Wendy’s has been around since 1969, but only in the past several years has the fast-food restaurant started to focus more on providing healthier alternatives to people. The restaurant was established on quick and convenient service, as well as cheap, greasy, delicious burgers. And while none of those things are inherently bad (at not least in moderation), consumer culture has shifted towards a healthier lifestyle, and that includes nutrition. People want to know what they are eating – from ingredients to calories, fat, protein, and sodium. In fact, it’s required by law for restaurants to provide transparent nutritional information to consumers – and rightfully so – which is why we’re able to feature Wendy’s nutrition as well as many other restaurants on the blog.
For some people, knowing nutritional information for the Wendy’s menu has to do with weight loss. For others, it is simply about consuming healthier foods or sticking to certain dietary restrictions. Regardless of the reason, it is important to check out nutritional information if you plan to take a trip to the drive-through.
Here’s a look at Wendy’s nutrition, including calories, fat, carbs, and protein.
|Son of Baconator®||630||39||37||34g|
|Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger||380||22||26||19g|
|Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe||330||19||27||16g|
Chicken and Wraps
|Homestyle Asiago Ranch Chicken Club||670||34||53||38g|
|Spicy Chicken Sandwich||510||21||51||30g|
|Homestyle Chicken Sandwich||520||22||52||29g|
|Grilled Chicken Sandwich||360||8||38||35g|
|Crispy Chicken Sandwich||330||16||33||14g|
|Spicy Chicken Wrap||370||20||30||18g|
|Grilled Chicken Wrap||270||10||24||20g|
|Crispy Chicken BLT||420||23||35||20g|
|Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad||Full||480||16||42||43g|
|BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad||Full||590||30||42||42g|
|Apple Pecan Chicken Salad||Full||560||24||52||38g|
|Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad||Full||720||43||41||43g|
Right Price Right Size Menu
|Value Natural-Cut Fries||230||10||30||3g|
|Classic Chocolate Frosty®||340||9||56||10g|
|Spicy Chicken Nuggets||4-piece||190||12||11||9g|
|Garden Side Salad||210||13||18||4g|
|Caesar Side Salad||250||18||18||7g|
|Bacon Ranch Fries||600||39||46||18g|
|Bacon Sriracha Fries||590||38||47||14g|
|Garden Side Salad||260||18||19||7g|
|Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potato||310||2.5||63||8g|
|Broccoli Cheese Baked Potato||430||11||70||15g|
|Bacon Cheese Baked Potato||480||17||66||17g|
|Honest® Tropical Green Tea||Small||60||0||44||0g|
|Orange Mango FRUITEA CHILLERS®||Small||170||0||44||0g|
|Diet Coke®||Kids' Meal||0||0||0||0g|
|Brewed Unsweetened Iced Tea||Value||0||0||1||0g|
|Nestlé® Pure Life® Bottled Water||0||0||0||0g|
|Strawberry Lemonade||Value (12oz)||210||0||55||0g|
|Original RedHead Roasters Coffee||Large||5||0||0||1g|
|Brewed Decaffeinated Coffee||Small||0||0||0||0g|
|Vanilla Iced Coffee||Regular||170||6||28||2g|
|Caramel Iced Coffee||Regular||160||6||26||2g|
|Mocha Iced Coffee||Regular||170||6||28||2g|
|Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee||Regular||70||5||6||2g|
|Hi-C® Flashin' Fruit Punch®||Kids' Meal||130||0||35||0g|
|Barq's® Root Beer||Kids' Meal||130||0||37||0g|
|Fanta® Orange||Kids' Meal||130||0||35||0g|
|Coke Zero Sugar||Kids' Meal||0||0||0||0g|
|Dr Pepper®||Kids' Meal||90||0||26||0g|
Wendy's Kids Meal
|Jr. Vanilla Frosty®||190||4.5||32||5g|
|Jr. Classic Chocolate Frosty®||200||5||33||6g|
|1% Chocolate Milk||150||2.5||26||7g|
|1% White Milk||90||2||10||7g|
|Classic Chocolate Frosty®||Medium||460||12||76||13g|
|Artisan Egg Sandwich||360||19||29||20g|
|Mornin' Melt® Panini||520||33||33||31g|
|Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit||500||26||48||19g|
|Steel Cut Oatmeal||340||11||57||5g|
|Sausage & Egg Burrito||390||29||14||17g|
|Seasoned Home-Style Potatoes||230||8||35||3g|
|Fresh Baked Biscuit||590||41||36||20g|
|Small Orange Juice||130||0||30||2g|
Something that sticks out about Wendy’s nutrition and the Wendy’s menu is that it is always improving to focus more on the health and well-being of customers. The company has recently focused on producing lower sodium white meat chicken, offering lower calorie salad dressing, and reducing antibiotics in food production. These changes help to improve the overall quality of the food, as well as give consumers healthy choices.
First, take comfort in knowing that the Wendy’s menu has plenty of options for any diet, whether you are looking to lose weight or find a gluten-free option. If you are looking for a clean, healthy option, it is best not to order your favorite burger. Opt for an option that is lighter – not fried. Wendy’s menu has some of the best and most popular fast food salads that are low in carbs, low-calorie, and high in protein if you add chicken. In fact, you can eat up to 32 to 42 grams of protein from a salad with chicken. Stick to half a serving, rather than a full. Now that you’ve gotten a chance to take a look at Wendy’s nutrition, let’s take a closer look at some of these Wendy’s menu items and their nutritional values.
If you want to ensure your meal is fresh, order a salad from Wendy’s. Each new day, ingredients are washed, chopped, and prepared by hand, from the lettuce to the fruit and other toppings that go in these meals. You also have the option of ordering a half or full salad to accommodate your ideal calorie count and nutritional goals. Healthy options like the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad are low in saturated fat and calories. According to Wendy’s nutritional information on their website, their signature Marzetti salad dressing is free of preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors.
Wendy’s menu also has a great selection of side items to help you eat proper portion sizes. With smaller portions, you can still enjoy popular menu items like Chili without having to worry as much about nutritional values like calories and sodium. Most fast-food restaurants only offer unhealthy products as sides, but Wendy’s nutrition focus lets them serve items like side salads and fruit.
As for the rest of the Wendy’s menu, many of the items are burgers or sandwiches that are much higher in sodium and calories. As with all fast-food restaurants, it is important to pay attention to Wendy’s nutrition for each item you plan to order. If you plan to order a burger off the Wendy’s menu, but you are focused on losing weight and cutting calories, a great option is to order a Junior size burger or remove the bun from the Wendy’s menu item. Junior size items have fewer calories but still allow you to indulge in popular foods. To lower calories even more, you can pick off the bacon and ask for the item without cheese if it contains either. Many Wendy’s restaurants will allow you to customize your item when you order. Opting for a grilled chicken sandwich is a great idea to cut back on calories if you are working on losing weight, too. Chicken naturally contains fewer calories than red meat and is leaner, so it is the ideal option for weight loss.
What do you think about Wendy’s nutrition? Is it similar to other fast food restaurants? To see nutritional info for other restaurants, you can check out our Fast Food Nutrition page.