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    5 steps to a healthy burger

    5 steps to a healthy burger

    We bet burgers are on the top of your list. While burgers enjoy a bad reputation in any healthy eater's diary, you can enjoy 'healthy' burgers once in a while. Yes, you read that right. Sounds too good to be true? Here's our altered version of your favourite burger. Change a few ingredients here and there and you have a health-friendly burger ready.

    Here are our 5 easy steps to a healthy burger

    Prepare the mayo in advance:

    No, we are not going to ditch the ever-so-loved mayo. All you need to do to prepare a batch of healthy mayo is two tablespoons of low-fat sourced cream, a bit of olive oil, mixed with a small clove of garlic and your hygienic, homemade mayo is ready. Want to lay your hands on a detailed mayo recipe? Read here.

    Buns with benefits are a must:

    It may come as a surprise to you, but burger buns are one of the biggest reasons why burgers are considered unhealthy. The massive levels of salt and sugar present in buns, not to forget the flour used in it, makes them a big no-no for health conscious people. Go for whole wheat buns or rye buns, which are stuffed with ample health benefits. Whole grains have more nutrients per unit as compared to their refined counterparts. They also have more fibre and thus are a lot better for our digestive systems. Whole grains are easily digestible, contain more antioxidants and help prevent many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and constipation.

    Mushrooms should come to your rescue:

    A valuable health food, sauteed mushrooms work as a charm for appetizers, snacks and burger recipes. Low in calories, mushrooms are high in iron, zinc, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and vegetable proteins. Various studies have shown that mushroom have probiotic that helps our body to strengthen by fighting physiological homeostasis. They also have immune-system enhancing properties. Add mushrooms to any burger patty and increase its health quotient.

    Add your favourite herb variety:

    Buy store-based herbs or go innovative with them and prepare your own dressings at home. You can do that by adding olive oil, minced basil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Other popular fresh herbs include dill, rosemary, oregano, mixed herbs.

    Pick the right patty:

    Go for healthy lean meat variety. Try and opt for at least 90% lean, and ground chicken and turkey that's breast only. Low fat protein sources like fish is a good option. Fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are good for the heart. The size of the patty shouldn't be bigger than your palm. Also, the cooking method will decide the burger's ultimeate health factor. Bake, steam or grill the patty with minimal oil for enhanced taste.

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    Last edited by Parasakthi; 7th Jan 2012 at 10:06 AM.


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