A sandwich is a start to a healthy quick meal!
Sometimes I just can’t get my planned dinner on the table. My solution is definitely not fast food or greasy takeout. A healthy sandwich is the perfect go-to food when you’re short on time.
4 tips to get a simple, nutritious dinner on the table in minutes
Start with whole grain. Choose whole grain bread, pita bread, rolls or wraps. And no, carbs aren’t bad.
A few of my faves:
- Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced Good Seed
- Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced 21 Whole Grains and Seeds
- Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced Powerseed
- Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Wheat Everything Bagel Slims
- Pepperidge Farm Soft Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Combine favorite flavors or create new ones. I use my George Foreman Grill to make a Panini a couple times each month. Oh so fast and a bit fancy too.
- Havarti and sliced strawberries. This is one of my favorites. I think you’ll be surprised just how good it is.
- Rotisserie chicken, goat cheese, avocado, onions and bell peppers
- Lacy Swiss, tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or a smear of pesto sauce.
Cold sandwiches are good too.
- Sliced hard-boiled egg, mushrooms, shredded lettuce and mustard in a whole grain pita pocket
- Sliced apple and peanut butter on whole grain cinnamon raisin bread
- Sliced turkey, slices of green apple or peach, baby spinach, red onion and light mayonnaise
- Black beans, corn and jarred salsa in a whole grain wrap
Stuff it with veggies. Stuff it with veggies is a basic tenet of healthy eating. And it’s a very loud mantra in the Weisenberger household. Add every vegetable that sounds good. Add as much as will fit. Sometimes I pretend that my sandwich is a salad between two slices of bread. Silly me!
Round out the meal. What’s missing from your healthy sandwich? Should you round out your meal with a cup of nonfat or 1% milk, fresh or canned fruit, bagged salad? All of them?
Don’t forgo healthy eating when time is your enemy. Right now, create a list of foods to put together a meal lickety-split, including a few healthy sandwich ideas. Put them on your grocery list and stock up.
So tell me, what’s on your list?
Cheers to happy, healthy home-prepared meals!
Need more ideas? Find them in The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition.