6 Bread Swaps & Better-for-You Finds

Sep 15 2017
Are you still eating old-school sandwiches on basic bread? There are so many better-for-you options, with fewer calories, more nutrition, and more fun! Check these out...

Most Versatile: Flatout Exclusive Hungry Girl Foldit Flatbreads

1 flatbread: 90 - 100 calories, 1 - 2.5g total fat (0g sat. fat), 290 - 360mg sodium, 15 - 20g carbs, 3 - 7g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, 6 - 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2 - 3*

These are some seriously special flatbreads. We like 'em so much, we put our name on them! Their figure-eight shape makes them perfect for fast foldable sandwiches, but that's not all they can do. Turn 'em into tacos and pizza! So cool...

For a Classic Fix: Whole-Grain Bread with 60 - 80 Calories per Slice

1 slice: 70 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat. fat), 106mg sodium, 13.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

Let's face it: Sometimes there's just no substitute for sliced bread. No worries! Simply stick with skinny slices made with fiber-rich whole grains; we love Dave's Killer Bread Thin-Sliced. Sprouted grain breads like the Ezekiel line by Food For Life are also a good choice. (These taste best when toasted!) For even lower calorie counts, reach for light bread like Sara Lee Delightful.

Best in Buns: 100-Calorie Flat Sandwich Buns

1 bun: 100 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat. fat), 190mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 4.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

Your average burger-style bun has around 200 calories, but these have just 100! Check out Sandwich Thins by Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat and Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats. Transport your favorite sandwich fillings without overdoing it in the carb department. These work for just about any kind of sandwich: hot, cold, veggie, burger, anything. Click for tons of recipes we've made with 'em over the years!

Biggest Calorie Bargain: Lettuce Buns & Wraps

4 large (or 2 extra-large) lettuce leaves: 13 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat. fat), 8mg sodium, 2.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

Lettuce-wrapped burgers and sandwiches have become more popular in recent years. We love that lettuce buns are served on request at many restaurants these days, and it's super easy to DIY with HG-style ingredients at home. Give these two recipes a try, and here's one you can have for breakfast! If lettuce is too flimsy for you, give cabbage leaves a try; just lightly cook them until tender. (Click for slow-cooker tips!)

Perfect Pockets: Whole-Wheat Pita Bread

1 pita: 130 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat. fat), 323mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 1g sugars, 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

Get your pita pocket on! Look for picks with around 130 calories for the WHOLE pita... not just one half. (Those labels can be tricky!) Our favorite things to stuff into pita bread? Scoopable salads like these! You can also skip the pocket approach, and just top your pita like we did for this chicken gyro recipe. We've also been known to turn pitas into pizzas. (You should totally do this.)

Most Out-of-the-Box Option: Assorted Veggie Slabs

When it comes to using veggies as bread replacements, the produce section is your oyster. Try grilled eggplant slices for a fork 'n knife sandwich, or cook up some portabella mushroom caps for a meaty-tasting bun! How about baked butternut squash slices for a spin on sweet potato toast? Yum, yum, yum!

Chew on this:

Tomorrow, September 16th, is National Guacamole Day. We've got a BUNCH of great guac recipes for you to choose from, so go for it!

Give your pals some new ideas! Click "Send to a Friend," and start sharing!


We may receive affiliate compensation from some of these links. Prices and availability are subject to change.

We may have received free samples of food, which in no way influences whether these products are reviewed favorably, unfavorably, mentioned with indifference, or mentioned at all. Click for more about our editorial and advertising policies.

*The WW Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by WW International, Inc., the owner of the Points® trademark.

Questions on the WW Points® values listed? Click here.

Hungry Girl provides general information about food and lifestyle. This information and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Click here for more information.