I love a good sandwich loaded with deli meats or chicken or cheese or crispy bacon. I also love a sandwich that contains no meat. In order for it to stand up as something special without animal protein, it needs to have loads of things jammed in there so you feel completely satisfied. You want a solid sandwich. I’m not saying you need to have meat or cheese to make a sandwich complete, but I want something substantial enough that I don’t feel starving after one hour of eating it. I also want it to be damned delicious and have tons of crunch. This is my loaded veggie sandwich with avocado and hummus and it ticks all the boxes.
By now we all now that avocados as pretty extraordinary health-wise Some even say they are a ‘superfood’. It’s hard to believe that avocado toast and all the permutations thereof became such a huge trend, but every health guru and faux health guru pushes this low-carb fruit pretty hard on the interwebs.
I think they are incredible too, and here are some of the known health benefits of avocados and the reason why I eat them every day if I can. Avo’s sub butter on my toast with eggs and on my sandwiches:
They are very nutritious.
Check the full list of what avos offer nutrition wise here, but 1 x 100gm serving gives you this:
- Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
- Folate: 20% of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
- Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
- They contain small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
- 160 calories
- 2 grams of protein
- 15 grams of healthy fats
- 9 grams of carbs of which 7 of those are fiber
- They are loaded with fibre – essentially 100gms gives you 25% of your total daily fibre needs.
- They do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat
- They contain more potassium than bananas and we need as much of that as we can get
Variety is the key to a healthy diet and a tasty sandwich and I love adding raw carrots and beetroot to mine. Carrot is Julienne to make them easier to eat. The same goes for beetroot, which needs to be cut super finely on a mandolin or cut into Julienne. Radish is everything to me when it comes to sandwiches and salads, and I love to slice them in whenever I can. If you want to get really picky about the crunch, I advise dunking the veggies in a bowl of water with ice. It totally crisps them up even further.
So we have the super food avo in there, crunchy vegetables and I love hummus and cream cheese to give the protein element and smooth texture. If you are vegan just go with the hummus. I personally love the taste of cream cheese with vegetables. Lettuce and cucumber are added for extra crunch and freshness, and if you are a fan of onion add it in too. I tend to find raw onion a little abrasive so I left it out.
I season this sandwich with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a generous pinch of sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper.
As for bread, I like to opt for a few slices of delicious grainy bread or whole wheat. This is obvious, right?
I hope you enjoy my sandwich and excuse me while I run off to polish my halo X
A few other delicious recipes using avocado:
Guacamole with pomegranate (this is awesome)
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