Open-Faced, Lower-Carb Turkeywiches

Open faced Lower Carb Turkeywiches - Get the recipe at

Lately, my eyes (and stomach) seem to want EVERYTHING in sight! And LOTS of everything in sight, may I add. How do I help satisfy these cravings for more while sticking to my extra 300 calories per day that my baby needs? By implementing the tricks to bulking up my food – not my calories!

Open faced Lower Carb Turkeywiches - Get the recipe at The average slice of bread has around 100 calories. The average rice cake has only 35 calories. What does this mean for me? I can eat THREE rice cakes to every ONE piece of bread! BINGO – and so my Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich idea was born…no pun intended.

At 100 calories per open-faced, crunchy turkeywich, they sure can kill those cravings, pregnant or not. Give ‘em a try!

Open-Faced, Lower-Carb Turkeywiches
Serves 1, makes 2 wiches

What you’ll need:

2 lightly salted brown rice cakes
3 oz low sodium deli turkey, sliced
¼ of a small avocado
1 handful spring mix greens
mustard to taste
Optional: tomato slices

How to make them:

1. Spread mustard over each rice cake, to your liking.
2. Top cakes with lettuce, ½ handful for each cake (the more the merrier for me…I like bulk right now!)
3. Place 1.5 oz turkey on each greens-covered cake.
4. Top with avocado.
5. Optional – add tomato. I didn’t have any or I would have too ☺
6. Enjoy!

What’s in it:

2 turkeywiches have 200 calories, 5 g fat, 14 g carbohydrate, and 20 g protein


  1. Melissa Hale - April 14, 2015

    I love this idea, but my doctor has instructed me not to eat deli meat unless it’s been heated to steaming (due to risk of listeria for pregnant women). Did you heat yours first? Does it still taste good hot?

  2. Kathy - December 16, 2014

    I read that studies show rice cakes are very high in the glycemic index. Would you still recommend this as a snack? Does adding fats to the cracker help balance the absorption level?

    • Team Powell - December 16, 2014

      In carb cycling (Chris and Heidi’s nutrition and exercise program), they really don’t track the glycemic index numbers of foods. They believe the system is so full of exceptions (like fiber content, ripeness, type of starch, fat content, acid content, etc.), that it lacks practical application. Instead, they incorporate a variety of foods (proteins, carbs, veggies, and healthy fats), most of which have low glycemic indexes, into their plan. To learn more about the carb cycling basics, check out this post: And for this snack, the only true carb is the rice cakes (the lettuce and tomatoes are considered veggies and the avocado is considered a healthy fat), so this is why Heidi calls this a lower-carb snack.

  3. Kristina - August 8, 2013

    I haven’t tried these yet but I think they are a great idea for lunch! Looking forward to trying this sometime soon!

  4. Jolanta Marzec - August 8, 2013

    Ok. I MUST try these!! Thank you for the idea.

  5. Tara - August 8, 2013

    Yum! I think this is something I could actually enjoy! All these ideas will sure help in losing all this extra weight!

  6. Laura - August 8, 2013

    These look awesome!!

  7. Kelsi - August 8, 2013

    I am intrigued by these. The crunch of the rice cake would take some getting used to. I bet the flavor is amazing.

  8. Donna Clark - August 8, 2013

    I can’t wait to try this! Looks yummy!!

  9. E.S. Rios - July 15, 2013

    These were really good! I was surprised because I saw “rice cake” and thought it would be bland. I didn’t have the avocado, and added tomato, romaine, and onion, to make them a good hi-carb meal option! So yummy! Thanks for posting healthy recipes that taste good =)

  10. Chelsea - June 26, 2013

    Heidi, thanks so much for sharing this! My 10 yr old daughter was recently diagnosed with all kinds of food allergies. I found your recipe, and as rice cakes is one of her standby snacks, it was a perfect fit for her. She tried it and loved it! She doesn’t care for avocado but added tomato slices. Thanks for helping us learn how to think outside the box.

  11. Alleen Prince - June 24, 2013

    Can I have these sandwiches on my low carb days or high? Also where can you find the brown rice cakes. I couldnt find any at the store so I got the lightly slated white rice ones.

    • Admin1 - June 28, 2013

      They are better for a reward day. See my other comments. 🙂 As for finding the brown rice cakes, have you checked your health food stores? Also, ask your grocer to stock them for you. Most of the time they are happy to keep items on hand that you’ll buy.

  12. Linda - June 20, 2013

    Is this ok to have on the high carb day because of the avocado? Is ok for low card due to rice cakes? Dying to try but confused on day to have it. 😉

    • Admin1 - June 28, 2013

      If you’re Carb Cycling this would be best on a reward day. However, you could just not include the fats (avocado) on a high carb day. This is a great healthy meal for the rest of your family on any day though. Enjoy!

  13. Kristina - June 17, 2013

    Would this be considered a “low carb” meal or “high carb” meal? I am thinking low since avocado is considered a fat and that’s recommended for lc days? If so, I’ve been missing out! :). I would love to add rice cakes to a lc day?? Thanks! 🙂

    • Admin1 - June 28, 2013

      This is a healthy meal for families. If you’re Carb Cycling you would either take out the fat for a high carb day (which means no yummy avocado) or take out the rice cake on a low carb day. Better yet, save it for a guilt-free day. 🙂

  14. Diona - June 16, 2013

    Heidi can you add other veggies to this like red onion or cucumber slices? I love fresh veggies and lately I am on fresh spinach kick over lettuce. So can I add spinach to it as well?

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