November is National Bread Month!

Build a Healthy Meal with a Sandwich
~ Incorporate Grains Into Your Diet with Bread ~

Grains with Mama Luvs Books ~ National Bread Month

We all know grains needs to be incorporated into your diet to live a full well-balanced lifestyle. Bread is a great way to get in those healthy grains, and what better way to create a well-balanced meal than an old-fashioned sandwich? I could eat a sandwich for every meal! You can make just about anything into a sandwich, and the right bread makes all the difference. Did you know this is the 250th anniversary of the sandwich? How cool is that? 

“The beloved food form was born in England in 1762, when Sir John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, didn’t want to put his cards down in the midst of a marathon game of poker so requested his meat be served to him between two slices of bread. With Americans now consuming over a billion sandwiches a year, sandwiches may in fact be our most popular national dish,” says Go with the Grain. 
We eat just about every type of bread in our household. We love bread. At any given time you will see our refrigerator stocked with various breads. We love difference types for different meals! I’m pretty sure my kids could live off of bread and cheese. Grilled cheese is probably their favorite. My hubby and I like ours a little bit fancier. 

Grains with Mama Luvs Books ~ National Bread Month

My hubby and I like a little more in our sandwiches! Check out the sandwich we created below! We chose the Hearty White Pepperidge Farm Bread, spread on a little bit of butter on one side of each slice, and then added some CastleWood meats (turkey and salami) with Munster cheese and some Dijon mustard. We put the sandwich in our little Panini Press and the masterpiece sandwich was created! Yum! An Italian-style panini sandwich full of flavor in minutes! It was delicious! 

Grains with Mama Luvs Books ~ National Bread Month
We added some sweet potato chips and edamame for a well-rounded meal! It was a savory and healthy meal made in minutes! Sandwiches are one of the easiest, most versatile and convenient ways to make a healthy meal for individuals or families. Bread is the most important ingredient. It is the foundation of a great meal! And the great thing is you can incorporate bread into almost any meal of the day. The complex carbohydrates in bread and other grain-based foods provide lasting energy the human body needs on a daily basis. This is important for your growing kids too! That’s why we pack sandwiches into our kids’ lunches every day! They usually love salami and cheese or peanut butter and jelly! 
National Bread Month ~ Mama Luvs Books
If you want some real advice from a sandwich expert, check out the recipes from Chef Bryan Voltaggio, a finalist on the Emmy‐ winning sixth season of Bravo’s Top Chef, by visiting Voltaggio owns many restaurants in the DC area, and some that even specialize in gourmet sandwiches!
Some information from “Go with the Grain” includes: 
  • Bread and grain foods provide many essential nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and help fight diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and birth defects. 
  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating six one ounce servings of grain foods each day. 
  • Grain-based foods like bread, buns, bagels, tortillas and crackers are not only healthy, they’re convenient and affordable.

We love bread in our household and eat it with many meals for a well-balanced diet. Make sure you and your kids are getting the essential vitamins and minerals you need each day! Strive to be healthy and get in your grains with an old-fashioned sandwich!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


  1. I never knew there was a national bread month! We are a grilled cheese family too :)

  2. I love baking bread! Man. I love eating bread. I think my knowledge of a national bread month is a bad thing. lol <3 yum.

  3. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, and we dress them up now with fancy cheeses and sandwich meats. My favorite is a good smokey cheddar with applewood smoke bacon and dark chocolate cabernet wine spread!

  4. That is totally making me drool right now!

  5. I love that they are celebrating National Bread Mont-YUM!

  6. I would love a Panini press, that sandwich looks so good.

  7. Oh man, we love grilled cheese here too. I need to find a good gluten free and egg free bread so my husband can enjoy it again.

  8. That looks really tasty! I love getting creative with my sandwiches!

  9. Oh my goodness those sandwiches look awesome! I always wanted a panini, you don’t get grill lines like that in a pan! :) Happy National Bread Month!

  10. That grilled cheese makes me want to bite my laptop screen – it looks that good!

  11. We used to love making paninis but our machine broke. Time to replace it – cause that looked yummy!

  12. I just had my first panini the other day but your sandwich looks a lot better then mine did! I need a panini press!!

  13. Mmmm we heart fancy grilled cheese sandwiches in our home too!
    Great post, now I am hungry!


  14. I agree with you on adding sandwiches to our diets more for health. I think our tastes have gotten so mature that we want elaborate, but sandwiches can contain such goodness. I love pairing something on whole wheat with a hearty veggie soup! I made grilled cheese on whole wheat with a homemade tomato basil last week and the kids loved it! But they also love adding spinach, or even just a cucumber sandwich.

  15. Yummy! I love sandwiches made like that! So delicious! We are big sandwich eaters over here. I like that they can be healthy as well as affordable.

    Thanks for the great post ;)

  16. Ooooh yum. Look at all that melted cheese sandwiched between that toast. Mmmm

  17. I need to get myself a Panini Press… that looks delicious! Sometimes I like the more sophisticated breads, too, but sometimes a good old fashioned Pilsbury crescent roll is just what I need! :)

  18. great post! Sandwiches are a huge staple in our family!

  19. I love bread!! And that sandwich looks delicious!! I so need a panini maker!

  20. Oh delicious!! I never knew there was a Pepperidge farm brand of bread! I need to find this in my store. I LOVE that brand! And your sandwich looks divine!

    That’s such a fun story on how we got sandwiches. I never knew that.

  21. WOW – you had me at the top picture – looks so yummm

  22. NYCSingleMom says:

    looks yummy

  23. We eat a ton of bread around here! All kinds…white, whole wheat, pumpernickel, rye…love it all. I’m starving now just so you know. ;)

  24. I don’t even eat meat and this is making me DROOL! Paini sounds so good right now :)

  25. Your sandwich looks really good! I love bread. :)


  26. I just started making bread…yum! now I need a panini maker :)

  27. We love sandwiches. I think I need a press like yours! Thanks for the link to the recipes! I am constantly looking for new food ideas.

  28. Calshondra Williams says:

    My family love sandwiches and I love your gadget. I need one of them.

  29. Mary Fagans says:

    This looks so good, I used to live by a sandwich shop and we had paninis all the time. I really miss them, so I think I might have to buy a panini grill. :-)

  30. This recipe looks amazingly good! YUM.

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