So this past weekend has been quiiite the awesome weekend. My mom got into town on Friday night and is staying until this coming Saturday so we have a WHOLE WEEK of slumber parties! I love my mom. I love when she stays with us. She is the greatest.
Last night we had the most hilarious time trying to think of a name for this breakfast sandwich. Like, how do you appropriately name sandwiches that have a whole heck of a lotta things going on? “Hello, my name is ciabatta breakfast sandwich with pesto, havarti, avocado, egg, and bacon.” Too much? We finally landed on The Break-Your-New-Year’s-Resolutions Breakfast Sandwich after much deliberation and I’m happy to say that we’re quite pleased with our title genius. But hey, could we actually talk about New Year’s and healthy eating for a sec?
New Year’s. The first couple months of the year where a lot of us make unrealistic goals and expectations, particularly health wise, that we maybe don’t end up achieving and then we feel like failures. Sound familiar? I’m a total advocate of the power of goal-setting and always wanting to improve yourself, but I take issue with the way our society has started to view health as such an all-or-nothing approach. January 1st comes and we’re all about juicing, paleo, and losing “that holiday weight” no one can ever stop talking about.
As you guys probably already know, when it comes to my eating & health philosophy, I am a really huge advocate of balance. I tend to talk about it a lot, especially in person, and I get on a loud & passionate soapbox whenever the subject of health is brought up. I’ve had quite the body image/health journey and it’s been a rollercoaster both emotionally and physically as I’ve struggled to be okay with the way that I look. Dissociating guilt and shame with certain foods is seriously super hard and takes time. Unfortunately, I think our health culture has fallen into a trap of guilting others for the food choices they do or do not make, associating guilt and shame with foods like ice cream or Oreos or french bread. Or cheesy, carby breakfast sandwiches.
As if gaining weight or not having the “perfect body” is the worst thing that could happen to you.
Now, I’m not saying that nutrition doesn’t matter because it totally and completely does. Vegetables need to be eaten and water needs to be drunk and regular exercise is incredibly important. More important than a lot of people realize, in fact.
What I am saying is that I believe that optimum, overall health of the body & mind comes when we achieve that balance of making healthy food choices, like eating a lot of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and proteins, but we can also eat the ice cream and the donut and the cheese and not feel bad afterward as a result, as if we’ve committed a crime or the most grievous of sins. How many times have we justified our food choices to friends or family, saying “Yeah, I know I have a donut, but it was a really busy morning,” or, “It’s been a bad day, I needed it,” or, “the diet really does start tomorrow.”
We jokingly ask for other people’s permission, praying they won’t judge us for making a poor nutritional choice.
I won’t ignorantly tell you that what other people think doesn’t matter because really, what other people think does matter and it’s damaging to try to convince yourself otherwise. But YOU matter more. How YOU feel and what YOU believe holds far more worth. Eat the dang donut and stop apologizing for it. You are beautiful, lovely, smart, talented, and your worth goes far beyond the choice you made for breakfast this morning. Can we stop trying to out-health each other? Could we maybe back off a little in judging other people’s choices, whatever they might be?
WE GET SO WORRIED ABOUT BEING PRETTY. LET’S BE PRETTY KIND. PRETTY FUNNY. PRETTY SMART. PRETTY STRONG.
There is no need to feel or associate shame with the way you look. There is nothing shameful about you or your body or the worth of your soul. You are good enough as you are, right now.
There isn’t a secret happiness that comes when you achieve the “perfect body,” although we are always trying to convince ourselves that there is, that those with that “perfect body” are somehow happier and more successful than the rest of us. You can find and achieve happiness and greatness without changing a single thing about your body. The magic of YOU and your incredible future lies in your heart and your mind, not your pant size. You are more than your body. Start believing it.
Maybe it’s not so important that, as Oprah challenged us, 2016 is the year of your best body. Maybe it’s just important that 2016 is the year of your best you.
And with all that said, eat this breakfast sandwich. I very unbiasedly believe it’s the greatest breakfast sandwich in the world and you deserve to partake of its goodness.
Love you guys. xoxo
Makes 2 breakfast sandwiches
2 ciabatta rolls
1 T salted butter, softened
2 T basil pesto
4 slices havarti cheese
3 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked & cut in half
1/2 avocado thinly sliced
2 eggs, cooked according to your preference (I pan-fried mine, sunny side up!)
Set oven to broil.
Cut each ciabatta roll in half and spread the pesto onto the two bottom halves. Layer 2 slices of havarti cheese on top of the bottom halves, and spread the softened butter over the top halves. Set the rolls face-up on a sheet pan and while keeping the oven door slightly ajar so as to prevent burning, let broil until the cheese is melty and the buttered halves are lightly golden brown.
On top of the cheese, layer the bacon, avocado, and fried egg, then top with the other half of the roll. Enjoy!