Nutrition Made Easy

Our nutrition experts and registered dietitians translate the latest nutrition research into tips you can use to eat healthier every day.

Nutrition Showdown:
Homemade vs. Restaurant Lunch

We crunched the numbers to learn the real cost of eating out. See what lunches from leftovers can save your waist (and your wallet). By Katherine Brooking, MS, RD

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What's your lunch really costing you?

Eating out quickly racks up costs and calories. Even seemingly healthful restaurant meals―a salad or a turkey sandwich―can be nutritional pitfalls when supersized portions and mystery ingredients factor in. The calorie counts may shock you.

With a little planning, it's easy to transform leftovers into healthy, affordable lunches. We'll show you several choices for dinner tonight, plus options for tomorrow's lunch, and compare how our lunch portions stack up―nutritionally and money-wise―to their counterparts at popular chain restaurants.

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