I made a new veggie "sandwich" recipe (read: absolutely no bread involved) every day for a week and lived to tell the tale.

By Justine Hall
Updated: October 10, 2016

Since I normally prep my lunch in the morning when I'm half asleep and running on negative time, my bread and butter (pun intended) is always a sandwich on whole wheat bread. While carbs are certainly part of a healthy diet, I felt like my overall carb consumption was starting to add up. That's why I decided to make a "sandwich" using absolutely no bread every day for a week, in favor of more creative (and healthier) substitutes. Cue: Instagram. Here's how I fared trying a healthy, gram-worthy bread-swap recipe for an entire seven days.

Monday: Romaine Lettuce Wraps

I loved this swap. The biggest change? You can actually taste the lunch meat and cheese you're eating unlike using bread which seems to mask the taste of everything inside. I knew if I were to have eaten just the lettuce wraps I would have been starving long before dinner time, so I also came prepared with a cup of lentil soup. The lettuce wrap is slightly messy depending on if you want to put condiments on the 'sandwich'-I used mustard and it was a little complicated-so at one point I gave up and just started cutting off pieces and eating it like a salad. Still, not bad for day one.

Tuesday: Sweet Potato 'Toast'

I was super excited to try this Instagram trend. The first thing I discovered is that I have no idea how long it takes to cook a sweet potato. Despite the fact that I ended up with a slightly undercooked product (after 10 minutes of toasting), this was still incredible. Even though my turkey burger had zero seasoning, there was still so much flavor from the sweet potatoes and I found it more filling than my typical turkey burger on bread. Unlike the lettuce wraps, it was definitely possible to eat this as an actual sandwich (minus some parts being a little more difficult to bite into from said under-cooked situation).

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