Happy Monday peeps!
I hope you had a great weekend! My weekend was jam packed and I need a weekend from my weekend, ha!
As you know Saturday, I had planned on running the Healthy Kidney 10K and then going to SELF’s Workout in the Park. But then I got a surprise e-mail from Wendy‘s inviting me to an all-access look at their new fresh offerings in salads at SELF’s Workout in the Park before the event began!
So exciting! I even got to bring my friend with me as media!
Saturday’s forecast was dismal but we were not passing up the opportunity one bit! We were told to be at the park at 10, but we got there at 9 and got a chance to check out all of the vendors setting up.
(I saw the 10K start by the way and the male winner passed by the 200 meter mark from the finish which was by SELF around 27 minutes in, holy cow!)
Since we were there so early, my friend and I managed to score tons of swag first, haha.
At Wendy’s I got to meet nationally acclaimed registered dietitian Tara Gidus who walked me around Wendy’s tent and shared tons of facts about Wendy’s Garden Sensation salads that I did not know about!
Normally I avoid fast food chains because a) the greasy fast food and b) the salads are abysmal – from poor quality (i.e., limp greens) to calorie bombs (i.e, fatty dressings). Wendy’s Garden Sensations salads are freshly prepared every day and topped with a variety of premium ingredients not usually experienced at fast food restaurants. i love that their salads are prepped to order – you’re not getting a pre-packaged salad that’s been sitting in the fridge for hours or worse days. Their salads are also completely customizable! Don’t want blue cheese on your apple chicken pecan salad? No big deal! Don’t want chicken at all? That’s cool too. Whatever you want or don’t want, Wendy’s will take care of it!
Tara also discussed different tips and tricks to eating healthy on the go too! She was super friendly and knowledgeable!
Oh and we received a mini picnic basket with a half-sized portion of Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and a $5 gift card to sample any one of Wendy’s salads year-round.
But seriously the salad was awesome! The Apple Pecan Chicken Salad includes a blend of 11 salad greens, including Iceberg Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce and a Spring Mix, topped with real blue cheese crumbles, U.S. grown, hand-picked Granny Smith and sweet red apple pieces, seasoned roasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries and warm grilled chicken. This salad comes with preservative-free Pomegranate Vinaigrette dressing. The half sized salad portion was surprisingly substantial in size. And delicious! 170 calories in total (without dressing which was only an additional 60 calories) and was more than enough to tide us over. Now this is a salad I can see myself ordering time and time again!
Oh and Wendy’s has an app (you can also do this on their site) that allows you to build your own custom meal and within a calorie allotment too (which is good for me since I count calories). So cool! Way to take charge in your customers’ health and wants/dietary needs!
Right now, Wendy’s is offering an opportunity to win a $25 gift card by playing their Salad Secrets game. There are 12 secrets in total and the more secrets you unlock, the better your chances of winning the $25 Wendy’s gift card. The game is a lot of fun and super easy to play!
We also got to partake in the Wendy’s photo booth and get instant print outs when we instagrammed them (if you follow me on Instagram you might’ve seen a bajillion pictures from me at their booth yesterday).
It was a lot of fun hanging out with Tara and Wendy’s! Before we knew it, SELF’s workout in the park began. My friend and I got good spots and took part in all but 3 classes. Our favorite was Bhangra Masala and Kickboxing.
After being up since 5 a.m. and working out til 1:30, we were pooped and starved, so we got another salad at Wendy’s and stopped by a few more vendors that we didn’t see earlier and headed home looking like sweaty bag ladies with all the stuff we got!
In sum, I had so much fun and cannot wait for next year’s workout in the park! I always knew about this event and year after year I missed it for some reason or another and I am glad I got the chance to go this year!
What did you do this weekend?
Were you at the Workout in the Park? If so, what did you like best?
Disclaimer: Wendy’s invited me as media to try out their salads in exchange for a review and while I was offered complimentary access to SELF’s Workout in the Park, I had purchased my own ticket previously. As always, all opinions are my own.
Happy Monday peeps! I hope you had a great weekend! My weekend was jam packed and I need a weekend from my weekend, ha! As you know Saturday, I had planned on running the Healthy Kidney 10K and then going to SELF’s Workout in the Park. But then I got a surprise e-mail from Wendy‘s…