This post brought to you by Arby’s. All opinions are 100% mine.
I spend a lot of time here on Wondermom Wannabe extolling the virtues of a healthy lifestyle. One of the points I have made repeatedly is that moderation is the key to sustaining a lifelong habit of healthy eating and physical fitness. So, though I urge people to make healthy choices, I also advocate for the occasional indulgence since used correctly doing so will actually help you stay on track.
Arby’s is one of my husband’s favorite indulgences since he LOVES their Beef N’ Cheddar. My teenage son, however, typically campaigns for Subway because he likes their turkey sandwich which he usually gets with bacon. That was until he discovered the Grand Turkey Club Sandwich at Arby’s. The Grand Turkey Club Sandwich is made up of sliced roast turkey, melted Swiss cheese, pepper bacon, leaf lettuce, tomato and mayo on a toasted harvest wheat bun. It’s a BIG sandwich, definitely large enough to satisfy a healthy appetite (like my son’s). I like that it’s so filling, I don’t have room for the fries, which is usually the only thing I feel guilty about when I indulge in fast food.
We don’t eat fast food a lot so I typically don’t obsess over the nutritional details, but I was curious how this sandwich stacked up against some of the other fast food sandwiches my son sometimes chooses. Compared to his former favorite from Subway, the Grand Turkey Club has 50 more calories (which I’m pretty sure my son burns during the act of chewing—ah, to have a teen boy’s metabolism!) but it also has more protein (6 g more) and fewer carbohydrates (9 g less) which, for teen boys and really anyone trying to build or maintain muscle is a big bonus. I’m not saying you should start eating one every day, but if you’re going to indulge, choosing something packed with protein is a better choice than a calorie-laden meal loaded with refined carbohydrates.
Unsurprisingly, when compared to the Whopper and Big Mac, the Grand Turkey Club was far healthier. It had fewer calories (150 less than the Whopper and 70 less than the Big Mac), more protein (6 g more), less fat (11 g less than Whopper and 4 g less than Bic Mac), fewer carbs (20 g less than Whopper, 9 g less than Big Mac) and NO trans-fat.
For those of you who like ham and turkey, Arby’s is also offering the Grand Turkey & Ham Club for a limited time. Nutritionally, it’s almost identical to the Grand Turkey Club since it has all the same ingredients but replaces some of the turkey with ham so you can enjoy both great flavors.
So next time you are willing to give you’re craving a hot meal and you’re short on time, try the Grand Turkey Club. You’ll enjoy a satisfying meal packed with protein, that you can easily eat while you’re driving the kids to soccer practice. Click the following link to Find an Arby’s.