Friday Feature: Chick-Fil-A

You wanna do lunch at Chick-Fil-A?  Count me in!  This a a great place to get healthy fast food.  There are a few options that are well balanced in nutrition and they taste great too!

Here’s your WOW factor for the day.  I went and tallied the nutritional information for a chicken sandwich meal at a VERY common fast food restaurant.  The meal included a spicy chicken sandwich, medium fries, and a medium Coke.  Here is the amazing total:

Calories:  1190 (what the!?)
Protein:  32g
Carbs:  176g (this is NOT a type-o)
Fat:  42g (10g = Sat.)
Fiber:  9g
Sugars:  74g (thanks to the Coke)

Okay . . . let’s bring ourselves back into focus!  Depending on who you are, the average lunch should be somewhere between 300 and 400 calories.  Let’s take a look at Chick-Fil-A and see if we can make something work there.

The picture I took above is what I order most when I go to Chick-Fil-A.  It’s their Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich.  It comes on a wheat bun and includes a boneless breast of chicken, dill pickles, lettuce, and tomato.  You ready for some awesome nutritional facts?  Here they are:

Chargrilled Chicken Sandiwch
Calories:  290
Protein:  29g
Carbs:  36g
Fat:  4g (1g = Sat.)
Fiber:  3g
Sugars:  9g

Now, that’s what I’m talking about!  You can even add a healthy side if you want.  A cup of fruit (since Chick-Fil-A is awesome and includes this as a menu option) is only an additional 70 calories.  A side salad with cheese is also only 70 more calories (order without cheese and it’s going to be closer to 30 calories) and they even have a reduced fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing that is deeelish! (Take note however that there are 2 servings in the packet of dressing they give you.  But, do not feel cheated because it’s still A LOT of dressing.)

If you’re a salad eater, the Chargrilled Chicken & Fruit salad is a wonderful option . . . coming in at 220 calories.  Order it with that reduced fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing and you’ll reach about 300 calories.

For those of you wondering about the Chargrilled Chicken Wraps . . . they aren’t a bad option, but they’re not your BEST option.  They come in at 410 calories.  If any of you know me, I’m all about quantity and I would WAY rather get a sandwich AND fruit for my calories.  But, I suppose there are probably some of you out there that love a good wrap even more.

So, it looks like we have another lunch spot!  Come on; let’s go!!


One thought on “Friday Feature: Chick-Fil-A

  1. Emily says:

    I love Chick-Fil-A! I order the same things too. If I get the wrap, I usually eat half and save the rest for lunch the next day. That way I can have some carrot raisin salad. Though it’s loaded with sugar, it’s still one of my favorite things to eat! So as weird as it is to some people, that is my treat at Chick-Fil-A! And eating half of that and saving the other half for the next day isn’t too bad either, but that takes self-control.

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