By Isadora Baum
So many of us love a classic tuna salad sandwich for lunch. It’s familiar, quick and easy to make — plus since tuna is high in protein and good fats, it does a good job of keeping you satisfied. But let’s be honest, tuna can get boring, and there are so many other delicious types of sandwiches, like avocado and turkey, a hearty chicken sandwich or even a grilled cheese, that can make for an easy, nutritious lunch, too.
Whether you’re making a chicken salad sandwich with creamy, yogurt dressing, or a flavorful veggie-packed sandwich that’s loaded with antioxidants and fiber, there are many ways to turn a bland sandwich into something new and nutritious. Here are five simple but satisfying sandwiches to try when you’re getting tired of tuna and want to swap it for something else.
Greek yogurt gives this sammie a nice creamy texture and it has probiotics, which are good for your gut and immune system. Plus, chicken and Greek yogurt both offer ample protein to fill you up for longer. Add in grapes for a bit of sweetness and antioxidants. Grapes have resveratrol, an antioxidant that promotes anti-aging. Don’t want grapes? Swap for apple, which is high in fiber and equally as sweet.
Who knew veggies could be so interesting? Well, when piled high in a sandwich they make for a tasty and colorful lunch that looks almost too pretty to eat. Use gluten-free bread with fresh basil leaves for flavor and a vegan pesto that’s creamy but dairy-free. Or you can try pita bread for an easy wrap. And go for a variety of veggies, like red pepper, onions, and cucumbers to stack the rainbow. If you’re not vegan, add in brie or goat cheese, which works nicely with the veggies.
Curry tastes great in a sandwich, and this vegan chickpea curry has lots of protein and fiber to get you through the latter part of the day while still being free of dairy. Go for whole-wheat or sliced baguette for the bread. Cashews increase the healthy fat content and provide that smooth texture, while a bit of mango chutney brings in a little sweetness to balance out the more nutty, savory flavors. This might just be your new lunchtime staple.
“No tuna” means there is no tuna, so as far as sandwich recipes go, this could be an easy swap for tuna when you still want something similar but fully plant-based. You can use vegan mayonnaise to hold it all together or some hummus and use maple syrup for natural sweetness, which helps keep overall sugar low. Add some sunflower seeds or nuts on top for extra healthy fat and a crispy texture. Use good, crusty bread that’s sturdy to hold the fillings in nicely.
A toasted grilled cheese panini is a great option, and this veggie cheese sandwich is packed with fiber and antioxidants from the sweet potatoes and good fats to protect your heart health from creamy avocado. Plus, halloumi is a Greek cheese that’s salty and flavorful, and it’s pretty underrated compared to more common cheeses. Yet, you can swap for mozzarella, provolone, or cheddar cheese if you want to use what’s around. Give it a shot, and see what you think.
Egg salad is an easy lunchbox recipe. Enjoy it stuffed between bread, like sourdough or whole grain. Add in arugula and chives, as well as cayenne pepper for a bit of heat, if you like. It’s ready in 30 minutes — and that includes the homemade mayo. Not feeling like whipping some up? Just use what you like.
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