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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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Lunch Option: Ham and Cheese Toasted Sandwich recipe
Randy Mayor

Lunch Option 1: Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Restaurant Meal: Panera Smoked Ham and Swiss―$6
Homemade Alternative: Ham and Cheese Toasted Sandwich―$1.49

A good ham and Swiss sandwich is a comfort-food classic. By making your own, you'll benefit your budget as well as your taste buds. Our homemade version comes in at 246 calories, 4.3 grams saturated fat, and 859mg sodium. The restaurant alternative featured here is a bit harder on your wallet and your waistline at 690 calories, 10 grams saturated fat, and 2,320mg sodium.

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