Making a sandwich healthier doesn’t mean you have to settle with finding a low carb wrap or wrapping it with lettuce and saying no to all condiments. There is nothing wrong with this approach, but it doesn’t have to be the only answer. Sandwiches are a staple in the American diet and certainly something that is easy to pack for lunch or enjoy at the beach on a warm sunny day. However, it seems that lately, the sandwich has a bad reputation. We are here to inspire you to make beautiful healthy sandwiches and start saying yes to one of your favorite lunches again.
The biggest problem with sandwiches are usually the ones that are stacked high with monochromatic colored foods, loaded with sauces, and have about 10 slices of bacon on them. Don’t get us wrong, we love bacon but your cholesterol certainly doesn’t need 10 slices at once. The sandwiches you need to embrace are the ones that are full of color, vegetables and let the ingredients speak for themselves without having to drown them in sauces.
It is time to ditch the mayo, the creamy sauces, the fatty meats, and cheeses and stack your sandwich high with colorful healthy ingredients… here are a few swaps and sandwich combination to get you inspired –
Swap This for That
swap mayo for mustard or homemade paleo mayo
swap lean meats for fatty meats
swap hummus for cream sauces
swap avocado for dressings
swap mushrooms for cheese
swap white bread for whole grain sprouted bread or homemade sourdough
Try making a sandwich loaded with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, microgreen, guac, and basil pesto.
Try one that is filled with cucumbers, cabbage, sprouts, hummus, olives, and some lean turkey.
Make one open faced with beet hummus, arugula, avocado, and tomatoes.
Grab a freshly baked baguette and fill it with microgreens, tomatoes, onions and your choice of lean meat (or maybe even slide in a couple slices of bacon and go wild).