Looking for a little weekday lunch inspo? Here are my top healthy sandwich ideas for lunch, so good you might just find yourself whipping these up for a weekend treat too!
Packing a lunch might just be one of the most dreaded weekday tasks. My strategy is usually to make enough dinner to have delicious leftovers the next day, but sandwiches are another go to!
They are so quick, beyond easy and cover all of your bases nutritionally too! You heard it straight from the dietitian’s lips – bread can actually be a super nutritious lunch option and I am here to share my favorite healthy sandwich ideas for lunch!
Tips on picking your bread
Opt for sprouted grain. When grains are sprouted they retain more of their nutritional value and as a bonus, this process makes it easier for our body to absorb and benefit from these nutrients!
The more fiber the better
I am for 3-5g of fiber per slice (or approx 40g serving). Take note of the portion size listed on the nutrition label. If one is a 40g serving and another is 60g then adjust accordingly to compare equivalent serving sizes.
You want your ingredient list to read like a recipe, with ingredients you understand. For the most part. Ingredients are listed by weight, so the first ingredient is what there is the most of, with decreasing amounts as you move down the list.
As a general rule of thumb, the fewer numbers of ingredients, the better
A few of my favorite brands include
I also love a good sourdough! For anyone with a gluten sensitivity (note, not Celiac) the fermentation process generally makes sourdough products easier to digest so if you’ve been missing real bread, this may be your ticket back in!
As far as what goes between the bread? Treat it like you would any other meal!
- Aim to get a source of protein like chicken, fish, hummus, tofu or peanut butter.
- Pack in the veggies like greens, sprouts, pickled onions or carrots, fresh cucumber or roasted peppers.
- Include a source of fat. My favorites are avocado, goat cheese or brie, olive oil or a swipe of your favorite nut butter
Now, the reason you’re all here – the sandwiches!
Here are a few of my favorite healthy sandwich ideas to try so you can keep that lunch box enticing with minimal time and effort!
- Rainbow Power Sandwich
- High Protein Green Goddess Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- 5 minute Caprese Pesto Sandwich
- Buffalo Tofu Caesar Wrap
If you haven’t already, make sure to grab your copy of your free Guide to Mastering Meal Prep for quick, stress-free meal prep and meal planning!
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