In lieu of a real post today, I thought I’d share (read: brag about) two of my favorite healthy sandwiches I’ve been making lately. As I’m back in school and on a tight budget, I really rely on bringing lunch to save me both time and money. When I bring lunch, the 15 minutes I have to eat can be spent out on the grass enjoying a sandwich instead of on line at Chipotle hoping they get my order right.
While I’m not a vegetarian by any means (see here, here, and here), I do try to keep my lunches meat free. This is both because I don’t refrigerate them and for general health/sustainability purposes. The production of meat is an insanely resource heavy process, with over 500 gallons of water going into just one (1) pound of chicken, so I look at meat-free lunches as a way of diminishing my overall impact. Plus, it makes me get creative!
I also tend to bring one sandwich for the entire week, as that’s the most cost effective way of buying ingredients. Last week I did hummus, cheddar cheese, avocado, and sprouts on whole wheat pita. I love sprouts as a crunchy and more nutrient dense replacement for lettuce, and avocado is a great healthy fat, so I tend to use them both as often as possible. Since I don’t use a whole avocado in each sandwich, it’s important to keep one avocado as fresh as possible for a few days. To do this, I slice the section I want out of the avocado sort of like you’d slice and apple, leaving the pit in and the skin on the remaining portion. I store the unused portion in a Talenti gelato jar and it keeps for at least 2 days without going a gross brown color. If the exposed edges do start to turn brown, you can scrape off a thin layer of avocado until you’re back to bright green!
Hummus, cheddar, avocado, and sprouts on a whole wheat pita half
After last week, I had some sprouts left over so I carried them over into this weeks batch of sandwiches. I paired them with more avocado, smoked salmon, thinly sliced red onion, a smear of cream cheese, and two slices of super hearty “health” bread (yes, it’s actually called that) with lots of nuts and whole grains. Why salmon? Well, I have been really stressed the last few weeks and my body is seriously starting to feel it. My skin is dry, my hair is gross, and I feel pretty fatigued. While medicine can do a lot, I think that the first line of defense is what we choose to consume on a daily basis, so I’ve upped my protein and nutrient consumption and it’s helping a lot! Plus, the salmon is wild caught, which makes me feel a little bit better about bending my “no meat” rule.
Smoked salmon, sprouts, avocado, red onion, and cream cheese on “health” bread
Not a bad day for a picnic!
I hope my sandwiches serve as inspirations for your future bag lunch endeavors!