My daughter and I celebrated the last week of school by going out to lunch at Jimmy John’s. I learned a few things really quick when it comes to the Weight Watchers Points Plus system.
- Use the regular French bread. Don’t use their “Whole Wheat” bread.
- Don’t add Mayonnaise to your sandwich.
- The bag of chips has 2 servings in it.
Okay, you would think that a white french bread would have more points than whole wheat. At Jimmy Johns – not the case. The 8 inch French bread is 6 Points Plus. The 7-grain Whole Wheat is 9 Points Plus. It is higher in fat, carbs, and protein. So, stick with the regular bread.
Secondly, watch the sauces you add to your sandwich. It can add A LOT of points, relatively speaking for sauce. I made the mistake of getting the Turkey Tom with mayo. The mayo alone, according to the nutrition guide for Jimmy Johns said it was 5 Points Plus… just for a squirt of Mayo! The Vinaigrette adds 2 Points, and the Grey Poupon Mustard adds 0 points. If you really want Mayo, bring your own lite Mayo packet from home.
Adding the cheese to your sandwich is 3 points plus, while the peppers and avocado spread are 0 and 1 points respectively.
The sandwich overall – very good. I like the taste of the Turkey Tom. The sandwich with sprouts, lettuce, tomato is only 8 Points Plus (w/o Mayo). You can click on the photo on the right to see a bigger picture. Here is a list of their top 7 sandwiches and their Weight Watchers Points Plus value without Mayo:
- The Pepe – 10
- Big John – 8
- Totally Tuna – 17 (probably lots of mayo in the tuna)
- Turkey Tom – 8
- Vito (no Vinaigrette or cheese) – 11
- Vegetarian (no cheese) – 7
- JJBLT – 11
Finally, I got the “Thinny Chips.” Those are 3 Points Plus. But, as I mentioned above, the bag says it contains 2 servings. So, if you eat the whole bag you need to probably double that number. If you’re with a friend, split the chips, otherwise (if you’re like me), you’ll find yourself munching on the whole bag.
Overall, a pretty good place to go for a meal. The sandwich is pretty big and I left satisfied. I didn’t calculate the other stuff on the menu… I’m guessing it’s kinda high. I will be back for more. Another option to add to good places to go, but know what you’re ordering before you order.