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It's the first installment of HG's Fast Food Chew & Tell series. First up: Wendy's!
Here's what we found when we chewed our way thru this quick service restaurant...   
The best of the bunch!
The best of the bunch!
Salad Stuff...

Wendy's has a bunch of salads on their menu, but we thought the Homestyle Chicken Strips Salad, Chicken BLT Salad and Taco Supremo Salad were all too high in fat and calories.  Their Mandarin Chicken Salad, though, is GREAT!  The salad comes with delicious hunks of chicken, juicy mandarin oranges and lettuce. They give you packets of almonds and noodles on the side, so you can ditch them if you want. The almonds were way too salty, and pack in 130 calories, so  we recommend skipping 'em. The noodles, on the other hand, are really good.  And the packet is huge, so if you only use half of it, you'll only add 30 calories and 1g of fat to your meal. Not bad.  And probably worth it.  As for dressings, our pick (for taste and nutritionals) is definitely the Fat Free French.  Use half the packet (it's tremendous) and you'll only add 40 calories to your salad.

The salad winner: Mandarin Chicken Salad, no almonds, 1/2 packet noodles, 1/2 packet Fat Free French Dressing.

240 Calories, 3g Fat, 31.5g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 23.5g Protein - 4 WW Points
Another Salad Option...

Not in the mood for fruit in your salad?  Here's an awesome idea: Order a grilled chicken patty (or just order a plain old grilled chicken sandwich and yank the patty off) and put it on top of Wendy's side garden salad. The patty has just 120 calories.  Throw that sucker on top of the side salad, which comes with lettuce, onions, grape tomatoes and cucumbers, and you'll have yourself a 155 calorie, 2.5g of fat, 2g fiber salad (3 WW Points).  Even if you use some dressing, it'll be easy to keep that lunch under 200 calories. Woo hoo!
Just add chicken...
Just add chicken...
We heart this chili!
We heart this chili!
The Chili Lowdown...

We were EXTREMELY (and pleasantly) surprised when we reacquainted ourselves with Wendy's chili. YUM! This stuff completely ROCKS! Definitely go for the small over the large, and skip the cheese (it adds 70 unneeded calories!) but say YES to the fresh chopped onions! The 8 oz. size is plenty big, and if you pair it with a nice side salad, you'll get a lunch or dinner that has under 275 calories.

Chili Nutritionals, 8 oz.:  220 Calories, 6g Fat, 23 Carbs, 5g Fiber, 17g Protein - 4 WW Points.
The 411 on the Fruit...

We have been hearing so much about Wendy's Fruit Cup and Fruit Bowl that we needed to take 'em out for a test run. They're GREAT! Both the cup and the bowl consist of honeydew, pineapple, cantaloupe and grapes. The bowl has a lot more fruit than the cup, and also comes with some lowfat strawberry yogurt for dipping. Either is a great option, but we recommend skipping the yogurt, which adds another 90 calories and 16 carbs to your meal. Besides, it's a little too sweet and it overpowers the fruit.

The fruit cup has 80 calories and 2g fiber (1 WW Point), and the Points) bowl of fruit (sans yogurt) has 130 calories and 4g fiber (2 WW Points). Both are fat free!
Fast Fruit
Fast Fruit
Is it ice cream? Is it a shake?
Is it ice cream? Is it a shake?
A Frosty Good Time...

Ok, we don't recommend eating the Wendy's Frosty ALL the time. But every now and then, you may break down and NEED to have some of that milky, chocolatey ice creamy goodness.  Here's how to do it.  Just ask the nice Wendy's employee to sell you one in a water cup. That water cup will be 4oz -- that's 2oz. smaller than the Jr. size Frosty, which has 6 oz. (160 cal., 4g fat).  Your junior Jr. Frosty will have  about 106 calories and 2.5g of fat. That's just 2 points if you're counting. And we say it's worth it!
Today, July 29th, is National Lasagna Day! Sounds like the PERFECT day to enjoy some of Boca's Chunky Tomato & Herb Lasagna...guilt free!
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