Finding Time for Fresh

May 5, 2015Allison Murray
On my journey to being healthier in 2015, Wendy's is helping me find the fresh to add to my day.


On my journey to being healthier in 2015, Wendy's is helping me find the fresh to add to my day.

There is so much in this world that I want to see and so many things that I want to do. There are tons of experiences I’ve yet to experience and special events in the lives’ of my family that I want to be around to witness. I’m in my thirties and that’s hardly an old maid but I’ve not really taken care of myself very well the past few decades.

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I’ve worked hard and tried to make a career for myself. Which is sat behind a computer screen 90% of the time. While I am certainly more than happy blogging for a living, it’s made me quite sedentary. And I have a tendency to be super focused. Like a laser beam focused! That basically means I forget to eat. I’ll wake up in the morning and grab something to drink and sit down to start making things or writing about making things around 7. Normally around 3 or 4 I realize I haven’t eaten and I’ll grab something to munch on while I type away. This, all of this I do to myself is not healthy.

On my journey to being healthier in 2015, Wendy's is helping me find the fresh to add to my day.

But I’m getting better. Lots better in fact. I have to admit that my Mimmie (grandmother) calling to remind me to eat every now and again doesn’t hurt :) Plus I make myself lists and notes for my day’s work. Today’s note even said “push the water” as I realized I didn’t drink as much as I should the day before and needed to get back into the swing of things!

I’ve started stocking the fridge with healthy things and grabbing healthy meals while I’m out restocking on printer paper or glitter. For a while my go to for a quick meal has been Wendy’s. I’m Celiac, they have gluten free options and I have NEVER gotten sick at a single one. And I travel a lot! So stopping in to Wendy’s while I’m out and about is a no brainer.

On my journey to being healthier in 2015, Wendy's is helping me find the fresh to add to my day.

Plus I like salads, always have, really. But sometimes a salad only seems like a healthy option. Have you ever seen those reports that show how a salad at some places is actually more calories and fat than the burger meal? It’s insane! But I know that the salads at Wendy’s are actually good for me. I always get the half salad because it is more than enough.

My favorite is the Apple Pecan Chicken. Now I can’t eat the pecans because they aren’t GF but everything else is fair game for me. I love fruit with savory this salad has red and green apples, dried cranberries, blue cheese and grilled chicken topped off with a pomegranate vinaigrette. It rings in at only 350 calories with 19 grams of protein and lots of antioxidants from the cranberries.

On my journey to being healthier in 2015, Wendy's is helping me find the fresh to add to my day.

My next favorite is the BBQ Chicken Ranch which surprises me because there is corn in it. Corn in a salad? Unheard of! Well, not really but just normally not my cup of tea. But I LOVE this salad and the corn in it! The lettuce mix for this thing is insane with iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, red & green romaine, red & green oak, red & green leaf, lolla rosa, tango, spinach, mizuna, red chard and green chard. You can actually learn more about Dave’s romaine lettuce journey on YouTube! This is a nutritious meal with 2 servings of vegetables, 1.5 servings of lean protein at 13 grams and 1 serving of dairy with 300 calories.

And I also like how fresh the salads at Wendy’s are. There is no frozen produce thawed out and cold chicken tossed in that was cooked who knows when. The veggies are chopped fresh every day and the chicken grilled when you order your meal. They’re so fresh that I actually buy two :) One for lunch on the day and one for lunch the next because it is still gangbusters! Plus, I’ll remember to eat an Apple Pecan Chicken salad every day of the week. No missed lunch that day!

On my journey to being healthier in 2015, Wendy's is helping me find the fresh to add to my day.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Comments (1)

  • Mike

    May 5, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    This is very good Allison. I think having a healthy salad everyday for your lunch or dinner is a great way to stay healthy. I eat one about everyday. I make my own. I put things like broccoli, spinach, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes and whatever else that I’m in the mood for that day. I usually eat mine dry (I can’t have mayonnaise or any other kind of creamy like dressing as I get serious sick from both, plus it’s just gross), but I occasionally put a little bit of Italian dressing on my salads just to spice them up. It’s actually not that hard to eat them plain though. :)

    But that’s interesting that you say that Wendy’s Salads are so good. Yes, I’ve heard the same thing about how many fast food chain restaurants’ salads end up having more calories than the burgers that they serve, which has always deterred me from eating salads at any of those places. But if you recommend it, I’ll have to give it a try sometime. Thanks!

    My problem isn’t that I forget to eat. I simply don’t eat like I’m supposed to at times. I have serious anxiety issues and when I’m anxious, I usually don’t eat, which I know isn’t good for me. I can go a whole day and not eat one bite if I’m in “high stress mode”.
    I’m in my 30s too and I probably have the body of someone in their 40s as I’ve learned that stress accelerates the aging process significantly.

    I’m trying to do better on both (my anxiety and eating) and drinking lots of water. That’s the key. Approximately, 50-65% of the average human body is made of water so it makes sense to keep it replenished as much as possible, especially now since the weather is getting warmer.

    But yeah, keep up the great work Allison! I admire your efforts to being as healthy as you can. I’m doing my best too!

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