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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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Romaine and Turkey Slalad with Creamy Avocado Dressing recipe
Lee Harrelson

Lunch Option 2: Turkey Salad

Restaurant Meal: Applebee's Santa Fe Chicken Salad―$8.99
Homemade Alternative: Romaine and Turkey Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing―$3.69

This is another example of a seemingly healthy option―grilled chicken salad―that can be deceiving. Guacamole, sour cream, and Mexi-ranch dressing pack Applebee's Santa Fe Chicken Salad with 1,270 calories, 24 grams saturated fat, and 3,460mg sodium. Our homemade version uses avocados in a creamy dressing and subs your leftover turkey meat for 80 percent fewer calories, 82 percent less saturated fat, and 69 percent less sodium.

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