There’s nothing like walking out of the gym, sweaty, exhausted and STARVING! And then you catch yourself gazing over to the other side of the parking lot and see good ol’ BK staring back at you. Yup, even the best of us get persuaded by that oily, mayonnaise-y, tomato sauce ridden goodness. I could taste the deliciousness.
While wiping the drool from the side of my mouth and lifting my head up high, I decided self-control was a much better look for me and planned to make healthy burgers and sweet potato chips for dinner instead. While definitely not the same, it curbed my craving for fast-food burgers and it was definitely a much healthier alternative for my body.
One of my pet-peeves with healthy eating or ‘dieting’ (bad word!) is when friends or the people around me say that they are cutting out certain food groups in order to lose weight or for them to reach their body goals. I know first-hand that cutting out food groups and eating chicken, fish and greens every.single.day can be rather soul destroying (don’t get me wrong, I love my greens) but there is only so much your body can take. Ultimately it will leave you feeling miserable, uninspired and honestly feel as though I would rather not eat at all.
I know what it feels like to eat baby marrow egg omelettes and two tuna salads a day before you literally want to go crazy! After eating this way for 3 months or so, I decided that something had to change and I definitely could not go on living like this and this way of eating was certainly not sustainable.
Last year my life took a complete change and I found myself on a completely different path, a good path, some well-needed change. While there were changes in my personal life, I found my training and healthy eating was taking a back-burner. There is nothing wrong with taking a break and just enjoying life a little bit, but I was struggling with getting on the horse and then constantly having to lift myself up again after falling off.
Fast forward a year and after much trial and error, I finally feel as though I am on a steady, sustainable path with my eating and exercising and believe that this is a way I could live forever. I’ve had to learn to not beat myself up if I eat a pizza over the weekend or feel bad about myself for eating one too many Wine Gums – there is honestly way more important things to life and all I have to do is remind myself why I started this journey – to live a healthy, more BALANCED life.
I will touch more on the above in detail throughout my blogging journey.
Now, back to my burgers. In an attempt to make my burgers as healthy as possible, I decided to make deconstructed bunless burgers served with sweet potato chips – yum!
HOW TO MAKE BEX’S DECONSTRUCTED BURGERS AND CHIPS
Serves 2 for dinner – with leftovers for lunch the next day 😛
500g Lean beef mince – mixed with any spices you like. I used paprika, mixed herbs, pink Himalayan salt and black pepper
1x whole egg
Step 1: Mix the mince and your spices into a bowl
Step 2: Mix in 1 egg to bind the mince together
Step 3: Bind mince into small – medium sized burger patties
Step 4: Put a small amount of coconut oil into a hot pan. Fry burger patties until cooked
Sweet Potato Fries
1 or 2 Medium – large sweet potatoes
Olive oil, pink Himalayan salt and mixed herbs
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius
Step 2: Wash sweet potatoes and slice into rectangular chips
Step 3: Place sweet potato chips onto a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little bit of Himalayan salt and mixed herbs
Step 4: Bake in oven for 20 – 30 minutes
I like my chips nice and crispy – so I grill them for a few minutes before taking them out of the oven
Mushrooms and red onion – fried in a little coconut oil and fresh garlic
Avocado – mashed with a squeeze of lemon juice
Red spring onions, chopped and fresh coriander or parsley for garnish
Build your deconstructed burger stack and HAPPY EATING! 😊