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How to Lower Calories in Sandwiches, Diet Gourmet Sandwich Recipes

Written by Thin Thin

How to Build a Better Sandwich Naturally


Build a Better Sandwich Naturally - Kick Mayo to the side of the curb and take a ride with Thin Thin's savvy weight loss tips  which can assist in not only creating a healthier sandwich, but also very creative sandwiches that are mighty tasty.

A sandwich can be one of the healthiest selections while trying to lose those extra pounds and generally contains food selections from all the food groups housed within the Official Food Pyramid.

Let's list the typical sandwich ingredients that can be used in creating a sandwich, then some tasty sandwich recipes that are low in calories and high in flavor:

Vegetable Group Sandwich Ingredients - all varieties of lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, raw spinach, parsley, bean sprouts


Fruit Group Sandwich Ingredients - tomatoes of all varieties, avocado, dried fruits and some fresh fruits (peanut & banana sandwich for example)

Grain Group Sandwich Ingredients - breads of all varieties and of course, opting for whole grain bread choices equals more nutritional benefits

Dairy Group Sandwich Ingredients - cheeses of all varieties, including cream cheese often found on gourmet-type sandwiches

Protein Group Sandwich Ingredients - eggs, lean meats of all varieties as well as vegetable proteins such as peanut butter, cashew butter, thoroughly drained prepared beans (black beans, garbanzo, etc.)

Tasty Lower Calorie Gourmet-Type Sandwich Recipes from Thin Thin

California Avocado Sunrise Sandwich - Between two slices of your favorite bread, sandwich the following ingredients: 3 thin strips of avocado, your choice of lean meat, sliced tomatoes, sliced black olives (3), your favorite slice of cheese. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of Kraft Poppyseed dressing onto the bread before assembling.

Don't Loosen Your Belt BLT Sandwich - Bacon while dieting? Yes indeedy. Two strips of lean bacon contain 50 calories and of course, calories vary upon the brand used. Prepare bacon in microwave until golden brown using two damp paper towels to 'sandwich' the bacon as it cooks. While bacon cooks, toast two slices of 60-calorie whole grain bread in the toast to your personal preference. Be sure to break the bacon in half after cooking to make 4 small strips which should fit perfectly onto the toast.


To assemble BLT, spread toast with 1 serving of light salad dressing (35 calories worth); add slices of sun-ripened tomato to one side of the bread as well as the lettuce of your choice. Top with the bacon; add remaining slice of toast. BLT contains about 225 calories.

Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich- This recipe is no different than the typical peanut butter and banana sandwich EXCEPT in the area of calorie content. Peter Pan makes a delicious whipped peanut butter which contains 150 calories per serving.

We used this delicious peanut butter as the base of our recipe. You can either leave the banana whole, or mash it and mix with the peanut butter. If youneed more sweetener, add a teaspoon of sugar to the mixture or to the peanut butter if you're using a whole banana rather than incorporating it with the peanut butter.

- Use of a small banana AND a serving of peanut butter for this recipe.

Use two fresh slices of your favorite bread. Ours contains 60 calories per slice. Simply spread on the peanut butter and add the banana OR spread on the mix of banana and peanut butter. Total calories for this peanut butter and banana sandwich: about 240 calories.

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