Whether you’re gluten-sensitive and wheat is no longer on the menu, or you’re counting carbs, you can still reach for a sandwich. You simply have to get creative with the ingredients. Next time you want a quick lunch, try one of these.
Romaine lettuce wrap
The easiest way to make a healthy sandwich without bread is by substituting a large, sturdy leaf of romaine lettuce. For a crispy, light flavor choose green romaine. For a peppery, spicy flavor go with red romaine. Center deli meats, cheeses, and veggies in the middle of the leaf and fold in half, taco-style.
Apple sandwich bites
If your favorite healthy sandwich includes a creamy nut butter like almond, cashew, or peanut, try making it atop thinly sliced apples. Find the largest apple you can, core it, and slice it into rounds. You’re left with bagel-type slices. Then smear on nut butter and a spoon of jelly . Or, try making a chicken salad sandwich by layering thin-shaved deli chicken on the apple slices followed by a light smear of mayonnaise and thin strips of celery to add more crunch. Delicious!
Zucchini chip sandwich
If you want to be extra healthy, use crispy roasted zucchini in lieu of bread. Use a mandolin to slice the vegetable, then drizzle with olive oil, and roast in a hot oven for a few minutes. Once the zucchini is dry and lightly browned, build your healthy sandwich . Choose light-weight toppings such as alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato slices, and shaved meats to avoid cracking the zucchini chips.
Cucumber party sandwiches
Remember gobbling down tiny cucumber party sandwiches at the last wedding or baby shower you attended? There’s no reason you can’t make those bite-sized treats at home for a brunch gathering or afternoon snack. The key to making these sandwiches easy to eat is using low-fat cream cheese. A small dollop on the cucumber slice will help hold other toppings–like a grape tomato or cube of ham–in place.
Tortilla wrap sandwich
OK, so tortillas aren’t bread, but they do contain carbs and possibly wheat. To use tortillas as a healthy alternative to bread, scope out the low-carb, gluten-free versions in the health-food section of your local grocery store. Look for varieties made with brown rice flour or whole grain quinoa flour.
Sweet pear sandwiches
A nice, firm pear can convert into a sandwich surface easily. Simply slice and top with a soft cheese, like brie or creamy Swiss. Then sprinkle on a few dried cranberries and some diced turkey. Top with another slice of pear and you have a healthy sandwich that mirrors a gourmet restaurant salad.