By: Lindsey Joe
It’s Burger Week in Nashville and I could not be more excited! Even health nuts love the finer food things in life and just like everyone else, we struggle with ordering the perfect patty that will satisfy our tastebuds and not leave us feeling guilty about enjoy it. So, in my quest to strike the best balance between health and happiness, I have 5 tips to help you order a healthier burger when eating out.
Keep it simple. Gourmet burgers might be all the buzz, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping it old school when it comes to your burger toppings. The truth is, piling on all those extras can add quite a few fat grams to your meal -- 1 ounce of cheddar cheese (9g of fat), 1 thick slice of bacon (5g of fat), 1 ounce of aioli sauce (22g of fat). Instead, opt for condiments like mustard and salsa which add a lot of flavor without all the fat. Or even, ask for sauces on the side so you can control how much makes it onto your patty.
Be picky about your patty. You can’t always count on restaurant burgers to be lean. Consider trying a grass-fed, bison, turkey, or veggie patty for a lower-calorie option.
Photo by: @SliderHouse featuring "Skinny Jean"
Savor something smaller. Whether it’s a slider, “minis” or even halfsies with a friend, you can avoid feeling stuffed after by ordering something smaller when going out for burgers.
Pack on the produce. A lot of times these add-ons don’t cost anything extra so order up your favorite veggies (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mushrooms) and/or fruit for major flavor and an additional serving of produce in your day.
Photo by: @FarmBurger
Get a better bun. When available, order your burger on a whole wheat bun. It’ll actually add some nutrition to your meal.
And no pressure to make all of these requests when ordering out. The most important thing is to not be afraid to ask for what you want. As they say, ask and you shall receive.
Happy burger week-ing!
LINDSEY JOE, RDN, LDN
Lindsey is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Nashville, TN. She graduated from the Dietetic Internship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and prior to this, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a weight management expert, meal planning master, and TN Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nashville Media spokesperson. Lindsey is passionate about helping people ignite the healthy that makes them happy and you can follow all her food-filled adventures at @themealplanningmethod!
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