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Whenever I make myself a sandwich with french bread, baguettes, rolls, or even a bagel, I always scoop out some of the bread to make room for my filling, and save calories at the same time. A 4 oz piece of French bread with 1 oz scooped out saves about 65 calories or 2 WW points plus!
I love using good quality bread for sandwiches because let's face it, some of those reduced calorie sandwich breads just don't cut it! Considering how a large portion of the calories in a sandwich come from the bread, I am usually faced with 3 options.
Option A: Use reduced calorie bread slices or wraps. I am not knocking reduced calorie sliced bread and I think it has it's place. Toasted whole wheat bread with some skinny egg salad or tuna salad is wonderful as well making wraps or burritos.
Option B: Make a small sandwich with crusty bread. I prefer a sandwich made with a good quality crusty bread. The quality of the bread makes the sandwich. There are lots of great tasting, low-fat or fat-free options including French bread, baguettes, and Ciabatta, to name a few. However, a 2 or 3 oz slice of French bread is pretty small and leaves little room for whatever you want to fill your sandwich with.
So here is my favorite option...
Option C: Cut a larger piece of bread and scoop out some of the guts (and resist the temptation to eat it). I love this option because it allows me to enjoy a larger sandwich without the guilt. I usually cut a 4 oz piece of bread and scoop out 1 oz which saves about 65 calories or 2 WW points plus based on French bread.
This works great for bagels too. Buying those 100 calorie bagels don't taste anything like a real New York bagel so I usually scoop out the guts and enjoy the flavor of my favorite bagel.
And if you're wondering what to do with the extra bread? Well, I give it to my one year old, or I throw it to the birds, but another great idea would be to save it to make your own homemade breadcrumbs.