While some people will choose to simply enjoy an occasional calorie splurge without worrying about the consequences, there are many of us who are eager to find ways to indulge without ruining our diet. It’s easy to save calories when you’re hosting your own cookout; it’s a bit harder when you’re just a guest at someone else’s place.
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Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the calorie count low while still enjoying this delicious summer treat.
Cheddar is one of the most common cheeses used on burgers, but it averages about 105 calories per slice. And if you like a richer cheese like gruyère, expect even more. If you can live with just a hamburger, you’re already cutting over 100 calories alone with the absence of cheese. If you can’t live without it, go for a lighter option, like low-fat mozzarella or goat cheese. These cheeses contain fewer calories as well as less fat and sodium.
Swap Meat With Mushrooms
If you’re concerned about calorie and saturated fat content, try replacing half the meat with finely chopped mushrooms. The mushrooms have a nice, hearty texture that goes well with ground turkey or beef, so you won’t notice the difference. Plus, they’ll add a healthy punch of B vitamins and fill-you-up fiber.
Traditional beef patties alone can contain 380 calories and are loaded with saturated fat. If you like beef and want to stick with it, go for a leaner version and slash 100 calories right there. Other patty options include turkey burgers that contain less than half of the calories in a beef patty, along with a lower fat percentage. Buffalo and chicken burgers are other great meat options as well.
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