If you’re wondering how to improve your sandwich making while still pleasing your children or husband that you might pack a lunch for, then I have some tasty and healthy sandwich filling ideas. The suggestions that I am about to share to up your sandwich game can boost nutrition to better control fat, sodium and the amount of preservatives of your old choices.
Instead of luncheon meat that may be polluted with bad fats, sodium, by-products, and a long list of chemical preservatives, you might want to try going meatless. A bean spread or some hummus (using my bean spread recipe except substituting chickpeas also called garbanzo beans and eliminating the red peppers and salsa).
These type of spreads make for healthy sandwich filling ideas whether alone, accompanied with lettuce, adding some chopped bell pepper, grated carrots, sliced cucumber or tomato. You can also up the protein even further with some slices of your favorite low-fat cheese like mozzarella or munster. To increase nutrition even more, roasted sunflower seeds can vary the taste to give it extra crunch and nutty flavor.
Sliced bananas along with peanut butter or almond butter on homemade bread like my Oatmeal Bread are far more filling than between two, puny slices from a commercial loaf, which can leave you hungry like eating air. One hundred percent whole wheat or other whole grain breads can also provide a slightly sweeter, nutty flavor while maximizing nutrition.
What else that makes an ideal switch for bananas is substituting some dried fruit like dried cranberries, blueberries or a cherries. The fruits help with an interesting bit of lively, tangier sort of sweetness.
A combination that you may never have thought is chocolate-flavored nut butter like Nutella with cheese. A friend of ours loved Nutella and cheese sandwiches. I was on the fence about trying this pairing, but it was incredible and almost like chocolate cheesecake.
Roasted red pepper is a delicious way to supplement more vitamin C and A for replacing typical mayo or mustard sandwich spread. Some chopped roasted red pepper adds pleasant smokiness. Try wrapping in a flour tortilla with feta cheese and fresh spinach. You can also try it with some provolone or colby cheese. If you’re home or pack for someone that has access to store this sandwich in a refrigerator, you can change up the filling with some slices of chicken breast, turkey to a leftover slice of roast beef.
Tuna is another family favorite that you can do a lot with for developing healthy sandwich filling ideas. You can mix it as a tuna salad or with some cottage cheese with lettuce or sliced pickles for a change of pace.
Slices of avocado are wonderful for the heart with plenty of its excellent monounsaturated fats and vitamin E just for starters for healthy sandwich making ideas. Try avocado with just a few slices of cheddar cheese or tuna.
A slight adjustment to any favorite egg salad can also be healthy sandwich filling ideas if you substitute the mayo for plain Greek yogurt.
Jack Fruit, the spiky, green oblong sort of vicious needled fruit, is another way to alter a sandwich, but not for packing a lunch. This porcupine fruit has lots of fiber (29%) and potassium (20%) as well as other nutrients like iron and calcium. My first experience with this odd, exotic fruit was recently when I saw a woman buying one. This fleshy fruit has a hint of sweetness that has the power to take on other flavors. This woman enjoyed it fried in a little olive oil like you would do for a portobello mushroom sandwich along with barbecue sauce.
What else is good is making a wrap after frying some of this Jack Fruit that shreds easily once you start scooping out its giant seeds. To this, add some sweet onion, garlic and bell peppers plain or with just salsa to serve on that prepared tortilla.
Another way to serve more fiber is experimenting with a pear. I tried a few thin slices of pear to a regular cheese with mustard sandwich the other day and loved the unique sweet crunch for healthy sandwich filling ideas.
These suggestions for healthy sandwich fillings ideas are just the tip of the iceberg to offer creative recipe creation. Let me know your unique healthy sandwich filling ideas here.