Stay Healthy with Veggie Burgers
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You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy meatless burgers anymore! A
little skeptical? Don’t be! Meatless burgers are a booming industry and
there are plenty of brands and a growing number of flavors and styles to
choose from! While they’ll probably never taste exactly like a big juicy
hamburger does, their health benefits and convenience make them a no-mess
delicious meal that everyone should consider, even if they’re stuck on
meat. Here are five things you need to know when you go out shopping for
First, let us consider protein! Getting enough protein is the big concern
when it comes to being a vegetarian, and it’s also the factor that makes
those regular burgers and meatless burgers so satisfying. Hamburgers have
about 20 grams of protein on average. To compete, meatless burger brands
out there have made sure their patties are high in protein, usually via
soy protein concentrate! For a comparable amount of protein, try Trader
Joe’s Burger Nouveau which contains 21 grams of protein! If your meatless
burger isn’t made with soy, it’s probably got less protein, like
Gardenburger brand veggie burgers, made from vegetables and rice. These
burgers usually contain about 5 grams of protein.
When it comes to fat, veggie burgers are the healthy champions when faced
against regular burgers. Meatless burgers usually have no fat or at least
no more than 2 grams of saturated fat compared to hamburgers, which carry
as much as 7 grams. In addition, there’s no dangerous trans-fat, or
partially hydrogenated oil to worry about in most veggie burgers!
So okay, meatless burgers are high in protein and low in fat. Sounds
perfect, but wait a second. There’s always a trade-off, isn’t there? Most
meatless burgers are high in sodium, higher generally compared to regular
hamburgers. Sodium in meatless burgers runs from around 250 to 500 mg. The
Boca Burgers Cheeseburger made from Organic Soy crams in a whopping 650mg!
Make sure to factor in all the other sodium in your daily diet to
accommodate for the sodium blast you’ll get with a veggie burger. If you’
re looking for a meatless burger low in sodium, try Vegelicious Vegetable
burgers, which have about 190 mg of sodium.
Taste is everyone’s biggest concern, right? If it doesn’t taste good, it’s
not worth eating! With meatless burgers, your best bet is to go with good
brands – try Amy’s, Boca, or Morningstar Farms. Keep in mind that there
are meatless burgers that try to imitate hamburgers, so their taste is
more like a regular burger compared to vegetable burgers, which can really
vary in taste. Boca burgers tend to be the closest meatless version of the
hamburger. Don’t forget to jazz up your meatless burger with all the
fixings – fresh vegetables and your favorite condiments! Also, panfry or
grill your meatless burger for more flavor rather than microwaving it,
which might make it taste a little soggy. Who wants to eat a soggy burger?
With all this talk about meatless burgers, I suggest you go out and try a
bunch until you find your favorite! My favorite? Boca Burger All American
Flame Grilled. It’s only 90 calories, and it’s got 14 grams of protein, 4
grams of fiber, 280mg sodium and it’s under 2 grams of fat! Veggie burgers
are perfect for nights when you want something quick yet really
satisfying. And it’s such an easy cleanup! What could be better?
If you have any comments or suggestions about today’s podcast, or any fun
health diet or fitness tips, please feel free to email me at
LadyDietPodcast at dietdotcom!
This is Lady Diet signing off…