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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

Chicken Cobb Salad
Lee Harrelson

Lunch Option 1: Cobb Salad

Restaurant Meal: California Pizza Kitchen Cobb Salad with Chicken―$13.49
Homemade Alternative: Chicken Cobb Salad―$5.11

Using leftover chicken from the previous recipe, you can save more than $8 by brown-bagging your own Cobb salad. This way you can control the calories, saturated fat, and sodium that can often go unchecked in restaurant salads with heavy dressings. California Pizza Kitchen's Cobb Salad, without dressing, contains 630 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,510mg sodium―not a great start. Add ranch dressing, and the totals jump to 1,150 calories, 24 grams saturated fat, and 1,960mg sodium. Our salad contains almost 77 percent fewer calories, 90 percent less saturated fat, and 60 percent less sodium.

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