National Sandwich Month: Try a New Twist on an Old Staple

| Posted On Aug 02, 2018 | By:

healthy and tasty sandwichesAlthough we don’t know exactly why August became National Sandwich Month, the “invention” of the sandwich is pretty well agreed upon by historians. John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, had a fondness for gambling. He was known to be so enthralled in his gaming that he rejected a dinner break in favor of 2 pieces of bread with meat stuffed in the middle. This happened in 1762, and the sandwich was born – a convenient source of sustenance then, and so it remains to this day.

For better or worse, a sandwich can be eaten with one hand while driving with the other (I strongly do not recommend doing this, however). A sandwich can easily be carried to school by a second grader or packed in a lunch box by a construction worker. But a sandwich is not merely a utilitarian way to consume nutrients. A sandwich, if assembled properly, can be chock-full of health-promoting ingredients: a wonderful blend of whole grains and lean protein with some healthy fat and immunity boosting vegetables. Here’s how to build a sandwich that can be tasty and healthy and not boring at all!

The Bread


Immunity Boosters

Burst of Flavor

Especially during the summer, try some fresh basil leaves torn into small pieces, or some fresh flat-leaf parsley or dill for a zip on the taste buds.

Heart Healthy Fats

A note on food safety: whether you are taking a road trip to the mountains or the seashore or trudging off to the salt mines, pack your bundle of deliciousness into an insulated bag with an ice pack, gel pack or frozen bottle of water.

And when you feel nice and hungry, sink your teeth into your creation and thank the good Earl.

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About Janine Clifford-Murphy, RD

Janine Clifford-Murphy is a registered dietitian and has provided nutritional guidance and education to our patients at Atrius Health since 2005. She is a certified diabetes care and education specialist who also specializes in digestive health, diabetes, eating disorders, weight management, and family nutrition.