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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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Turkey Reuben Sandwiches recipe
Randy Mayor

Lunch Option 1: Turkey Sandwich

Restaurant Meal: Cheesecake Factory's "The Club"―$11.95
Homemade Alternative: Turkey Reuben Sandwich―$2.33

Bacon aside, a club sandwich sounds like a fairly good choice, right? Don't assume so. The Cheesecake Factory's sandwich "The Club" weighs in at 1,432 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat, and 3,196mg sodium. Our Turkey Reuben Sandwich is a better choice for your belly and budget, with just 255 calories, 4.8 grams of saturated fat, and 865mg sodium. Here's what you save: $9.62 in your pocket, plus 82 percent fewer calories, 75 percent less saturated fat, and 73 percent less sodium.

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