Clean Eating And A BBQ Sandwich Treat

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I’ve been reading Clean Eating magazine pretty much since it came out a few years ago. One of my favorite parts is the 2 Week Meal Plan section where they plan out meals and snacks for two weeks. Talk about convenient! They’ve got some simple meals to toss together, along with a few recipes and a shopping list. Just rip out the shopping list and you’re set.

I did notice though that even though the daily calories aren’t bad for a woman and are around 1500 – 1800 daily, the protein is really low. It averages about 100g of protein per day give or take about 6g. Recommendations vary slightly but most of what I’ve read says to get around 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight if you’re active.

I’d hazard a guess that most of us don’t weigh around 100 lbs. I weigh quite a bit more than that even on my best day. 😉 I finally decided today to write them an email to ask if they were planning any higher protein meal plans or had suggestions to modify their 2 Week Meal Plans to add in more protein. Here’s the answer I got back:

Hi Adrianne,

We don’t at this time. Our meal plans are not catered towards athletes, however we appreciate your feedback!

The Clean Eating Team

They really responded quickly which I appreciate but I find it very weird that their magazine doesn’t take athletes into consideration. Given that the other Robert Kennedy publications are ones like Oxygen, Reps, MuscleMag, and others. The face of Clean Eating is Tosca Reno who is definitely an athlete. So I was disappointed that they didn’t have any suggestions to modify nor plan to add more protein. Guess I’ll have to wing it myself.

Vegan BBQ Sandwich Ever since that awesome sandwich that I had at The Spiral Diner on Saturday, I’ve been determined to create a lower calorie version for non-special occasions. The vegan sandwich most likely was lower in fat and calories than your typical BBQ sandwich, but BBQ sauce is known for being high in sugars and isn’t the best choice for an every day thing.

The sandwich was swimming in vegan mayo and BBQ sauce which is what made it so awesome. I’m not quite sure what is in vegan mayo. Hmmm. I looked around and decided to modify my sammy to have fat free cream cheese instead of fat free mayo. The FF mayo seemed to be just chemicals. Pass!

My version was pretty close and would have been almost dead on if I’d dumped more cream cheese and BBQ sauce on there. I decided to be sane though and it was still tasty.

BBQ Turkey Sammich

  • 4 oz turkey breast cutlet, cooked and sliced thin
  • 2 slices low calorie, high fiber bread (40 calories per slice)
  • 1 Tbsp fat free cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp low sugar BBQ sauce
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Red onion slices

Cook and slice your turkey cutlet into thin slices like your typical BBQ. You can also use chicken breast if you have that on hand instead. Toast the bread and spread one slice with the cream cheese. Top with the turkey and spread the BBQ sauce on top. Pile on the pickle and onion slices. Top with the other slice of bread and enjoy! Makes 1 yummy sandwich.

As I’m sitting here, I’m pondering the idea of using the veggie cream cheese next time for even more flavor. My entire sandwich worked out to be about 230 – 240 calories. You can definitely go heavier on the BBQ sauce or use mayo if you like it.

Do you like your BBQ sauce sweet and ketchup based? Or do you like the mustard/vinegar based BBQ sauce? Each region seems to have it’s own preference and everyone is die hard about their version being best. I love my BBQ sandwiches Memphis style with cole slaw piled right on it. The more the better!


  1. 230-240 calories is awesome. I can eat turkey sandwich without getting fat. Thanks for the recipe!
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