Burger beware. Burgers can be high in cals and saturated fat, plus eating too much barbequed red meat has been linked to certain types of cancer. Mix it up during BBQ season and opt for lean chicken burgers, fish or veggie burgs. Read labels and look for ones with less fat and sodium. Avoid blackening your red meats to prevent carcinogens from forming (aka cancer causing agents).
Watch your starches. While the sweet golden kernels of the corn on the cob call for you this summer just remember that corn is a carbohydrate (aka starch). ‘Member the balanced plate? You want to keep starches to ¼ of your plate at meals. So you will have to choose between the bun on your burger and the corn on your plate. There isn’t room for both! That will leave room for half a plate of grilled veggies.
Go for whole grains! Burger season is no excuse for not getting in your whole grains. Make sure to look for whole grain buns or pita buns or skip the bun altogether and enjoy some corn on the cob – it’s a whole grain after all.
Top up your burger with the right stuff. Burger toppings like cheese can really pile on the calories and unhealthy fats. Get healthy with burger toppings – go for standards like tomato, lettuce and onions or get creative by adding grilled veggies or grilled fruit (try pear or pineapple). Now that’s gourmet.
-A & M from GetRealGurls Nutrition