When it comes to preparing lunches, sandwiches are quick and easy, but there's no reason you and the kids have to eat the same bread-and-cold-cut combos day after day. Shake up the brown bag boredom with our healthy and delicious ideas. Each sandwich is made with whole wheat or whole grain bread, which is digested more slowly than a processed white variety, staving off hunger longer and helping blood sugar stay stable over the course of the afternoon.
Compiled by Corinne Chin
1 Arnold Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin spread with 1 teaspoon honey and 2 teaspoons mustard and filled with 2 ounces deli turkey, 1 ounce brie and half a sliced apple
1 vegetarian chicken patty (such as Morningstar Farms) on a whole wheat hamburger bun with lettuce and tomato, spread with a mixture of 2 teaspoons mustard and 1 teaspoon flaxseed
3-ounce pouch salmon (such as Bumble Bee) mixed with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons celery, and 1 tablespoon chopped red onion on 2 pieces lower-sodium whole grain bread
2 slices whole grain bread layered with 3 ounces deli turkey breast, 1/4 cup sliced avocado and 1 slice low-fat Swiss cheese
6-inch whole grain sub with 2 slices lean roast beef, 2 tablespoons mustard, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and onions
2 ounces deli roasted turkey and 1 ounce low-fat cheddar cheese with 2 teaspoons fat-free mayo, lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread
2 tablespoons peanut butter or sunflower butter topped with one sliced medium-size banana on whole wheat bread
6-inch whole wheat pita filled with 2 tablespoons hummus, 2 tablespoons tabbouleh, 2 tablespoons cucumber and 1 tablespoon feta
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