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Don't let the pigtails fool you! This girl can get you into some serious trouble! Here's a lesson in everything Wendy's... 
Simplified Salads and Standout Dressings

Mandarin Grilled Chicken Salad without Crispy Noodles, No Dressing - 300 calories, 13g fat, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 29g protein -- POINTS® value 6*

We kept the almonds because, well, we like them, and they're good for you. This salad is great -- the chicken breast is packed with protein, and the mandarin oranges give it a sweet, fruity kick! But we recommend you opt for one of our dressing picks below, not the Oriental Sesame -- a packet of that sesame stuff has 170 calories and 10g fat (POINTS® value 4*).

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Homestyle Garlic Croutons, No Dressing - 240 calories, 7g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 29g protein -- POINTS® value 5*

Those kooky Wendy's employees give out TWO packets of dressing for this salad, and that would add an insane 250 calories and 26g fat (POINTS® value 7*) to your meal! Bad idea, and just not necessary. If it's gotta be Caesar, opt for half a packet of the Southwest Caesar Dressing -- only 75 calories and 7.5g fat (POINTS® value 2*). But we say go ahead and treat yourself to those croutons. Why not? The stats are still great...

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing - 90 calories, 6g fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein (POINTS® value 2*)

It goes with everything! And it's goooood...

Light Classic Ranch Dressing - 90 calories, 8g fat, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*)

This is the only one of the "Light" dressings that's available at all Wendy's locations. We love it 'cuz it's dependable!

HG Heads Up! Other good dressings include the Fat Free French (70 calories -- POINTS® value 1*) and the Light Honey Dijon (100 calories, 5g fat -- POINTS® value 2*). But sadly, those are only available at select locations.

 

Good 'Wiches

Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich - 320 calories, 7g fat, 36g carbs, 2g fiber, 28g protein -- POINTS® value 7*

HG Tip! If you want to save 40 calories and 3.5g fat (and knock the POINTS® value down to 5*), lose the Honey Mustard Sauce. But ordering it as is isn't a bad choice either!

Grilled Chicken Go Wrap - 260 calories, 11g fat, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 17g protein -- POINTS® value 6*

Great stats, but keep in mind that 130 calories and 4g fat come from the tortilla alone, so there's not much chicken in this thing. Skipping the sauce OR the cheese will save you 35 calories and 3g fat -- then your wrap would have a POINTS® value of 5*.

Jr. Hamburger - 220 calories, 8g fat, 26g carbs, 1g fiber, 13g protein -- POINTS® value 5*

If you really want a burger, have this little one along with a healthy side. And if you just NEED a cheeseburger, know that a slice of the junior-sized queso adds 40 cals and 3.5g fat, bringing your burger total to a POINTS® value of 6*. Your call.

Double Stack, No Cheese - 320 calories, 14g fat, 26g carbs, 1g fiber, 21g protein -- POINTS® value 7*

Craving more burger without more bun? Kudos to Wendy's for throwing TWO Jr. patties on a small bun and putting the thing on their menu. That saves us a LOT of special ordering!

 

Hot Potatoes

Broccoli and Cheese Potato - 320 calories, 2g fat, 69g carbs, 8g fiber, 10g protein -- POINTS® value 6*

WHOA! 2g fat for that potato SMOTHERED in cheese sauce? Sweet! And did you check out that fiber count? Not too shabby! BTW, this potato is HUGE. So feel free to load all the broccoli and cheese onto half of the potato, for a total of only 185 calories and 2g fat (POINTS® value 3*).

Sour Cream and Chives Potato - 320 calories, 4g fat, 63g carbs, 7g fiber, 8g protein -- POINTS® value 6*

Get this... they use reduced-fat sour cream by default. FANTASTIC! So not only is it more satisfying than having it with butter, it's actually the smarter option. And again, most of the calories here come from that huge potato. Use sour cream and chives on just half of your spud, and you're looking at 185 calories and 4g fat (POINTS® value 3*).

 

Hey, Side Menu... You're Awesome!

Small Chili - 190 calories, 6g fat, 19g carbs, 5g fiber, 14g protein -- POINTS® value 4*

Love this chili? The large has 280 calories, 9g fat, 29g carbs, 7g fiber, and 21g protein (POINTS® value 6*). That's more of a sandwich-replacer than a side, though!

Side Salad - 35 calories, 0g fat, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g protein -- POINTS® value 0*

Not just shredded lettuce, peeps. Iceberg AND romaine, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and carrots. Just don't forget to factor in the stats for dressing!

Mandarin Oranges - 80 calories, 0g fat, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

Strawberry Yogurt Squeezer - 70 calories, 0.5g fat, 12g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

Low-fat strawberry yogurt in a tube?! Convenient and delicious.

Jr. Frosty - 150 - 160 calories, 4g fat, 26g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g protein -- POINTS® value 3 - 4*

Half the size of the "Small", but that's all you need. We like the vanilla a little better than the chocolate, and it only has 150 calories and a POINTS® value of 3*. UM... SO WORTH IT!!!!

 

Shockers! View B4 U Chew...

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich - 450 calories, 22g fat, 47g carbs, 1g fiber, 16g protein -- POINTS® value 11*

Premium, shmemium. This is just like any other fast food fish sandwich -- a fried fillet slathered with fatty tartar sauce.

Southwest Taco Salad - 640 calories, 39g fat, 44g carbs, 9g fiber, 30g protein -- POINTS® value 15*

No amount of special ordering can save this sorry salad. Even if you ditch the tortilla strips, sour cream, AND dressing, you're still left with 400 calories, 22g fat, a POINTS® value of 9*, and the desire to back up through the drive-thru and return this fast food flub.

Baconator - 830 calories, 51g fat, 35g carbs, 1g fiber, 56g protein -- POINTS® value 21*

We're pretty sure you know that the Baconator is bad for you. This is just in case you didn't realize quite how bad it actually is...

 


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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.