Check out this sandwich! Guess where it is from? No, not my kitchen - this is a professional photo of an Arby's chicken salad sandwich.
Notice all the healthy looking elements - lettuce, grapes, apples, maybe a little celery, and whole grain bread! Honestly, I couldn't believe that Arby's - famous for roast beef on bread - could create such a sandwich.
How did I learn about this sandwich? Well, Arby's contacted me with an offer of TWO free chicken salad sandwiches to do a taste-off. Yes, they sent me a gift certificate to both Arby's and Subway and asked me to compare the products.
There is nothing Snack Girl likes better than free sandwiches. Also, I thought I could see if these healthy offerings live up to their hype.
Here is the Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan sandwich:
Holy bananas, Batman! What happened to all those lovely grapes and apple bits?
840 calories, 44 g fat, 82 g carbohydrates, 34 g protein, 6 g fiber, 1220 mg sodium, 23 Points+
For 1/2 sandwich = 420 calories, 22 g fat, 41 g carbohydrates, 17 g protein, 3 g fiber, 620 mg sodium, 11 Points+
The taste was very good, but it lacked all those apple, grape, and celery chunks that I was looking forward to - also, mine didn't have one pecan in it. They make it at the store so I bet they vary quite a bit.
Here is the Subway Orchard Chicken Salad Sandwich:
For Footlong version: 730 calories, 16 g fat, 108 g carbohydrates, 40 g protein, 12 g fiber, 1110 mg sodium, 19 Points+
For 6 inch version: 370 calories, 8 g fat, 54 g carbohydrates, 20 g protein, 6.0 g fiber, 560 mg sodium, 9 Points+
This tasted very sweet - they use sweetened dried cranberries - and frankly they didn't work. This also lacked much celery or apples, and the chicken was tasteless. Also, the bread was soggy and the lettuce wasn't as nice as Arby's.
Don't you dare eat an entire Arby's or Subway Footlong in one sitting unless you are a construction worker. These portion sizes are seriously out of control.
On average an adult is supposed to eat about 2000 calories per day. You are already at 840 and you haven't even touched that 24 ounce Coke yet.
Don't do it!
Now that you have put away half of your Arby's sandwich until tomorrow - umm, why is there so MUCH mayonnaise and chicken and so few fruits and veggies? This sandwich does not look as advertised and while it tasted great - it needs more of the healthy element that we were promised in the promotional photo.
Subway's sandwich is making up for its lack of fat (good going Subway) by an increased amount of sugar (awwwww :(.
Notice that it's 6 inch version has 54 grams of carbohydrates versus Arby's 41 grams. You can taste the sugar, and it really doesn't belong in a chicken salad sandwich.
You know, I really like my local sandwich shop. Their sandwiches are much fresher - and I like supporting small businesses. But, there is a cost difference:
- 6 dollars local sandwich shop
- 5 dollars (Footlong) Subway
- 4.60 Arby's
Maybe I'll just make my own chicken salad :) Sounds like a great post for Snack Girl.
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What do you think of these new chicken salad sandwiches?
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