I recently prepared myself a delicious Vegetarian spin on a traditional Chicken Bacon club sandwich and I got to wondering, what was the nutritional difference between my delicious sandwich and the real thing? I scoured the internet comparing nutritional information for everything involved in making a chicken club and came up with an average of what I was seeing.
My sandwich had GARDEIN Chik'n Scallopini and YVES Veggie Turk'y Slices, lettuce, tomato, red onion, 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, 1 Tbsp. Mayo, and light marble cheese.
For the Chicken Club, I kept it simple, roasted, skinless chicken breast, bacon (same grams as the Turk'y) , mayo, lettuce, and tomato.
I think the main thing we need to note here is that this type of sandwich is not light by any means, whether you're a meat or veggie eater. It is high in sodium in both cases although, my version was 400 mg less.
I think the most notable difference between the two is the vitamin and nutrient portion. My Vegetarian club sandwich was packed with nutrients with over 9 Vitamins / Minerals at over a quarter of your recommended daily intake.
It's important also to note the difference in CHOLESTEROL. My sandwich is extremely low in cholesterol and has virtually no trans fat. The Meaty version has a large amount of cholesterol. You can thank the meat for that.
Everywhere else you look on the sandwiches, both are comparable. My version had less calories and saturated fat but a little more fat.
VEGGIE CHIK'N CLUB
2 Gardein Chik'n Scallopini 2 Thick Slices Tomato
4 slices YVES Veggie Turk'y 3 Slices Red Onion
3 slices Thick, White Bread 1 Tbsp. EVOO Mayo
4 Slices Marble cheese 1 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley
1/4 C Baby Romaine Sea Salt / Black Pepper
Images and nutritional value taken from:http://hain-celestial.ca/en/OurBrands/YvesVeggieCuisine/QuickMeals/VeggieNuggetsWithWholeGrainBreading
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Jonathan - Happy Veg
Lover of a variety of things including cheese, fresh produce, and baby animals of all varieties.