Smart choices at the sandwich station

We’re making our way around the Parkview Regional Medical Center cafeteria for National Nutrition Month, stopping today at the sandwich line. Jared Grandlienard, retail operations manager, Parkview Health, meets us there with great tips for assembling a guilt-free entrée. While we’re focusing on the offerings at our hospital, Jared’s advice applies to your order at the local sandwich shop or your own kitchen.

 

6 Tips for Building a Better Sandwich

1. The best bookends. Choose a whole wheat bread packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

2. Be picky with protein. Choose lean options like chicken breast, turkey breast or reduced sodium, reduced fat chicken salad.

3. Say [healthy] cheese. Opt for a slice of low sodium and low fat provolone or Swiss.

4. Go green. Pile the fresh veggies high. They’re a great way to add texture, flavor and tons of nutrients.

5. Be smart and saucy. When selecting a sauce, go for a reduced calorie mayonnaise or red wine vinegar and oil. You can avoid a lot of unwanted fat and calories by skipping the mayonnaise-based sauces.

6. Less can be more. Consider doing a half sandwich and enjoying it with a side of fresh fruit or veggies.

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