The Burger Diet

Okay so it's not exactly a diet but just a little experiment that I decided to do last week. Hopefully that title grabbed some attention though :) I recently shared on Instagram that I was starting to get sick of my diet and that goes against everything that I preach so I decided to switch it up a bit, particularly adding lean beef and turkey as protein. I incorporated 1-2 healthy burger creations into my meals every day last week. The results? Very satisfied. My current fitness goal is to slowly lean out and I really didn't change up my current calorie intake or macro split. If anything I added a bit more carbs this week. I was easily able to incorporate a lot of delicious burger-based meals into my diet without steering off plan. If anything I actually felt leaner by the end of the week. I didn't weigh myself before and after because I like to focus more on how I look and feel to determine progress and the goal here wasn't to show a decrease on the scale. The goal was to show that your diet does not have to be boring to be healthy. It's sometimes hard to distinguish between being hungry v.s. not satisfied which is why I needed to mix things up a bit. This was a fun way to mix up my diet and satisfy my burger cravings! Below is a recap of my favorite creations from the week:

The Good Morning Burger

13F/30C/38P

Lean beef patty (4oz)

Ezekiel sesame bread

1 egg over easy

1 slice turkey bacon

1/2 light creamy swiss Laughing Cow cheese wedge

Burger Caesar Salad

9F/20C/31P

1/2 cup kale

1/2 cup romaine lettuce

Lean beef patty (4oz)

1 medium tomato

Bolthouse Caesar Parmigiano dressing

Joseph's flax whole wheat pita

Turkey Tacos

9F/38C/38P

Lean ground turkey (4oz)

2 lettuce wedges

1/4 avocado

~15g fat free mozzarella

1/2 cup rice

1/4 cup black beans

1 tablespoon salsa

Portabella Mushroom Burger

1F/42C/44P

2 Portabella Mushroom caps

Lean turkey patty (4oz)

1/4 cup zesty diced tomatoes

~28g fat free mozzarella

4oz sweet potato "fries" (baked)

1 tbsp Xyla chipotle bbq sauce

Cheeseburger Flatbread Pizza

13F/37C/27P

Flatout spicy italian flatbread

62g no salt added tomato sauce

2oz lean beef

~28g reduced fat cheddar cheese

1/2 cup romaine lettuce

1/2 medium diced tomato

Bolthouse Classic Ranch dressing (2 tbsp)

*this might have taken the gold for the week

Let me know your favorite comfort foods; I'd love to share more healthy alternatives! I am thinking pizza creations for my next experiment....

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