How to Go Low-Calorie at Wendy's

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If you're looking for diet-friendly junk food and only a traditional burger joint will do, head to Wendy's. This fast food chain has dozens of options that will help you stick to your diet. You can even enjoy a chocolate or vanilla Frosty with your meal and walk away without guilt. But you have to know what to order and what to avoid. Use these tips and guides to stay low calorie at Wendy's. 

Healthy Options at Wendy's

One of the reasons that the Wendy's menu is great for dieters is that this fast food chain provides so many choices.

For example, many of their salads come in both full and half sizes. The Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad provides 450 calories. But you can order a half size of that same salad for just 240 calories along with a Jr. Chocolate Classic Frosty (200 calories) and keep your entire meal under 500 calories.

You'll also find many different types of food on the Wendy's menu. Just like any fast food joint, the menu includes very high calorie burger options. The Dave's Triple cheeseburger provides over 1000 calories and 72 grams of fat. Yikes! But if you're craving beef, there are several other satisfying choices. A large order of Rich and Meaty Chili has 250 calories. A Junior Hamburger has only 240 calories and if you add cheese the number only goes up to 280 calories.

You'll also find both chicken and fish choices on the Wendy's menu. But these aren't necessarily the best choices if you're trying to keep your calorie and fat intake low.

  Many of the sandwiches and nuggets are fried so their calorie and fat content is high. But the Grilled Chicken Wrap is a good option for dieters with just 270 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Best Way to Eat Low Calorie at Wendy's

So what's the easiest way to eat a diet-friendly meal at Wendy's? Download the Wendy's app onto your smartphone.

You can enter your calorie goal into the app and then choose from complete meal suggestions that it provides. If you decide what to eat before you head into the restaurant, you'll be more likely to keep your Wendy's meal healthy and low in calories.

Low-Calorie Wendy's Meals

If you find yourself at Wendy's without the app, use these meal combinations to satisfy your fast food cravings and keep your total count under 500 calories.

Hamburger Meal: 485 Calories

  • Junior Hamburger: 260 calories
  • Garden Side Salad (with lemon): 25 calories
  • Classic Chocolate Frosty (Junior): 200 calories

Chili + Cheese Meal: 465 calories

  • Rich and Meaty Chili (small): 170 calories
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: 70 calories
  • Apple Slices: 35 calories
  • Classic Vanilla Frosty (Junior) 190 calories

Salad + Potato Meal: 405 calories

  • Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (Half Size): 180 calories
  • Light Honey French Dressing: 40 calories
  • Half Baked Potato: 135 calories
  • Buttery Best Spread: 50 calories

If you don't see a meal option that you like, keep in mind that you can customize your order to get what you want.

There are several different bun choices, meat choices and topping choices available so you can get create a sandwich and a meal that curbs your hunger and helps you keep your diet on track.

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