We love sandwiches. We don't love the carbs of traditional breads. While we love the convenience of the low-carb breads at the store, many of them are stuffed with fillers we don't want. And many of them have textures we find wanting. We can bake our own bread, but sometimes you want other options.
Lettuce wraps are great. But we want as many breadless sandwich options as possible! When it comes to low-carb alternatives, the sky is the limit. It's National Picnic Month. We think that makes it the perfect time to talk about sandwiches. If you ask us, the outside is just as important as what's inside! You could follow the route KFC famously went with the Double Down — the sandwich that uses two pieces of fried chicken for bread — and use your meat as your bun. But, if that's not your speed, these might be more up your alley.
While these tortillas use pork rinds as flour, you can't really taste the pork rinds. That's great as you want a neutral flavor before using them. As you're making them yourself, you can control the size, making smaller tortillas if you want to make tacos or larger ones if you want to use them for wraps. They are nice and pliable, making them perfect for wraps. Because they are made with three eggs and three egg whites, they are packed with nine grams of protein, making them filling and giving you plenty of energy. A serving has 124 calories and 0.5 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
Vlasic, Mt. Olive and other brands have brought out pickle slices cut lengthwise instead of across to make them the perfect shape for laying on a sandwich. In the past, that might have seemed like silly marketing. After all, is a long pickle slice structurally any better than a round one? The answer is now a resounding yes. You can use the long pickle slices in the place of bread to make sub sandwiches with turkey and cheddar. The pickles have crunch and tang. No turkey and cheese sandwich is complete without tomatoes. The long natural shape of Roma tomatoes makes them perfect for this lunch. A serving has 186 calories, 3.8 grams of carbs and 1.4 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
The sponginess of eggplant slices feels like bread. And they hold together even when filled with an Italian sandwich's contents. This sandwich works because you get all the flavors and textures you expect! The important thing is to remember to salt your eggplant generously before cooking it to pull out extra moisture. That way, it won't soak up oil and get dense. This sandwich won't keep overnight, so this isn't one to make for a lunch box the night before. But, it is worth taking the time out of your day to make and enjoy. A serving has 232 calories, 15 grams of carbs and six grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Most of the time, our suggestion is to ignore TikTok food videos. A lot of them are unhealthy dietary advice. But, one TikTok food tip we do like is using bell peppers for sandwich bread. Just like the pickle sub, you get a lot of crunch. The sandwich has a mayo and mustard spread to help hold it all together and marry the flavors of turkey, provolone, avocado and bacon. A serving has 652 calories, 15.8 grams of carbs and 6.5 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
With these recipes, you can enjoy your next picnic without worrying about carbs. You'll just have to watch out for ants and pests trying to steal your delicious lunch!