Nov 14, 2012

Celebrate National Bread Month With a Sandwich Today!

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the sandwich!  I know this is true but it's hard to imagine life without sandwiches.  I suppose if I was sent back in time 250 years, the sandwich would probably be the least of the things I would truly miss but there are many reasons to love sandwiches:
    • Sandwiches are one of the easiest, most versatile and convenient ways to make a healthy meal for individuals or families. 
    • Bread is the most important ingredient in making a healthy and delicious sandwich; it is the foundation of a great meal any time of day. 
    • The complex carbohydrates in bread and other grain-based foods provide lasting energy the human body needs on a daily basis.
As a busy mom sandwiches are just for lunch in our house.  They're a great way to give the kids a well rounded meal when there's literally NO time to get dinner on the table.  Given the right combination of sandwich options I think my kids would happily eat sandwiches for every meal of the day.  My kids love the ole stand by peanut butter and jelly (well one likes pb&j, two opt for JUST pb).  They also love grilled cheese and lately have even started getting in to adding extras to their grilled cheese like ham or bacon, and one will even add tomato!

The Pastrami ReubenBut me, while I do have an occasional PB&J, I like my sandwiches more like The Pastrami Reuben created by Celebrity Chef Bryan Voltaggio.  Doesn't it look amazing. amazing. 
Click the image to visit the recipe page.

The Banana, PB & Honey  I'm not sure I'm up for The Banana, PB & Honey, also created by Celebrity Chef Bryan Voltaggio but I think the kids might like it!!  Might just have to try it next weekend.  It IS all stuff they love...peanut butter, bananas and honey.  I think the only thing that might make them love the sound of it more...Nutella.
Click the image to visit the recipe page.

Ok so these particular sandwiches are probably not the ideal meal solution to fit into my current meal plans with Weight Watchers but if you're into making healthier choices there are tons of great sandwich options out there.  I love a lean sliced turkey sandwich with light mayo.  It's low in points but full of great hunger fighting protein. 

What are some of your  favorite sandwich creations?  Do you sandwich at dinner time or only lunchtime?

Learn more about the Grain Foods Foundation and the benefits of enriched or whole grains:

About the Grain Foods Foundation
The Grain Foods Foundation, a joint venture of members of the milling, baking and allied industries
formed in 2004, is dedicated to advancing the public’s understanding of the beneficial role grain-based foods play in the human diet and a healthy lifestyle. Directed by a board of trustees, funding for the Foundation is provided through voluntary donations from grain-based food companies and issupplemented by industry associations. For more information about the Grain Foods Foundation, visit, or

About White Bread/Enriched Grains:
➢ White bread – whether it be sliced or as rolls and buns – is enriched, meaning that B vitamins
including thiamin, and riboflavin have been added back in approximately double the amount of whole
grains and niacin has been added back in its original amount.
➢ Folic acid is fortified to over twice the amount found in whole grains.
➢ Enriched grains are the primary source of folic acid in Americans’ diets and, according to the CDC,
have been credited with a 36 percent reduction in birth defects since the FDA mandated fortification
of enriched grains in 1998.
➢ Enriched grains are also a major source of iron in the diets of most Americans and are a good source of complex carbohydrates.

About Whole Grains:
➢ Whole grains are a good source of complex carbohydrates, numerous vitamins and minerals, and are naturally low in fat.
➢ Whole grains are a good source of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium.
➢ Whole grains may lower risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes as well as other disorders, such as hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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