Low-Calorie Sandwich Filling Ideas

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Low-Calorie Sandwich Filling Ideas
Cut the calories but not the flavour. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When you're watching your weight every little calorie counts. Luckily there are so many substitutions for your guilty pleasures, with the right choices you won't even miss a thing. If you're craving a delicious, hearty sandwich but are stumped on what will work with your low-calorie diet, there are plenty of options available to you. No matter if you're looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth or need something that's filling, you can build a sandwich suitable to satisfy your hunger and your waistline.

Hot Off The Grill

Fire up the grill and throw on a few boneless skinless chicken breasts with plenty of seasonings. Shower your breasts with peppers and onions or flavour-adding herbs and spices from your spice rack. Peel the well-done poultry off of the fire and lay on a low-calorie wheat bun topped with spicy brown mustard, a half piece of provolone cheese and lettuce and tomatoes. Split the breast in half and chop into smaller pieces if you wish; your finished sandwich should set you back only about 400 calories.


If you've been missing your meatball sub from the dirty little sub shop around the corner, rid yourself of the calories and cholesterol by creating your own healthy rendition. Substitute ground turkey for minced meat or pork. Mix black pepper, sage, oregano, onion powder and fresh garlic in your meat mix then separate and roll into large meatballs. For your serving size, roll the balls into 28.4gr. portions, about three to four meatballs should fit in the palm of your hand. Brown meatballs and line a low-calorie wheat loaf with a few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese. Top the meaty concoction with a low-calorie pasta sauce and sprinkle some oregano on top. Enjoy a yummy sandwich that's easily a third of the original calories, giving you a safe 300 calories.


When your inner kindergartner comes out and you must have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, play it smart by looking at labels to get your childhood favourite. Choose a peanut butter that has the lowest amount of fat and pay close attention to your labels for a low calorie option. Choose a sugar free jelly for your filler to cut the calories easily. For only a few calories over 200, you'll be happy to have your favourite snack in low-calorie form.

The Green Stuff

If you're fan of veggies, you'll have no problem cutting calories. Stock a low-calorie vegetable wrap with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and plenty of seasonings of your choice. Add a low-fat Italian dressing and wrap tightly. At 260 calories, you can afford to eat another one.

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