Chik-fil-a was another of those fast food locations that was a go to in my life before low sodium. I loved their spicy chicken sandwiches. Then I had heart issues. Then I needed to watch sodium. Then I realized my favorite sandwich came in at 1600 mg of sodium just for the sandwich. Then I started crying. That was before I developed my philosophy of hacking salt to allow me to enjoy the foods I liked, that tasted great, that could meet my sodium restrictions, and still taste great.
With that mentality I have been visiting the menus of many restaurants, in order to hack their menus and find those items that I, and my fellow low sodium sojourners can order and stay within our healthy limits. So many people, when told they have to go low sodium grieve and lament that they will never be able to dine out again. Many will bow out of social engagements that take them out to dining establishments, because they assume there will be nothing they could eat there, and would be tempted to give up their low sodium lives. That is what drives me to keep on going through the menus and nutrition information to find out if there are choices we can make to eat. If there are no choices, they will end up on my list of restaurants to avoid. If they do have choices, then they will get their own write-up, like this one.
I went through Chik-fil-a’s menu and nutrition information found here. So here is the answer to can I eat low sodium at Chik-fil-a?
All of the selections are based upon your meal coming in under 750 mg. of sodium. You may have different restrictions, so always make sure you know what guidelines your doctors have for you.
From their classics menu:
- The Griled Chicken Nuggets are 530 mg.
- A small waffle fry is 140 mg.
- A medium coleslaw is 280 mg.
- A fruit cup has 0 mg.
- The fruit cup with Greek Yogurt is 65 mg.
- A side salad is 110 mg. (without dressing)
- The Grilled Market Salad is 570 mg.
- The Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Dressing is 260 mg.
From their Breakfast Menu:
- The Cinnamon Cluster is 240 mg.
- Hashbrowns are 400 mg.
- A Vanilla Milkshake is 370 mg.
- The Chocolate Chunk Cookie is 230 mg.
- The Frosted Lemonade is 160 mg.
- An Ice Dream Cup is 200 mg.
- The Chik-fil-a sauce is 170 mg.
- The Polynesian Sauce is 210 mg.
- Kid’s Grilled Nuggets are 400 mg.
- A Cinnamon Apple Sauce is 10 mg.
- A Milk is 95 mg.
I’ve listed the lowest sodium items in each category. You should be able to compose a meal that fits in your goals to hit your daily sodium milligram guidelines. If you have a restaurant you want me to visit next, please let me know in the comments below!