Deli and Sandwich Shop Healthy Choices for Dieters

True delicatessens provide challenges for dieters, but menus are flexible, so this is one type of restaurant where you can exercise your calorie-smart creativity. If you are on a diet, go to lunch with a friend, split a sandwich, and order an extra roll or bread to make two sandwiches out of the meat in one.

If you’re by yourself, order half a sandwich and extra bread and create two sandwiches for the price of one — taking one home for later, of course. Most restaurants that serve sandwiches also have soup. Order a bowl of a soup made without cream and eat it with an unbuttered roll, and you have a lower-calorie meal.

Choose more of these:

  • Baked or boiled ham

  • Beet salad

  • Whole-grain bread

  • Carrot and raisin salad

  • Extra tomato, lettuce, and veggies for sandwiches

  • Mustard (not mayo)

  • Pickles

  • Roast or smoked turkey

  • Sliced chicken (not chicken salad with lots of mayo)

  • Tuna

  • Sauerkraut

Eat less of these:

  • Bagels (They’re huge!)

  • Bologna

  • Corned beef

  • Eggplant or chicken Parmigiana

  • Extra cheese

  • Hot pastrami

  • Knockwurst

  • Liverwurst

  • Meatballs

  • Mortadella

  • Reuben sandwiches (grilled corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese with Thousand Island dressing)

  • Salami

  • Sausage and peppers

  • Tongue

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