You like bread. I get it—I’m with you. Sandwiches are probably my favorite food. But maybe you’re tracking your macros and finding you’re eating a bit more from the carb family than you were hoping. We all know that carbs are essential for our bodies to function well, whether you’re an athlete or not, but you can have too much of a good thing. So what’s a sandwich lover to do? Voila.

Cheese-framed Ham Sandwich

When you think about it, it doesn’t really matter where the cheese goes in a ham and cheese sandwich, as long as it’s there. These unconventional sandwiches will get a lot of attention in the office lunch room for their ingenuity and cheesiness. Yes, they have a decent amount of cheese, but you don’t have to slice it too thick, just thick enough so they won’t break easily. This recipe also calls for jicama, a juicy tuber that The Kitchn describes as a savory apple.

Tomato Sliders

Nothing like a great burger to fill you up and leave feeling satisfied after a workout or long jog. But if you’re looking to lighten your carb load, you could shift the tomato from a supporting slice player to a starring role, by using it in place of the bun. It’s no doubt juicy and tasty. Try this recipe from The Iron You.

Red Pepper Sandwich

This one is pretty self-explanatory. To be honest, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier. Just slice up some bell pepper into wide tranches, and put your favorite ingredients in between. Lettuce, mustard, meat, pickles, sauerkraut—anything. It’s a nice crunchy sandwich snack with decent dose of vegetables.

Collard-Wrapped Bean Burritos

These are healthy, and loaded with vitamins and nutrients from the collard greens to the protein-rich black beans to the cheese. All around goodness.

Eggplant Steak Sandwich

I love any steak sandwich. Especially at lunch. I just find the steak gives me energy. Using eggplant instead of bread is pure genius. Eggplant is underrated, in my opinion. It has a nice neutral flavor and is low in calories, according to UC Davis’ Vegetable Research and Information Center.

Lettuce wraps

We did it, we made it to the lettuce wrap portion of the post. You shouldn’t be surprised, because this is a great way to swap out bread, if you’re looking to get more vegetables in your day or if you’ve already had a lot of bread or carbs. Leafy greens are one of my favorite foods, so this is a great option. Try this lettuce wrap recipe using our Orange Mango Chicken:

Orange Mango Chicken lettuce wraps c/o Luvo


  • Heat up your Luvo Orange Mango Chicken.
  • Use a spoon to scoop a portion of the orange mango chicken, green tea infused whole grains, kale, and broccoli into each lettuce leaf.
  • Top with peanuts and cilantro.

Do you ever substitute something for bread in your diet? Share your best recipe with us in the comments section!

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