Depending on the restaurant, the average serving of french fries is about 275 calories – and no one ever has just one serving size. For a healthier alternative that still satisfies your craving, try this recipe for oven-baked fries. It skips the oil vat and uses better-for-you red potatoes, but still meets the standards of a picky junk food lover like myself. The best part? There’s only four ingredients! Try it with our healthy burgers.
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Everyone knows that one person who makes the most amazing burgers imaginable. For me, it’s my Uncle Carlos. I’ve spent years perfecting my own recipe, but since dietary restrictions abound in my house, I set out to make the most delicious healthy burgers out there. I could reduce the calorie and fat content even more by using ground turkey or making it a veggie burger but I think ground beef tastes better. I mitigate that by using lean, grass-fed, organic beef so it doesn’t have a lot of fat, hormones, or chemicals. This recipe can also be made gluten free by using gluten free instead of whole wheat bread crumbs and gluten free burger buns like Udi’s Gluten Free Burger Buns. All amounts are approximate and can be changed to suit your taste.
You don’t have to completely overhaul your diet and live on wheat bran, kale, and soy milk to eat healthier. The best thing you can do (and the easiest to stick to) is substitute things you already eat with healthier alternatives. Virtually everyone on my mother’s side of the family has some sort of food allergy or digestive illness so we’ve been learning how to find and prepare tasty food substitutes almost my entire life.
I learned even more about nutrition when my mother was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, which forced her to drastically change her diet. Thankfully I’ve only had mild issues up to this point. But it’s caused me to work with my doctor to find healthy foods I actually like.
Here’s some of the best small steps you can take right now:
Lean, grass-fed, organic beef instead of regular ground beef
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to cut out red meat entirely or substitute it only with ground turkey, which lacks a certain amount of flavor. The real issues with red meat are fat, hormones, and grains. So a good solution is to look for lean, grass-fed, organic beef. Almost every grocery store is now carrying some version of this, though you have a better chance finding it at places like Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
You don’t have to go the prepackaged and preservative-laden Pillsbury route for quick biscuits to go with tonight’s dinner. They also double well as part of a morning egg sandwich or just something quick to warm up and grab on your way out the door. For a healthier alternative, substitute whole wheat flour instead of enriched white flour. I like Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Whole Wheat Flour.