5-Ingredient Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
- You only need 16 minutes and 5 ingredients to make this healthy breakfast sandwich recipe: ham, egg, spinach a whole grain English muffin, and Swiss cheese.
- Check out the recipe video, and get the full instructions below!
It’s 6:00 a.m. and you’re jonesing for the perfect breakfast egg sandwich. Sure, you could head out to a fast food joint, but if you’re interesting in fueling your body with wholesome ingredients to get you through the day, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a healthy breakfast sandwich that’s 100% better than anything from a drive-thru.
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How to Make a Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
The easiest way to make a healthy breakfast sandwich is to focus the ingredients. Many breakfast sandwich recipes (and most processed foods) are loaded with excess saturated fat and sugar — yes, even in savory foods! With a few smart selections, you can enjoy a breakfast meal that tastes great, without weighing you down.
Our recipe uses a healthy fat to cooke the ingredients — olive oil. This is a monounsaturated fat, which can help promote healthy cholesterol levels. And with only 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar in this recipe, you’re right on-track with the American Heart Association’s recommendations for naturally occurring and added sugar intake.
The next crucial ingredient in any healthy breakfast sandwich recipe is a good cheese, and by cheese, we mean the real deal. Those neon orange American slices are made primarily from a mix of cheeses, milk, whey, milk protein concentrate, milk fat, salt, preservatives, enzymes, and food coloring.
Don’t mistake these impostors for actual cheese. In fact, this stuff is so far from honest-to-goodness cheese that the FDA requires it either be designated as “processed American cheese” or the even more ambiguous “processed American cheese food.” Let’s stick with the good stuff, shall we? Grated Swiss cheese melts perfectly onto this sandwich.
Now you get to pat yourself on the back because you’re about to top this healthy egg sandwich with two cups of leafy greens. The spinach on this yummy treat is high in insoluble fiber, which will help keep you full until lunch time.
You’re almost there! With the ham and egg you’re serving up, your breakfast is clocking in at 29 grams of protein. That means you’re starting the day off with a good portion of the protein you need to keep you going all day long. (Don’t know how much protein you should be consuming? Check out our guide here.)
Sandwich this puppy with a toasted whole-grain English muffin, and you’re off to the races. It’ll provide a better serving of fiber and nutrients than white, processed bread. Plus, it adds a nice nutty taste to amplify the flavor profile!
Ham and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Combine ham and egg in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
Heat oil in small nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add spinach; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted. Remove from skillet. Set aside.
Add egg mixture to skillet; cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until egg is set.
Top bottom English muffin with spinach, egg mixture, cheese, and top English muffin.
And if you need additional inspiration for good eats all day long, check out these recipes. So much better than waiting in line at the drive-thru, right?
Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative