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Diet Tip: Go Open Face

If you're trying to cut down on calories, one way to do this is to make open-faced sandwiches. Using just one piece of bread means fewer calories and a less spreadable surface for fattening condiments like mayo. I am by no means saying that carbs are bad, but one piece of multigrain bread has anywhere from 50 to 90 calories. While that might not seem like a lot, over the course of the week, it can add up, so why not cut out one slice a day?

At a loss of what to make with just one piece of bread? Here are two recipes from my buddy Yum. First a vegetarian option — Open-Face Portobello Sandwiches. Or if you are more in the mood for some red meat, try the Open-Face Roast Beef Sandwich. Even the folks over at Gaiam, makers of great yoga mats and fitness gear, believe in going open face. Check out their recipe for a Turkey and Veggie Open-Face Sandwich.


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Tutta Tutta 9 years
I do this, but I use Wasa Crackers. They're so good and crisp but they don't crumble when you bite into them. I love the Rye and Sourdough ones. They're small but filling and only 30 calories each!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
I just thought of this last night- cuz i bring sanwiches to work everyday for lunch- the only thing it would be messy to transport f/ home.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
It makes for a messy sandwhich though. =/
hlewis hlewis 9 years
Thanks, Fit!
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
That is such an obvious calorie buster but I would've never thought of that. I am going to have to try this since I tend to eat two or three sandwiches a week.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea this is an awesome tip!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tip!
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
I do open faced sandwiches if the bread has more than 50 cals/slice or if i am eating out in restaurants, i remove the top half!!
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I make open faced sandwiches with Ezekial bread. It's amazingly good!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I make open faced sandwiches all the time, actually. I sometimes toast a piece of bread, put some sliced turkey on it and then broil it until the turkey's warm. Then I top it with lettuce, tomato, and a bit of mustard. It's really good and I don't actually miss the other piece of bread.
frantichomecook frantichomecook 9 years
Good tip! Another one, especially for people who aren't used to whole wheat (like kids!) is to go white bread on one half, whole grain on the other. It's a good way to adjust to whole wheat a bit at a time. Francie Frantic Home Cook
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