Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers are a good alternative to fatty hamburgers

Let’s talk about burgers. When turkey burgers are mentioned, there is always someone who sighs and says, “gross!” But you should always give something a shot before you take it out of the running. A friend of mine was one of those people….

It had been doing research on some healthy, low-fat, recipes that I could try and came across one for turkey burgers. I was having a friend over that night and I had never made turkey burgers before, or burgers in general but I was excited to try something new! My friend was apprehensive in the beginning but after the first bite that was gone altogether! The burgers were absolutely delicious!

If you choose to use ground turkey made from only breast the burger will have 150 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 0 grams saturated fat compared to a lean hamburger which could have about 225 calories, 12 grams of fat, 5 gram of saturated fat and 27 grams of protein (Food network, 2013).If the hamburger is not made of lean meat then those numbers may be even higher.

To dress up your turkey burger you could try the traditional lettuce, tomato, and onion, but you could also continue with your adventuring and try topping your burger with mushrooms or avocado (avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fat). If you can do without the slice of cheese, it is even better for you because cheese is a lot of added fat, and not the good kind.

Here is a recipe for some delicious turkey burgers:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/turkey-burger-recipe.html

Or you can just buy some lean turkey patties in the meat section of the grocery store and throw them on the grill. It’s that easy!

Pasta Salad

What to do for dinner… hmmm, that is an excellent question! As a college student “easy” is my favorite option when it comes to food, but I know that option doesn’t always satisfy my daily nutritional requirements. Whenever I have extra’s from meals earlier in the week, such as vegtables, left over pasta, and even chicken, I like to make pasta salad. Pasta salad is an fun, colorful,

and simple way to get your grains, vegetabes, and protein. It’s great as left-overs for lunch too!

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Some types of food that I like to include in my pasta salads are:

  • Grains
    • Pasta (of course!)
  • Vegetables
    • Broccoli
    • Bell Peppers (I like to use a variety of colors)
    • Cucumbers
    • Mushrooms
    • Peas
    • Carrots
    • Red Onions
  • Protein
    • Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
    • Great Northern Beans
    • Black beans
    • Kidney beans
    • Chicken

For dressing, I like to use a light Zesty Italian dressing because it has zero saturated fat and tops off a delicious salad with some additional flavor.

Refrigerator Oatmeal

Refrigerator Oatmeal

Sometimes its hard to gather up the effort to make a healthy breakfast in the morning to keep yourself going throughout the day. My favorite breakfast is refrigerator oatmeal. It is simple, healthy, and delicious!

Ingredients

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup skim milk

1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup fruit

Directions

In a half pint jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Add fruit and stir with a fork until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight. It can be served hot (microwaved for about 45 seconds) or cold. Enjoy!

Nutritional Info

207 Calories

4 g fat

47 g carbs

7 g fiber

12 g protien