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Friday, February 15, 2013

Delcious vegetarian sandwich!

I just made the bestest sandwich in the world and I HAD to share it! I made Pesto (Handful of basil from my plant Ive been growing, 2-3 cloves of garlic, Parmesan Cheese, and Olive Oil blended in a food processor) and had to put something on it!

Here's so nutritional facts of the Pesto:
  • Basil: An excellent source of vitamin K (which helps with blood clotting) and a very good source of iron, calcium and vitamin A (very important in a large number of bodily functions!) In addition, basil is a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.Its a powerful antioxidant, amazing for your heart and protecting arterial walls, has huge anti-inflammatory effects on the body, and is a great anti-bacterial. This is a powerhouse plant and is a sure-fire way to avoid cancer, skin diseases, and it tastes amazing!
  • Parmesan Cheese: One of the lowest calorie and cholesterol cheeses, as well as the lowest in lactose. Its a great source of protein and calcium. Containing more protein than lean beef, Parmesan digests in about 45 minutes compared to a 4-hour digestion time for red meat. Other benefits to the digestion include Parmesan’s ability to promote the development of Bacillus Bifidus, making digestion easier on your system!It also gives your body Magnesium,  Phosphorus, Zinc, and Copper!
  • Garlic: Is is probably my favorite amazing plant. I'm probably going to have to write an entire article on garlic, since it really would be a VERY long explanation. Ill update this when I get around to it =)
  • Olive Oil: protects your body from heart attack and stroke, reduces inflammation, helps with insulin sensitivity in the body, heals arthritis (scientists still aren't sure why yet!) and osteoporosis, and helps keep your heart very healthy! Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat, which doesn’t oxidize in the body, and it’s low in polyunsaturated fat, the kind that does oxidize.

Then I took bread, put some butter on it, and a little Parmesan cheese, and grilled the bread for a few seconds, melting the cheese to it. On The sandwich I Put:
Tomato: In-take of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, tomato extracts have been shown to help prevent unwanted clumping together (aggregation) of platelet cells in the blood. Vitamins A, C, B6 And K are going to be your biggest benefits from the wonderful red things! Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, all of which are necessary for good health.They also help reduce inflammation, make cancer shake in its boots, and make everything taste awesome....
Spinach: You name in, spinach does it! One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber! Its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, helps with vision, reduces blood pressure, one cup of boiled spinach provides over 1000% of the RDA of vitamin K that can prevent excess activation of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bones), as well as promote the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein that is essential for maintaining the strength and density of our bones. The abundance of vitamin K in spinach contributes greatly to a healthy nervous system and brain function by providing an essential part for the synthesis of sphingolipids, the crucial fat that makes up the Myelin sheath around our nerves.
Cucumber: This is such a refreshing plant! It hydrates you with water and electrolytes (So its a great hangover cure), has tons of b Vitamins (great for energy and also a hangover cure) reduces inflammation, fights cancer, promotes joint health, helps with weight loss and digestion, and relieves arthritis pain!
vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care.
Grilled Eggplant: Fiber, almost no fat, less cancer, better skin, and weight loss? SIGN ME UP! Eggplant is an amazing plant.

I put a piece of cheese (any cheese will do, I used Colby Jack) on each slice of bread (both outsides of the sandwich) with some of the pesto in the middle of it and grilled it all together for a few minutes.

SO DELICIOUS! It took only a few minutes to make, and as you can see from the picture it was so delicious I had to take the picture with multiple bites taken out! Haha!

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