Nutrition and the Humble Sandwich

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The sandwich was inadvertently invented by a man titled ‘The Earl of Sandwich’ in 1762. At the time he was way too involved in a game of cards to get up and go to the dining table for a meal and so asked that a portion of the meal be placed between two slices of bread and be brought to him so he could have a bite when he wished and do so without cutlery or getting his hands greasy or messy and, Voila! The sandwich was born.

If you already eat a healthy and nutritious diet then this article is probably not for you although you may be able to use it to help others improve their eating habits.

For those whose diet hasn’t been real good and are wanting to change then this sandwich idea provides a realistic transition phase to a better and healthier way of eating.

There is a huge amount of nutritional research which indicates that raw fruits and vegetables are greatly beneficial to our health and an increasing amount of research which states that the higher the percentage in your daily diet the better because they are alkaline-forming foods with an high enzyme content – things which the human body craves.

But how do you change from a poor quality diet to one that is high in raw veggies? Many people find this difficult. One way to increase the percentage of raw veggies is by using the sandwich idea.

For a sandwich, select a bread you like (not a heavy bread and make sure it’s sliced thin – it’s no good just filling up on bread) or you can try one of flat breads and make a wrap or use one of those circular pocket breads that you cut in half then open the pocket and fill it with raw veggies.

I suggest that every morning or evening (to get ready for the next day – I know it’s better to prepare on the spot and then eat but not everyone is ready or able to do that) you select the days veggies that you would like (you can also include fruits like bananas and mangos plus nuts and seeds like pumpkin, sesame, sunflower etc.) and do your cutting, chopping, slicing and grating and store in air tight containers or zip lock bags in the fridge ready for use.

Then at the appropriate time make your sandwich from the selected ingredients and a dressing of your choice (note to self: learn how to make a good healthy mayonnaise instead of buying one of the processed varieties). This sandwich idea is a good way to increase the healthy raw foods content in your daily diet as you continue to improve your eating habits.