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A classic caprese sandwich is typically loaded with a bunch of fresh mozzarella, a few tomato slices, and torn basil which are then lathered with a olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. And although this roasted chicken caprese sandwich isn't all that bad, to begin with, we created a healthier version by hollowing out a whole grain baguette and adding rotisserie chicken for protein. We replaced olive oil with flavorful truffle mustard and white balsamic glaze. And instead of the traditional fat slabs of whole milk mozzarella, we swap out tiny pearls of the fresh cheese to cut down on fat. Arugula gives the sandwich a nice peppery bite and adds a bunch of vitamins such as A, K, and C as well as folate and calcium. The tomatoes are not only a great form of antioxidants but are also packed with lycopene which helps prevent cancer. Not too shabby, huh?
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This spicy Thai chicken salad wrap is a great alternative to the typical mayo-based chicken salad recipes. Packed with protein and spice, the sesame peanut dressing is loaded with flavor and makes an amazing guilt-free chicken wrap.
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I was recently gifted provencal mustard over Christmas and I was amazed at how flavorful it was. Made with a base of dijon and blended with roasted red peppers, garlic, and herbs, this mustard packs a ton of flavor with little to no calories. Smear some of this flavorful spread on a warm whole wheat wrap and top with fresh nutrient-packed spinach, bright and lively pesto, rich and tangy crumbled goat cheese, sweet and spicy peppadews, and protein-packed rotisserie chicken for this perfect chicken provencal wrap with spinach, goat cheese + peppadews.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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For this roasted chicken torta with avocado + queso fresco, pulled rotisserie chicken, chipotle black bean spread, tomatoes, pickled red onions, queso fresco, salsa verde, cilantro, and fresh avocado are piled up in a hallowed out torta bun to make a healthier version of this Mexican classic.
Just don't forget to ditch the mayo which adds unwanted calories. Instead, we commend trying our creamy chipotle black bean spread which is made by mashing up black beans with lime juice and the liquid from chipotle peppers. This blend creates a rich and delicious sandwich spread that's not only super healthy but is absolutely delicious on sandwiches and more. The crushed up avocado also mimics the rich creaminess of mayo but is packed full of healthy fats that are muy bueno for you!
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Trying to be healthy but craving a delicious Philly cheese steak? Say no more! This health'd up version is made with a hallowed out french bread, pan-fried tempeh, sauteed peppers, onions, shallots, and mushrooms and slathered with reduced calorie cheese and umami-packed steak sauce.
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When you think of an avocado, bacon and ranch sandwich, you probably don't think of it as health food. But hey, don't let that preconceived idea sway you away from this tasty sandwich.
The trick to making this sandwich healthy-ish is all about replacing your typical store bought ranch with our homemade guilt-free version. To do this, swap out mayo for flavorful and tart greek yogurt. Instead of saturated fats, your dressing will be packed full of live cultures and probiotics that help with digestion and boost immunity.
And you may also be saying why not swap out real bacon for turkey bacon or some other substitute? According to Prevention.com, pork bacon reigns king over turkey bacon for health benefits. Not only is it higher in healthy fats but it's also got more free radical fighting selenium, cholesterol-lowering niacin, and fertility boosting folate.
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A New Years resolution to be fit doesn't have to be hard - especially when you have a bunch of really healthy, delicious and easy protein packed recipes to choose from. This hearty peanut butter, guava + simple squares organic protein wrap is packed with tasty organic ingredients including my favorite Coconut Simple Squares bar, fresh banana, guava jam, bee pollen, local honey, granola, and salty peanut butter.
Did you know that "Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein? It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body." (Mercola.com).
And if you've never had a Simple Square bar, now is the time to try one! Packed with organic cashews, organic almonds, organic honey, organic unsweetened coconut, organic vanilla, sea salt these bars give you tons of dietary fiber, protein, Vitamin E and magnesium.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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By swapping out chicken with aromatic tumeric and cumin roasted cauliflower, this classic curried chicken salad sandwich recipe is reinvented as a delicious vegetarian favorite. Not a fan of cauliflower? Try using the same spice recipe below for roasted sweet potatoes, grilled tofu, or crumbled tempeh.
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You're probably familiar with this delicious fall turkey, cranberry + brie sandwich composed of the following Thanksgiving leftovers: Thick slices of roasted turkey breast with sweet and tart cranberry jam, fresh spinach and rich and creamy brie between two beautiful pieces of white bread. And although this sandwich is typically only seasonally available - fear not - you can totally make it any time of year.
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Beet hummus is the star of this healthy turkey and hummus sandwich. It's beautiful and vibrant pink shade lacks in comparison to its healthy attributions. Beets are loaded with a variety of nutrients and fibers that can help lower blood pressure in just a couple of hours, fight inflammation and cancer, and can help boost your immune system. When you mix the roasted beets with chick peas, which are filled with healthy fibers, protein, nutrients and vitamins, the health benefits keep multiplying.
Cracked pepper turkey loads you up with even more lean-meat protein while the tomatoes add a nice healthy dose of vitamin C, D and folic acid. The feta cheese is a great source of calcium and the baby kale sprouts are a super food that help boost your brain power with the the green's high level of folate. And although the bread's probably not that good for you, it helps keep everything together and it makes it taste even better!
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Image if a super fresh Thai spring roll combined it's goodness with the richness of a Chinese steamed bun. Well that's what's going on in these spring roll inspired steamed buns. So go ahead and swap out the rice paper for these slightly sweet, light and airy steamed buns and add sweet a dollop of some spicy chili sauce, a few creamy slices of avocado, crisp strands of carrots and cucumbers rounds, zippy pickled red onions, spicy jalapenos and umami-rich hoison sauce. If you like it hot, add some sriracha or sambal and get ready to indulge in an almost perfect guilt free treat.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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This simple and delicious hummus and pickled vegetable sandwich is anything but boring!
Say goodbye to lifeless limp vegetables and start piling on loads of these tangy pickled veggies, some savory protein-packed hummus, and crisp, fresh produce. These veggies are just my recommendation and personal preference but feel free to try switching up the veggies to create create a sandwich that's full of flavor and chocked full of vitamins and nutrients.
A word to the wise though - the combination of the pickled beets and the hummus look awesome together - almost like art- but they also make this sandwich super messy so be sure to use the paper-folding technique to keep the sandwich together.
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Vegetarian sloppy joes made with a mix of barley and caramelized vegetables are just as good - if not better - than the typical hamburger based versions. Packed full of flavor, vitamins and nutrients, these guilt-free sandwiches will please even the most die hard of meat eaters. And by topping these sandwiches with fermented vegetables such as DIY quick pickled radish and cucumbers, a significant dose of healthy probiotics are added to each bite.