Hummus and Veggie Sandwiches

With all of the dining out while on the road at the end of the year, followed by copious amounts of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was looking forward to a couple of lighter meals. Taking a break from organizing my tools in the utility room, I stopped and pulled together this quick hummus and veggie sandwich lunch.

Photo 2012-12-29 09.53.13 AMI made the sandwich by spreading about two tablespoons of Publix classic hummus on one side of a Nature’s Own Healthy Multi-Grain Sandwich Round and laying a slice of Sargento 2% Milk Provolone cheese on the other side. I never use fat-free cheese for anything; it doesn’t melt well, it is rubbery, and it doesn’t taste a good as regular or 2% milk cheeses. I placed thinly sliced cucumber on the side with the cheese and sliced sweet peppers on the side with the hummus. I stacked carrot sticks on top of the peppers and fresh spinach (fresh from my parent’s garden in South Georgia) on top of the cucumber slices.    I put the two sides together and sliced the sandwich in half.

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I ate my sandwich with a handful of Trader Joe’s Barbeque Popped Potato Chips (a lighter alternative to fried potato chips), Trader Joe’s Crunch Curls (made from lentils and potatoes), and a couple of baby dill pickles.

If you, like most people, plan to make a New Years resolution to eat healthier, I hope this sandwich inspires you to bring healthier lunch options to work instead of dining out every day.

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Perfect PB&J

I should start this post by saying that I do not like jam or jelly at all. I have unpleasant memories of globby grape jelly on my childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  But this stuff is great on PB&J:

Crofter's SuperfruitCrofter’s makes four superfruit flavors: Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.  I love that the ingredient list is simple and completely organic: organic fruit, organic fair trade cane sugar, natural fruit pectin (gelling agent), and ascorbic acid (preservative).

The only flavor I’ve tried so far is the North American (pictured above), but I have the other three flavors on standby in the pantry (there was a sale at New Leaf, so we stocked up!).  The North American blend has a sweet, slightly tart flavor but I think more than anything, I like the texture. There are pieces of whole berries and it isn’t terribly sweet or syrupy.

My new favorite snack, especially before a bike ride:

PB, Jelly, and Sandwich with bite
Almond butter and Superfruit Spread on a sandwich thin. Yummy in my tummy.

I first saw Crofter’s on a blog that I follow (http://katheats.com) and I was intrigued.  It isn’t available at Publix, but I finally found it at a local grocery co-op, and a search on the Crofter’s website revealed that it is for sale at a number of health stores across Florida.  I would highly recommend this – it takes PB&J from kid food to a yummy, healthy, grown-up snack.

By the way, I am not getting $ or free products from Crofter’s to review their Superfruit Spread, so my opinion is not biased – I just wanted to share that I think it is a great find and part of a great snack!