6 Delicious Sandwiches That Promote Weight Loss

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We’ve slimmed down America’s favorite sandwiches and made them better than ever! Check out our tips for the best sandwich makeovers.

Grilled Cheese
This might the ultimate classic sandwich, but normal cooking practices (like using butter) and ingredients (white bread) aren't great things for your waistline. To make a healthier meal, try these four tips:

  • Swap out white bread for whole wheat
  • Opt for olive oil mayonnaise instead of butter for spreading on the bread
  • Cut back on fat with part-skim cheddar
  • Boost flavor with the addition of hot-pepper jelly

    Peanut Butter and Jelly
    There's a reason why this was everyone's go-to lunch in grade school—it's so easy to make! These simple tweaks can make this staple meal even tastier (and healthier!):

    • Choose organic peanut butter or look for a no-sugar-added variety
    • Take a break from typical strawberry jelly or jam—use fresh sliced strawberries instead

      Philly Cheesesteak
      This urban original has spread across the entire country, but here's how you can consume less grease and fat from this Philadelphia creation:

      • Build your sandwich on a whole-grain hoagie roll instead of a white one
      • Skip the processed cheese sauce, and substitute shredded part-skim provolone—you’ll use less without even thinking about it
      • Grill your onions and peppers instead of cooking them in a lot of oil

        Pulled Pork
        Learn how you can dodge unnecessary fat and calories in this BBQ favorite:

        • Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of pork to reduce fat and calories (or stick with lean pork tenderloin)
        • Make your own BBQ sauce rather than use a store-bought one that’s high in sugar
        • Top your bun with half the amount of meat you’d normally eat, and fill out the sandwich with a vinegar-based coleslaw and pickled veggies

          A lot of delicious—but often unhealthy—ingredients (such as corn beef and mayonnaise) in typical ruebens aren't worth the bloated feeling you might suffer from post-eating. So try these healthier spins and enjoy your sandwich:

          • Sandwich the goods between dark rye bread or pumpernickel—two classic and healthy choices
          • Buy organic, nitrate-free and sliced turkey breast instead of the traditional corned beef
          • Go with reduced-sodium, part-skim Swiss
          • Be generous with the sauerkraut—it’s low in calories, contains vitamin C, and supplies enzymes that aid digestion (buy fresh if you can find it or rinse the canned type before eating to get rid of some of the salt)
          • Make a healthier Russian dressing or look for a bottled Thousand Island dressing that contains yogurt instead of full-fat mayonnaise (we like Cindy’s Kitchen)

            Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
            This a.m. sandwich might be just as important to your morning routine as coffee, but for a yummy and diet-friendly version, try this:

            • Start with a whole-grain seeded English muffin instead of a white one
            • Dice the Canadian bacon before cooking, and sprinkle on top so you use less
            • Whisk one whole egg with one egg white to trim fat and calories
            • Top the egg with one slice of part-skim cheese

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