Last night I took Nove to Wendy’s for dinner before our autism group. I wasn’t too hungry and I’m sick of eating fast food, so I didn’t know what I wanted.
When we got in, she decided on an Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. That sounded really good and I happen to love blue cheese on food, so I decided to get that too. We both ordered the half size.
As we sat down to eat, I noticed that there were raisins (they are actually dried cranberry) in the salad. Lots of raisins. That’s not good for low carb!
There wasn’t too much apple and there wasn’t much chicken either, so I tried to eat around the raisins mostly. But, here’s the other scary part. The dressing, a Pomegranate Vinaigrette had 10 grams of carbs and there wasn’t much in that packet. Holy cow.
So, today, I looked up the carb count for the half size salad.
30g total. Ouch.
I went to myfitnesspal.com to see what they said about carb counts and one entry shows 0 carbs if you leave off the dressing and walnuts (which are separate, slightly sweet and pretty spicy).
However, dried cranberries (1 oz) comes up as 23 grams by themselves. One apple slice shows 3 grams of carbs. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t more than two slices of apple in the salads we got.
The one saving grace, if you think diet drinks are good, is that they have a cool drink machine that allows you to pick from a huge combination of drinks and there are a ton of diet drinks, including my favorite, diet Root Beer. It’s the only diet I really like.
Considering the carb count on this salad, I’m not sure it’s the best option. However, I get sick of eating burgers and chicken sandwiches without the bun and I just want something cool and fresh sometimes.
If you aren’t in Atkins induction and you can pick your way around the cranberries and do without the dressing, you’ll probably be fine with this meal.