Dinner Makeover: Burger and Fries
Burgers and fries are staples of American culture; you can get them at almost any restaurant, which often makes it hard to say no. But burgers and fries are loaded with fat. Beef is high in saturated fat and fries are usually deep-fried and dripping with oil.
For healthier burgers, try using leaner meats. Turkey burgers and chicken burgers can taste just as good and they’ll be much lower in fat. Also, be careful of what toppings you choose. Lettuce, tomato, onion, and mushrooms are good choices, while cheese and mayonnaise just lead to a more fattening meal.
When it comes to French fries, skip the deep-fryer. Baking your fries will cut out most of the oil and most of the fat. Also, don’t be afraid to stray from your ordinary potato; sweet potatoes are much healthier and are full of great flavor.
Turkey Spinach Burger
Why It's Healthy: Turkey is a leaner meat than beef, so using ground turkey in your burgers ensures a lower-fat meal. Add some spinach to your turkey burger and you’ll get a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Why It's Healthy: Healthy eaters will love these vegetarian burgers that combine brown rice, kidney beans, broccoli, mushrooms, and cheese. They’re full of fiber, whole grains, and veggies.
Why It's Healthy: If you’ve never tried Portobello mushrooms before, you are definitely missing out! When you grill these giant mushrooms and add all your favorite toppings, you won’t even be able to tell that they're not meat! Leave out the mayo and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal.
Baked Low Fat French Fries
Why They're Healthy: These French fries are baked instead of fried, so they are automatically much lower fat than your typical fries. By only using 2 teaspoons of oil, they differ greatly from the oil-drenched fries most people are used to.
Sweet Potato Fries with Sage
Why They're Healthy: Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins A and C, which have powerful antioxidant properties. They’re much better for you than your ordinary starchy potatoes.
Why They're Healthy: Polenta is made from cooked cornmeal and is full of important vitamins and minerals. It is low in carbohydrates and does not contain wheat, so it is great for people with dietary restrictions. Bake your polenta to make fries and you’ve made a healthy choice!