Want more tips and tricks for reaching your health goals? Join Lark!

Take our 2-minute survey to find out if you’re eligible to join Lark which includes a smart scale and the chance to earn a Fitbit®.
Start now
*Terms and conditions apply
Close icon
< Back to Resource Center
< Back to Member Blog

Here's How to Make Your Favorite Sandwich Healthier

December 5, 2020
Here’s How to Make Your Favorite Sandwich Healthier - Lark Health

Are you at risk of prediabetes?

Lark can help lower your risk for Type 2 Diabetes through healthy habit formation, and data tracking.
Height: 5 ft 4 in
4' 0"
7' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
90 lbs
500 lbs
Risk Level
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

The USDA has found that half of adults eat sandwiches on any given day, and contribute 12% of calories to Americans' diets. On average, they have more unhealthy fats and refined grains, and less fiber, vegetables, and potassium than the overall diet.

Is your favorite sandwich providing essential nutrients, satisfying hunger, and making you healthier? Or is it adding extra calories and contributing to higher risk for conditions such as high cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure? Here are ways to make some of the most popular sandwiches in the US healthier.

Cold Cuts

Cold Cuts

Salami, corned beef, pastrami, bologna, and ham are examples of cold cuts that add flavor and texture to sandwiches. They can also add saturated fat, excess calories, sodium, and carcinogenic compounds, and numbers are worse when sandwiches are enormous subs instead of smaller types. Veggie burgers and fat-free refried beans are just as convenient, tasty, and varied so you cannot get bored. Using whole-grain bread with pesto or olive oil instead of mayo, and adding lettuce and tomato to make it bigger, can give you a high-fiber lunch.

Turkey Breast

Turkey Breast

Deli turkey breast is leaner than many processed meats, but it still has sodium and carcinogenic nitrates, and often comes with mayo and cheese on refined white bread. Instead of choosing processed meats such as turkey breast or ham, it takes no extra effort to make extra protein the night before, such as chicken breast, bean burgers, or turkey meatballs, and use those in your sandwich. Using whole grain bread and mustard, and packing your sandwich with vegetables, can make your lunch high in protein and fiber, and filling enough to last for hours.


Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwich

A peanut butter sandwich can so easily be a health food, but not when it is on refined white bread and includes 20 grams of sugar - the amount in 3 chocolate sandwich cookies - due to jelly. Cut the added sugar by skipping the jam and instead using fresh fruit, such sliced banana, diced ripe pear, or blueberries, for sweetness. Add fiber and antioxidants with whole-grain bread, or by getting creative with whole-grain English muffins or a whole-grain tortilla.

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tried, true, and still beloved, tuna, chicken, and egg salad sandwiches can be cringeworthy when considering their calories and fat - largely from mayo. Swapping yogurt for mayo can get rid of most of the excess while keeping it tasty and moist. Choosing whole-grain rye or other whole-grain bread, and adding vegetables such as diced tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and peas, can make your sandwich downright healthy.

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Comfort food at its finest can also be nourishing when you toast the sandwich instead of fry it in butter, choose whole-grain bread or a whole-wheat English muffin, and use low-fat cheese. Spreading non-fat cream cheese inside the bread can add creaminess, and there is no shortage of healthy combos you can try to liven up your grilled cheese sandwich. Examples include mozzarella with tomato and basil, spinach with oregano and feta cheese, and swiss with mushrooms and egg whites.


No matter what kind of sandwich you love, there's a way to make it healthier. Just think about using whole-grain bread when possible, adding as many vegetables as you can, or some fruit, and choosing lean proteins, such as low-fat cheese, peanut butter, chicken breast, tuna, or egg whites. You're ready to grab and go!

About Lark

Lark helps you eat better, move more, stress less, and improve your overall wellness. Lark’s digital coach is available 24/7 on your smartphone to give you personalized tips, recommendations, and motivation to lose weight and prevent chronic conditions like diabetes.

Read more

Get healthier with Lark & earn a Fitbit®

Lose weight, get more active, and eat better.
take 1-minute survey

Similar posts

Diabetes and Rice: Does Rice Contain Sugar? - Lark HealthDiabetes and Rice: Does Rice Contain Sugar? - Lark Health

Diabetes and Rice | Can I Eat Rice With Diabetes?

When you have diabetes, what you eat is a large part of maintaining blood sugar levels. Is rice safe for diabetes? It depends on what kind!

Learn more
5 Easy, Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Ideas - Lark Health5 Easy, Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Ideas - Lark Health

5 Easy, Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Prediabetes

A healthy prediabetic breakfast can stabilize blood sugar and improve insulin action for hours, and it need not take hours to prepare.

Learn more
9 Healthy Fast Food Breakfast Options for Diabetes - Lark Health9 Healthy Fast Food Breakfast Options for Diabetes - Lark Health

9 Tips For A Healthy Fast Food Breakfast for Diabetes

Eating fast food can be hard to avoid. Here are some tips for a healthy fast food breakfast for diabetes to keep blood sugar stable.

Learn more