Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What's the Skinny on Sandwich Breads?

Salads, salads, salads. Sometimes you just want a sandwich for lunch but don’t want to waste calories on a huge deli-sized roll. Does the perfect portion size bread for sandwiches exist?

The newest trend in sandwich breads is “skinny bread.” These breads are the perfect solution to eat a healthy sized portion of complex whole grains without overdoing it! Several brands are developing their own versions of such breads but from our search we found that the healthiest, and best tasting, include: Arnold 100% Whole Wheat and Multigrain Sandwich Thins, Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Fill ‘Ems, and Thomas’s Everything and 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thins.

Why have you done a good thing?

“Skinny breads” are considerably lower in calories and carbohydrates per serving than traditional sandwich breads, allowing you to enjoy eating a healthy, balanced sandwich! These breads are higher in fiber, which is great for regularity, blood sugar control, and lowering cholesterol. Whole grains are essential for your health as they are a great source of B-vitamins. B vitamins help our bodies get energy from foods by assisting in the breakdown of glucose (carbohydrates from food). B vitamins also maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth and division, prevent anemia, and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Prepare meals with thin breads:

1) Thomas’s Everything Bagel Thin with Tomato and Swiss Cheese


1 Thomas’s Everything Bagel Thin

2 slices of tomato

2 slices low-fat and low sodium Swiss cheese


Layer ingredients in sandwich and heat in panini press or toaster oven just until cheese melts.

2) Personal Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin Tomato Basil Pizzas


2 pints of cherry tomatoes, quartered

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp salt

½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

3 Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin, with halves separated


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside cheese and Sandwich thins. Combine all other ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Layer 2 slices of mozzarella cheese on eat half of a Sandwich thin. Top each half of sandwich thin with a few tablespoons of topping mixture. Bake for around 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

3) Roasted Turkey, Hummus, and Avocado Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Fill ‘Em

1 Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Fill ‘Em

3 oz or 3 slices of low-sodium turkey breast (recommend Applegate Farms

1 tsp of hummus (recommend Sabra Hummus with Roasted Pine Nuts

3 slices of cucumber

1 slice of romaine lettuce

1 slice of red onion

2 thin slices of avocado


Combine items into sandwich and enjoy!

*Other ideas:

  • Top an Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin with tomato sauce or pesto, part-skim mozzarella, and fresh veggies to make a personal pizza!
  • Substitute your hamburger roll for an Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin or hotdog roll for an Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Fill ‘Em to reduce calories at your BBQ’s!
  • Make an energy-filled breakfast with a Thomas 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, scrambled eggs, low-fat cheddar cheese, and a slice of tomato!

Where can I purchase thin breads?

Most mainstream grocery stores carry all of these brands of thin breads, including Fairway Market, Food Emporium, Gristedes, and D’Agostinos.

1 comment:

CityHippie said...

pre-scooped bagels?!?
= the best thing since sliced bread. literally.

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