Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Skinny BLT
BLTs are one of my favorite sandwiches. Rod’s too!
The combination of crispy, smoky bacon, cool crunchy lettuce and sweet and tangy ripe tomato is pretty hard to beat.
We love them all year round for lunch or a light supper; with a steamy bowl of soup in the cold weather months and fruit or salad during the summer.
They are especially yummy now when tomatoes are at their peak.
By making a few smart substitutions you can make a delicious BLT with fewer calories/points too.
Skinny on Weight Watchers BLT
Here are some ideas for how to make a lighter healthier bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich that won’t blow your calorie/points budget:
BREAD: Since I’m in maintenance mode, I use regular whole-grain bread, which costs 4 SmartPoints/PointsPlus. If you want to save a point or two opt for light bread or light sandwich buns.
BACON: Center-cut pork bacon and turkey bacon are the leanest options.
LETTUCE: Iceberg or romaine provide the best crunch, but use whatever you like best and/or have on hand. Even spinach can work.
TOMATO: A large beefsteak tomato is definitely the best option. Thick slices of tomato seem to be less likely to slip and slide.
MAYO: Use reduced-fat mayonnaise or change things up with mashed avocado.
According to my calculations, this BLT sandwich has about 247 calories, *6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *7 SmartPoints.
Cooking Tip for Better Bacon
If I’m cooking just a few slices of bacon, I prefer to use a pan on the stove top. But, when I’m cooking an entire package I use the oven instead.
Lay the slices out in a baking dish at least 2″ deep and bake in a 400°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the meat just begins to brown and crisp around the edges (bacon, like other meat, will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven).
Not only will the bacon be perfect every time, but the fat will also render out more thoroughly this way, meaning your bacon doesn’t just taste better, it is better for you.
This video from America’s Test Kitchen shows you how to cook bacon perfectly every time:
If you like this lightened up BLT recipe, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Skinny Egg Salad, Tuna Salad Made Lighter, Turkey, Apple & Spinach Panini, Easy Chicken Flatbread and WW Cheeseburger Salad
Weight Watchers BLT - one of the best sandwich combinations of all time - made lighter and healthier!
- 3 slices center cut bacon (3SP)
- 2 slices light whole-grain bread (2SP)
- 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise (2SP)
- 1/4 cup lettuce of your choice (0SP)
- 2 thick slices tomato (0SP)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Cook the bacon, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes.
Remove to paper towels and let drain.
Toast your bread lightly. Spread one side of each slice with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce, tomato and bacon.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with second slice of toasted bread and cut in half.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus *6
Weight Watchers SmartPoints *7
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More BLT Recipes for Weight Watchers:
Chop-tastic Chicken BLT Sandwich (HungryGirl)
Breakfast BLT Salad (SkinnyTaste)
BLT Flatbreads (EmilyBites)
BLT Lettuce Wraps (SkinnyTaste)
WW BLT Pasta Salad (RecipeDiaries)
BLT Wonton Cups (HungryGirl)
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