When it comes to eating healthy, your choices are important. Choosing the right foods to eat and how much can make a difference. This is especially true when it comes to deli sandwiches. Depending on the ingredients and condiments added, things can add up. Remember to be mindful of portions when it comes to breads and cheeses. And there’s a reason sandwiches are often cut in half – if you can, try to save half for later, or share with a friend.
If you’re headed to your neighborhood deli restaurant for lunch, here’s a list of healthy deli sandwiches, from not-so-bad to the best.
The Cubano typically consists of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. With virtually no veggies in sight, the Cuban sandwich lands on the bottom of the list for healthy sandwiches (but it sure is tasty).
11. Italian Sandwich
Aside from being heavy on the deli meats plus cheese, the Italian is also loaded with veggies, spices, and olive oil. To lighten it up, try skipping the cheese, adding more veggies, or saving half for later.
10. Meatball Sub
Despite the meatballs being made with ground, unprocessed meat, the cheese, white bread, and size of the sandwich itself make it not so healthy.
9. Bacon, Egg & Cheese
Although it is delicious, the Bacon, Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwich is a high-protein, high saturated fat option. If you can, eliminate the cheese to make it a slightly better choice.
8. Turkey Club Sandwich
The additional slice of bread and bacon weigh this option down. You can get a pretty great sandwich without all the excess ingredients.
7. Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Despite being deemed “the other white meat,” pork is actually still red meat and should be limited in consumption. Also, pairing it with cheese doesn’t help. Try ditching the cheese and piling on fresh vegetables.
While it is a good choice, the bacon still drags it down. Brownie points for the veggies though.
5. Turkey & Swiss Sandwich
Great lean meat and veggies help this rank higher on the list. The cheese again is the culprit. However, you can cut down on the cheese to one slice, or omit it altogether.
4. Egg Salad Sandwich
Eggs are nutritious, delicious, and healthy, however, the mayo content can get overwhelming. Combat that by adding more veggies and saving half for the next day.
3. Chicken Salad Sandwich
Chicken salad is often made with leftover chicken (white meat, dark meat, skin, fat, etc.), but it is still whole, unprocessed protein. Again, there may be a lot of mayo, but like the egg salad sandwich, you can add more veggies and save the other half for later.
2. Roast Beef Sandwich
As mentioned, you should limit your red meat intake, but roast beef is a relatively lean cut. Skip the cheese and add mustard, sauerkraut, or your favorite condiments.
1. Tuna Sandwich
Tuna tops the list because most people don’t eat enough seafood. Again, ditch the cheese and add colorful, healthy, and delicious veggies.
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