I recently asked FitSugar Facebook readers, "Have any tips on how you make your sandwiches healthier?" There were so many excellent responses, I just had to share. If you're a sandwich lover, but not the high calories and fat sandwiches can contain, check how you can fix yourself a more healthy sandwich.
- "Cut your portions. If you'd have a whole, make it a half, pile on the veggies and lean protein. Add some fruit along side or baked, whole grain tortilla chips with salsa. — Audrey
- "Use mustard or avocado instead of mayo." — Lexie
- "Hummus instead of mayo!" — Kendall
- "Lots of greens!" — Emily
- "I make a condiment from sweet bell peppers, onions. garlic, olive oil, vinegar, assorted herbs, salt (if you like), black pepper. Grind in blender into a paste and spread on toast." — Migdalia
- "Wrap your sandwiches in Swiss chard or romaine lettuce instead of a flour wrap for some added veggie goodness!" — Allison
Read on for more tips from fellow Facebook readers.
- "Use Ezekiel bread instead of white or wheat, use mustard instead of mayo, baby spinach leaves instead of iceberg, use whole roasted chicken or turkey breast rather than processed deli meats." — The Get in Shape Girl
- "I have the deli slice our Swiss cheese ultra thin so we can have the taste with a lot less calories!" — Dawn
- "Open face, no cheese, mustard only for me." — Kymberlie
- "Drop the meat!" — Mark
- "Sprinkle some flaxseed for added fiber." — Djeceil
I also use sliced tomato instead of ketchup to cut down on sodium; grilled tofu instead of deli meat to cut down on saturated fat; and use sliced cucumbers instead of potato chips to add an interesting crunch without loading on tons of calories. Roasting your own sandwich meat is also a healthy way to save money. For added fiber and a little sweetness, I fill my veggie hummus sandwich with sliced fruit too.
If you have any other tips for making sandwiches lower in calories and fat, and higher in protein and fiber, please share them in the comment section below.