Need some substitutes for mayo?
I’ve got some healthy sandwich spreads ideas!
I’m a big fan of a really great sandwich. A couple of our favorite sandwiches are this Copycat Starbucks Egg Salad Sandwich recipe and this Copycat Applebee’s Clubhouse Grille. I like to place myself on the same level as Joey Tribianni from the show Friends. He too, loves a really good sandwich!
Most women love a great plate of pasta, but for me — just give me a good sandwich! For the past year, I’ve been trying new healthier alternatives for some of my favorite recipes. I’ve come up with a nice list of healthy sandwich spreads which are great substitutes for mayo or Miracle Whip. We usually feel as though we’re getting ripped off if we don’t slather a little sum’n sum’n on our sandwiches. Who wants to eat an old dried up sandwich anyway, right?! I use and love EACH and EVERY one of these options below.
1. non-fat greek yogurt
The greek yogurt can be dressed up if you like by adding some seasoning. Any kind of seasoning that you like. A little salt and pepper, some garlic powder, some cayenne. You get my drift. I usually just stick a butter knife down in the container of greek yogurt and lay on a plain even layer of it to my favorite club or turkey sandwiches. It’s non-fat and it adds a bit of tang and texture to my sandwich that’s different from the norm. NOM!
Ohh yes, please! If you’ve never tried hummus as a sandwich spread — you MUST. Of course, you probably won’t like it if you don’t like hummus but I looooooove hummus. It’s another fun flavor and texture added to your sandwich instead of mayo. Much healthier too. I buy different flavors of hummus but my favorite is the roasted red pepper. Mmmm.
Yep. You heard me right! You might already use mustard as a sandwich spread but if you’re also using mayo — just forget the mayo altogether. The mustard overpowers the flavor of the mayo anyway so it’s like “ghost” mayo. Like it’s not even really there. So why eat those calories when you can’t even TASTE it. Save those calories for something else!
Do you love pesto? My brain always connects pesto with pasta, though. However, I have been known to spread a little bit on a grilled chicken sandwich and it’s really really good. If you make your own, you can razzle-dazzle it up anyway you like.
It adds some spice to your turkey or chicken sandwiches. I also love it on my breakfast sandwiches in the mornings. I just cook an egg and a turkey sausage patty in a non-stick skillet and toast some bread. Put the sandwich together and spread a little salsa on. Just a little “southwest” spin on a good sandwich.
……or some guac! YES! Mash up a little avocado with a fork and spread on your sandwich. I love the texture of it and of course it’s fun because it’s green. This is an easy way to trick the kiddos into eating it too. Kids just think anything green is fun. If I don’t have any fresh avocados, then I usually always have some guacamole in the fridge.
7. honey mustard
Okay now I know what y’all are thinking. But don’t knock it till you try it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little bit of sweet with your tangy when it comes to a dressing. I personally love a little bit of honey mustard on a sandwich. We dip chicken in it right? Why not put a little dab on your sandwich? If you buy bottled honey mustard, you’ll probably notice that they’re not as low-fat as you’d think so I usually make my own at home. I don’t make a lot at once…just usually enough for my sandwich or for our chicken tenders at home. There are plenty of recipes out there, but I tend to shoot for easy and literally just mix a bit of dijon mustard with a bit of honey and stir it up. Voila.
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