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Blue Monday, a great song by New Order and a name for a day in the month when everyone is broke. As I look at my lovely purchases from the January sales and figure I'm too skint to wear them anywhere posh, I always console myself with my favourite thing, food, and of course things that involves bread. While bread takes a hammering from the weight loss brigade, it's important to remember that sweets, shop bought cakes, biscuits, crisps and beer are far more likely to turn you into a big pudding. Made with good bread like sourdough, rye or wholegrain, a sandwich is so comforting, especially when its full of bacon, lettuce and tomato! Yum
This week, beginning with Blue Monday (19 January), resolutions start to fade, money is tight, and morale is low.
Here are ten benefits of having a sandwich for breakfast:
Hot Wire Your Day
In the first few months of the year we get soaked, wind-swept and frozen. Sometimes all at once. What everybody’s metabolism really needs is warmth. A hot sandwich, be it toasted bread or hot filling, is a great addition to breakfast.
2. Save Time
We all have busy schedules and adding in our New Year’s resolutions whether it’s going to the gym, walking to work or anything else, a sandwich on the go is a convenient and time-saving way to start the day.
With all the over-indulgence of late, a great way to start the New Year detox is with fibre. Bread is a top source of fibre, a great way to cleanse the digestive system, which leads to better nutrient absorption and overall better digestive health.
5. Protein/Carbohydrate Blend
We’ve heard all about the importance of a balanced diet and a sandwich delivers. Choose the right fillings for your needs and go. Simple as that! Protein punch? Go to work on an egg. Low GI? Use wholemeal bread.
6. Portion Control
A sandwich is the ultimate food to go as it delivers everything you need and in a great fixed portion size. Eating a set amount and stopping is a great trigger for those “full up” hormones to be released until your next meal.
7. Fruit and Veg
Nutritionists in hospitals often have a sandwich as part of the day’s food for patients because they know it all gets eaten. Salads on a plate are often left aside but in a sandwich? It’s all part of it.
8. Lower Cholesterol
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that breakfast-skippers are more likely to have worse cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity than breakfast-eaters. The study also showed that the breakfast-eaters consume about 100 fewer calories a day, compared with people who skip their morning meal, CBS News reported.
9. Weigh less
We’ve seen and heard it time and again. People who dodge breakfast not only eat more for the rest of the day but countless studies show they are more likely to be overweight, too.
10.They Just Taste Great
Why do New Year resolutions fail? If we’re honest it’s because we just don’t like them. If you want to eat more healthily start your day with something that you like eating. Adjust gradually. A sandwich is infinitely customisable, enabling you to make the adjustments that are right for your goals.