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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Build a Healthier Burger

Build a Healthier Burger
Summer grilling is a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of summer.  Here are some tips for creating a healthier burger.
* Bread.  Whole-wheat buns are a better option than white bread.  Or try a toasted whole-wheat English muffin for variety.
* Patty.  To make a healthy burger, you can use lean beef, poultry, even bison. Even if you don't eat meat, you can enjoy a burger. Aside from the standard veggie burgers, try a marinated and grilled portobello mushroom cap in a bun.  If serving meat, remember a serving is three ounces.
* Toppings.  Bacon does not add much nutritional value.  You can add moisture, flavor, and nutrition with the following ingredients, either inside or on top of the burger:
Lettuce or dark leafy greens
Fruit or vegetable relishes
Barbeque or steak sauce
* Condiments. Make your burger healthier with a thin coat of ketchup, mustard and/or low-fat mayonnaise. Use mashed avocado as a creamy spread to add heart-healthy fats to your burger.  Another option is salsa.
* Cheese.  Instead of a slice of cheese, sprinkle on grated sharp Cheddar.  You will need less to cover your patty.      


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