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Have a healthy, tasty burger

There’s nothing quite like an unexpected storm in the middle of the night to give you a run for your money.

Last Sunday, while some people (mainly those with ear plugs) were sleeping peacefully, I was frantically holding on to shutters and chasing garden furniture across the lawn.

As my dressing gown blew up around my ears I had a moment where I burst out laughing, realising how wildly ridiculous I must look. This was punctuated with a few expletives though because 1) it was 3am and 2) it was fairly embarrassing.

I caught sight of myself in the mirror when I made it back indoors, looking like an electrocuted witch. Fortunately, I don’t suppose many people were gazing out of their windows in the dead of night.

I guess this was Mother Nature’s way of saying “surprise!” after not following through with the dreadful forecast during the day. I do love this about Bermuda weather though. You never know exactly what you’re going to get. And having grown up in England, I’m pretty happy with anything that isn’t drizzle.

Having said that, despite loving jeans and boots and all the clothes that go along with winter … I’m ready for that feeling of sun on my skin. Mmmmm, the lazy days of summer!

I don’t know about you, but my eating is very seasonal. I rarely make salads in winter, although that prosciutto and melon salad recipe from a few weeks back is a definite winner. Last night though, I made burgers for dinner and instead of fries on the side, I gave the kids salad. I was expecting an eye roll but I got a big thumbs up.

The reality is that burgers don’t have to be a terrible choice. If you get them from a fast food place then nope, I’m sorry, I can’t give you any validation. But, if you make them from grass-fed beef and serve them on a wholegrain bun, then that’s pretty great. Organic ketchup, salad on the side. What’s not to love?

In terms of burger options, what are the best choices out there? Well if you want to buy them pre-made, then choosing a quality butcher is important – get yourself down to Miles quick sharp!

If you’re going meat-free then the Beyond Burger is OK. It’s still “processed” but it’s soy-free and tastes amazing as a meat substitute. If you’re a vegetarian that doesn’t like the texture of meat, then this is not for you.

My BFF, also known as ’the world’s fussiest vegetarian’, describes the Beyond Burger as too “bouncy”. It’s high on the protein though so having this in a bun wouldn’t be overkill on the carbs.

From a nutrition perspective, I think the Hilary’s Eat Well burgers are dead-on, but they are much more carb-dense. So putting one of these in a burger could send you into carb overload – especially at night when you’re likely more sedentary. If you’re not planning a late night run or any fun bedroom Olympics, then skip the bun and liven it up with avocado and salsa (the burger, not the bedroom…..although each to his own).

Whichever way you do it, remember the big salad on the side. If you want something more interesting than plain leaves, try the Kickin’ Kale or Hong Kong salads from Miles deli (Nutrifit section). If you’d prefer to make those salads yourselves, I’ve printed the recipes here before, so I’ll pop them on social media for you instead. Come and find me on Facebook or Instagram. I’ll see you there!

Catherine Burns is a qualified nutritional therapist. For more details: www.natural.bm, 505-4725, Natural Nutrition Bermuda on Facebook and @naturalbda on Instagram

Burgers don’t have to be a terrible choice, says Catherine Burns

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Published March 12, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated March 10, 2021 at 1:07 pm)

Have a healthy, tasty burger

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