Food for Thought:

It's no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are "heal". ~ Ed Northstrum

my perfect sandwich.

So, I don't always have bagels, but when I do... you can bet I'm going to make my perfect sandwich. This kind of sandwich was the one I fantasized about (no joke) when I was on my liquid diet for 6 months. Nothing fancy, basically just a club sandwich variation- and ooh I love a club sandwich, diner style... since going gluten free 15 years ago, I haven't found the perfect club yet out on the town, but I know I will one day. On days like this when I work from home, I get to make this delicacy.

My favorite are everything bagels, and this one is Sami's millet and flax onion (I love anything onion or garlic). Growing up in NY, it is easy to become a bagel connoisseur, and deli's and mile high sandwiches are big there.

Interestingly, my very favorite deli is in Phoenix, Arizona called Chompie's. I used to drive an hour from where we lived in South Phoenix to get there, and for me it was an oasis in the desert! Happy A quick look shows me they have gotten on the gluten free bandwagon and I am salivating, thinking about when my next trip to AZ will be! The place is incredible, the people are so friendly, and I feel right at home. I am happy just typing about it! Not to mention their menu is the most extensive I have ever seen! And their bakery case is to die for. It is a must visit in my humble opinion if you are in the Phoenix area.

OK, back to the sandwich. First I lightly toast the bagel. Then spread pesto mayo on both sides. Next I add swiss cheese, my all time favorite, either Jarlsburg lite, which I appreciate as a product of Norway that is strictly controlled and hormone free, or organic swiss of some kind. I found this link helpful when looking at cheese as a vice that perhaps we can live with in a healthy lifestyle: Because of my food limitations, I do eat a lot of cheese. It is something my system handles well, and it's easy protein and fuel for an on the go lifestyle. I am committed now to eating the best quality I can and trying to stay away from the bad stuff, and continuing to search for other foods that work!

Next comes turkey, and I usually do Applegate Farms honey maple turkey breast but also Oscar Meyer selects natural applewood smoked turkey breast too because I really love the thinness and folded cold cut style (yes I pick my nutritional battles Happy). Then some organic spinach, which is about all I can tolerate of raw veggies so works great, and topped with some nitrate free crispy bacon if I have it (I do love Applegate's sunday bacon). Yum- time to eat!