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Hungry Girl Today: 11.1.13

The house of the pigtailed redhead has plenty of good picks... as well as some definite skips. Read up before you hit the Wendy's drive-thru!


CHEW IT! Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe

1 burger without mayo: 300 calories, 13g fat, 800mg sodium, 27g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g sugars, 17g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Junior is the name of the game at Wendy's. This one comes complete with American cheese, pickles, onions, tomato, and lettuce. Skip the cheese, and you're down to 260 calories and 10g fat (PointsPlus® value 7*). Add a smart side (more on those below), and you have yourself a completely reasonable meal.

DON'T DO IT! Dave's Hot 'N Juicy 3/4 lb. Triple

1 burger: 1,090 calories, 66g fat, 1,990mg sodium, 43g carbs, 3g fiber, 11g sugars, 69g protein -- PointsPlus® value 28*

Aaaand this is the worst you could do. Worse than the Baconator. We're not even totally certain how a person could maneuver this three-patty sandwich into their mouth. Our jaws hurt just looking at this thing.


GET IT! Ultimate Chicken Grill

1 sandwich: 370 calories, 7g fat, 880mg sodium, 43g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

What makes it "Ultimate?" Yummy honey mustard sauce, plus fresh tomato and lettuce! Looking to slim down the stats? Skip the sauce, and enjoy a vegged-up chicken sandwich for 330 calories and 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 8*). Excellent!

FORGET IT! Asiago Ranch Chicken Club

1 sandwich: 670 calories, 32g fat, 1,640mg sodium, 57g carbs, 4g fiber, 9g sugars, 38g protein -- PointsPlus® value 18*

Can you guess what happens when you add cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing to fried chicken on a bun? The stats get a little CRAZY. Sure, we could go through and tell you what you could leave off here, but you're better off skipping this one altogether...

Salads, HG-Style!

We LOVE that Wendy's allows us to customize the Garden Sensations salads. Here's how to order 'em...

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad: Hold the Blue Cheese

Full-sized salad, no blue cheese, before dressing: 330 calories, 11g fat, 570mg sodium, 32g carbs, 6g fiber, 21g sugars, 30g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Who needs cheese when you've got red and green apples, dried cranberries, roasted pecans, and grilled chicken? YUM!

Chicken BLT Cobb Salad: Pick Your Skip

Full-sized salad, before dressing: 380 calories, 18g fat, 1,190mg sodium, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 44g protein -- PointsPlus® value 10*

Forgo the blue cheese, and your salad will have 260 calories and 9g fat (PointsPlus® value 7*). Nix the bacon, and you're down to 330 calories and 15g fat (PointsPlus® value 8*). Either way, this salad rules!

Baja Chili Salad: Half Size, No Tortilla Strips

Half-sized salad, no tortilla strips, before dressing: 260 calories, 16g fat, 770mg sodium, 18g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars, 14g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

If you want to indulge in this decadent salad -- complete with chili and guacamole! -- go with the smaller portion and skip the crispy topper.

Dressing 411! The best options are the Fat Free French (40 calories, 0g fat, PointsPlus® value 1*), Light Classic Ranch (50 calories, 4.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 1*), and Pomegranate Vinaigrette (60 calories, 3g fat, PointsPlus® value 2*). The salads are sometimes served with TWO packets, but a single packet is plenty. (The above stats are for one.)

By Our Side…

Don't look at these as simply meal companions -- mix and match 'em to create your perfect lunch or dinner!

Garden Side Salad, No Croutons

1 salad, no croutons, before dressing: 20 calories, 0g fat, 30mg sodium, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Greens, grape tomatoes, and carrot shreds... Perfection! Stick with the dressing picks above, and you'll be A-OK.

Sour Cream and Chive Potato

1 potato: 320 calories, 3.5g fat, 50mg sodium, 63g carbs, 7g fiber, 4g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

We wouldn't order this with a sandwich, but we'd totally pair it with a side salad or small order of chili. Speaking of which...


1 small order: 180 calories, 5g fat, 790mg sodium, 20g carbs, 4g fiber, 5g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

1 large order: 270 calories, 8g fat, 1,180mg sodium, 31g carbs, 7g fiber, 8g sugars, 19g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

The small works as a side item, while the large cup is better as a main dish to be paired with some apple slices (only 40 calories) or a side salad.

Value/Kids French Fries

1 value/kids order: 220 calories, 11g fat, 240mg sodium, 28g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

Ignoring fries doesn't always work. This is the smallest order and our recommendation if you HAVE to have 'em.

Let's Talk Frosty…

Is it a milkshake? Is it soft serve? Doesn't matter. What DOES matter is that a petite one isn't completely off-limits. Get a Jr. Frosty for 190 - 200 calories and 4.5 - 5g fat (PointsPlus® 5*). You could do a lot worse! We're hopelessly devoted to the Original Chocolate, but we won't judge if you prefer the Vanilla.

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