Do you enjoy a nice juicy burger bursting with meat and tasty toppings? If you do, but want to be able to enjoy a burger guilt-free in future, there is a lot you can do to improve the health benefits of your burger.
Make Homemade Burgers
Ditch the fast-food chains and make your own burger. Not only will you be able to control the ingredients that go into your burger and omit those you do not like, but you will also be more likely to eat a healthier, tastier burger. Start off with 1lb of lean beef chicken, turkey or pork (which should feed a hungry family of four) and add onion, garlic, shredded carrots or celery, your own blend of special seasonings, soy sauce, vinegar, and form into four equal 1/4lb patties. Barbecue or oven cook the burgers until they are done and serve with sliced tomatoes, more onion, lettuce, green pepper, radishes or a combination of other vegetables, laid on top and with a dollop of your favourite burger sauce or barbecue sauce. Go one better and omit the burger bun altogether.
Serve Burgers with a Wholesome Salad
Burgers are usually the star attraction at a barbecue, but there is no reason why they should take centre stage, especially if you are trying hard to change your eating habits and you would prefer to eat the burgers guilt-free. If you are serving pre-packaged burgers, search for lower-fat varieties and plan ahead to serve a wholesome salad. Avoid macaroni or other heavy pasta salads, and stick with fresh ingredients such as onion, peppers, cucumber, celery, carrots, beetroot and a light homemade vinaigrette that will not weigh the salad, or you, down.
Reduce Portion Sizes by Half
Portion sizes have steadily grown over the years. Unfortunately, so have people’s waistlines, which is why it is worthwhile considering your portion sizes when serving burgers. No food should be completely off limits, provided it is eaten in moderation and with due consideration for your health needs and requirements. The same principle applies if you are trying to eat burgers guilt-free. Cook the homemade or shop-bought burgers and then cut them in half. Serve smaller portions and give family and friends many other healthy options to choose from, so that the burger is not the star attraction.
Burgers can feature into a balanced diet. Make homemade burgers and fill up on crispy vegetable toppings without the bun, serve a wholesome salad and cut portions down by half. These tips can allow you to enjoy a juicy burger, but without the guilt that goes along with it.