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Subway: Free Sandwich Fail

So, I feel that it’s pretty established by now that I am a common patron of Jared’s favorite haunt: Subway. Well, as such, I am one of those people that keeps one of their cards on me to rack up points for the occasional free sandwich. Makes sense to me. The only skin off my back is having to remember to hand them the stupid thing before paying for my sub.

So, a little while back, I had a hankering for a roast beef sub. Not unheard of, and we were heading to Subway anyways as it is in the same complex that my roommate and I do our grocery shopping. I had remembered from my last visit that they had pointed out that I had accumulated enough points for a free 6-inch sub. Perfect. I went into subway, ordered my sub, handed them my card…and guess what?

Apparently roast beef is a Premium sub, and you can only use the free deals on things that are on the five-dollar-foot-long side of the fence. So lame. So, here is the cautionary tale of there always being a catch…at least the sub was tasty though, but it could have done with some of that special sauce called free sandwich.

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Subway: A New and Improved Website?

Lately, a week can’t go by that I don’t write some post about Subway. Some are good, some are bad, some are simply informative. This is an interesting note, especially after my call for more transparency on Subway’s main website.

After a friend had suggested that I try Subway’s new Orchard Chicken Salad sub, I decided to see what kind of nutrition Subway was toting with what, in my mind, could never be that good for you. Well, after a brief struggle at Subway.com, looking in the nutrition and menu section for information about this sandwich, I was redirected to a whole new site: SubwayFreshBuzz.com.

Now this was interesting. Instead of fixing their original site, it looks as if Subway simply redesigned it at another URL. Well, I must say that I was able to find my information here, and then some. This site has some serious chops compared to the old site.

To start, the UI is much better, looking to have climbed out of the 90’s, and early 2000 website style previously sported by Subway. Now we have some good features on the site.

Of course my first stop was the menu/nutrition tab. Along the right side of the page are expandable sections of Subway’s menu. Click on an item, and in the left and center area, you get a nice picture of the item, and a description. What is that right below? Nutritional Information? Don’t mind if I do! Click on this button, and you get a nice clean breakdown of your sandwich’s “stats”.

Now, you know how I asked for transparency? Well, opening up the nutritional information triggers the “your build” button to be revealed. Click on this, and the picture is replaced by an ingredient selector. This serves a two-fold purpose. First, it gives a clean representation of what comes on the sandwich with the nutritional information provided. Second, its dynamic so as you customize your sandwich, the nutritional information changes to reflect your ingredients.

Now that’s what I’m talking about Subway! You have officially one me over with your new site. Now an OCD eater like me can figure out even more accurately what I’m taking in at my favorite sub shop. You have restored my faith with your new website, and smart design.

With these new tools in hand, I was able to calculate the point-age of the orchard chicken without further struggle. It joins the Sweet Onion Chicken Terriyaki as a 7 point 6 inch sub on the menu. Not bad, and definitely worth a try in my mind. Thanks Subway!

Deception at Subway: Nutrition Discrepancy?

So, I am a big fan of Subway, and love that they offer some Weight Watcher’s friendly menu items on their 6 grams of fat or less menu. Previously I wrote a post breaking down the point values of Jared’s menu items, and happily continued on my way. Just wanted to get that out there before I start the bashing.

Well recently, I was wondering what some of the nutritional values might be if I mixed it up a little. You know, be a rogue and have a flatbread instead of Jared’s standard wheat. Off I went to Subway’s helpful nutrition page to convert the numbers to a point value, when I discovered some shady, and misleading information.

Let’s talk numbers.  To start, we’ll begin with the basics: the nutrition for a sandwich as a 6 Grams of Fat or Less, and as a flatbread.

6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Flatbread Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Calories

380

410

Fat

4.5 g

7 g

Fiber

5 g

3 g

Points

7

8

Ok, so there’s just a little difference here, so lets see where it comes from. We’ll look at the bread used.

6” 9-Grain Wheat Bread

Flatbread

Calories

210

240

Fat

2 g

5 g

Fiber

4 g

2 g

So, here is what we can take away. The difference in the breads account for the differences in the sandwiches almost exactly. Aka the only difference is the bread. But wait, there’s more! Jump now to Subway’s note at the bottom of the page:

Subs with 6 grams of fat or less include 9-Grain Wheat bread, lettuce tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. All other sandwich values include cheese unless otherwise noted” – Subway

So wait, this means that my flatbread has cheese on it right? What is this mysterious calorie and fat free cheese that Subway has discovered to make this possible? Well, it all depends on what they mean by “otherwise noted”.

Jumping over to the Sandwich Components section of their site, we can see what actually should go into a Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki:

Teriyaki glazed chicken strips, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, olives, and sweet onion sauce” – Subway

Ok, so this type of sub isn’t inherently made with cheese. I didn’t know that, Subway employees usually assume you want cheese anyways, and the nutrition page is misleading on what is supposed to contain cheese. Still, there are other problems even if we accept that the cheese not being part of the sub has been “otherwise noted”.

The sandwich description says that the sub comes with “olives and sweet onion sauce” in addition to the items that the nutrition page says makes up the 6 grams of fat or less subs. Now I’ll give them the olives, they hardly make a difference, but sweet onion sauce, although fat free, is not calorie free. So, should I assume that Jared’s version and the flatbread come with sauce, or that neither do?

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that Subway offers some nice options for the health conscious fast-food-goer, but still, a little transparency would be nice. For now, I say screw it, let there be cheese and sauce for all!!! Muahahahaha!!!

And as a parting shot:

6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Flatbread Sweet Onion Chicken Terriyaki

Calories

380

410

Fat

4.5 g

7 g

Fiber

5 g

3 g

Points

7

8

Weight Watchers Goes Out: Taco Bell Fresco Decoded

Oh chain restaurants, how America loves thee. Still, I’m not here to trash them. I won’t lie, I enjoy going out to them, and even rocked some Taco Bell last evening for dinner.

Taco Bell is still a novelty too me, so I’m almost always good to go there. Growing up, the nearest “Big” town had the classic three: McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s. I was always a big Wendy’s guy, but now I favor BK, and the Wendy’s is getting replaced by a DQ…I digress. What I’m really here to talk about is how to stay on the Weight Watchers wagon at a place like Taco Bell. Luckily, Taco Bell has joined the health craze with their Fresco Diet Menu.

Weight Watcher’s Points for Fresco Menu

  • Fresco Bean Burrito: 7 Points
  • Fresco Burrito Supreme – Chicken: 7 Points
  • Fresco Burrito Supreme – Steak: 6 Points
  • Fresco Crunchy Taco: 3 Points
  • Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco: 3 Points
  • Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco: 3 Points
  • Fresco Soft Taco: 4 Points

So there you have it: nothing on the Fresco Menu is particularly crippling, and you can actually fair better than at some of the Bell’s competitors. Still, the key here is that when you start combining items, you can lose that fiber bonus as most of these items are loaded fiber already. The Bean Burrito alone boasts 11g of the stuff. Mmmmm fiber. Still, walk away with a burrito, and a chicken soft taco, and you’re doing pretty well for a trip to the fast food place. I know where to go when I want to be bad and good at the same time now.

Healthy “Fried” Rice

Minute Rice So I think that we’ve all seen this box floating around in the cupboard at some point. Some of us keep it for that emergency dinner, while others use it as a staple for every meal. No matter how you use this rice, you can give it a bit more life, and make a healthy, delicious, 7point weight watchers dinner.

To start, simply cook a single serving of the rice (that’s half a cup people). Once the rice has cooked, throw it into a Tupperware container, and toss it into the fridge. I try to do this in the morning before work so that I don’t have to worry about the cooling process when I get home.

The key to GOOD fried rice is to pre-cook it, and let it cool thoroughly.

Now when you get home, prep some vegis. I like to use red onion and green pepper, but feel free to be a bit more traditional and through in some green onion or bean sprouts. Once they’re all chopped, get them sauteing in a decent sized fry pan. To keep it healthy, use liberal amounts of calorie-free cooking spray; NO OIL!!! Through in some salt and garlic powder for flavor.

Now to get some chicken going. I use Perdue Perfect Portions Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts in Roasted Garlic and White Wine. These are 2 points a piece, and like the name says, the perfect portion. Chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks, and toss them into another fry pan with more cook spray,  and some pepper. Also give them a liberal dousing of Worcestershire sauce.

Once your chicken is going, get that cold rice into the fry pan with your vegetables. Hit it with another liberal dousing of cook spray, and also add salt, pepper, and some more Worcestershire. Keep this on a high heat. Once your chicken is done, toss it into the rice and vegis, but keep the pan on the heat. If you have it empty a package of egg beaters into the pan, and scramble that.

As a note, you can buy packages of three two serving cups of egg beaters in the grocery store. One while cup, two servings, is only 1 point.

Once your eggs are done, throw them in the rice, and turn it all together. Make sure that you are getting a slightly brown color, and you will just know when your rice is there. It sounds a little hectic to make, but is actually pretty easy.

Now sit back and enjoy a heaping portion of healthy chicken fried rice. 🙂

Organic Frozen Yogurt?

7 Point Pint!

7 Point Pint!

Temperature very rarely dictates my cravings. I’ll want a fresh steaming bowl of corn chowder on a blazing 100 degree day, or even a pint of ice cream in the middle of a snow storm. Temperature dictations aside, who out there has ever happily chowed down on an entire pint of ice cream thanks to some incomprehensible desire to eat the entire thing? Well, here’s hoping I’m not the only one. I think it’s a given that this kind of splurge is a diet breaker. After a little research, I did find my own solution.

While digging around on a quiet night at the grocery store, I was battling with myself about getting some Ben and Jerry’s. This was bad, so I started reasoning with myself. I moved over to looking at low fat ice creams, and then to frozen yogurt. Finally, I stumbled upon the Stonyfield Farms Organic Frozen Yogurt. Looking at the package, I found that the entire pint would only be 7 points (a little heavy for dessert, but better than falling off the wagon.) With a tad bit of uncertainty, I grabbed it, and returned home. To my utmost surprise, it was pretty good. It’s by no means, a Ben And Jerry’s Everything But The…, but it satisfied the craving, and maintained my daily points. For those of you out there who fall to this kind of crazing like I do, give this a try and see if it might be your solution as well.

Subway: Jared has it Right

For a few years now, we have been seeing ads for Subway, with their poster boy Jared talking about their healthy offerings. Well, he is right, the 6 Grams of Fat or Less menu is a healthy way to get fast food. Here’s a breakdown of the menu:

6 Grams of Fat or Less Subs
6″ Ham (Black Forrest w/o cheese) : 5 Points
6″ Oven Roasted Chicken Breast: 6 Points
6″ Roast Beef: 6 Points
6″ Subway Club: 6 Points
6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki: 7 Points
6″ Turkey Breast: 5 Points
6″ Turkey Breast & Ham: 5 Points
6″ Veggie Delight: 4 Points

Looking at the menu, it’s easy to see that Subway is a great choice for fast food dieting. The key is not to miss the fine print. According to Subway’s nutrition site, these point values are based on the sub being on 6 inches of their 9-Grain Wheat Bread with lettuce, tomato, onions, and green peppers. Note the fact that these subs DO NOT include cheese, or any form of condiment. Don’t lose hope. Since the subs are so reasonably pointed, it won’t cripple you to get 1 slice of cheese, and add 2 Points to your overall sub value. Even an 8 Point sub is reasonable. If you’re like me, and can’t stand a dry sandwich, then there is the fat free honey mustard which you can ask for. It tastes great, and only adds about a point for a healthy serving. There you have it, a decent sized meal for a reasonable amount of points. You just need to let go of the foot long chicken bacon ranch sub, my own personal weakness.