Incorporate clean eating spreads in your nutrition + Video
Welcome to the fascinating, rich realm of sandwich spread recipes. My goal this week is helping you minimizing the use of commercial spreads. With 8 top sandwich spread recipes I want to motivate you to make homemade, clean eating spreads that are cheaper, healthier, and better for you.
Together we will bring excitement and novelty into even the simplest everyday sandwiches. From now on, you will open your refrigerator’s door and always have something nutritious and interesting to munch on.
Appropriate for any occasion
Delicious spreads for bread can be made very easily and they are a great choice at any time of the day. Their soft texture allows spreading them on:
- breakfast toasts
- lunch sandwiches
- party crackers
- pre-dinner nibbles
- dinner breads
…or as supplement to other dishes.
By the way: the difference between dip, sauce, dressing, marinade, topping, and spread is just a matter of thickness. In our case, if it tastes delicious and you can spread it on a slice of bread, then we call it spread.
What’s wrong with commercial spreads?
Classic spreads like butter or mayonnaise come with many calories and a high content of saturated fats. But also, store-bought cheese or meat spreads can pack too many calories and unhealthy fats, not to mention the long list of additives and preservatives that can trigger allergies and food intolerances. A glance at, the sweet corner doesn’t look much healthier. Just think of the sugar packed Nutella, marmalade, or jam that can wrack havoc on your blood sugar system. With just a little time in your kitchen, you can make your sandwiches soar to new culinary delights.
Healthy sandwich spread recipes for smarter choices in your fridge
No matter if hearty, hot or sweet, spread recipes bring variety to your nutrition. In fact, you can find spreads of all imaginable colors, tastes, and ethnic origins. And they can be used so easily for clean eating; all you need is a fresh slice of whole grain bread and a butter knife.
The here presented healthy sandwich spread recipes offer several benefits. They…
- are all made of fresh, clean, and basic ingredients
- can be varied endlessly
- are filling and satisfying
- are sugar-free and figure-friendly if eaten in moderation
- are ready within a couple of minutes
- can be unpredictable, original delicacies for your guests
Some of them you can produce on stock, and many of them are universal enough to be loved by all.
Hint: I use a reliable food processor to create those spreads, that’s what I recommend to you too. Checkout my countertop blender recommendations below!
1) Sandwich spread recipes with herbs and spices
If you followed my healthy spices and herbs challenges, then you already have all you need available for most of these yummy homemade spreads.
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon seasalt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Blend basil in a food processor.
- While the food processor is running, pour the olive oil and continue to process until the basil is very finely chopped.
- Add a 1/8 teaspoon seasalt for taste.
- Add lemon juice to prevent discoloring
- Keep refrigerated in glass containers with a tight lid.
- Tip: freeze basil spread in appropriate containers for winter use.
- 1 cup fresh oregano leaves
- 2 small garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
- Blend oregano and garlic in a food processor.
- While the food processor is running, pour the olive oil and continue to process until the herb is very finely chopped.
- Now blend in feta for 10 seconds or more.
- Keep refrigerated!
And here comes a quick and easy arugula butter recipe packed in a short video tutorial:
=> Coming soon: Pesto Spread Recipe
Red or green curry paste, chili pesto, Indian Harissa, roasted pepper spread, or coriander chutney are other recipes with herbs and spices used as their main ingredients. But usually the recipes that need plenty of ingredients are more complicated to prepare than the two above presented.
Is store-bought mustard clean?
The most famous of all spreads in this category is mustard, based on mustard seeds. Yellow mustard is the only spread clean enough for you to buy directly from the store. If you are, however, following a sodium-restricted diet, please read nutrition labels carefully for salt content.
I use store-bought yellow mustard (medium spicy) often as a replacement for butter.
2) Sandwich spread recipes with nuts and legumes
If you are looking for alternative protein sources to animal meat, then spread recipes with nuts or legumes come in handy. The following avocado spread I make most often when I get fresh avocadoes in my weekly vegetable box.
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon seasalt
- Cayenne pepper to taste, optional
- Put the avocado flesh into a plastic storage bag.
- Add lemon juice, seasalt and Cayenne pepper (optionally).
- Seal bag, and mash the avocado with your hands until mixture is combined.
- Cut the tip off one corner of plastic storage bag and pipe spread onto whole grain bread slices (as seen in the picture) or slices of fresh vegetables.
Hummus, lentils, peanut butter, pine nut butter, tofu, or walnut spread are other recipe examples with nuts and legumes as their main components.
I freeze hummus spread up to 3 month. It’s worth mentioning also that green lentils spread can be frozen for up to six months. I will add the recipe as soon as I can.
3) Sandwich spread recipes with dairy
Cheese, mayonnaise, and butter fall into the dairy spread category. In refrigerator sections of supermarkets, commercial cream or blue cheese spreads are tempting, but if you want to save money and calories then you’d better opt for my cool and creamy yoghurt spread below.
- 2 medium cucumbers, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
- 2 cups Greek yogurt/homemade yoghurt
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/8 teaspoon seasalt
- Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir together
- Chill for an hour in the refrigerator.
4) Sandwich spread recipes with vegetables
The following vegetable spread recipes are not only suitable for vegetarians or vegans, but are also loved by all body-conscious foodies.
- 5 medium zucchini, grated
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- lime juice
- Cut onions in fine cubes and fry in a large skillet with olive oil over medium heat.
- Add crushed garlic and fry for a minute longer.
- Add grated zucchinis to the pan and fry for another minute.
- Add spices and salt, stir, and let it simmer covered over low heat for about 20 minutes.
- Let it cool down and grind in food processor with lime juice until consistency is spreadable.
- This is one of my favorite spreads:)
Cucumber, sun dried tomato, or pumpkin spreads are other recipes with vegetables playing the main role. Aioli, a typical garlic spread recipe that is traditionally used in France and Spain, is part of this category too. Although it is a creamy and aromatic condiment, it is heavy, like mayonnaise.
5) Sandwich spread recipes with fruits
Most sweet spreads are not clean and need white sugar like jam, jelly or preserves.
If you are a sweet tooth and still want to eat clean check you will love my sugar-free chia seed jam recipe.
5 steps to implement healthy clean eating spreads into your nutrition
This week, take the chance to broaden your horizon on spreads.
Step 1: Make some of the healthy sandwich spread recipes I presented above. Store them in glass containers with tight lids in your fridge.
Step 2: Use them on different sandwiches throughout the week.
Step 3: Decide upon your 2-3 favorite sandwich spread recipes, or research other recipes on the web until you find your favorites.
Step 4: Adopt the sandwich spread recipes you and your family like best and incorporate them in your weekly meal planning. Use them for your whole grain lunch sandwiches or dinner breads.
Step 5: After doing so for a while, reward yourself with a new set of glass jars or clear-glass storage containers (freezer-safe) e.g. from Pyrex, Glasslock or Kinetic for your spreads, see below!
Prepare to be enticed…Guten Appetit!
Do you have a favorite, clean sandwich spread recipe?
Please leave a comment – I look forward reading your spread inspirations.