Chic-fil-A: Never Fear the Chicken!


What’s available at Chic-fil-A when you’re trying to lean up?  The Spicy Chicken Sandwich is my favorite but if you’re working on your waist its off the menu.  If weight loss is your goal anything with bread is off the menu.  Chick-fil-A buns contain between 25-30 grams of simple carbs which places the spicy chicken sandwich at 44 grams of carbs and 480 calories.  Looks like my spicy chicken just went bunless.

Don’t fear!  Chic-fil-A has worked hard to lower the bad carbs and and provide great carb choices.  You just need to know what to pick.  Stick to the 3 piece traditional Chicken Strips with only 17 grams of carbs and 360 calories or go with the 8 count traditional Chicken Nuggets with 10 grams of carbs and 270 calories.

However, Chic-fil-A wants your weight loss business and has out done it’s self with its Grilled Chicken Nuggets.  An 8 count contains just 4 grams of carbs and only 140 calories while the 12 count only has 6 grams of carbs and 200 total calories.  You will not find any other fast food restaurant that will come close to this.

In addition, you could get the Grilled Chicken Sandwich on lettuce (without the bun) and it contains a mere 16 grams of carbs and 200 calories or add the bacon on the grilled chicken deluxe for an extra 120 calories of goodness but no extra carbs.

The salads and wraps are a great choice as well.  They are loaded with great carbs and run between 200-500 calories of quality nutrition.  Remember it’s never about the calories it’s all about nutrition density.  How many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants does it contain?

Chic-fil-A has some of the healthiest sides of any restaurant less the waffle fries.  As good as they are they are a no go at 37 grams of simple carbs and 310 calories.  However, the chicken salad cup, fruit cup, greek yogurt parfait, side salad and super food side are all on the menu for weight loss.  All are loaded with complex carbs, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  I really did not know how health conscious Chic-fil-A had become.

As always stick to water, unsweet tea or coffee for the drinks.

Overall if you are looking for a place to eat while losing weight Chic-fil-A is the place.  It’s really incredible what they’ve done to their menu.

Helping You Make Great Choices,

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