I love Boar’s Head brand deli meats and cheeses, in fact, it is the only brand of deli meat I buy for my family anymore. I primarily buy the low sodium turkey breast (at 2 pounds a week!) but we also like to indulge in the low sodium ham and roast beef on occasion. I use the low-sodium ham and turkey to make Sam’s gluten-free “Lunchables.” Do you know how much sodium is in the “healthier” Lunchables (green package)? A whopping 850 mg.!! Lunchbox Kabobs are another favorite way of ours to use Boar’s Head low-sodium deli meats and cheeses, all of which are gluten-free! The Boar’s Head website has an informative gluten-free brochure that I recommend reading.
I first became concerned about the sodium in my diet a couple of years ago when I began to battle elevated blood pressure, and I was only 34! Having several serious medical conditions at my age has made me painfully aware of the food choices I make and how they can negatively impact my overall well-being. I grew up a salt-a-holic. Not only did my mom make a lot of processed foods (like canned vegetables, which have a TON of sodium); I also added more salt to the end product. I was so used to an enormous amount of salt in my diet that when I tried low-sodium processed foods, I couldn’t eat them without adding a lot of…salt!
Enter Boar’s Head low-sodium turkey breast. Oh my gosh, it is literally the BEST tasting deli meat out there (in my opinion anyway) and it doesn’t even taste low sodium! This was the beginning of my successful journey in severely curbing my overall sodium intake. Like many things with me, I am a baby-stepper. One small success led to another, then another, and before I knew it, I am now surprisingly sensitive to salt!
Have you heard about The National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI)? In case you haven’t, it is a New York City-led partnership of 18 companies that have committed to voluntarily reduce sodium levels in their products. Boar’s Head is the first deli company to be involved in this initiative and is the only deli company to be on target for National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI) 2012 Standards. You can read more about it by clicking on the following links: Time.com, USA Today, and Reuters.
When I was recently offered the opportunity to team up with Boar’s Head and help spread the word on this very important issue, I jumped at it! Boar’s Head sent me a complimentary gift card to purchase their low-sodium meats and cheeses (thank you Boar’s Head!) so I could whip up a few low-sodium sandwiches for this post (be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win one too!). Along with the gift card, they passed along some information:
Did you know that Americans eat almost twice the recommended limit of salt each day? In fact, only 11 percent of the sodium in Americans’ diet comes from our own saltshakers and nearly eighty percent of our sodium intake comes from the sodium that is added to foods before they are sold!
We may know that diets high in salt increase blood pressure, which is a factor in heart attack and stroke, the nation’s leading causes of preventable death, but what are we doing about it?
Boar’s Head recently had an online competition among New York City’s five boroughs to raise further awareness for the NSRI and the need to reduce sodium in our diets:
The competition—Boar’s Head Five Borough Sandwich Battle—took five different sandwich recipes made with Boar’s Head lower sodium meats and cheeses and puts them head-to-head. Each sandwich recipe was inspired by a different NYC borough—reflecting the different personalities of each borough—and the public got to vote on their favorite low-sodium sandwich recipe! The winner?
THE BRONX BOMBER
- 4 oz Boar’s Head Low Sodium Deluxe Oven Roasted Beef, Sliced Thinly
- 1 oz Boar’s Head 42% Lower Sodium Provolone, Sliced
- 1 oz Leaf Lettuce
- 1 oz Red Onion, Sliced Thinly
- 1 oz Boar’s Head Pub Style Horseradish Sauce
- 1 Ciabatta Roll (Sliced in Half)
I had to try this sandwich out myself, so I made an easy swap of the Ciabatta Roll for my favorite gluten-free bread, Udi’s! I have to say it was mighty tasty! I only used a drop or two of the Boar’s Head Pub Style Horseradish Sauce, a little goes a long way, especially for non-horseradish fans like myself!
Here are a few other low-sodium sandwich concoctions that I whipped up:
The sandwich above is a grilled turkey and provolone sandwich to which I added sliced Granny Smith apples and Amaranth strands. A wonderful flavor combination! The chips you see are another favorite of ours, Cassava Chips by Arico Foods.
The sandwich in the above photo is my spin on an old favorite of mine from a local sandwich shop (Cheese and Coffee) called the Chelsea. The sandwich consists of Turkey, Provolone, Avocado (I used Wholly Guacamole, which is gluten-free) and Green Chile on grilled Udi’s gluten-free bread.
I’m not quite sure how I landed on this wrap, but I used a Gluten Free Sandwich Petal (Red Chile Chimayo flavor) and spread on a thin layer of Chavrie Goat Cheese then topped with the low-sodium turkey, and Shredded Beet Salad. I can’t believe how good it was!
Using a Spinach Garlic Pesto Sandwich Petal and the low sodium ham and swiss cheese, I made a ham and cheese quesadilla.
Now, Boar’s Head wants YOU to get involved by taking part in the Boar’s Head Lower Sodium Challenge!
Yea!! Come on, get excited with me!!!
Boar’s Head is offering one of my lucky readers a FREE Shake It Up Kit to encourage excitement about lower sodium options and to get us to take an extra minute to think about our daily sodium intake. The kit includes a $25 Boar’s Head Gift Card, a Boar’s Head condiment kit, and a Launch Your Assault on Salt guide.
To enter this giveaway:
Check the sodium content in some of you and your children’s favorite snacks and foods – then come back and report your findings by leaving a comment to this post. Did you find any surprises?
Bonus Entry Opportunities (just be sure to leave a separate comment for each completed task you do):
- “Like” Boar’s Head on Facebook
- Follow me on Twitter.
- Follow Boar’s Head on Twitter.
- Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and be sure to include @adventuresgfmom and @Boars_Head in your tweet.
- Mention this giveaway on your blog and include a link back to this post.
- Share this giveaway on your Facebook page and include a link to this post. Be sure to tag Boar’s Head and Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom in your update.
- Create a gluten-free sandwich using Boar’s Head low-sodium deli meats and cheeses and post a picture to the Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom Facebook page.
Using a Random Number Generator, I will pick the winner on Friday, August 6, 2010.
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