A Call for Spring + Wendy’s Oatmeal Bar Review

I don’t care what that Punxawhatever Phil says, I think we’re in for an early spring here in Memphis:


Daffodils blooming in my neighbor’s yard on February 2 give me hope that Spring is just around the corner. (Not that I have much to complain about; it was almost 70° when I was out walking.)

Speaking of that groundhog, how could he see his shadow if it was “mostly cloudy” outside? I don’t think a camera-strobe shadow should count as his “official shadow”. If we’re going to allow artificial shadows, then why not put a tiny little sleep mask over his eyes to be sure he doesn’t see any shadow?

Okay, enough of that. I have an unsolicited product review to share, the Wendy’s Oatmeal Bar. I have been wanting to try one of these for a while, and this morning after my strength training workout was a really good time. I was waiting for a prescription from Walgreen’s next door and needed post-workout sustenance fast.

While I knew the oatmeal bar wouldn’t be the healthiest thing on the planet, I also figured it wouldn’t kill me and actually thought it might be better to try it without knowing the ingredients and nutritional information, lest that influence my opinion. You know, me being all scientific and all. Besides, I was hungry after that workout!

The bar:
Wendy's Oatmeal Bar

The observations:

Portion size: Good. Not too large, not too small.

Taste: Very Good. Moist and flavorful, I suspect they used real oatmeal and those are actual cranberries in there, too. From the taste, I could tell there had to be a fair amount of sugar as well. And you can bet that moistness doesn’t come from anything really good for us. But it did taste like real food that I might have made at home, unlike certain other fast food places that sell an oatmeal-ish product for breakfast.

Satiety: Surprisingly good. Usually a post-workout snack or meal burns right up, but this bar was filling for the remainder of the morning.

Nutrition: Not so good. I looked it up on the Wendy’s Breakfast site when I got home:

wendys oatmeal bar nutrition

Yup, too much fat, too much sugar, too little protein. But hey, the sodium isn’t crazy-bad! And the fiber’s decent.

The Verdict…well, there are two, I suppose. Verdict 1:

wendys oatmeal bar after

It was really quite tasty…but that nutritional info makes Verdict 2: Not Part of My Rotation. Maybe as a vacation splurge, if I had someone to split it with, but honestly, for that much fat and sugar, I’d just as soon have a donut. :)

In case the FTC has nothing better to do than read this, I should mention that I paid $0.99 for my oatmeal bar out of my very own pocket.

That’s it for me for the week. I have work to do and blogs to read (not to mention dinner to prepare), so I should get busy! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

7 thoughts on “A Call for Spring + Wendy’s Oatmeal Bar Review

  1. I haven’t been to Wendy’s in quite a while and didn’t know they had this. It looks good and sounds good too. Well, except for the nutrition part. Sigh. Thanks for reviewing. :)

  2. Hey Cammy, that oatmeal bar looks good, but I think I’ll be avoiding it! I’m with you on spring. Not blooming yet, but daffodils and tulips have pushed up out of the ground and our weather has been a constant 20+ degrees above normal for the winter.

  3. Yes for nice weather!!!

    I am with you – a pass for me PLUS I make my own BUT if I but, I look for more protein in a bar & yes, less of that other stuff you mentioned! :-)

  4. Nice daffodils!!! Our local groundhog predicted spring and I think he is right…it is actually like winter didn’t happen…yet.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

  5. Yep…here in Southeastern CT it’s been warmer than normal, not as warm as where you are, but I’ll take it!

    I pretty much make it a point not to stop in fast food restaurants…I’d rather bring my own whatever from home, or stop in a store where I can at least read the ingredients. That said, you’re right…one oatmeal bar from Wendy’s is not going to make or break you!

  6. Daffodils! Hooray! I can’t wait for spring to come!
    The bar looks good, and I’m not much of a “bar girl” (not in the hooker sense of the word either :p)

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