Things I Love Thursday- Wendy's Pick 2 (Plus a Giveaway)

TILT So yes, we are still eating super healthy, doing the “whole food” thing. And we have cut WAY back on eating fast food. It is seriously a rarity. But…..big but……(not to be confused with big butt)….sometimes it is a necessity. Well not like a literal necessity, but like a church got out a little late and it is ridiculously close to bedtime and by the time we get home and I cook something it is going to be late and besides I desperately need to go to the store…..kind of necessity. Or when we travel. I mean, you might be the kind of mom who packs healthy, nutritious lunches for the road, but I am the kind of mom who is lucky that I remembered to pack diapers.

So when we do fast food, I am kind of picky about where we do fast food. Honestly, my first choice is Panera because they have great organic options for the kids. But sometimes you just need a drive thru and sadly Panera doesn’t have that option (p.s. Panera- get that option and I am forever yours). So when we need a drive thru, we seek out a Wendy’s. Their nuggets actually resemble chicken inside and I have always been a fan of their chili. But now I have a new favorite menu item.

I was contacted by The Motherhood to join some other fabulous Michigan bloggers for a lunch to try out Wendy’s new “pick two” combo options.  with  You start with half sizes of one of their four salads and can add some great healthy choices for only $4.99. It was a great chance to hang out with some old and new friends and get a free lunch in the process.

(pic courtesy of Rock and Drool)

I tried the Apple Pecan Salad. Y’all (can I say y’all?), it tasted like a non- fast food restaurant salad. Apple chunks, blue cheese (I big puffy heart blue cheese), dried cranberries, chicken, and roasted pecans. Seriously, doesn’t that sound too fancy for fast food? I could not get over how good it was. Then for my dear readers, I went back the next day and tried the Baja Salad. Anything for my readers. It is kind of like a taco salad with guacamole, chili, salsa, some Frito-like things and a red jalapeno dressing. It wasn’t as good as the other salad (I’m kind of a guacamole snob), but it was still yummy.

I must admit, I was a little disappointed in their “healthy” side options. I chose bottled water as my side, but that wasn’t exactly filling. The other choices are a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, chili, a baked potato, a grilled or spicy homestyle Chicken Go Wraps, a small Frosty, or any other small-size beverage. I like their chili (but it didn’t sound good with my salad) and the baked potato is cooked in an oven, not a microwave so that is a pleasing option as well. But nothing else from those choices seemed all that healthy to me. I am not sure what a better fast food option would be, but I would love a few more healthy options.

That being said, as far as fast food goes, it is not a bad option. I loved the taste and the price. I loved the convenience. And for the rare times we eat fast food, I don’t have to beat myself up too badly over what I am eating.

Would you like to try the “Pick Two” option at Wendy’s. I have a $7 gift card to give away so you can try it. If you want to win, leave a comment letting me know which salad you would chose to try (the Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad, the Baja Salad, the BLT Cobb Salad, or the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad). For extra entries (Leave a SEPARATE comment for each):

  • Participate in Things I Love Thursday and leave an extra comment letting me know you did so
  • Become a subscriber to The Diaper Diaries or let me know if you already do so

Winner will be chosen at random on Wed. Oct, 27th. Good luck!!

Now, time for you to tell me what you love. Write up a post about anything you love, throw a link in there linking back to this blog/post, link up via Mr. Linky below, then spend your days and nights visiting the other participants. Here are all the detailed Things I Love Thursday rules. Link away!!!

Disclosure: I was given four $7 Wendy’s gift cards to pay for my meal and the meals of my two friends and one to giveaway.  I was also compensated for my time to attend the blogger meet-up at Wendy’s and to write this review.


  1. I subscribe! DUH! :)

  2. I linked, because I <3 you!

  3. Definitely, the Apple Pecan Chicken salad…and I’d probably get something unhealthy along with it!

    Sounds delish!
    Andrea @ Simple Organized Living recently posted…Kitchen Clutter &amp Empty CabinetsMy Profile

  4. Like always…I’m linked up!
    Andrea @ Simple Organized Living recently posted…Kitchen Clutter &amp Empty CabinetsMy Profile

  5. I subscribe…and I’m tweeting this just because :)
    Andrea @ Simple Organized Living recently posted…Kitchen Clutter &amp Empty CabinetsMy Profile

  6. That apple pecan sounds pretty good to me! Just don’t ever get a Frosty there… they are listed as the WORST fast food item ever. There’s something like 43 different chemicals in them. Ew! My hubby loves them so I would probably give him the gift card with the caveat that he could only get one a week. I don’t want him to die on me anytime soon! ;)

  7. I’m a subscriber
    Krista recently posted…Wordless Wednesday- Guys NightMy Profile

  8. I am writing my TILT post now, but I never let it go live until the day of so I will come back and link it in the morning! :) You really need to check it out when I do too!
    Krista recently posted…Wordless Wednesday- Guys NightMy Profile

  9. I came over from my google reader just to tell you that MY panera has a drive through. Woooot for us. :) It is lovely, by the way.

    We have also cut out fast food, but have done Wendy’s a couple of times, for the exact reason you mentioned. I tried the apple walnut salad as well and LOVED it. I order a very similar salad at O’Charlie’s restaurant and pay almost double for it. Wendy’s was almost as good! I feel like they are one of the healthiest options when you ‘have’ to eat out. The new pick two thing sounds like a good plan. I love a good baked potato and salad combo!

  10. Hi!

    This is my first time participating in the “Things I love thursday” activity. I think it’s gonna be fun. Have a good week! :)

  11. I always liked Wendy’s for fast food b/c at least they have the baked potato. I used to be addicted to their Frosties, until I started wondering what was in there since it has no dairy. I’m glad fast food places are branching out. Salads are kind of the original fast food, aren’t they (unless you have the cook the chicken first, of course)?
    Betsy (Eco-novice) recently posted…Green Cleaning – BathroomMy Profile

  12. I linked up!

  13. I think I’d try to the Spicy Chicken Ceasar salad.

  14. I subscribe!

  15. nicolerenae says:

    The Apple Pecan Chicken Salad sounds good!

  16. nicolerenae says:

    I am a subscriber!

  17. We are leaving for a family trip today {18 glorious hours spent in the car} and while we limit our fast food, I just KNOW that fast food will be consumed. Wendy’s is usually our family’s first or second pick because your options do seem healthier in the health-fast-food sorta way.
    Sarah recently posted…Potty Training Your 1 Year OldMy Profile

  18. How fun! I haven’t tried that salad, I usually just get the chili and a side salad when we go which hasn’t been FOREVER. Thanks!!!
    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy recently posted…Sweet- Sticky &amp Spicy ChickenMy Profile

  19. I submitted to Things I Love Thursday!! Thanks!
    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy recently posted…Sweet- Sticky &amp Spicy ChickenMy Profile

  20. I would get the apple pecan chicken salad.

  21. I also subscribe to you

  22. I want to try their salads!

  23. Long time subscriber :).
    Candace recently posted…The Beast Has Left the Living RoomMy Profile

  24. Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to try Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

  25. Jessie C. says:

    I’m a subscriber

  26. Christie says:

    I love the Baja salad–but it doesn’t need that dressing. I think the dressing makes it not so good.

  27. Christie says:

    subscriber :)

  28. I’d be tempted to with the Baja (I love me a taco salad). But the apple pecan sounds pretty good too!
    Kendra aka The Meanest Momma recently posted…Things I Love Thursday- Our NeighborhoodMy Profile

  29. i subscribe
    Kendra aka The Meanest Momma recently posted…Things I Love Thursday- Our NeighborhoodMy Profile

  30. and I also linked above. :)

  31. Are they premade salads? If they are not, I would pick the Apple Pecan salad minus the chicken. I like those types of salads.
    LaVonne recently posted…Shopscotch Cash Back SiteMy Profile

  32. I participated in TILT this week. :) Thanks for hosting.
    LaVonne recently posted…Shopscotch Cash Back SiteMy Profile

  33. I subscribe via email to your RSS feed. Thanks!
    LaVonne recently posted…Shopscotch Cash Back SiteMy Profile

  34. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Great giveaway! If I won, I’d choose the Apple Pecan chicken salad! Yum!


  35. Nicole-Lynn says:

    I subscribe via email!


  36. Ooh, I’d go Cobb all the way. I love a good Cobb salad!
    JessieLeigh recently posted…Three Bible Verses to Reflect On In Times of StruggleMy Profile

  37. I linked up and posted the things I love. This is my first thursday so I went with the very few things I have used to start my day today. My grandson is coming over for “school with Nana”.. so I need to log off and get his day started.

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I love the idea of this hop.

    ps. wish there was a wendy’s near me!!
    Nana (Patty) Poppins recently posted…Things I love ThursdayMy Profile

  38. you used it :)
    it was great meeting you! hope to see you again!

  39. Hi! Nice blog here! New follower! Hope you stop by too! ;)
    Burciko recently posted…NO RULES SATURDAY 2My Profile

  40. Lori S says:

    I want to try the baja salad.


  41. Lori S says:

    Email subscriber


  42. Kristen says:

    I”d get the Baja Salad.

  43. catherine says:

    I would love to try the Apple pecan salad…with a frosty as my side!

  44. Lisa L says:

    I would like to try Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

  45. Lisa L says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  46. I’d love to try the BLT Cobb Salad

  47. I subscribe via email