Better Your Buns

Burgers tend to have a bad reputation as being a huge no-no for our health. However, as a university graduate in health and a complete enthusiast in all things that nourish, I tend to disagree. Burgers are something that can be made healthy when prepared consciously and with effort.

It is very easy to make each element of this beloved guilty pleasure more supportive for our bodies.

Now let’s break it down :

The bun – Go for wholemeal, sourdough or a seven seeded roll. If you’re really committed to the cause you could even go for a sprouted grain.  Sproute

d means that the grains have been soaked and allowed to sprout which makes them easier to digest.

The patty – It’s ridiculously easy to make your own patty. Simply grab your desired mincemeat (beef, pork, turkey or chicken) and mould it into a patty with some zucchini and pan fry it with a touch of olive oil. If you’re looking to give your digestive system a break try a vegetarian option and make a sweet potato patty. Use chickpeas, onion, coriander, parmesan and a touch of wholemeal flour and mash together with a fork. Pan fry the same way.

The filling – Freshly grated beetroot and carrot, onion, rocket, tomato and avocado are all easy to prepare and super nourishing.

The side – Fries, duh. Chop up sweet potato into long fries. Toss in a bowl with olive oil and then toss through some rice flour, Himalayan salt and mixed herbs. Cook on a baking tray in the oven for about 40mins on 180 degrees.

So next time you’re craving a burger for dinner, try making it yourself. It’s inexpensive and even the most inexperienced chef is able to produce one of these masterpieces. Living a healthy life isn’t restrictive; it’s about making small, conscious changes every day.

Kristy West – Lifestyle Author


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