Healthy Sandwich Ideas for National Bread Month and Beyond

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The kids and I eat a lot of sandwiches so I am always looking for healthy sandwich ideas.  We eat sandwiches almost every day for lunch.  Sometimes, on a busy night, we’ll even have sandwiches and soup for dinner because it’s a quick and easy meal idea.  

Healthy Sandwich Ideas for National Bread Month and Beyond

Healthy Sandwich Ideas

The kids would probably prefer peanut butter and jelly on white bread but I generally try to introduce whole grains and even some vegetables into their lunch.  A healthy sandwich is a great way to do that.

 The complex carbohydrates in bread and other grain-based foods provide lasting energy the human body needs on a daily basis. November is National Bread Month so what better time to share some of my favorite healthy sandwich ideas with you.

open faced sandwich with egg

What is the most healthy sandwich?

So, healthy means something different to everyone. It’s one of those words like nice and good. If you’re looking for healthy sandwiches for weight loss, your choices may be different than if you’re looking for cheap healthy sandwiches.

avocado and tomato sandwich

Generally, a healthy sandwich will be on that’s low in fat, carbohydrates, and sodium. Bread that is higher in fiber will be lower in carbohydrates.  Avoiding deli meats is a great way to cut the sodium in your sandwich. And, choosing mustard instead of mayonnaise will help cut the fat.  Consider an open-faced sandwich which will eliminate one piece of bread.

healthy sandwich for lunch

Healthy sandwich ideas for school

If you’re looking for healthy sandwich ideas for school, start with whole grains. They are a great source of fiber and heart healthy. Sandwiches are a great place to add veggies so consider adding lettuce, tomato, bean sprouts, and avocado slices.

blt and fries

Cheap healthy sandwiches

Budget constraints are one thing that makes eating healthy a challenge. If you’re operating on a tight budget, remember that you can go lighter on the meat and cheese than on the vegetables. Veggies are cheaper than deli meats and cheese.

Healthy Sandwich Ideas for National Bread Month and Beyond

Are homemade sandwiches healthy?

It all depends on what you put on your homemade sandwich. If you choose a whole grain bread and add fillings that are low in sodium and heart healthy, there is no reason you can’t have one of these healthy sandwich ideas for lunch. Skip deli meats from the grocery store and instead, have egg salad, tuna salad or even mashed avocado.

This Avocado Toast with Veggies from Belly Rules the Mind is a wonderful choice. Or, if you’re trying to go low carb, try this Avocado on Toast with Bacon and Blue Cheese from Low Carb with Jennifer.

Healthy Sandwich Ideas for National Bread Month

Heart-healthy sandwiches

Sandwiches that are low in sodium and fat and high in whole grains are considered to be heart healthy sandwich ideas. There really are quite a few of them. But, the trick is to avoid the deli meats which are high in sodium. Why not try a few of these.

What should I serve with this?

A sandwich is generally considered a complete meal because you have bread, protein, and vegetables. You can have a cup of tomato soup on a cold winter day. Or, you can enjoy fruit salad during the summer. There are a lot of sides you can have with these healthy sandwich ideas. If you want a sandwich that is more of a meal, you can try a few of these:

Healthy Sandwich Ideas for National Bread Month and Beyond

National Bread Month

November is National Bread Month but this year also marks the 250th year anniversary of the sandwich!  America’s love affair with the sandwich dates back to England in 1762 when Sir John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, didn’t want to put his cards down in the midst of a marathon game of poker, so requested his meat be served to him between two slices of bread. I hope you enjoy a few of these healthy sandwich ideas!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing such great tips.
  2. my son has begun asking for 'exotic' breads like pumpernickel, rye and sourdough. He loves making himself toast for breakfast on all these cool new flavors!
  3. I have a family that loves bread. I really must look for this brand.PS Your sandwich looks yummo!
  4. We love bread here! Eat it everyday!!! That sandwich looks so yummy!
  5. We eat sandwiches almost every day for lunch too. I'll have to try avocado sometime soon sounds great!
  6. Grace Hodgin says
    OOh, I'm a sandwich lover too! I love using different breads as well and love your suggestion of using yogurt in replace of mayonnaise.
  7. melissa Vera says
    thanks for all the tips on great ways to use bread. We don't eat sandwiches that often but when we do I will think of your tips

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