You remember that chat we had about sodium on Wednesday? Well, let’s apply what we now know about balancing higher sodium meals with less sodium throughout the day. ‘Cause this recipe is on the high side.
Those yummy Italian meats (prosciutto, breseloa, pancetta, etc.) are chock full of salt used for preservation. Of course I could read this on the label, but in Italian grocery stores (our was called the “Lunga”…love that name 🙂 ) meats are not sold in refrigeration. And hey, Italians are a pretty healthy population with far lower chronic disease rates!
Of course you could also omit the meat all together. Fall’s crisp apples, peppery arugula, and a bit of high-quality bleu cheese can create a most savory sandwich that would be far lower in sodium.
Being away from home during the evenings, I’ve had to get a bit creative with quick dinners. While this meal is “just” a sandwich…it’s the sandwich of all sandwiches. There’s something about the sweet, tart, crisp of an apple with the creamy, bold bleu cheese that makes a combination we go nuts over. Stinky cheese + fruit = heavenly. Fruit + cured meats = traditional Italian. Together?
Prosciutto, Apple, Bleu Cheese, and Arugula Sandwiches inspired by Cooking Light
4 slices whole wheat bread
3 oz prosciutto
2 oz bleu cheese, sliced
1/2 apple of choice, thinly sliced (I used Honeycrisp)
1 cup arugula, loosely packed
Toast bread slices. Divide the ingredients evenly onto each of two slices of bread and top with the remaining slices. Serve and enjoy! Yield: 2 sandwiches.
Nutrition Information (per sandwich): 430 calories; 16.5 g. fat; 43 mg. cholesterol; 1241 mg. sodium; 44.5 g. carbohydrate; 7.5 g. fiber; 23.5 g. protein
Result: Sweet, salty, creamy, and rich. If I could eat any combination of sandwich ingredients until forever, I would choose this. Mr. Prevention and I agreed – these were awesome! Enjoy![/print_this]
On a completely unrelated note, I wanted to talk quickly about illness and exercise. While I was running last night (my first workout since Sunday), I couldn’t help but think, “Why would anyone push themselves through a workout when ill?” I’m just getting over my cold and I was on the fence about working out yesterday. As the afternoon wore on, I felt up for it, so I went. Just 2 miles, listening to my body the whole time.
I know people often ask or wonder if it’s “good” or “bad” to force a workout when under the weather and my take is, “why force it?”. If you’re truly under the weather, I think the body wants and deserves time to recuperate. Besides, being sick is miserable enough…struggling through a workout just doesn’t sound appealing to me.
So I’m wondering what you all think of working out when sick.
Question: Do you exercise when feeling ill? Do you think it’s good for the body? Bad?