Sandwiches are great. They allow you to eat a quick meal on the go that tastes great. Of course we are in the fitness business so no sugary sandwiches will be considered here such as a peanut butter and jelly. We’re talking about our sandwich meats. How healthy can we make these sandwiches and are the store bought deli meats really a healthy option?
Simply put, store bought meats, as a cheap option are not the healthiest. They often contain additives and preservatives that our body doesn’t need. Nitrates that are unhealthy for our gut health are included in the price. Where are you going to get lunch meat then? The answer is simple. Talk to your local farmer and see if you can get the best quality, grass-fed or free range proteins that you can. A grass-fed roast can be made relatively quick, sliced, frozen, and used for a more delicious and filling protein for your sandwich. The best part is you can season it to taste and make it your own. Slice it up and store it for however long you need. The same goes with chicken for example. Butcher the chicken, grill it up, slice it and use it for later in the week.
If you don’t have the time or resources to cook and slice your own meats you can get lunch meats that are already sliced and prepared. Look for grass- fed protein sources of these meats in the grocery store. Another option would be to look for wild caught, BPA-free tuna salad. Using other fresh toppings such as nuts, dried fruits, or even a hard-boiled egg can take your sandwich to the next level while still keeping it healthy. Meats from organic sources are ok but grass-fed is always better. When looking at the package for these meats, pay attention to not only the nutrition label but also the ingredients. Those sources with the least ingredients are the best and most natural.
In conclusion, simplicity is the best. The proteins that are the most natural are often the healthiest choice. Find a protein that tastes good and gives you the energy to get through the day.