British Sandwich Week: Putting a Healthy Spin on the Sandwich!11 May
This week is British Sandwich Week!
We all love our sandwiches, but sometimes it can be hard to keep all these amazing sandwiches nutritious. It’s always tempting to pile the fillings up high if we’re making our own, or if we’re buying them then they’ll often come covered in mayonnaise which isn’t great!
Don’t worry though, we’ve done some homework: Take a look at these top tips on how to put a healthy spin on the sandwich. We’ve also thrown a few fun sandwich facts in too, so be sure to give those a read!
Choose the bread carefully
Although the bread is obviously an integral part of the sandwich, it can also be an unhealthy part too. Don’t worry though, there are ways around this! Try and go for wholemeal bread if possible, or you can swap traditional bread altogether for a wrap, which will be lower in calories. If you’re feeling particularly healthy, or looking to cut carbs, then scrap the bread altogether and use lettuce leaves instead!
Including salad in your sandwich is one of the easiest ways to work towards your 5-a-day, and can improve the flavour and texture without adding loads of calories.! Red Onions are a great way to add flavour to your sandwich, plus they’re high in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as low in fat. Just be careful to go easy on any salad dressing or other condiments!
Try low fat meats
For meat eaters this is going to be the best part of the sandwich, and there’s no reason why you can’t make this a bit healthier without sacrificing taste! Try out thinly sliced, lean meats such as turkey, rather than salami or bacon. An extra tip – rather than piling on lots of different meats try using some spices on your sandwich for a bit more taste!
Ban the butter
Butter is probably the most fattening part of the sandwich! It may taste great but to keep your sandwich on the healthy side one of the best ways would be to swap your butter for a low fat margarine! You can even substitute the butter/margarine for a low fat cream cheese if you like the taste.
Now lets take a quick look at some fun facts about sandwiches!
- In the UK on average we eat six chicken sandwiches every second
- The most expensive sandwich in a restaurant is in New York. It cost $214 (around £132)! A simple grilled cheese sandwich turned into: French Pullman champagne bread, made with Dom Perignon champagne and gold flakes, white truffle butter, Caciocavallo Podolico cheese accompanied by South African Tomato Bisque dipping sauce. We’re wondering how different it really tastes to a bog-standard cheese toasty!
- The British spend £7.5 billion a year on sandwiches!
- The worlds largest sandwich weighed a massive 2,467.5 kilograms!
So thats our top tips on putting a healthy spin on sandwiches! What are your favourite fillings? Let us know in the comments section below.