One of my husband and my favorite eating out spots is Buffalo Wild Wings aka BWW aka 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. Update May 2016: BWW now has it’s calorie information online here!
- 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.
Eating Healthy at Buffalo Wild Wings
- Naked Tenders are 260 calories; the total fat is 6 grams. Seriously good, nutritional info!
- Boneless wings snack size plain are 500 calories, add Buffalo, Chipotle BBQ or Lemon Pepper sauce for only another 10 calories.
- Regular wings snack size range from 330 (plain) to 460 (Thai Curry). Not too shabby.
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! There are also two side salads available that will help you fill up and get in some healthy vegetables.
Healthy eating at Buffalo Wild Wings CAN be done! You just have to be intentional.
Classic Healthy Choices
You can’t go wrong with these choices, but they don’t really scream “B-dubs!” to me.
- Garden Chicken Salad with grilled chicken for 450 calories. Their Chicken Caesar salad is also a not a bad choice at 600 calories. Light ranch and light balsamic are available for dressings.
- Classic chicken wrap with grilled chicken is 600 calories–not awesome, but not bad considering it is a fairly healthy choice and has extra veggies.
- BBQ Chicken Sandwich for 610 calories. This sandwich even has cheese and bacon on it! Yes, please! Whenever I’m not sure what is a good restaurant choice you can hardly go wrong with a plain, grilled chicken sandwich.
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.
- Big Jack Daddy Burger—Oh my! This burger weighs in at over 1000 calories and is topped with pulled pork and onion rings! It’s completely crazy.
- There is a lot of “green-washing” happening in the salads. The Buffalo Chicken, Honey BBQ chicken, and Santa Fe salad all have over 1000 calories! *insert gasping emoji!*
- 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!
Healthy Starter Ideas
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. I love chips and salsa!!
Lighter Drink Options
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?
Bottom line: There are some healthier options at Buffalo Wild Wings, but not many.
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So there you have my healthy eating at Buffalo Wild Wings tips! Next time I go to BWW I will be ordering a snack pack of boneless wings with chipotle BBQ sauce, a caesar side salad, lots of celery, and a diet coke. This is a smart meal that is very “sports bar” and “Buffalo Wild Wings” to me, but still a reasonably healthy option.
Do you have any tips for eating healthy at Buffalo Wild Wings or a sports bar in general?
Don’t forget to pin this post so you can reference it when you eat out!
If you liked this, you may like my Healthy Boneless Buffalo Wings recipe! Delicious, boneless buffalo “wings” you can make and enjoy at home! No wild crowds at home!