South Beach Ham & Swiss Hot Sandwich Melt

2008/06/18 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Commentary, Food, Food Review, Health, lifestyle change, Photos, South Beach Products, weight loss, weight watchers | Comments Off on South Beach Ham & Swiss Hot Sandwich Melt
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Hey there, it’s time for yet another food review of a South Beach Living product. On the slate today is the Ham & Swiss Hot Sandwich Melt, seen here (click to enlarge):

Again, it’s lookin’ pretty tasty from my standpoint. And the fact that includes a packet of Grey Poupon automatically gives it an extra boost. I dig Grey Poupon (in conservative amounts, that is) and you can guess by its name, it also includes a slice of Swiss cheese. Mmmm. So far, so good.

Let’s take a look at the back (click to enlarge):

The tale of the Weight Watchers tape is as follows:

  • 320 calories, 11g fat, 8g fiber = 6 Weight Watchers Points

About my only gripe, if such a thing will matter in the world of off-the-shelf meals, is the same as usual: the high sodium content, which in this case is 950mg (or 40% RDA). Again, it’s for freshness and there’s not a lot you can do to avoid it.

Assembly of the sandwich is nothing unlike the Turkey Santa Fe: split the bread open, plop down the meat, dijon and cheese, place back into little tray and nuke for :45 seconds. (I learned from the first one that :30 seconds is not enough to make it very warm. Your microwave mileage may vary.)

Once warmed, however, it all came together to form a tasty l lunchtime meal that I truly enjoyed. Despite the Grey Poupon which can be overpowering even in small amounts, nothing was lost this time. The ample supply of sliced ham was delicious and the Swiss cheese and dijon mustard were the perfect complements. As with the Turkey Santa Fe, the bread was definitely wheaty yet tasty, and I noticed that after eating these sandwiches, my appetite was curbed for the remainder of the day. That’s a huge plus.

Would I recommend: If given the choice between this sandwich and the Turkey Santa Fe, I’d reach for this one without hestiation. The Ham & Swiss did not disappoint in the flavor category and held up nicely until dinner, so it’s got more than a few things going for it.

All in all I’d have to say this one is worth it. Thumbs up!

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South Beach Turkey Santa Fe Hot Sandwich Melt

2008/06/16 at 11:57 am | Posted in Commentary, Food, Food Review, Health, Life, lifestyle change, South Beach Products, weight loss, weight watchers | Comments Off on South Beach Turkey Santa Fe Hot Sandwich Melt
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Here’s the first review of the South Beach Living products I was sent to sample.

As I had said in a previous post, I tried some of the South Beach wraps in the past and thought they were most excellent, save for the Jell-O. Will this one be any different? Let’s see.

The box front looks like this (click image to enlarge):

Just look at all that meat and cheese hanging from the edges of the sandwich. And that sauce. Man, that sure looks good, doesn’t it? (Note: my box shows damage from shipping.)

Nutritional information (click image to enlarge):

It reads as follows:

  • 350 calories, 15g fat, 8g fiber = 7 Weight Watchers Points

There’s a reasonable amount of calories and what seems to be a large dose of fat, but when said fat is combated with the 8g of fiber it brings the Points total down to that modest number of 7. That makes it right on par, perhaps a bit higher, than your standard dietetic frozen meals.

Upon opening the box you get everything you need (duh) to assemble the sandwich. While I was opening packages and putting things together, I sampled a piece of the turkey–and it was good.

But unfortunately, that’s where the turkey goodness ended. Once I had the sandwich assembled I nuked it for the recommended start time of :30 seconds. It was still a bit cold and it needed a little more cooking time; your mileage may vary with your microwave.

I had been excited to sink my teeth into these sandwiches from the day I was told I was getting free samples. My first bite left me not disappointed: the whole wheat bun was tasty and definitely wheaty; the southwestern style ranch dressing added just the right amount of flavor. But that’s about all I could taste.

By the second bite I realized that something was missing because somewhere in the sandwich was a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, which got lost somewhere in the shuffle of bun and ranch dressing goodness. I simply couldn’t taste it at all.

Then there’s the turkey. Good by itself; lacking when in the sandwich. It definitely needs some more flavor or just a pinch of salt (which you could add for yourself but will alter nutritional values).

Would I recommend: As long as Subway is running their $5 Footlong promotion, I’d say the South Beach Living Turkey Santa Fe sandwich is a no-go. There just wasn’t enough flavor in this one to make me want to go out and buy a bunch of them. Unless, of course, unless you like sandwiches with just bread and dressing then feel free go out and go nuts. It’s definitely not as good as the Oscar Mayer Deli Creations wrap thing.

Besides, I’m a huge fan of Subway’s Veggie Delite which, with its basic ingredients on a wheat bun (although I prefer to add provolone to mine), comes to 4 Points. So for $5 I can have lunch and dinner, or lunch for the next day at work. Depending on the retail cost of this kit, you might as well run and get some veggie tastiness yourself.

Weekly Weigh-In #13 is tomorrow. I hope my Father’s Day smörgåsbord didn’t hurt me too much.

Hope to see you then 🙂

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