Often when we set out to improve our eating habits, we switch from a daily sandwich to a daily salad at lunch. Salads are just healthier than bread, right? Think again! You don’t have to give up your beloved sandwich in your pursuit of improved health. With high-quality 100% whole grain bread and fillings that focus on lean protein, healthy fats, and veggies, sandwiches can be nutritional powerhouses. You just have to think outside of the box and ditch the white bread, heavy mayo, fatty lunch meats, and other greasy toppings. With a little creative thinking, a sandwich can be just about whatever you want it to be. Give these nine options a spin and you’ll see just how delicious and unique healthy eating can be.
Sandwiches That Are Good For You
Avocado Chicken Salad. Prepare your favorite chicken salad recipe, but sub mashed avocado for mayo. You’ll boost your monounsaturated fat intake with this simple trick and enjoy a delicious twist on an old standby. Use romaine lettuce leaves instead of bread for a low-carb “sandwich” option.
Roasted Vegetable Sub. Cold leftover roasted veggies make a perfect focal point for a vegetarian sub. Layer veggies, provolone or mozzarella cheese, hummus, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on a whole wheat sub bun. Toast it if you like for a delicious veggie melt.
Balsamic Tuna Salad. Make a lighter version of tuna salad that’s full of flavor – mix albacore tuna with fresh or dried dill, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, finely chopped sundried tomatoes, and just a spoonful of low-fat mayo. This is delicious on sourdough bread with fresh sprouts.
Pesto Hummus Avocado. Top crusty bread with basil pesto, hummus, and thinly-sliced avocado. This flavorful vegetarian lunch is full of good fats.
PB and Berries. Spread all-natural chunky peanut butter on soft, seedy wheat bread. Top with fresh raspberries and a drizzle of honey and enjoy a fresh take on the traditional PB&J. This is delicious grilled too.
Niçoise Baguette. This French inspired sandwich is a gourmet treat. Hollow out a whole wheat baguette and fill it with albacore tuna, sliced hardboiled eggs, fresh tomato slices, fresh basil, Kalamata olives, and anchovies. Drizzle a little white wine vinaigrette over the filling before eating.
Herb Cream Cheese and Cucumber. This twist on a beloved tea sandwich is light and refreshing. Combine low fat cream cheese with minced fresh herbs and salt and pepper. Spread on rye bread and top with thinly sliced cucumbers.
Turkey BLT. Use turkey bacon in your BLT to reduce the fat content. Load up on the lettuce and tomatoes and choose a healthy bread (sprouted wheat bread like Ezekiel bread is good here) to make for a truly healthy lunch.
Banana Wrap. This fun sandwich is great if you have a sweet tooth. It’s perfect for breakfast too. Spread a whole wheat wrap with peanut butter and honey. Place a whole, peeled banana in the center and fold the wrap around it. Eat like you would a corndog!