Fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Self asked nutrition experts Willow Jarosh, RD, and Stephanie Clarke, RD, for their top picks at sandwich favorite Jimmy John’s.
Jimmy John’s offers all of your classic deli favorites, plus a variety of healthy, unique toppings (sprouts!) ¡ª so how you mix and match is key. The trick is to modify their menu suggestions by skipping heavy spreads like mayo and opting for flavorful and nutritious toppings like avocado and crunchy veggies. Try one of these three SELF-approved combos that are all under 500 calories.
Slim Turkey Breast on 7-grain bread with extra avocado spread, cucumber, tomato, and sprouts
The creamy avocado and flavorful turkey makes this ‘wich satisfying, while also boasting an ideal mix of calories, fat, carbs, and protein.
430 calories, 7.5g fat, 1280mg sodium, 68g carbs, 7g fiber, 29g protein
Slim Tuna Salad on scooped French baguette¡ªgo easy on the tuna¡ªwith added cucumber, sprouts, and lettuce
Asking them to scoop out the top piece of bread and go light on the tuna (the EZ option) turns this sub into a balanced, reasonable lunch. Add cucumber, sprouts, and lettuce and you’ll easily score a serving of veggies.
460 calories, 18.5g fat, 1050mg sodium, 56g carbs, 5g fiber, 24g protein
Pepe on scooped French bread with no mayo, Grey Poupon, extra cucumber, sprouts, and oregano
Swapping out mayo for mustard with a touch of oregano will shave calories without sacrificing flavor. Traditional sandwiches like this ham and provolone combo are notoriously skimpy with veggies, so add cucumber and sprouts.
468 calories, 13g fat, 1428mg sodium, 62g carbs, 4g fiber, 31g protein
There you have it! And don’t be shy about asking for the modifications above ¡ª the restaurant chain encourages a little customization from its customers.
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