Loving the BITE: Festive Burger Toppings and Tips

guacamoleIt’s a Holiday weekend for many Loving the Bike readers, so I’ll keep it light, festive, and fun this week (of course, cycling nutrition is fun ever week, right?).  When it comes to food and the 4th of July, I think about the grill, and I think about burgers.

I am a meat-eater, including the occasional beef, and I do love a good burger.  Here’s some great Loving the Bite burger topping ideas, and our Black Bean & Quinoa Burger recipe for all those who’d rather go meatless.  Either way, it’ll be a winner and will work great right after that wonderful morning ride.

Recipes of the Week: 5 Festive Burger TOPPINGS

  1. Guacamole – I doubt I have to say much more, but nothing beats a guacamole burger in my book.  Except maybe a Green Chili Burger.
  2. Green Chili Sauce – Either make this green chili sauce, or grill whole green chili peppers.  To do so, place washed green chilies directly over hot flame.  Turn occasionally so that all sides become blistered and blackened.  Next, remove from grill and place in a paper bag for 10-15 minute (securely close paper bag).  Once cooled in the bag remove, cut off stems, remove seeds, and peel off blackened skin.  Serve over burgers.
  3. Basil or Spinach Pesto – So green.  So healthy.  And combined with a burger and some fresh mozzarella, so yummy.
  4. Roasted Red Pepper Coulis -  It may seem a little fancy, but this easy delicious sauce is full of flavor and will take any burger to the next level.
  5. Cilantro Lime Aioli from our Quinoa-Black Bean Burger Recipe - Even if eating meat, you can steal this wonderful sauce and top your burger.  It’s fresh and a different taste than what you’re used to coming off the grill.

Then, of course, you’ll need the regulars.  Tomatoes, grilled/sautéed onions, lettuce, and pickles.  You can also use your trusty BBQ sauce with most any of these.


Grilled Burger ToppingsAlthough I only eat red meat about once per week (partly because really good quality grass-fed beef is cost-prohibitive), I will look forward to a burger this weekend.  My good friend Darryl, not so much.  After years and years of being a dietitian and sports nutritionist, I’ll tell you that there’s more than one way, and more than one philosophy, to a healthy diet.  In both everyday nutrition and sports nutrition.  I’ve seen very healthy, and very unhealthy meat-eating diets.  I’ve also seen very healthy, and very unhealthy vegetarian and vegan diets.

The key commonalities between the healthy ones?  Minimally processed foods.  Whole, real, slow foods.  Minimal refined grains.  Whole real carbohydrates from fruits, yams, beans, quinoa, intact grains (rice and oats) and the like.  Adequate protein throughout the day and proactively added healthy fats.  Many more meals made at home than in a restaurant.

With this in mind, here are some options for your Grilled protein:

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