Did y’all know that November is National Bread Month?
Oh how I love bread…so much so, that doing a low carb diet is nearly impossible. I want my toast! I want my sandwiches!
Speaking of sandwiches, did you know that 2012 is the 250th anniversary of the sandwich? Back in 1762, Sir John Montagu, the 4thEarl of Sandwich, is reported to have invented the sandwich when he was in the middle of a poker game marathon; he asked that his meat be served to him between two slices of bread because he didn’t want to put his cards down!
With that, a food type of food was born: the sandwich.
Since November is National Bread Month, I wanted to share a little information with you about bread! Did you know?
- Bread and grain foods provide essential nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthy and help fight diseases like heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and birth defects.
- Whole grains are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates and are naturally low-fat.
- Enriched grains are a good source of complex carbohydrates and are one of the major sources for iron and folic acid in our diets.
We love sandwiches in our home and have them quite often! I make egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast sometimes on the weekends, we love throwing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a Ziploc and taking it with us when we are going on a road trip or flying (so much better than airplane food), and one of my husband’s favorite “easy” dinners is chicken salad sandwiches!
In order to maximize your health and energy, you have to take a look at how you “fill your plate,” so to speak. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating six one ounce servings of grain foods each day and you can easily do that by eating a sandwich, having a bagel for breakfast, or by enoying tortillas or crackers for a snack!
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.
Fun Facts About White Bread:
- White bread 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.
Fun Facts About Whole Grains:
- A great source of complex carbohydrates, numerous vitamins and minerals, and naturally low in fat.
- 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.
Sandwiches are one of the easiest, most versatile and convenient ways to make a healthy meal for individuals or families. There are so many different types of sandwiches you can make!
To honor the sandwich and showcase its star ingredient – the bread – the Grain Foods Foundation has partnered with celebrity chef and sandwich aficionado Bryan Voltaggio to create four exclusive sandwich recipes and I’d love for you to check them out to inspire you to get creative in your own kitchen with the sandwiches you prepare!
His four recipes are the Pastrami Reuben, The Pilgrim, The Avocado CLT and the Banana, PB and Honey Sandwich – there really is something for everyone. I personally love making peanut butter, banana and wildflower honey myself. It’s almost like a dessert, it’s that good!
Celebrate National Bread Month by having a sandwich for lunch – why don’t you try one of Chef Voltaggio’s recipes?
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.