November is National Bread Month! And this year marks the 250th anniversary of the sandwich. And aren't we all glad that the sandwich was invented? I'm really not sure what I would feed my family for lunch if sandwiches were not an option. Thankfully, they are an option and I can make my family a quick and healthy lunch since sandwiches are a great way to incorporate whole grains into my family's diet.
My kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they ask for them all the time. But I do make other sandwiches to mix things up a little and incorporate vegetables. I have discovered that I can add vegetables to sandwiches and my kids will try them. I think they are more willing to try the new food since it's presented in a familiar way. When we are at home I like to make grilled sandwiches. My kids will eat anything when melted cheese is involved. But I take it beyond the classics and make some rather unusual sandwiches for kids. But the bread is the most important ingredient in making a healthy and delicious sandwich; which is why I choose whole grain bread.
Last week I made them grilled pumpkin and jack cheese sandwiches. I saw the recipe on Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a try since they like pumpkin. And they loved them and didn't even notice that I snuck in a healthy ingredient in their sandwich.
Do your kids eat tomatoes? Mine act like they are poisonous when they are in a salad or pasta dish. But when I sneak a slice in a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, suddenly tomatoes are good. I love that I can get them to eat different fruits and vegetables at lunch since they are in a sandwich. Now they are getting whole grains and more fruits and vegetables!
And I love to eat sandwiches too! My favorite is a turkey and pepper jack cheese sandwich with spinach and red bell pepper strips. I love the crunch and sweetness that the bell peppers give my sandwich!
You can find several great recipes for sandwiches on the Grains Food Foundation website. Celebrity Chef Bryan Voltaggio created several sandwich recipes for all occasions. I liked the recipe for an omelet sandwich. I never thought to make an omelet sandwich for a quick and healthy breakfast on the go.
Here are some facts about whole grains.
- Bread and grain foods provide many essential nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy.
- Whole grains are a great source of fiber and complex carbohydrates.
- Whole grains are naturally low in fat.
- The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating 6 one ounce servings of grain foods each day.
- Grain-based foods like bread, buns, bagels, tortillas and crackers are not only healthy, they’re convenient and affordable.
How do you incorporate whole grains into your diet?
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