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The Great Sandwich Stack-Up

By Value Guru, August 25, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru
Most people don't raise turkeys so the only way they have any indication of the real cost of sliced turkey on a sandwich is the price at the store. Well, our turkey standards prohibit animal by-products in feed and require space for normal turkey behavior. So isn't it worth it that when a turkey is raised with these standards its meat costs more? Let's breakdown a turkey sandwich to see how our health-saving sandwich-making suggestions stack up. Then you can decide for yourself if it's worth it. Of course, we think it is.
  • BREAD: Seeduction™ bread (get a coupon in The Whole Deal in-store guide) or whole wheat sandwich bread made without artificial dough conditioners and preservatives is about 14¢ more per sandwich compared to leading conventional brand whole wheat sandwich bread.
  • MUSTARD: Organic Mustard helps you avoid exposure to pesticides with your sandwich and is less than 2¢ more per serving.
  • LETTUCE: Organic Lettuce is another good choice for your health and that of the planet and costs about $1.00 more per head (that's approximately 15 sandwiches worth).
  • TOMATO: Tomatoes taste best (and have more nutrients) when they are picked ripe, so look for local and in season, as well as organic. Local may cost less, organic about 20% more.
  • SLICE O'CHEESE: 365 Everyday Value® Organic Sliced Cheese has the benefits of organic including that it's made from the milk of cows not given synthetic hormones (rBST) and it only costs about 5¢ more per slice.
  • SLICE O'TURKEY: Lunchmeat that doesn't contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives such as added synthetic nitrates or nitrites and from animals raised to meet our animal welfare standards- you get all that for about 25¢ more per slice.
So how does that stack up? For only about 65¢ more you get a superior sandwich plus health savings! Keep in mind, we did our best to estimate the cost of sandwich ingredients, but there's always a chance things add up a little differently in your neck of the woods. If that built up your healthy-sandwich appetite, give yourself some TLC.  Some TLC Sandwiches that is.  Our Tofu, Lettuce and Cucumber Sandwiches are a fun twist on a BLT with the easy homemade salty, smoky baked tofu standing in for bacon. Or check out more suggestions, from us and our readers, for building a healthy sandwich. Then share your own! If you have really impressive healthy-lunch-making skills, you might want to enter our Pack-a-Lunch Contest. Just tell us what you're making for lunch, including a protein, a whole grain, and at least one serving each of fruits and vegetables and you'll be entered to win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card! The Whole Deal value guide has lots more healthy-saving, money-saving recipes, tips and deals. Plus over $45 in coupons are available in the in-store guide and online! What's the one sandwich ingredient you never scrimp on?




eatplaylove says ...
Meat! If we are out of our lunch meat from WFM, I will not compromise and buy some conventional at our market around the corner. We will happily have simply a lettuce and tomato sandwich or almond butter with fruitspread.
08/25/2010 10:27:11 AM CDT
Dr. Josh Axe says ...
Bonus: You don't have to worry about the 380,000 pounds of Wal-Mart lunch meat being recalled, or getting Listeria. Well worth the extra costs to get better tasting, and safe meat from WF.
08/25/2010 4:20:43 PM CDT
Clare Sheufelt says ...
Hi I am trying to find out the nutritional vales for your Seeduction bread. it is very good. I am using the Jillian Micheals approach of 25%protein, 25% fat and 50% carbs as my eating plan. I would also like the nutritional values for the sprouted grain breads. My wife has a gluten issue and we use your sprouted bread. Both are very good and get high recommendations to our friends and family
08/27/2010 1:01:21 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@ Clare Your best bet is to check with your store's bakery. I believe most of our store's carry Seeduction bread but the recipe may be a bit different and your local store is the best source of accurate information. Thanks!
08/27/2010 1:12:37 PM CDT
Ursula says ...
I wondered who the value guru is. Great tips! Wondered if you have any nutrition certification. I'd like to look up nutrition school info myself.
08/31/2010 10:42:11 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Ursula We're lucky to have several food and recipe experts with varying levels of nutrition background and real life experience who contribute to our value guru posts. Glad you find them helpful!
08/31/2010 3:36:37 PM CDT
mcmannfive says ...
For the next blog you guys should give us tired mom's healthy packed lunch alternatives for our kids that go to school. I still think it's healthier than what their serving in schools to send a lunch, but sometimes I have a difficult time getting variety and nutrition coupled with my kids wanting to eat it. Thanks for the great blog.
09/02/2010 10:52:56 AM CDT
Tracy McChesney says ...
Any suggestions for a sandwich that will spend roughly six hours in a backpack with no refridgerator access?
09/02/2010 11:28:04 AM CDT
Chris Boudrye says ...
I have just started Weight Watchers. It would help so much if I knew the nutritional make-up of Seeduction bread --- it is delicious! But, I need the numbers so I can track it correctly. Thank you, Chris Boudrye
01/14/2011 9:44:28 AM CST
Lisa says ...
I too am looking for the nutritional info for the seeduction bread. I asked at the store, but the girl behind the counter said that the information wasn't available to them. Anything would be great. I love it and really miss having it, but I won't buy it again until I can get accurate information on it.
01/18/2011 1:41:43 PM CST
rita says ...
I also want the nutritional information on Seeduction bread. Aren't you required by law to furnish it? I hsve asked at the store before - they either do not know what I am talking about, have no idea, or direct me to your website! Please do not continue to avoid furnishing data like this.
11/19/2011 1:06:28 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Rita The label for the product should include a list of ingredients, this list is what's required by law. However, I have found the nutritional break down on the Livestrong website. Here's that link. http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/whole-foods/seeduction-sandwich-bread/
11/23/2011 9:31:14 AM CST
chum4464 says ...
I recently visited my brother in Milwaukee.He served a sandwich made with Angelic Bread,made in Wisconsin.I checked at the bakery and they told me that their bread was sold in Cincinnati at Whole Foods in both stores.Could you tell me if you carry it
08/06/2014 2:01:35 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHUM - I spoke with the Cincinnati store and unfortunately they do not carry that brand. Our buying is done at the store/regional level so you can always leave a suggestion with the Cincinnati location so they can look in to ordering it!
08/08/2014 4:42:14 PM CDT
Edith DeMio says ...
I would like to know the breakdown of nutrients in the Seeduction bread. It tastes great but I have to watch my carbs, proteins,etc.
05/22/2015 10:19:17 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@EDITH - If it's the Seeduction option made in-house at your local store, check with the Bakery directly to find out. Otherwise, they should have a packaged Seeduction bread that they can probably share the nutritional info for you.
05/27/2015 3:49:21 PM CDT