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It’s the quintessential lunch, right?

It can definitely be a great, easy lunch option if you are into brown-bagging it.

And if you want it to be, it can be really healthy too. Here are my tips for the healthiest turkey sandwich!

  • Bread: Because I work at a bakery, I’m a total bread snob so I use Sprouted Bread but 100% whole grain is also a good option- each slice should have at least 3 grams of protein and fiber.
  • Turkey: Natural turkey is best – no antibiotics, hormones, weird fillers, etc.
  • Cheese: Adding a slice of cheese can add a serving of dairy and some extra protein to your meal – just make sure it is real cheese!
  • Toppings: I’ve got nothing against mayo, but a topping like avocado adds good fats and lots of vitamins. Mustard is a low calorie way to add in extra flavor as well. (Or a blend of mustard + a little mayo gives you that creamy flavor without all the calories!)
  • Vegetables:  Always add vegetables! Lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers – whatever you can think of or have around – the more the better!

How do you make your sandwich healthy?



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  1. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland

    My ultimate turkey sandwich is 100% whole wheat bread, spicy mustard, organic turkey, romaine lettuce, tomato, and swiss cheese. I’m really picky about my sandwiches too. Now that I work in the food industry and know what gets put into certain foods….well I definitely shy away from a lot of packaged foods now! I guess that isn’t a bad thing though.

  2. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    I think hummus is a good option, too, if you’re trying to avoid mayo (although nothing really compares to good old fashioned mayo if you use it in moderation, in my opinion 🙂 ). I’m all about sprouted bread- I think my system actually handles it better than non-sprouted!

  3. Michelle

    I don’t eat meat but I do add avocado to everything I consume. 🙂 I find it’s a healthier option then cheddar cheese (at least that’s what I tell myself.)

  4. Luv What You Do

    I love to buy my turkey at whole foods. It is lower in sodium and tastes like real turkey. I eat it on a whole wheat or sprouted bread (also from WF) with toppings like cheese, tomato, and avacado. It is totally my go-to lunch!

  5. Brittnie

    My fav sandwich currently: Whole wheat english muffin, turkey, HUMMUS (love love love me some hummus) and loads of veggies (bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes esp.). I can’t do dairy and I have yet to find a cheese substitute I like so as of now no cheese for me!