Most people find a good sandwich irresistible. For a quick snack, most people naturally assume that it cannot be tasty and healthy at the same time. However, a good sandwich has to not only be delicious but also healthy. This means using healthy toppings such as vegetables, white meat and fruits.
White lean meat is a healthy sandwich topping. Turkey meat is the healthiest white meat available. It is great with lettuce and tomatoes. Since the meat can be a bit dry, adding some olive oil adds texture and flavor to the sandwich. Other white meat options such as chicken meat are also good. Nutritionists advise against using processed meat as it contains additives and preservatives which make it unhealthy.
Various fruits can be used as sandwich toppings. An example is avocado fruit which contains vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, potassium and most importantly, mono-unsaturated fat. You can either mash the avocado to make a paste or slice it up. You may also add some vegetables such as onions and tomato. Lastly, add salt and/or pepper to taste.
Another fruit that can be used as a healthy sandwich topping is banana. The fruit contains anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals which have health benefits to the body. In addition, bananas replenish energy and help revitalize the body. Fresh bananas are also known to control the heart rate and blood pressure.
Lastly, fresh figs or fig jam can be used to make a tasty sandwich. A good way to get a great tasting sandwich is to make a grilled prosciutto with mozzarella and fig jam. This sandwich is perfect during the season when figs are in plenty.
Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and are healthy for your body. The key to making a delicious vegetable sandwich is using fresh vegetables and seasoning them with olive oil or vinegar for flavor. Tomatoes are always a great sandwich topping coupled with red onions. Other great vegetable toppings are cucumbers, baby spinach, bell peppers, red and green pepper and basil.
Other healthy toppings include: hummus, cranberry sauce, fat-free mayonnaise and honey mustard. Humus is low fat and constitutes of garbanzo beans, tahini paste, minced garlic and some olive oil all ground together. The result is a tasty, fat-free sandwich topping. Cranberry sauce and some fat-free mayonnaise also make a tasty topping for a turkey sandwich.
Nutritionists also advise that eating a 100% whole bread is healthier than white bread. As such, a healthy sandwich should use whole-grain bread. The health benefits of whole-grain bread are reduced risks of obesity, heart disease and stroke. Alternatively, if you are not a bread fan you can always use Romaine leaves to wrap your sandwich.
Food is an essential part of human life. It however has to be consumed in the right quantity and quality. This means eating healthy, cholesterol-free food at all times including snacks. A healthy sandwich can be a great snack any time of the day. Although finding a delicious healthy recipe for a sandwich might prove difficult, it is nonetheless possible. The key is in using whole-grain bread or a vegetable wrap for your sandwich. In addition, the toppings must be healthy and calorie-free. The best bet for healthy topping is white meat coupled with vegetables and/or fruits. If the sandwich is too plain for your liking, you can always garnish it to your liking. By using cholesterol-free ingredients, you eat healthier and reduce the risk of obesity and other weight-related diseases.