Whatever the reason for your persistence, don’t worry if you just can’t seem to kick the habit. In honor of the National Sandwich Day (Nov. 3), we’re giving you some healthier alternatives to the traditional sandwich.
Going sans bread with your sandwiches allows for fewer calories and carbs, can boost weight loss, and help prevent symptoms from certain ailments (such as Celiac Disease).
Breadless sandwiches sound crazy, right? Believe it or not, there are plenty of tasty ways to enjoy a sandwich without the use of bread. Here are just a couple ideas:
- Whole wheat tortilla wraps - Whole wheat tortillas are a great alternative to bread because they provide nutrients like fiber and Vitamin B. Use deli meat, chicken, veggies, or even eggs to make a delicious wrap (like this one).
- Lettuce concoctions - Using lettuce in place of bread is a smart and yummy way to get all the nutrients of a salad (like potassium, folate, and magnesium) in the shape of a sandwich or wrap. And at just four calories per lettuce leaf, you don’t have to worry about fat and carbs. Check out some lettuce wrap recipes here.
For The Bread Addict
Don’t like the idea of giving up bread altogether? Not a problem — you can still have a healthy lunch. Take a look at these more nutritious takes on the classic sandwich:
- Pita bread meals - Pita bread is a great alternative to traditional sandwich bread and can be used in a variety of recipes. While it does contain some carbs, it boasts plenty of nutrients. This Greek salad pita pocket is a delicious, low-calorie lunch option that can be altered to taste.
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches - Chicken salad is a beloved classic, but it can quickly become unhealthy when Grandma goes a little crazy with the mayo. Here’s a tasty, more nutritious version to satisfy your craving.
Making The Healthy Choice
When it comes to sandwiches, the important thing to remember is that nearly any classic can be modified to create a healthier version. Simply be smart about your ingredients and consider serving size, and you’ll be ready to tackle National Sandwich Day.
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