Packing a sandwich just got a little more exciting. Here are some healthy alternatives to spice up the lunchbox for someone with diabetes — something a little more than the standard PB&J.
When it comes to packing lunches, there's an important thing to remember: You aren't in elementary school anymore.
Think outside the box before you hit the grocery store; having plenty of options to stuff into a sandwich makes lunch something to look forward to. Nutritionist Heather Bauer prefers to think of the lunch sandwich as a canvas begging for creativity.
By removing PB&J from the center stage, a sandwich is more welcoming to greens and other veggies, which are an important part of a balanced lunch. Added fiber will help slow the rise in blood sugars, which is vital when living with diabetes.
Say goodbye to boring sandwiches —here's how:
Buy different bread - Mix up your bread choices. If you eat Wonder Bread, shop for something heartier with a nutritional impact or try gluten-free brands. Lettuce wraps and rice wraps will save you a lot of calories and are simply a fun way to eat. Tortilla wraps are also a much loved option and come in many varieties.
Shape it up - Get creative beyond cutting off the crust. Using cookie cutters and other kitchen tools such as panini makers can shape your sandwich up in no time.
Main ingredients - This is a lengthy list. From last night leftovers to tofu, tuna, and chicken your choices are much larger than simple lunch meats and peanut butter.
Fill-'er-up - Bauer's favorites include "hummus, pesto, bean dip, olive tapenade, Greek yogurt, pureed veggies flavored with lemon or lime juice, cream cheese mixed with fresh dill, mashed avocado or guacamole, mango or apple chutney."
For more ideas, try Heather Bauer's recipes for: Lunchbox Turkey, Hummus, and Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels or Italian Tuna and Olive Tapenade Sandwiches.