Best recipes with bread

Yes, you can lose weight and still eat bread – here are our best baked bets.
Published October 5, 2022

If you’ve ever been warned about bread and it having a detrimental effect on weight loss, you’re not alone. As low-carb, high-protein diets move in and out of popularity, bread has been unfairly mislabelled as an unhealthy choice. With this roundup, we’re here to tell you that bread can absolutely have a place in a healthy eating plan—even when losing weight and maintaining weight loss is the goal.

If you’re looking for delicious bread options when making the recipes in this roundup, our line of WW bread is free from artificial flavours and colours and includes white and 100 percent whole wheat bread, bagels, and tortillas—all specially formulated to be satisfying and big on fresh-baked flavour while having low Points values.

Classic Sandwiches & Wraps

These recipes for classic sandwiches and wraps are ideal for packed lunches, easy weeknight dinners, and any other situation where portability and simplicity are an asset. To lower the Points value of traditional sandwiches, whether prepared with bread or a bagel, serve the sandwich filling open-faced. If the sandwich is packed for lunch, bring any wet ingredients like tomato slices, pickles, or “saucy” fillings separately from the bread and assemble just before eating.

Recipes for Grilled & Hot Sandwiches

For recipes that involve melted cheese, let the finished sandwich rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving to keep the filling in place. When making pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches, add the prepared filling just before serving to prevent the bread from immediately becoming soggy. Turn any grilled or hot sandwich into a full meal by adding a small side salad, cut-up veggies, or a piece of fruit.

Breakfast & Brunch Recipes Featuring Bread

There’s no better way to start the day than with a sandwich or wrap filled with all your favourite breakfast ingredients. Egg-based sandwiches and breakfast burritos are ideal for making ahead of time: simply wrap the finished product in foil and reheat in a toaster oven or microwave (you can also wrap the individual sandwiches in foil and freeze for up to three months—add salsa and avocado right before serving.)

Bread Recipes on the Sweeter Side

Do you have some less-than-fresh bread that needs to be used up? There’s no better use for stale bread than French toast or bread pudding. Stale bread acts like a sponge to soak up liquid from eggs and milk without turning the bread soggy. If you’re in the mood for any of the recipes below and you only have fresh bread, try crisping it up in a low oven on a baking sheet for 10 minutes (this technique can also be used to make breadcrumbs and stratas—a type of savoury bread pudding.)