Building a Better Sandwich

The sandwich has long been popular as a quick, convenient way to enjoy a tasty meal. A sandwich is a great way to serve up leftovers or any odds and ends taking up space in your refrigerator. If prepared while keeping an eye on nutritional value, a sandwich can be a healthy choice that’s good for you and tastes great.

Being creative with your ingredients can help you build sandwiches that are healthy, delicious, and never boring. Make sure the ingredients in your sandwiches complement one another and blend well. Avoid using too many contrasting flavors that may take away from the overall appeal of your sandwich.

You may want to give the following ingredients a try next time you hunger for a sandwich.

Suggestions for healthier sandwich fixings…

BREADS: Use breads high in fiber and low in calories. High fiber breads, wheat and whole grain breads, will keep your hunger satisfied longer. Try English muffins, tortillas, pitas, and rolls for a different taste and texture.

MEATS: Lean meats like turkey, fish, or chicken are high in protein and low in fat and calories. They also taste great. For a vegetarian option, try using a few tablespoons of hummus in place of meat.

CHEESE: Because cheese is high in fat and calories, it’s best to use it sparingly. Opt for a reduced fat cheese or try including a little grated cheese or mixing a small amount of cheese in with other fixings.

PRODUCE: Be generous when filling your sandwich with vegetables and fruits. Try something different like cucumbers, spinach, kale, roasted red peppers, asparagus, pineapple, melon, pears, apples, or grapes.

CONDIMENTS: The healthiest choices of condiments are those low in calories and unhealthy fats. Try mustard, salsa, hot sauce, horseradish, relish, hummus, reduced fat mayonnaise made with olive oil, or a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar.

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