carbohydrate, 3g protein, and 230mg sodium. This bar is healthier than the other options because it has about half of the fat (both total and saturated) and is higher in fiber (4g per bar).

✗ Breakfast Baconator

Wendy's Breakfast Baconator provides 730 calories, 50g total fat, 19g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrate, 34g protein, and 1,750mg sodium. If you're in the mood for sausage, bacon, and eggs, Wendy's burrito can satisfy this craving with around half the calories, fat, and sodium.

Beef

Wendy’s is known for its classic hamburger, but the burger menu has expanded to include a variety of options, including different bun and topping choices and even multiple patties. Though, many of these options add even more calories and fat.

To make your burger healthier, consider leaving off the cheese and bacon and swap mustard for the mayonnaise. One-patty options will be the lowest in fat and calories and, if you want to make a single-patty burger more filling, ask for extra lettuce and tomato.

✓ Jr. Hamburger

Wendy's Jr. Hamburger provides 250 calories, 11g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 25g carbohydrate, 13g protein, and 420mg sodium. Out of all of the burger options, this one is the lowest in calories and fat while also being lower in sodium.

✗ Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple provides 1,520 calories, 106g total fat, 45g saturated fat, 54g carbohydrate, 89g protein, and 1,940mg sodium. Order a single Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger, and you can cut your fat and calories in half. Swap the pretzel bun, and you can reduce both even more.

Chicken

In addition to beef, Wendy’s offers a wide selection of crispy chicken sandwiches and nuggets, with some that are a bit spicy. Many of these options are healthier than Wendy's beef choices because they have lower amounts of calories and fat.

When looking at Wendy's chicken sandwich menu, grilled is healthier than fried and remember that each item you add (e.g., bacon, cheese, pretzel bun) will likely make your meal a little less healthy. Choose veggie toppings instead, or go with chicken nuggets to avoid unhealthy condiments altogether.

✓ Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Wendy's 4 Pc. Crispy Chicken Nuggets provide 170 calories, 11g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 10g carbohydrate, 9g protein, and 340mg sodium. Choosing nuggets over a sandwich helps you bypass the fat and calories in many sandwich toppings. It's also a good option if you're eating low-carb because there is no bun.

✗ Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub

Wendy's Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub provides 840 calories, 42g total fat, 13g saturated fat, 71g carbohydrate, 42g protein, and 1,790mg sodium. If you're in the mood for a chicken sandwich, ask for grilled chicken versus fried and consider leaving off the bacon, cheese, or both.

Salads

Wendy’s offers a handful of fresh-made salads, each with different topping choices. Generally, these options are the healthiest because they are more nutrient-dense. Salads are also a good option if you're watching your carb intake.

When selecting your salad, look for one with toppings such as fruit, more vegetables, or nuts. Toppings that are fried (such as croutons or taco chips) will increase the meal's total fat and calories. Dressing choice matters, too, with low-calorie options usually being the healthiest choice.

✓ Parmesan Caesar Salad

Wendy's Parmesan Caesar Salad provides 300 calories, 14g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrate, 41g protein, and 790mg sodium. This is one of the menu items lower in fat that also supplies fiber (3g) and a good dose of other nutrients, such as potassium.

Add the full dressing packet and you'll add 140 calories, 14g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 1g protein, and 320mg sodium. Aim to use only half of the dressing or request a lower-calorie option instead.

✗ Taco Salad

Wendy's Taco Salad provides 620 calories, 34g total fat, 13g saturated fat, 67g carbohydrate, 3g protein, and 1,890mg sodium. A healthier option with the same taste profile is a small chili. Opting for the chili will cut your calories and fat by two-thirds. It also reduces your sodium by half.

Sides

Wendy’s menu of sides includes French fries, baked potatoes, chili, and apple bites. Overall, many of these options fall on the less healthy side, mainly because of their additional toppings such as cheese, bacon, and sour cream.

The healthiest sides are those that are in their most natural form, such as a plain baked potato or apple bites. If you want something warm, a small chili offers more nutritional value than fries or a baked potato with higher-calorie toppings.

✓ Apple Bites

Wendy's Apple Bites provide 35 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 8g carbohydrate, 0g protein, and 0mg sodium. They are a great side option if you are watching your fat intake or if you are eating a low-sodium diet. It's also one of the few menu items that do not directly contain allergens.

✗ Chili & Cheese Baked Potato

Wendy's Chili & Cheese Baked Potato provides 500 calories, 14g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 74g carbohydrate, 20g protein, and 860mg sodium. You can make your baked potato side healthier by ordering it plain.

Dessert

The company's menu of sweet treats offers what it's best known for: the Frosty. For those who don’t want a cool treat, its bakery menu also includes a couple of flavors of cookies. Some options are as high in fat and calories as a sandwich, so it's helpful to keep this in mind.

You can make your Frosty healthier by choosing "junior" or small serving sizes over mediums or larges. And if you're in the mood for a cookie, the oatmeal bar offers more nutrition than other options.

✓ Jr. Vanilla Frosty

Wendy's Jr. Vanilla Frosty provides 190 calories, 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrate, 5g protein, and 90mg sodium. These amounts are relatively low for a dessert, enabling you to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying within your desired calorie and fat range.

✗ Large Chocolate Frosty

Wendy's Large Chocolate Frosty provides 590 calories, 15g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 99g carbohydrate, 17g protein, and 260mg sodium. You can get your chocolate fix while staying within your dietary guidelines by choosing a junior or small serving. If you're watching your calories or carbs, a chocolate chunk cookie is a better option.

Beverages

At Wendy's, you can get both hot and cold drinks. They have hot and iced coffee, as well as a wide selection of sodas and lemonades. You can also order milk or water. There are a variety of choices, some that are healthier than others.

If you don't want to add any fat or calories to your meal, water, coffee, and iced tea are the best choices. Milk is a good option if you're trying to increase your calcium intake. If you do order a drink that is higher in calories or fat, choosing smaller portion sizes can help.

✓ Nestle Pure Life Bottled Water

Order a Nestle Pure Life Bottled Water and you get a beverage with no calories, no fat, no carbs, no protein, and no sodium. This leaves more in all of these categories for your actual meal. Plus, when it comes to beverages, water is always a top choice.

✗ Hi-C Flashin' Fruit Punch

Wendy's large-sized Hi-C Flashin' Fruit Punch provides 560 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrate, 0g protein, and 120mg sodium. A healthier sweet drink option is Minute Maid Light Lemonade. Even a large-sized portion provides only 30 calories, though it is higher in sodium with 240 grams.

Diet-Specific Options

The Wendy’s menu offers a number of options if you follow a specific diet, such as low-carb, diabetes-friendly, low-fat, low-sodium, vegetarian, and vegan; though, your selection is a bit more limited if you follow a gluten-free diet or low-FODMAP diet.

Gluten-Free

  • Plain hamburger (no bun)
  • Grilled chicken (no bun)
  • Any salad but Taco or Jalapeño Popper
  • Fries
  • Chili

Wendy’s doesn't offer any certified gluten-free items, but it does say which items contain wheat. If you are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, review the nutrition info and ingredients list carefully before you order.

Gluten-free salads are good choices as they are higher in nutrients. Just watch the amount of dressing you use or choose a lower-calorie option if you are limiting your fat and calorie intake.

Low-Carb

  • Parmesan Caesar salad
  • Plain hamburger (no bun)
  • Grilled chicken (no bun)
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Apple bites

French fries and baked potatoes are high in carbs, so you might want to avoid these food items if you're following a low-carb diet. Ordering sandwiches without the bun helps reduce your carb intake, too, as does getting salads with no high-carb toppings such as croutons or tortilla chips.

If you want something filling, a salad or bun-less burger and chicken are good options. If you're looking for something a bit lighter, a four-piece chicken nugget or apple bites are the better choices.

Low-FODMAP

  • Fries
  • Baked potato (with cheese, if tolerated)
  • Salad (without croutons, onions, or dressing)
  • Grilled chicken (no bun, with cheese if tolerated)
  • Plain hamburger patty (no bun, with cheese if tolerated)

If you follow a low-FODMAP diet, your options may be especially limited when it comes to fast food. Check the menu in advance to see which items contain grains, fruit, and dairy, and aim to avoid those. Plain meat and potato items are typically safer choices.

Diabetes-Friendly

  • Grilled chicken
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Apple bites
  • Jr. hamburger (no bun)
  • Parmesan Caesar Chicken or Southwest Avocado Chicken salads

If you follow a diet for people with diabetes, look for menu items that are lower in carbs. Order sandwiches without the bun and choose salads with low-carb toppings like nuts and cheese. Salads are the best choice because they are nutrient-dense, but grilled chicken is a good choice, too.

Low-Fat

  • Chili
  • Jr. hamburger
  • Plain baked potato
  • Grilled chicken sandwich
  • Salads without cheese or dressing

One way to cut your fat while eating at Wendy's is to avoid fried foods. You can also lower your fat intake by ordering a salad without any high-fat options like cheese or full-fat dressing. Chili is a good low-fat option for a cold day, while a salad can fill your belly without weighing you down.

Low-Sodium

  • Jr. hamburger
  • Plain baked potato
  • Apple bites
  • Salad with no croutons, cheese, or dressing
  • Chocolate or vanilla Frosty (Jr. size)

If you're watching your sodium intake, you likely want to avoid the French fries. Many of the sandwiches are also high in sodium. A better option is to order a salad minus the croutons, cheese, or dressing. You can also lower the sodium of a burger by nixing the cheese and bacon.

Vegetarian & Vegan

  • Fries
  • Baked potato (chives only)
  • Apple bites
  • Salad (without meat and cheese)

Even though Wendy’s is known for its burgers, the chain does have a few options if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. If you eat dairy, a Frosty is a sweet option. Though, a baked potato and apple bites will provide more nutrients.

Food Allergies and Safety

Many of Wendy's food items contain commonly known allergens. Though, it does account for the presence of many of these food allergens on its U.S. menu, some of which include:

If you have a food allergy, inform the employee taking your order. In many cases, your food can be prepared with certain ingredients left out. When placing an online order or using the mobile app, you also have the option to “hold” an ingredient.

A Word From Verywell

With a range of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sides, Wendy's is one fast food restaurant where you'll have choices even if you’re on a special diet or are aiming to stay within certain nutritional parameters to achieve your health goals.

It helps to look at the menu in advance so you know the nutrient content of the foods you want. Deciding your meal before you go also helps lead to better food choices as you'll be less swayed by options outside your dietary plan.

Making healthy food choices benefits your overall health. Most foods can be included as part of a healthy diet as long as it is in moderation. The best diet is one that you can follow and stick with as a lifestyle as long-term changes provide long-term results.

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Wendy’s has been around since 1969, but only in the past several years has the fast-food restaurant started to focus more on providing healthier alternatives to people. The restaurant was established on quick and convenient service, as well as cheap, greasy, delicious burgers. And while none of those things are inherently bad (at not least in moderation), consumer culture has shifted towards a healthier lifestyle, and that includes nutrition. People want to know what they are eating – from ingredients to calories, fat, protein, and sodium. In fact, it’s required by law for restaurants to provide transparent nutritional information to consumers – and rightfully so – which is why we’re able to feature Wendy’s nutrition as well as many other restaurants on the blog.

For some people, knowing nutritional information for the Wendy’s menu has to do with weight loss. For others, it is simply about consuming healthier foods or sticking to certain dietary restrictions. Regardless of the reason, it is important to check out nutritional information if you plan to take a trip to the drive-through.

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Here’s a look at Wendy’s nutrition, including calories, fat, carbs, and protein.

Something that sticks out about Wendy’s nutrition and the Wendy’s menu is that it is always improving to focus more on the health and well-being of customers. The company has recently focused on producing lower sodium white meat chicken, offering lower calorie salad dressing, and reducing antibiotics in food production. These changes help to improve the overall quality of the food, as well as give consumers healthy choices.

First, take comfort in knowing that the Wendy’s menu has plenty of options for any diet, whether you are looking to lose weight or find a gluten-free option. If you are looking for a clean, healthy option, it is best not to order your favorite burger. Opt for an option that is lighter – not fried. Wendy’s menu has some of the best and most popular fast food salads that are low in carbs, low-calorie, and high in protein if you add chicken. In fact, you can eat up to 32 to 42 grams of protein from a salad with chicken. Stick to half a serving, rather than a full. Now that you’ve gotten a chance to take a look at Wendy’s nutrition, let’s take a closer look at some of these Wendy’s menu items and their nutritional values.

Salads

If you want to ensure your meal is fresh, order a salad from Wendy’s. Each new day, ingredients are washed, chopped, and prepared by hand, from the lettuce to the fruit and other toppings that go in these meals. You also have the option of ordering a half or full salad to accommodate your ideal calorie count and nutritional goals. Healthy options like the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad are low in saturated fat and calories. According to Wendy’s nutritional information on their website, their signature Marzetti salad dressing is free of preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors.

Sides

Wendy’s menu also has a great selection of side items to help you eat proper portion sizes. With smaller portions, you can still enjoy popular menu items like Chili without having to worry as much about nutritional values like calories and sodium. Most fast-food restaurants only offer unhealthy products as sides, but Wendy’s nutrition focus lets them serve items like side salads and fruit.

Sandwiches

As for the rest of the Wendy’s menu, many of the items are burgers or sandwiches that are much higher in sodium and calories. As with all fast-food restaurants, it is important to pay attention to Wendy’s nutrition for each item you plan to order. If you plan to order a burger off the Wendy’s menu, but you are focused on losing weight and cutting calories, a great option is to order a Junior size burger or remove the bun from the Wendy’s menu item. Junior size items have fewer calories but still allow you to indulge in popular foods. To lower calories even more, you can pick off the bacon and ask for the item without cheese if it contains either. Many Wendy’s restaurants will allow you to customize your item when you order. Opting for a grilled chicken sandwich is a great idea to cut back on calories if you are working on losing weight, too. Chicken naturally contains fewer calories than red meat and is leaner, so it is the ideal option for weight loss.

What do you think about Wendy’s nutrition? Is it similar to other fast food restaurants? To see nutritional info for other restaurants, you can check out our Fast Food Nutrition page.

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