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The Burger

A classic comfort food.

I decided to make my own beef patties and followed a burger mix recipe from Allrecipes. This helped me control the portion better than if I were to buy them, however if you want to buy frozen hamburger patties you should be fine this time.

If you want your burger meal to get close to what is recommended for a healthy meal, here are some pointers to follow: * Unless you're a very active person, one burger should be enough to give you all the protein you need for a meal. * Add a salad. While one can sneak in some fresh vegetables in a burger (You got that right - pickles and ketchup do not count as vegetables), it doesn't come close to what you need to be eating for that meal. Have a big salad with your burger - about the size of your 2 fists put together is what you'd ideally need. Not only you'll get more vitamins, but you'll also feel full faster because of all the fiber. * If possible, make your patty whole grain to make it more nutritious. Also: if your burger patty is not naturally drop-dead gorgeous, doll it up with some sesame seeds directly from your pantry. Burger pizzas! * Don't overdo it with sauces. Use a bit to give your burger more flavor, however consider that all of them are practically extras on top of what you actually need for one meal. * If you want to have fries with your burger keep your portion small. Your burger patty already gives you a lot of carbohydrates - same as the potatoes, making it easy to overdo it if you have both. For most people 10 strips (~50g) should be a good portion. Also: since your hamburger patty already packs quite a lot of fat I'd recommend making your fries either in the oven or the air fryer, only lightly coated with oil.

Bonus fun fact: I wanted to play a bit with my fries and made them in two colors - half Russet potato strips, half sweet potato strips. While most people think Sweet potatoes are healthier (and in a way they are right - as sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes), it is important to know that sweet potatoes also pack double the carbohydrate than regular potatoes = double the calories. If you've heard you friend's friend's uncle's colleague saying that you can eat more Sweet potatoes because they are better for you - I'm here to debunk that myth. I feel you - we all love sweet potatoes.

What ingredients, toppings or sauces do you add to your burger to make it truly yours? I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.

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