Lunchtime Buffalo Wild Wing Adventure

Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday a coworker sent an email inviting a group out to lunch for Monday as it was his birthday. His suggested place was Buffalo Wild Wings. I'd never been before so I toddled off to the website to see what kind of food they had, and to see if they had anything that looked like it would fit into my targets. They actually don't have the information on the website but they'll email it to you if you ask.

(As it turns out a pound of deep fried, breaded chicken wings is a particularly poor choice, when one is attempting to create a caloric deficit. Well, I for one was shocked emoticon )

I did find a couple of menu items that looked promising, however. There is the Grilled Chicken Salad and the Grilled Blackened Chicken Salad (which is what I went for). With dressing on the side they work out well enough - under 500 calories, with ~20g of fat (not great) and ~40g of protein (decent). It's the best available anyway!

Some of the meals that look like they might not be too bad are actually really high in calories - so you really do have to check. Relying on key words is only a good idea in a pinch - "grilled" means nothing if there are a bunch of unmentioned dressings or cheeses involved as well.

So I'm glad I did that pre-planning because by the time lunch rolled around today I was hungry! Everyone else was getting wings or boneless wings... and since I had a really poor weekend, eating wise, it would have been kind of easy to say, "oh well, one more day and I'll start back tomorrow." Having a plan to stick to is much easier than trying to force yourself to pick something healthier when you get there - especially when you won't even know what actually is healthy.
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    I try to plan ahead before eating out too. It definitely helps me make better choices. Congrats on your choices.
    1905 days ago
    emoticon good job on planning ahead
    1910 days ago
    Way to stick to your guns!
    1910 days ago
    Finding the cal content can be quite a shock. Waiting to be served at McD (they were busy) I was reading the cals and changed my choice and still enjoyed the food. Last week I had a big burger and when I tracked my food was unhappy to find it was 750 cals
    Well done on detective work that help you enjoy your food
    1910 days ago
    Wings are particularly greasy (which is why they are so good!), and it probably took far longer to do the research than than the entire trip took.

    But aren't you feeling proud?? You deserve it!
    1910 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! Now I'm hungry!
    1910 days ago
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