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Old 09-13-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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I try to build a healthy sandwich like this:

1. Choose a lower calorie bread. Sliced breads are typically lower calorie than rolls, since they are smaller. Sliced whole wheat is a good option if it is available. Sliced sourdough also tends to be lower calorie than other breads.

2. Pick a filling. Turkey, roast beef, chicken, ham - turkey is probably the leanest choice, but most sliced deli meats aren't catastrophically high in calories. The exceptions are things like salami, which are high in fat. A lot of delis overstuff their sandwiches with meat - if it seems like a huge portion, it might be good to remove some to save for a later sandwich.

3. Limit high-cal additions. That means cheese, mayo, etc. These just pack the calories onto your sandwich. You might try drizzling a bit of balsamic vinegar on, or using mustard to moisten the bread without excessive calories. I normally can't even TASTE cheese on a sandwich, so I usually don't have a problem not adding it.

4. Pile up the lower calorie stuff. Veggies are your friend! Raw, roasted, grilled, etc.
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