Lunchtime can be an annoying time of day, especially if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re bored with the standard green salad. There’s nothing wrong with that standard green salad! But every once in a while, you want something heartier for lunch that doesn’t make you feel guilty, overly full, or lethargic afterwards. Finding a nutritious sandwich that is also creative and delicious is the best way to enjoy lunch while on a diet, and the best part is, you don’t even have to cut out the bread (although you can if you want to)! Fresh vegetables, healthy proteins, and perhaps even a light and creamy dressing to bring it all together is the best recipe for a nutritious sandwich you’ll love, so use this guide of 14 healthy sandwiches for weight loss to set you straight on your path towards lunchtime glee.
Plantain, Black Bean, and Havarti Arepas
Who says a sandwich must be meat between two slices of bread? These arepas are jam packed with sweet plantains, black beans, and tangy Havarti cheese for a creative and fun twist on the standard sandwich lunch.
50 minutes 400 calories Easy
Toasted Pan Bagnat with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Arugula
The simplicity of this sandwich is in the ingredients; juicy tomatoes provide the perfect sweet bite to make this toasty sing.
4h 20m 790 calories Easy
Green Goddess Sandwich
This sandwich ticks all the boxes when it comes to getting your greens in. Green goddess dressing, avocado, green zucchini, cucumber, sprouts, and lettuce make this sandwich nutritious and great to bring to work, and will make your office mates green with envy.
15 minutes 645 calories Easy
Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich
The healthy element of this crispy chicken sandwich is that you know each ingredient going into your sandwich, and you can control the amount of oil and salt. If you’re missing your favorite fast-food chicken sandwich, this is a great alternative that gets an extra bump of flavor from the Greek yogurt ranch sauce.
30 minutes 600 calories Easy
Tofu Bahn Mi
Traditionally made with ham and pork pate, this tasty Vietnamese sandwich is made healthier by swapping out the ham for a piece of soy-marinated tofu with a hint of spice from sriracha.
20 minutes 350 calories Easy
California Rainbow Veggie Sub with Goddess Dressing and BBQ Kale Chips
This veggie-packed sub truly is goddess-like with colorful vegetables piled high and slicked with a creamy dressing. The BBQ kale chips on the side are the perfect crunchy side dish to replace the standard potato chip.
50 minutes 650 calories Easy
BBQ Portobello Mushroom Sandwich and Smoked Gouda
There’s nothing quite like a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, but it may not fit in too well with a healthy diet. Swapping out meat for a meaty portobello mushroom provides that same heartiness, and the BBQ sauce and smoked gouda really send this sandwich over the top.
15 minutes 350 calories Easy
Spicy Roasted Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise
A simple and fiery spice rub give these shrimps a kick of heat, and the chipotle avocado mayo provides creamy, luscious goodness from Greek yogurt and avocado. All in all, this is a sandwich you’ll want to recreate on a weekly basis.
25 minutes 300 calories Easy
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich
Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise makes for a lighter chicken salad, but it doesn’t make it any less creamy or rich. Plump grapes and sweet cranberries add a delightful sweetness that you didn’t even know you wanted in chicken salad.
15 minutes 520 calories Easy
Spicy Meatball Bahn Mi
Another bahn mi to add to the repertoire; this Vietnamese sandwich packs juicy, homemade meatballs seasoned with garlic, herbs, sriracha, and fish sauce for an outstanding and hearty sandwich that won’t disappoint.
1h 20m 680 calories Easy
Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
Starting off your day with a healthy breakfast sandwich is a great idea! Eggs, veggies, and turkey make this easy-to-make sandwich a nutritious one, and the best part is you can make a batch of them ahead of time to heat and eat every morning of the week.
20 minutes 200 calories Easy
Ultimate Rainbow Veggie Sandwich
Sure, this sandwich is loaded up with vegetables and a flavorful herby goat cheese for an insanely nutritious lunchtime treat, but the real selling point is how beautiful it is to look at!
30 minutes 200 calories Easy
Veggie Hummus Sandwich
This sandwich is perfect on its own, but for an extra hearty meal you should pair it with a salad, a warm vegetable soup, or some homemade kale chips.
5 minutes 400 calories Easy
Healthy Tuna Salad Sandwich
Instead of the traditional mayonnaise, hummus is added to the tuna here to make for a creamy sandwich filling that’s loaded with flavor. For a lower carb option, wrap this tuna salad in a green lettuce cup or a coconut wrap instead.
20 minutes 300 calories Easy