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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{Skinny Tip} Scooping Out the Bread In Your Sandwich Save Calories

EatSmart Pro Scale Pictured Above

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.

34 comments:

Meredith said...

I am having one of those "duh" moments. This makes the most sense! 2 points is nothing to ignore!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea!
Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks

Anonymous said...

Love this tip! Started doing it last week. Just wondering what type of scale you have, is that showing ounces?

Anonymous said...

you can get a scale like that in any kitchen store, they have them at Kohl`s too in the kitchen dept.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Meredith, lol

The scale is the EatSmart Precision Pro, they sell it on Amazon for $25. I can change to to grams, oz, lbs, etc.

Buy HCG Online said...

I never thought of this! Very smart! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers has a great scale.

Dana said...

What is a point value of your modified bread after the scooping? in points plus? That way I can use my WW scale to get the same value. (or use some other bread) I need to know what value I'm trying to reach. Thanks!

Amy said...

This is probably the most helpful tip I've gotten from this site (which is saying a lot, as I get a ton of helpful tips here). I just can't give up my better quality bread, and having this option changes everything! Assuming i can resist the temptation to eat the part I'm supposed to toss... :)

Also, I've never thought about making my own bread crumbs. Good idea!

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Dana, I have to check again. It will vary by bread so I just calculate based on the weight I have left after scooping.

Amy, great! Glad I can help!! I always do this when I buy a good bagel too.

Becky said...

Genius!

Anonymous said...

Gina, If you scoop the innards out of the roll, does that make a serving 9pp as verses 11pp?

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

The only way to be accurate is to weigh it. It will certainly be less because it will weigh less.

Ali said...

I'm starting to believe you're one of the most brilliant people I know! This is an AMAZING tip for when I go to my in-laws too. They love crusty breads (as do I)... but now I can "lean" it down a bit!!

Cara said...

Wow, love this idea! I'm going to mention this one in my next WW meeting.

Joyfulartist said...

I used to do this and have forgotten it. It makes a lot of difference.

Kat said...

Yes I had forgotten about this too. It makes the sandwich "fit" and makes it more tasty IMHO because its an equal balance of breading to filling. Thanks for the reminder

Anonymous said...

Not having had bread in over two months, I decided to give in to my craving for nice crusty Italian bread before all h*** broke loose. I did scoop out the guts to make room for the grilled eggplant, whipped cottage cheese, and sauce. Dopey me didn't think to weigh the scooped-out bread and NOT eat the dough. Great tip! Love my Italian bread ...

Kiana said...

My heart just skipped a beat! I love this idea! THANKS MUCH!

angiethornton said...

I love this tip! Especially since, living in West Africa, I don't have any access to low-calorie bread. I make most of my bread myself, so now I can try your great idea. I can't wait! I don't know if you are into bread making, but I love crusty bread, and it's super easy to make with the no-kneed method that's so popular right now. Have you seen this site?: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/ I love their book (I have their first one, and their sequel on healthy breads is on its way), and their website is great as well. They answer your questions and are super helpful. Anyways, just in case you weren't already familiar with them, I thought I'd share. Have a great weekend, Gina!

Ashley said...

If you have a Jimmy Johns near you, they sell day old bread for around $0.48/loaf. You can get the nutrition right from their website, and of course scoop out the middle to save still. I love their bread!

Anonymous said...

Another thought for the extra bread crumbs. You can freeze the extra bread crumbs and save them for stuffing come Thanksgiving or use them for bread pudding.

Angela G. said...

I love this tip. I feel silly that this has never occurred to me though! :blush: Thanks so much for all the sharing you do. You are a fantastic partner in my weight loss journey! :)

Anonymous said...

I did this with my biscuits and i thought that was a good idea. Never really care for thick bread. If I happen to eat a sub sandwich I would consider this next time. I might mention this to subway when I order my next sandwich.

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FlyingPurpleHippos.com said...

Have you ever heard of Potbelly Sandwich shop? You can order your sandwich Skinny, Regular, or Big. Skinny has the bread thinned out like this.

FlyingPurpleHippos.com said...

Have you ever heard of Potbelly Sandwich shop? You can order your sandwich Skinny, Regular, or Big. Skinny has the bread thinned out like this.

brenda glover said...

Hi all, im Brrenda from New Zealand..does anyone know how I could get hold of a measurements conversion. We work in kgs,oz,..Metric..Im having trouble trying to convert..Thank you

Jewlz said...

I've seen people do this with baked potatoes, too, at a restaurant I used to work at. Most of the fiber and other good stuff is in the peel, so if you scoop out more of the middle part of the potato, you can still get the potato flavor while saving calories and making more room for tasty toppings like baked beans and reduced fat cheddar cheese (it's an English thing, and darn tasty if you haven't tried it! Very filling, too.)

Anonymous said...

Brenda from New Zealand, There are approximately 30 gms to an oz. so 4oz of bread equals 120gms. A pretty decent amount.

Bethany M said...

I am SOO impressed you can resist the temptation to eat those delicious bread innards!

Dorothy Dillard said...

I just found this site, and I'm impressed. I will be coming here a lot. I'm a 6 wk WW and I just can't seem to stay on track, so now I think i will try some of these recipes. I was looking for turkey croquettes and any other lite turkey recipes since I have so much frozen and need to have options. Thanks to all you wonderful people who have made my day and also giving me a way to stay on plan to reach my goal. Maybe now I'll stop Yo-yoing.

Jen Polak said...

Too funny! My mom has been doing this for years....even would ask the counter person who is making her sub to pull some of the bread out of the bun before she fills it. They would always look at her like she was crazy and embarass me, but little did I know she was brillant!

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