No Fear! Healthy Burgers Are Here!

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Burgers.

Who could possibly resist them? Their irresistible smell and charming appearance can always catch our attention while making our mouth water.

Most burgers are considered unhealthy for they are surely loaded with a lot of calories which makes quite disappointed in keep our weight at bay. For most times, we would feel quite guilty after gobbling one up. Then, in worst case scenarios, we may panic and punish ourselves for going over the line.

However, there’s good news! Healthy burgers are now here and there is a fair amount of recipes that could see. Let me share to you some of them to get you started with these lovelies!

Jerk Chicken Burger

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An easy to prepare lean chicken burger with Jamaican-inspired spicy seasoning. Served with mango, tomato, lettuce and sauce. If you opt for something tropical and tangy, this would be the perfect choice! 417 kcal per serving.

Falafel Burgers

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Thinking of a more veggie one? This burger has a chickpea patty with garlic, spice and herbs for an earthy flavor. 476 kcal per serving.

 

Crispy Japanese-Style Chicken Burgers

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If you’re going Japanese, this would do the trick! Marinated strips of chicken really bring out an Asian Twist which will leave you satisfied! Quick and easy to do! 715 kcal per serving! (Serves 4 burgers.)

 

Cajun Chicken & Pineapple Burger

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Looking for something more tropical? This burger with soured cream, cheddar cheese and salad can be cooked at anytime of the year. You can easily use your grill and you’re done in minutes! Only 373 kcal per burger!

Lamb & Chickpea Pitta Burger

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Tired of the regular bun? Try this exotic burger for a change. Minced lamb with mint and cumin makes it quite exquisite. Humble Pittas are then stuffed with houmous, pomegranates and peppers. 675 kcal per burger.

Chicken Tikka Burgers

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Perhaps you want an Indian twist? How about this Indian-inspired burger with marinated chicken and homemade chutney. Not to mention a refreshing herb salad to go along with it. 438 kcal per serving.

Homemade Burgers with Potato Wedges

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It’s never complete without wedges or fries! So here you go, a homemade burger with lean minced beef or turkey  infused with fresh chilli for a healthy and delectable patty. Served along with paprika-spiced sweet potato chips. 388 kcal per serving.

DIY Kofta Burgers

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Tired of waiting in line for a burger at a kebab van? No worries, you can simply do it yourself. Minced lamb, spices and herbs make it exciting along with tomatoes, red cabbage and onion. Top it off with plain yogurt and you’re good to go! 295 kcal per serving.

Sticky Sausage Burgers With Blue Cheese

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Kids love burgers, too! Pork sausages are made into tasty burgers added with chutney and herbs. To make it more special, you can add a chunk of blue cheese in the middle of the patty which gives a more rich flavor. To finish it off, just add your favorite salad and take a bite! 436 kcal per serving.

So, here are some healthy burger recipes that could help you erase your worries and guilt whenever you need to satisfy your craving!

You can find all these tasty recipes and more at BBC Good Food.

Fine Dining: Must-try Meals

Some fine dining restaurants offer exotic or you may call it interesting menus. Escargot and beef Carpaccio are some of the known foods that you can see. If you are an adventurous eater and wanted to try these foods, then this article will give you information as to what nutrient you can get and how you eat them.

These exotic foods that you can order in some fine dining restaurants in Jacksonville, Florida are being served with a higher quality.

Escargot

The escargot, a French term for a snail, is an edible land snail. It is usually served as a starter in Spain and in France. It is also a common dish in the Catalan region of Spain. It is served in a snail dish with a snail tongs and a slender two-pronged snail fork.

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Like other mollusks, it is high in protein and low in fat content if it is cooked without butter. It is estimated to have a 15% protein, 2.4% fat, and 80% water. It is an intriguing dish and one of the most difficult to eat. So this article will give you the steps on how to properly eat an escargot when you are in a fine dining restaurant.

Never use your hand. Make sure not to slide around and do not eat directly from the shell. The tongs should be in your left hand and use them to grip and hold the shell in place. The snail fork should be in your right hand and the fork prongs should go down against the rim then pull the meat/snail. Eat the whole snail into your mouth.

If you want to try preparing an escargot meal at home, you can watch the video below:

Carpaccio

Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat that is thinly sliced or pounded thin as an appetizer. It is served with olive oil, lemon, Parmesan cheese, vinegar, salt and ground pepper. It was popularized by Giuseppe Cipriani from Harry’s Bar in Venice and named after Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio. The meat that is commonly used for Carpaccio is beef sirloin. It can also be made with minced meat and garlic which is called “carne cruda”.

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It contains protein and vitamins. It is also a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and selenium. It is also low in fat and sodium.

When eating Carpaccio, make sure to tear off a small piece of bread, “compose” your meat, on your fork. “Spear” the piece of bread then eat. As suggested, it is best eaten with olive oil and a few drop of lemon juice. The meat should not be “cooked” by the lemon, only flavored.

If you want to make your own Carpaccio, watch the tutorial video below:

5 Life-Changing Yoga Positions

We have heard about yoga and its remarkable benefits to mental and physical health. Some even report that it can help shake off some pounds by mastering the tricky positions and executing it well.

Yoga has been existing for a long time which is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. This originated in ancient India and now there is a wide variety of schools which cater to this discipline.

You can find out more about it here:

Moving on, there are a lot of yoga positions that are involved in this practice but, let me share with 5 awesome ones which can change your life!

#1 Child’s pose (Balasana)

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Start off from a kneeling position then gradually bring your chest down onto your thighs while bringing your forehead to the floor. Make sure that you spread your knees apart. Your arms could be positioned differently though according to your preference. You could just stretch them by your side or stack your hands underneath your forehead.

By inhaling and exhaling slowly, you would feel relaxed as feel your spine curving along with your breath. Beginners can easily do this position and you can stay as long as 1 to 3 minutes.

 

#2 Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

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You need to be on all fours with your palms a little wider than your shoulder width. Tuck your toes with a hip distance apart. Slowly lift the hips into the air. Your chest should move back toward your thighs with your head relaxed and arms straight. Roll the shoulders away from the ears, keep the knees bent and start to walk one heel down at a time. Just keep in mind that you should keep your hips high rather than getting your soles to the ground.

#3 Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

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From a standing position, widen your legs to 3 feet apart. Turn the right toes to the right wall, ensuring the heel is aligning with the center arch of the left foot. Take the arms parallel to the ground and reach out to the right side, keeping both legs straight as possible.

Stay for 5 to 10 breaths and repeat on the other side.

#4 Standing Forward Bend Pose (Uttanasana)

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Start off from a standing position with feet together, then bend forward from the hip joints and not from your waist.You can let your head hang, with palms placed flat on the floor near the feet. If there is no tension in your back, you could gradually straighten your legs. You can stay in this pose for 30 seconds to a minute.

 

#5 Cat/ Cow Pose (Bidalasana)

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Start with a tabletop position with the wrists directly beneath the shoulders and the knees beneath the hips. Press yours palms unto the mat to ensure your shoulder blades are stretched. While inhaling, you could look up or forward and while exhaling you could tuck your chin towards your chest. This pose gently increases blood flow to the internal organs of the torso, as well as stretching the back. Never do this if you are suffering from neck or wrist injury.

These positions are perfect for your morning routine as they can help you release stress and feel relaxed. If you feel that it’s quite hard to these on your own, you could go ahead a take some sessions at your local yoga school or hire a personal yoga trainer.

 

 

5 Fruits That Are Deliciously High in Vitamin C

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Vitamin C has been quite popular nowadays as it is a potent anti-oxidant which can give you better body resistance and even youthful, glowing skin! It also helps in the repair of numerous body tissues which is vital to our growth.

When we think of Vitamin C, the orange fruit comes to our mind immediately. We could see it becoming the symbol or icon for most medicines and people have grown familiar with it. But, little did we know that it doesn’t perform well when it comes to the amount of Vitamin C it has.

So, let me share to you some lovely fruits which can make you sure you get enough of that outstanding anti-oxidant!

 

#1 Strawberries

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These lovely red babies pack about 85 mg of Vitamin C per cup which makes it outstanding when it comes to giving you the best dose of antioxidants. They are also used as decorations on various culinary dishes such as some pastries. Makes sure to pick out the shiny and bright red ones to eat fresh ones. Smoothie anyone?

 

#2 Pineapple

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This tropical and succulent fruit contains about 79mg of Vitamin C per cup and is best eaten raw. It also contains helpful enzymes which makes it quite suitable as a meat tenderizer or marinade. You can definitely try it with beef to give it a twist! Or you could just make a fresh juice in minutes!

 

#3 Mango

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Another tropical fruit that’s sweet but packs a punch with about 122 mg per fruit! Also, it contains various phytochemicals which have a potential biological effect. It can be eaten raw, as a smoothie or even a garnish. If sweet mangoes are not your thing, you could try sour ones and make a chutney!

 

#4 Kiwifruit

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Two of these fruits can give you an incredible amount of Vitamin C at 128 mg. The whole fruit including the skin is suitable for consumption though some might it a bit weird because of its fuzzy texture. Aside from that, it contains actinidain which is commercially useful as a meat tenderizer. Maybe a  kiwi shake will do?

#5 Papaya

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Well, tropical fruits are definitely way more than expected, this fruit is a rock star by giving 95mg Vitamin C per small fruit. It also contains a moderate source of folate and other essential nutrients. A lot of papaya soaps have been introduced into the market but, I’d rather have a green papaya salad!

So, orange is not the only fruit that can be an excellent source of Vitamin C but, try to consider these other fruits which are undeniably heavy hitters in giving you the best nutritional value.

Just make sure though that you buy organic ones than those loaded with pesticides and enjoy a natural diet!

There are vegetables as well that have a higher Vitamin C content than an orange but, that’s another story. Maybe, we’ll discuss that on another post.

For now, remember when you think about Vitamin C, it’s not about the orange fruit but strawberries, pineapples, mangoes, kiwifruits and papayas!