Healthy Alternatives

Where there’s a will there’s a healthier way!

Hey gang! So I’ve decided to share some little secrets to make some of your favorite not so healthy snacks, healthier!

Let’s start with your basic burger dish. One of these juicy hunks of meat can put you at about 800 calories and have as much saturated fat in them as 13 slices of bacon!

If you’re making your own burger, cut down on those bad calories by using a whole-wheat bun, or a good bread without any ADDED SUGAR and low sodium.

Go lean with your meat! Whether you’re making a chicken, turkey or beef burger try and get the leanest meat possible. The percentage is usually indicated on the packaging. The “disadvantage” of lean meat is that it dries out to quickly. Avoid this by stuffing the burger with onions, peppers or other veggies to keep the meat moist and add a kick to every bite!


  


 

Now you can’t have burgers without fries right? Have ‘em, just make sure the skin is left ON! Not only does the skin offer a nice crunch texture, but it has more than 4 grams of protein, almost 5 grams of fiber, niacin and vitamins B6 and C, iron, magnesium, and potassium.Making your own fries? Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees instead of whipping out the fryer for a ton of crunch and half the fat.

More of a chips and burger kind of person? Well, chips may be even worse for you than fries! Those crunchy little bites have no nutritional value and are loaded with saturated fat. If you need to buy some chips, go for the bags with words like, BAKED, SOY and RICE CRISPS, or even FRUIT chips like the yummy baked apple chips.

Have time to cook? Keep the oven on and pop in thinly sliced beets, pita or even kale! For ideas on what you can make into a chip start here! 

Remember, eating right isn’t about not eating the burger; it’s about choosing the right ingredients to put into and around your burger! 

Next blog we’ll tackle pastas!

 

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