Although 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!
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.