Loving the BITE: Festive Burger Toppings and Tips

1) If eating beef, if at all possible choose grass-fed, local, or at least organic beef.  Not only does this make a difference with sustainability, processing, and sanitation, the actual fatty acids of the beef are different in grazed vs. confined cattle.  Confined cattle generally eat grains and corn.  Like in our bodies, these often increase fat storage and affect the types of fat we store.  On the other hand, grazed cattle eat grass (a vegetable essentially) and their meat is significantly higher in omega-3 compared to confined, which are higher in omega-6s.  Remember, omega-3s and omega-6s compete with each other to promote anti-inflammatory hormone or inflammatory hormone production in our bodies. So, at every turn, the more omega-3s and less omega-6s, the better.

2) If you’d like meat, but don’t want beef, any of these topping will go great on organic, cage-free, skinless, grilled chicken thighs.

3) No meat? No problem, these black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants and a great flavor.  However, you’ll need to cook on the stovetop rather than the grill.

4) If you’d like to keep it light at night while trying to lose fat, just go without the bun.  As far as taste, you’ll likely never miss it.  If you’d still like to hold your burger, wrap it in a large lettuce leaf.  If not, just eat it with a fork.  Or, if it’s just not the same for you, have a whole-grain bun with this meal and skip the grain at dinner 5 others dinners this week.

This week and weekend, enjoy any 4th of July or summer festivities with great food, great company, and if possible, a nice ride.  Stay hydrated, well-fueled, and then recovery with your burger of choice and flavorful toppings.  Happy 4th!

Fuel Your Ride. Nourish Your Body.

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