Home-cooked ham is one of my favourite foods at Christmas. I have to admit that there is nothing nicer than 2 slices of home-cooked ham between 2 slices of fresh nutty wholegrain bread and butter, particularly when the ham is hot & the butter runny!
Ham is possible one of the healthiest foods we eat over the Christmas period, it is high in protein along with many other vitamins and minerals such as Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and Zinc. These nutrients work to boost energy during a season in which we find ourselves lacking energy due to a lack of sunlight and changeable weather. Although ham is a nutrient dense food it also contains a high quantity of sodium which may be a health concern for some people particularly those suffering from high blood pressure. The majority of research examining the links between a high intake of sodium and an increase in blood pressure have been found in those already suffering from a pre-existing cardiovascular condition. So if you have normal blood pressure and a healthy heart a small increase in sodium levels around Christmas is nothing to worry about. And if you are worried, I would focus on the amount of salt in all the other processed foods and treats you are going to eating over the holiday season and not the sodium in your nutritious ham.
This dish is a simple twist on the regular french toast and ham breakfast. Using real ham in this dish really accentuates the flavours and will set you up nicely for that 20 minute HIT session you promised yourself you would complete at least 3 times over Christmas to keep some sort of schedule on your exercise routine 🙂
- Serves: 1
- Calories: 452 kcal
- Fat: 14g
- Carbohydrates: 53g
- Protein: 30g
- 2 slices of sourdough bread
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2-3 thick slices of home cooked ham
- 1 handful of cooked spinach
- 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup
- Soak the bread in the beaten eggs for 2-3 minutes, turning the bread over to ensure the eggs is soaked right through.
- Heat 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil in a pan and once hot place the bread into the pan. Cook until golden brown on each side
- Cook the spinach in the same pan for 1-2 minutes.
- Heat the ham in the pan or in the microwave.
- Place the bread on a plate and serve with the ham and spinach.
- Drizzle the maple syrup on top as desired.