I can make the sandwich into a simple snack or a gourmet meal, we can toast them, we can wrap them and put them in the oven. If your idea of a healthy sandwich is a slice of meat between two slices of bread — you can do better! How about a chicken parm sandwich, crab salad stuffed pita, avocado & white bean wrap, is your mouth watering yet?
While you might think of sandwiches as just for lunch, they are great for dinner too. Sandwiches are endlessly versatile—you can pile lots of delicious, healthy toppings on whole-grain bread with a delicious tangy sauce for added zip. Try to stay away from things like typical lunch meat, many have very high sodium. Try to move more toward mixing fruits and vegetables, and incorporating ingredients and condiments and spreads that one wouldn't normally think about putting on a sandwich. They can be vegetarian or have meat on it, as long as it's good for you. Here are some examples:
Whole grain: Sliced bread, bun, roll, tortilla, pita, ciabatta, baguette, focaccia, naan, English muffin, bagel, flat bread, cracker
Spread or relish: Mustard (regular, hot or sweet), low-fat mayonnaise, cranberry relish or other fruit spread, hummus, honey, pesto, peanut butter, salsa, low-fat refried beans, BBQ sauce
Toppings: Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, peppers (sweet, hot or spicy), celery, radishes, cucumbers, herbs, apple, pear, grapes, raisins, chopped nuts
Preparation method: Traditional (layered), toasted, grilled or panini style, roll or wrap, stuffed, open-faced, salad-filled
Bottom line, be creative use leftovers from the night before or Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Fig and Honey. How about a Smoked Mozzarella, Spinach, and Pepper Omelet on an english muffin for breakfast. Have a side of fruit with that sandwich and you have a healthy and satisfying meal.