If you’re following the Noom diet and you want to eat at Chick-fil-A, then you’re probably wondering what the best menu items are to help you stay on track.
As someone who has reviewed the Noom Diet App extensively, I can tell you which menu items are Noom-friendly and how to tweak them to fit your individual needs.
I’ll also share my top 3 Noom-friendly meals to help you lose weight, and which meals I recommend you avoid.
Can You Eat At Chick-fil-A On Noom?
Yes, you can enjoy various meals from Chick-fil-A that adhere to Noom’s principles and guidelines and still make progress toward your goal.
Although you may feel guilty eating out while you’re trying to lose weight, Noom encourages you to leave the all-or-nothing thinking in the past so that you can find balance with food and adhere to your plan long-term.
Noom is designed to help users lose weight by teaching them how to balance low-calorie foods and high-calorie foods.
Noom also provides a calorie range for each user that gives them more food freedom instead of restricting people to a specific calorie target.
Therefore, as long as you stay within your calorie range and get a balance of green, yellow, and orange foods (discussed below), then you’ll stay on track with your weight loss goal despite eating out.
- Read my complete Noom Fast Food Guide where I provide meal options at 6 different fast food restaurants.
How To Eat A Noom-Friendly Chick-fil-A Fil Meal
Here are 5 tips to make your Chick-fil-A order more noom-friendly:
Tip #1: Remember the Color System
Quickly remind yourself of the Noom color system:
- Green Foods: the least calorie-dense, often full of healthy nutrients (think fruits and veggies); these should make up the bulk of your diet.
- Yellow Foods: moderate calorie content, often providing more protein and fiber (meats, legumes, whole grains, etc.); although crucial for your overall health, they should be eaten in moderation.
- Orange (red) Foods: the most calorie-dense foods, often with the poorest nutritional profile (i.e. desserts) but not always (i.e. avocado); eat these less frequently and in smaller quantities.
Aim to choose menu items that contain more green and yellow foods than red foods to keep your calorie intake in check and maximize the number of nutrients you’re consuming.
Tip #2: Be Mindful Of Your Side Dish
To improve the quality of your meal at Chick-fil-A, focus on adding a side dish that’s low in calories but high in nutrients (i.e. green & yellow foods).
The best Noom-friendly side dish options at Chick-fil-A are the “side salad” (470 calories) and the “kale crunch side” (170 calories).
You can reduce the calories further by skipping cheeses, dressings, and natural oils, or asking for these fat sources on the side so you can control the amount used.
You can customize your order through their app’s “Click to add” and “Click to remove” options or by telling the employees at the physical locations how you’d like your food prepared.
Craving something sweet? Go for a fruit cup. The large one has only 100 calories and is loaded with nutrients that support your health and keep you on track with your weight loss efforts.
Tip #3: Cut Out Unnecessary Calories
Hidden calories are often the main reason that people struggle to lose weight despite seemingly eating well, which is why Noom encourages its users to track everything they consume.
Sugary sodas, dressings, dipping sauces, and similar goodies might pair well with your meal and side, but the caloric cost associated with these items is rarely worth it.
For instance, a White Peach Sunjoy is 160 calories, but water or diet soda? Zero calories.
Dipping sauces range from 25 to 140 calories per serving, and dressings are in the range of 90 to 300+ calories.
Adding a dessert? That’s going to cost you at least 140 calories, but it can go as high as 690 calories.
- Related: 35 Noom-Friendly Dessert Ideas
Tip #4: Go For Grilled Over Fried
Aside from considering the nutritional profile of foods, Noom uses a calorie-density formula to classify foods. It takes the calories per serving and divides that number by the food’s weight or volume.
Fried foods generally fall in the orange category because they have more than 2.4 calories per gram. In contrast, grilled foods are less calorie-dense and generally fall into the green or yellow category.
So, when ordering a meal, swap fried ingredients for grilled ones to save on calories and increase your consumption of green or yellow foods rather than orange food.
Tip #5: Consider the Calories
Part of what makes Noom great is that it emphasizes healthy eating but also gives users some freedom to enjoy certain foods in moderation.
The great thing about Chick-fil-A and many other restaurants today is they display the calorie content of each meal, making it easy to tell if your choice fits within your calorie goal.
For example, the Chick-fil-A Cool Wrap has 660 calories and consists of fresh veggies, grilled chicken meat, and a blend of cheeses, all wrapped inside a flaxseed flour flatbread.
One look is enough to tell you this option has a balanced nutritional profile and can work on a Noom diet.
The only thing left to decide is whether it’s ‘worth’ 660 calories. If not, you can always consider a lower-calorie option on the menu. If it is, go for it!
Those who are more active will have a higher calorie range than those who are less active, so for some 660 calories is low but for others, it could take up a significant chunk of their calorie budget.
3 Noom Chick-fil-A Meals
The top 3 Noom-friendly meals at Chick-fil-A are:
1. Grilled Chicken Sandwich
The Grilled Chicken Sandwich at Chick-fil-A is the perfect meal for most people looking to lose weight. It tastes great, fills you up for a while, and doesn’t add many calories to your daily budget.
This Chick-fil-A sandwich only has 390 calories, which means it should work for most people on Noom. Plus, it offers a healthy blend of green and yellow foods, so you don’t have to minimize your intake of yellow or orange foods for the rest of the day.
With 28 grams of protein, it’s also a good source of protein that will help to keep you full for longer and help you preserve lean muscle as you lose weight.
The only potential drawback is that it doesn’t have much lettuce or tomato, which means it mainly consists of yellow foods. However, because it’s lower in calories, you could easily add a side salad or kale crunch side to boost the nutrient content of the meal.
How To Order It
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich
How This Performs In Noom
- 390 calories, 30% green foods, 70% yellow foods, 0% orange foods (based on approximate ingredient measurements)
Green Foods: Green Leaf Lettuce, Tomato
Yellow Foods: Grilled Chicken Breast, Toasted Multigrain Bun
Orange Foods: N/A
2. Chick-fil-A Cool Wrap
While higher in calories than the grilled chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A’s Cool Wrap offers a good balance of green and yellow foods with just a few orange ones.
This 660 calorie wrap has over 40 grams of fat but it is also rich in protein for satiety and supplies some complex carbs to support your energy levels throughout the day.
Enjoying a cool wrap two to three hours before training would be an excellent way to fuel your workout.
If 660 calories don’t fit comfortably within your calorie budget, you can reduce the calories and eliminate the orange foods by ordering the wrap without cheese.
By ordering it without cheese, you save at least 200 calories, according to MyFitnessPal data. However, the exact amount can vary.
How To Order It
- Chick-fil-A Cool Wrap
How This Performs In Noom
- 660 calories, 20% green foods, 70% yellow foods, 10% orange foods (based on approximate ingredient measurements)
Green Foods: Green Leaf Lettuce
Yellow Foods: Grilled Chicken Breast, Flaxseed Flour Flatbread
Orange Foods: Monterey Jack Cheese, Cheddar Cheese
3. Grilled Nuggets + A Side Salad
My personal favorite Noom-friendly meal at Chick-fil-A is the Grilled Nuggets paired with a Side Salad. You can’t go wrong with a lean protein source like grilled nuggets and a salad consisting primarily of green veggies.
While somewhat low in carbs, this meal is well-balanced and provides enough of all the essential nutrients your body needs. There is also a fair amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that support good health and proper digestion.
Although this meal combo has 600 calories, it will fill you up for hours (thanks to the high protein and fiber content) which makes it easier to stay within the calorie range Noom recommends.
If 600 calories is more than you want to allocate to this meal, skip the cheese and the salad dressing; this saves you around 380 calories.
How To Order It
- 8-piece grilled nuggets with a side salad
How These Performs In Noom
- 600 calories total, 50% green foods, 30% yellow foods, 20% orange foods (based on approximate ingredient measurements)
Green Foods: Mixed Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Charred Tomato, Red Bell Peppers
Yellow Foods: Grilled Nuggets
Orange Foods: Monterey Jack Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Salad Dressing
Meals To Avoid At Chick-fil-A
Meals to avoid are:
- Sandwiches with pressure-cooked meat. It’s best to avoid meals like the Chick-fil-A A Deluxe Sandwich because they have more calories and fats per serving, making it more difficult to stay within your calorie range.
- Fried meat. Skip the Chick-fil-A Nuggets, Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips, and similar options. While a good source of protein, these are also full of calories and have significantly more fat than grilled meat.
- Meat, bacon, and cheese sandwich combos. While mouth-watering, these sandwiches are full of orange foods that push the fat content (and calories) into the stratosphere.
- Fries. It’s best to avoid fries as your side and instead go for a salad because they’re high in calories but won’t keep you full for long.
Other Noom Fast Foods Guides
- Noom Meals At Starbucks
- Noom Meals At Chipotle
- Noom Meals At Subway
- Noom Meals At Taco Bell
- Noom Meals At McDonald
- Noom Meals At Burger King
About The Author
Philip Stefanov is a certified conditioning coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor. With more than nine years of experience in the industry, he’s helped hundreds of clients improve their nutritional habits, become more consistent with exercise, lose weight in a sustainable way, and build muscle through strength training. He is passionate about writing and has published more than 500 articles on various topics related to healthy nutrition, dieting, calorie and macronutrient tracking, meal planning, fitness and health supplementation, best training practices, and muscle recovery.
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