It’s that time of year – time to break out the barbecue and invite your friends and neighbors over for a cookout. Spring and summer are prime time for great food, good friends – and great food to celebrate the warm weather.
Of course, we all know that with summer on the horizon, bathing suit season is just around the corner. Don’t undo all of the hard work you’ve done at the gym this year. To keep your diet balanced, celebrity nutritionist Carl Germano, RD, CDN, shared five simple swaps to keep you eating great tasting foods – and looking and feeling great.
Instead of: Beef Burger or Sliders with Cheese
Try: Turkey Sliders with sliced tomato
Ground turkey breast is leaner than most types of ground beef and sliced tomato will offer a powerful punch of lycopene – without the saturated fat in most cheeses. If you must have cheese, try a sprinkling of feta, which is lower in fat and calories than most varieties.
Cinco de Mayo, which many Americans know as an excuse to drink Coronas and eat guacamole, is a day that has a great deal of significance in Mexican history. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
In Mexico, the day calls for great celebration, and Americans have adopted Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of Mexican culture that often centers itself around food and beverage. We all know that it can be difficult to stick to a diet or healthy lifestyle on holidays that revolve around salty snacks, cheese-drenched main dishes and caloric alcoholic beverages, so we put together a round-up of our favorite Mexican-style recipes for your own celebrations that won’t break your calorie bank.
This year, you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo without forsaking any of your cravings – or expanding your waistline.
Fast-Food chain Burger King is continuing the trend of launching ultra-fatty sandwiches in Japan with a new burger. First, McDonald’s launched its “Big America” campaign, which features a collection of burgers (yes, a collection–there are at least four of them) named for American locations and are loaded with a barrage of high-calorie items, from chips to chili. Now, Burger King has launched the Meat Monster burger.
As part of the “Have It Your Way” promotion, the Meat Monster is based on the All Heavy, a burger that has about one and a half times the amount of toppings as a regular Whopper. The Meat Monster then has two slices of cheese, three strips of bacon, an extra 3.3 ounce beef patty and a Tendergrill chicken patty. The burger sells for 820 yen, the equivalent of $9.70. Using the equivalent U.S. ingredients, The Consumerist estimates that the sandwich has 1160 calories, while SeriousEats used Burger King’s online meal builder to get an estimated value of 1310 calories.
Guess what? Burgers don’t need to be bad for you. They also don’t need to be served alongside a heaping pile of French fries. With this healthy turkey burger recipe, you get nearly 3 tablespoons of heart-healthy monounsaturated olive oil paired with veggies and lean protein.
Italian Turkey Burgers with Cauliflower and Carrot Salad
- 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey breast
- 1/2 sm onion, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp unsalted tomato paste
- 4 slices provolone (1/2 oz each)
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
- 6 tsp no-salt-added ketchup
Stand back, burger lovers. The Sin City Burger, previously only sold at the Smashburger restaurant located in Las Vegas, has been added to the menu of the other restaurants. It will be offered for a limited time – which is probably a good thing. Featuring a burger on an egg bun topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, melted American cheese, grilled haystack onions and “Smash sauce”, it was created with the “city that never sleeps” in mind. The burger will be removed from all Smashburger restaurant menus on Feb 27, 2011.
“The Sin City Smashburger was such a popular menu item in Las Vegas that we couldn’t resist bringing this delicious burger to all of our restaurants,” said Smashburger founder Tom Ryan. “This will be the first time in Smashburger history that we take a regional burger on the road nationwide, and we know that the award-winning Sin City Smashburger will be enjoyed across the country.”
Tune in this Wednesday, January 19 to Oprah’s OWN Network to learn healthy tricks of the trade from some of Oprah’s favorite chefs.
On Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love, you’ll get to explore how to find hidden health in recipes like low calorie pizza, turkey cheeseburgersand tequila-lime shrimp. Oprah’s beloved Chef Art Smith will be showing you how to turn decadent and calorie-laden foods like pizza and burgers into tantalizing creations that are as delicious as they are healthy. (more…)
How do pump more fat into a beef patty? Burger King responds: inject chunks of cheese. Their latest novelty food item is the BK Stuffed Steakhouse burger, which has the cheese pre-loaded into the meat patty, along with some jalapeños. The burger is “topped off with creamy poblano sauce,” according to the company’s press release. We’ll assume that “creamy” means mayo-based or something equivalently fatty. The burger is also served with lettuce and tomato.
Using the “limited time only” McRib-style strategy to hype the new burger, the “premium” sandwich will sell for $3.99. Of course, Burger King has not allowed the publication of nutrition info to mar the announcement of the sandwich, so we will be left to guesstimate its caloric content.
Fall and winter mean a lot of things, but amidst all the holiday talk we can’t forget about tailgate parties! The typical football-party fare is filled with calories but you can pull it all together and leave many of those calories behind! Don’t forget that when you make your own food, you control what goes into each recipe!
Chips and dip can be slimmed down with a few tricks.
- When making dips, avoid using mayonnaise, cream cheese and sour cream. I like to substitute greek yogurt in my recipes and most people hardly know the difference. Guacamole, salsa, and hummus are all delicious, healthy and easy to make!
- Serve your homemade dips with crudites instead of chips. Carrots, celery, cucumber, bell peppers and other crunchy veggies can be just as fun to dip and dunk!
- If you’re surrounded by the vegetable-wary, just make sure you buy baked chips. Go one step further (and that much closer to healthy hors d’oeuvres) by making your own. Buy pita bread, cut it into small triangles, add some seasoning and bake them. It’s simple and you can control how much salt you add.
Alcohol plays a big part at football parties, but it also plays a big part in ruining diets.
- Blue Moon is a good craft beer that’s relatively low in calories at only about 100 calories per serving.
- Lime and orange slices go a long way to improve the taste of light beer.
- Instead of using traditional mixers for cocktails, consider making your own and using less sugar. I found the simple combination of orange-flavored vodka mixed with some sparkling water and a Crystal Light packet to be surprisingly delicious.
Main courses pack a huge calorie-punch because of all the carbs and fats that are usually included. Instead of blowing your diet, keep in mind:
- Anything made with beef (tacos, burgers, chili and steak) can be made with bison meat as a lower fat, higher protein option.
- Turkey and tofu are also good alternatives. Turkey dogs, tofu dogs and low-sodium, nitrate-free hot dogs are all available at most grocery stores.
- If your meal includes carbs such as rice, noodles, buns or rolls be sure you go for the 100% whole wheat options.
Some healthy tailgating recipes to try:
Turkey and Black Bean Chili
Italian Turkey Burgers
Jillian Michael’s Guacamole
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Apple Cinnamon Fruit Dip
Easy Baked Beans
There are fast food restaurants, and then there are fast food restaurants that put the rest of them to shame. Such is the case with the oft maligned Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, AZ.
Profiled in the media for their insane menu, which consists of the biggest burgers available (called the single, double, triple and quadruple bypass burgers), fries deep fried in lard, butterfat shakes, no filter cigarettes and Jolt Cola, they’ve recently come under fire for their newest promotion and spokesman.
Kristen Stewart is on a strict diet in preparation for Breaking Dawn, the fourth movie in the Twilight saga. According to the L.A. Times, she’s swapping veggie burgers for cheeseburgers, and also cutting out other greasy favorites. “I eat disgustingly normally,” she told People. “So, right now, I’m trying to not put so much butter in my food and stuff like that.”
“I want a cheeseburger so badly,” said Stewart. “But I have to be a vampire in a few weeks.” In the Twilight universe, vampires are known for their ethereal looks and willowy figures. Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon suggested that Stewart lose weight as part of her character’s transformation from mortal to undead. Production begins in November.