Make lunch healthy and easy with open-faced sandwiches on sprouted whole grain bread. Sprouted bread is easier to digest and higher in nutrients.
An open-faced sandwich is my go-to lunch for days when I can’t make up my mind! Not only does it look pretty, you can get creative and it’s easy to make nutritious.
The sprouting process results in higher levels of fiber, protein and B vitamins while also making those nutrients easier to digest and absorb. I used Silver Hills Bakery Sprouted Bread which is made with sprouted whole grains and come in unique flavors like cinnamon raisin and flax.
The sprouting process deactivates phytic acid which is an anti nutrient contained in whole grains and beans. Phytic acid’s structure allows it to bind minerals and nutrients contained in whole grains. It creates an insoluble complex that is excreted in tact and prevents our ability to absorb and utilize a majority of nutrients found in the whole grain. One way to deactivate phytic acid is through sprouting/soaking. Another tactic I use to increase nutrient bioavailability to to pair foods with vitamin C-containing foods like citrus, which has a similar effect.
Grains aren’t the only food that can be sprouted – think nuts and beans as well. This is done is by covering them with just the right amount of water needed to start the germination process while being held under certain temperature for several hours. The warmth and moisture allows activation of the enzymes which break down carbohydrates thus lowering the glycemic index and making it easier to digest and absorb the nutrients they contain.
Open-faced sandwiches are the easiest balanced lunch you can throw together in minutes. Feel free to get creative with your combinations. When it comes to lunch, my rule of thumb is to always pair protein with fiber. These nutrients will satiate you and carry you until your next meal. Some of my favorite combos:
Egg and avocado
Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Sliced turkey breast and brie cheese
Bacon, Avocado and spinach
Tuna mixed with avocado
Mozzarella, tomato and basil
Hazelnut butter and strawberries
Almond butter and jelly
Sliced banana and peanut butter
Sliced apple, brie and honey
Cashew butter and chocolate chips
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