Monday, July 25, 2011

Healthy Burger & Fries

Just because you are eating a diet based on minimally processed foods doesn't mean you have to give up the staples of comfort food. As long as you make some minor adjustments there is no reason you can't fit our modified version of a cheeseburger and fries into your diet. What we have done here is taken 90/10 lean ground beef and seasoned with some salt, pepper, basil, thyme, parsley, and a touch of garlic powder. We then grilled the burger so the excess fat will drip away and melted a 1/4 cup of a reduced fat cheddar/jack cheese blend on the patty. In the spirit of keeping it non-processed we skipped the bun and replaced the traditional french fries that are high in saturated and trans fats with roasted red potatoes that also contain a blend of sweet onion and red pepper. Finally to give it a summer feel we added some cool fresh watermelon which provides a satisfying sweetness without all of the calories and refined sugars of a soda or milkshake. The total calories in this meal is only about 400 (a fraction of a burger and fries from a traditional fast food joint) and is packed with protein, complex carbohydrate, and quality nutrients from the fruits and vegetables. Give this a try and we promise you will not miss the refined bun, greasy fries, and sugary soda!   

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