There’s nothing quite like spending time with your family.
Whether it’s with outdoor picnic catering, a short day trip, or just a small get-together; you know it’s going to be a fun time.
When it comes to feeding everyone, across every generation of your family, you may be racking your brain for ideas. That’s where a sandwich buffet menu comes to the rescue with an option to satisfy every member of your family while still providing healthy options.
Everyone loves variety.
Having a range of sandwich options is important so everyone can pick and choose what they prefer based on dietary restrictions and mood.
Hiring a caterer and keeping them apprised of what’s needed can make this process easier, and help you relax and enjoy the day without worrying about the sandwich buffet menu.
A turkey sandwich is actually one of the most healthy sandwich options out there. Since turkey contains less fat than most other meats and is rich in protein and potassium, it’s a fantastic option for the health-conscious.
You’ll want to pair this up with some whole-grain bread and skip the cheddar. If you want to add some cheese, while keeping it healthy, you can do so with low-fat mozzarella, swiss cheese, or goat cheese.
Top it off with some lettuce, tomatoes, and onions and you have yourself a go-to healthy sandwich for your outing.
Grilled cheese sandwiches
While the grilled cheese sandwich is a great option for vegetarians, it’s also an option that everyone will undoubtedly enjoy from a sandwich buffet menu.
Choosing a relatively low-fat cheese like the ones mentioned above, or even vegan cheese can help you keep this much healthier and lower in calories.
You can also customize this sandwich with a filling like fresh tomato and serve.
Tuna salad sandwiches
This is another healthy sandwich option that often tastes a lot better on whole-wheat bread than it does on regular bread.
Tuna is packed with vitamins that are amazing for the body, and help with heart health and brain function. A generous portion of tuna is quite low in calories and makes for a great sandwich when it’s topped off with some onions, gherkins, and cucumber.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
This classic sandwich is healthier than you’d expect.
Peanut butter is a great source of protein as well as various vitamins and minerals. The only issue is that most forms come with added sugar and oils. Thankfully, you can avoid all that by opting for natural peanut butter instead.
Jelly is not the healthiest option and can spike your blood sugar as soon as you ingest it, but jam or honey make for good substitutes as they won’t increase your blood sugar levels as dramatically.
Pair them with sides
No sandwich buffet menu should be complete without some sides.
A simple potato salad should be great to add some much-needed nutrients to the meal—as long as you ease up on the mayonnaise and ensure that it contains no added sugar.
A fresh cucumber salad is also a good option to consider as it only requires a handful of ingredients and is especially nice if your gathering is outdoors. Cucumbers are also incredibly low in calories.
A black bean salad is another great option that’s perfect for a gathering because it actually improves in taste the longer it sits. All it takes is some black beans, corn, red bell peppers, shallots, and some avocados with your favorite salad dressing.
Top it off with some dessert
Desserts don’t always have to be unhealthy.
One of the best healthy dessert options is a fruit salad, which gives you all the sugar you crave from a healthy source. All you have to do is cut up the fruits of your choice into chunky squares and mix them all together.
Sauteed apples are also a great, fragrant option. Just slice up some apples, saute them in butter and spices and they are ready to serve. This can be served with some ice cream if you choose—but it also tastes great on its own.
Revamp your sandwich buffet menu with healthier options
While it does take effort to make foods that are nutritious and healthy, getting a professional catering company to handle the spread can help you keep the whole family full and happy without feeling stressed throughout the day.