Eating Healthy at Buffalo Wild Wings
|October 16, 2013||Filled under Weight Loss|
One of my husband and my favorite eating out spots is B-dubs! We like to chill there and watch football, especially since we are too cheap for cable so it’s how we see all the good games! Eating healthy at Buffalo Wild Wings is challenging. Perhaps one of the most challenging spots because well, it’s a sports bar. And they’re not exactly known for the healthiest options.
But no challenge is to great to help you, my dear readers, (and goodness myself—that place is always a death trap for my diet!).
Disclaimer: I recognize that fast food even “upscale” fast food is what it is—lots of sodium, processed food, probably GMOs, animals raised in factory farms—my point is NOT to laud fast food as the healthiest choice, but to help you discover some of the healthiest fast food options out there.
Buffalo Wild Wings Pros
- They have an allergen list online which is great for people with food sensitivities and allergies.
- They have beautiful food photos online!
- You can watch your favorite sports teams on a bunch of t.v.s while you eat!
- The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. No one there is taking things too seriously—well, besides the games!
Buffalo Wild Wings Cons
- B-dubs doesn’t have nutritional information on their website. I actually had to look up most of it by comparing various nutrition calculators feedback. They could definitely make it easier for customers to find their dietary information.
- There aren’t many healthy options. At all. I know their target demographic is probably not the “health nut” crowd, but I think Americans are generally getting more informed about their health and BWW seems woefully behind.
Good choices at Buffalo Wild Wings
For the “Wings” fans:
- Naked Tenders are 260 calories; the total fat is 6 grams. Seriously good, nutritional info!
- Boneless wings are 88 calories apiece so a four piece will run you about 352 calories.
- Regular wings are 72 calories apiece so a 6 piece will be 432 calories. Not too shabby.
To those options you can add medium, mild, spicy garlic, sweet Bbq sauce for about 50 calories for 4-6 pieces. It’s a good idea to skip the dip or go very light on it. Blue cheese dip is 280 calories for a serving and Ranch (Southwest or regular) is 320 calories a serving. Nosh on celery sticks! They normally bring you a big plate and don’t be afraid to ask for more to munch on!
You can’t go wrong with these choices, but they don’t really scream “B-dubs!” to me.
- Chicken Caesar salad for 490 calories. Their garden salad is also a good choice.
- Grilled chicken sandwich is 470 calories. Whenever I’m not sure what is a good restaurant choice you can hardly go wrong with a plain, grilled chicken sandwich. It’s not exciting, so maybe ask for an order of wings sauce to add to the top.
Definitely Avoid at Buffalo Wild Wings
- Ribs. They’re just plain not good for you. Anything paired with ribs, is standard to avoid—ribs and wings, ribs and chicken, ribs and more ribs—all weigh in with over 1500 calories.
- Cheeseburger slammers—NEVER A GOOD IDEA at any restaurant! A standard Bacon Cheddar burger is 860 calories. A serving of Slammers will run you nearly twice that at 1559 calories. Ouch!
- Excessive amounts of anything. I think one of the dangers of BWW is that you can down 10 wings, 2 mozzarella sticks, some queso and dip, and a few beers and not even realize it over the course of a game.
Anything with the word “queso” is going to be unhealthy. Eat your queso on your birthday or when you get a promotion at work. An order of Chili Cheese dip is 920 without the chips. Wowza! Swap it instead for Chips and salsa, it will only run you 250 calories.
Here are some good choices for lighter drinks.
- Diet coke and rum. (My personal drink of choice for BWW)
- Vodka cranberry
- Skinny margarita (Second favorite drink)
- Light beer—not a beer person so I’m not going to make a personal recommendation for a type. Ask your beer connoisseur friends—everyone has one or two of those, right?
So there you have my healthy eating at Buffalo Wild Wings tips! Next time I go to BWW I will be ordering a 4 piece of boneless wings with spicy garlic sauce, a starter of chips and salsa, lots of celery, and a diet coke (minus the rum thanks to baby girl). This is a smart meal that is very “sports bar” and “Buffalo Wild Wings” to me, but still a reasonably healthy option.
If you liked this, you may like my Healthy Boneless Buffalo Wings recipe!
Do you have any tips for eating at BWW or sports bars?
What football team do you root for?
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