I used to always do what Sandi
suggested and have the side salad and small chili. When I saw that the taco salad had the chili on it, I thought, "Hey, why not?" I've had it once or twice. I used the dressing and all the sour cream. Honestly, I almost never eat at fast food restaurants, but every so often (3 or 4 times a year at most) a friend wants to eat fast food, so I suggest Wendy's. Last time I had this salad, I had to know how many grams of protein it had, so I looked up the nut'l info online.
I was shocked (as I usually am
) at the amount of calories, fat, etc.
Interestingly enough, the dressing (which I really, really like for the flavor and spice) isn't bad in terms of using good fat, and they actually use light sour cream! But the cheese and the fat in the chili must have a lot to do with the final calorie count.
Needless to say, I won't be having that salad again...but I think I might ask for that dressing with my side salad next time!
Live and learn, eh? I hear you on the amount of calories for meals. Most of mine are around 4-500.
Sometimes more! I think our blood sugar is more stable (and this is me talking as an uneducated
as a mod!) if we spread our calories more evenly throughout the day, though, huh? I also feel like I haven't gotten much in the way of healthy nutrients when I have salads at places like Wendy's, where they are basically iceburg lettuce, maybe three shreds of carrot and a tomato or two. So, like others said, it's something I do pretty rarelly. It's much more fun (and healthier) if I can get my friend to go to Panera for a salad or to Ruby Tuesday for the salad bar. Mmmm!
But please don't feel bad--we've ALL been there before.