5 Ways to Better your Burger

It’s summertime so you know what that means…BBQ! In my house, we have burgers almost every week. They are simple, taste good, and can be done in so many ways. Because we have them so frequently, I am always looking for ways to spice them up and avoid boredom, and of course, maintain my macros.

Here is a list of a few simple things you can do to save the fat (or add it too) and better your burger.

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Add Veggies

Veggies are always my number one go to. My favorites are lettuce, arugula, pickles, jalapenos, tomatoes, salsa, mushrooms, and peppers, but you can use anything you and your family enjoy.

All of my favorite veggies have little to no caloric value, can be sautéd on the grill with the burgers, or can be slapped on at the end! You can also sauté them up in a pan with a light spray of EVOO or some beef broth for more flavor. The possibilities really are endless!

(Want to learn how to fill your body with food you enjoy like burgers, but still look and feel your best? Check out my Feel Amazing Naked challenge by clicking here.)

Grill Your Onions

I know an onion is a veggie, but I really had to talk about onions twice and give them their own section. Onions alone can completely change the flavor of your food and they really help better your burger.

Grilled onions are freakin’ delicious, and they amp up anything you put them on! Sweet, a little caramelized, but with a really nice crunch, grilled onions are the best addition to a burger that I’ve had in a long time.

So how do you easily grill your onions?

All you have to do is take big full slices of an onion, slap it on the grill with a little spray of EVOO (or, if you’re not trying to save the fat, you can sauté them in some Kerrygold butter). Boom, that’s it, and OH.MY.GOSH! They’re so good!

Add Frank’s Sauce

Just like their awesome marketing slogan says “That #$%@ tastes good on everything!”. I love using Frank’s Buffalo sauce. It’s the one I use the most often, and it adds a great flavor.

You can mix it right into the meat before grilling or pour over after. The choice is up to you! A big plus to using the Frank’s Buffalo sauce is that the macros are amazing with no fat, no protein, and no carbs per 1 tablespoon. You can’t really beat that!

Add Hummus

Okay, it might sound a little weird to add hummus to a burger, but bear with me here. I love hummus. I love using hummus on a daily basis. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients. So I thought, why not add it to my burgers? And it changed my burger game.

Hummus is such a great and easy way to better your burger, and I highly recommend trying different flavors too! It’s just an awesome spread. My favorite is the garlic style hummus. Plus, it’s macro friendly!

Feta cheese

Mmm, I love cheese. Feta is probably my favorite cheese to add to a burger! I’ve even been able to find some great lower fat options made by Athenos.

In our family, my hubby will make a pocket for the feta, then put the burger on the grill with the feta inside. When you bite into the warm, melty feta it is a flavor bomb! Plus, it helps keep the burger super juicy, and that’s always a plus!

Change The Meat

Who says you have to use ground beef for a burger? You can easily change up your meat options to give your burger unique flavor! Some of the top options I’ve tried (and recommend) have been Elk, Bison, Turkey, and a combo of them!

Don’t be stuck just making the same ground beef burgers all of the time. Granted, beef burgers are delicious, but there is nothing wrong with switching it up from time to time in the meat department. Plus, some of these options are leaner than beef, which means you can save on the fat content if you need too!

Whatever you do, just make sure you’re cooking whatever meat you choose properly and to the correct temperature. No one needs to get sick by trying out a new kind of meat. Be smart and safe out there!

So those are my super easy tips on how to create and enjoy a better burger. If your family is anything like mine, burgers are on the menu quite often, but they don’t have to be boring and uninspiring! These simple tips are just the start of all the possibilities you have to better your burger. Get out there and explore!

How do you plan on making a better burger this summer?

Work Hard Be Kind,

Amanda

 

5 Simple Tips to Make Healthy Living Easier

Make Healthy Living Easier

When trying to eat healthily, sometimes you just don’t know where to start. Even if you’ve been on the healthy living journey for a while, it can be difficult to stay motivated, make the right choices, and stay the course. So how can you make healthy living easier and more enjoyable, while still living your day to day life? Here are my top 5 simple tips to make healthy living easier!

Clean Out Your Pantry

First things first, let’s clean out the pantry! Get rid of any cookies, chocolate, ice cream, candy or whatever really makes you overindulge and feel bad about your body, mind, and journey.  No, this won’t be forever. It will be until you can have better acquisition of your goals and gain a sustainable eating pattern.

By cleaning out your pantry (and fridge!), you are giving yourself the opportunity to start fresh and really get in the mindset of being healthy for the long haul. You won’t be tempted by foods that aren’t the best for you, and you’ll also have the opportunity to buy plenty of healthy and delicious options to choose from.

Prep Your Produce

It’s time to chop up your veggies and fruits! Turn up your favorite Pandora station and spend an hour or two just preparing raw veggies and fruits.  Wash and cut up your produce and store them in containers so they are ready to eat. Also, make sure to store your fruits and veggies properly, so nothing goes to waste! You will have no excuse other than to enjoy the delicious and healthy bounty in your fridge and pantry.

You can also use mason jars to store so they stay fresh and at your disposal, and these are also great on-the-go options. If you have kids, get them involved! You are their first example of what a healthy eating lifestyle looks like.

Let them tear up the lettuce, chop up the strawberries, and rinse the celery. Keeping them involved in the kitchen builds their confidence and shows them that healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.

Meal Plan

Take some time at the beginning of the week to plan it! Take 30 minutes to plan a rough outline of your lunches and dinners before you even set foot in the grocery store. If you plan before you go grocery shopping for the week, you will have a focused mission and are less likely to purchase less nutritious (and more expensive) options.

Remember, you don’t have to make meal planning complicated. Keep it simple when you first start. Protein, Carb, Veggies/Fruit. That’s it. When you get more experience or time in the kitchen, then you can experiment and go all out!

(Want to learn how to fill your body with real food to look and feel your best? Check out my Feel Amazing Naked challenge by clicking here.)

Cook Extra

Along with meal planning and prepping, go ahead and make an extra serving or two when you cook! By portioning out an extra serving or servings of the protein, carb, and veggies you plan to prepare for dinner, you’ll have some extras leftover for lunch!

You’ll be able to enjoy your delicious creation the next day, with no added prep or cook time. Plus, this will keep you from having to order out or choosing an unhealthy option at work or home, and it will save you money. Who doesn’t love saving money on healthy food?

Keep It Simple

Along with keeping meals simple with choosing a protein, carb, and veggie, keep it simple in the preparation of these items. Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy or gourmet for it to be delicious and nutritious. Let’s face it — we’re busy. We have jobs, kids, households to run, and more.

We don’t usually have the time or energy for complicated meals anyways. And if you have kids, trust me, they won’t be tough food critics. They’ll just appreciate the fact that they get to have the dining experience with their family. Plus, you’ll have extra time with your family if you aren’t spending hours in the kitchen, and that’s always a better option.

So those are my 5 simple tips to make healthy living easier, and they won’t take much time at all to get started! You don’t have to be perfect to be healthy, you just need to get going and give it a little effort.

Do you have any healthy living tips?  I’d love to hear them and add them to the list!

Work Hard Be Kind,

Amanda