Find Out What Makes These Turkey Burgers So Healthy

If you’re over the standard meaty turkey burger, try this lighter, greener baked variation. Lean ground turkey cuts out nearly half the fat of traditional recipes, while a slew of scallions and spinach amp up the vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron. I would not recommend throwing these patties on the grill since the spinach makes them a little finicky to flip, but they’re easy to bake in the kitchen and serve alongside your other BBQ classics from off the grill. Slide them onto a bun with leafy lettuce, tomato, and red onion or over red cabbage for a healthy and unexpected crunch.

Turkey-Spinach Burgers

Adapted from Bon App¨¦tit

Turkey-Spinach Burgers

Turkey and Spinach Burger Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 bunch flat-leaf spinach, thick stems removed, leaves chopped (about 2 1/2 cups when chopped)4 scallions, thinly sliced1 garlic clove, finely chopped1 pound ground lean turkey3/4 teaspoon ground cumin1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted

Find Out What Makes These Turkey Burgers So Healthy

If you’re over the standard meaty turkey burger| try this lighter| greener baked variation. Lean ground turkey cuts out nearly half the fat of traditional recipes| while a slew of scallions and spinach amp up the vitamin C| vitamin A| and iron. I would not recommend throwing these patties on the grill since the spinach makes them a little finicky to flip| but they’re easy to bake in the kitchen and serve alongside your other BBQ classics from off the grill. Slide them onto a bun with leafy lettuce| tomato| and red onion or over red cabbage for a healthy and unexpected crunch.

Turkey-Spinach Burgers

Adapted from Bon App¨¦tit

Turkey-Spinach Burgers

Turkey and Spinach Burger Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 bunch flat-leaf spinach| thick stems removed| leaves chopped (about 2 1/2 cups when chopped)4 scallions| thinly sliced1 garlic clove| finely chopped1 pound ground lean turkey3/4 teaspoon ground cumin1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper4 whole-wheat hamburger buns| lightly toasted

You’ll Never Buy Another Frozen Veggie Burger After Trying This Recipe

If you’re trying to save on calories, fat, and cholesterol, then veggie burgers are the way to go. Since most of the ones you find in the freezer section tend to be pretty flavorless, whip up this recipe that will knock your veggie-burger-lovin’ socks off.

Completely vegan and easier to make than you think, they’re flavored with baked sweet potato, cumin, and fresh parsley. Just whip up the mixture, heat up the patties, and they’re ready to serve to impress your vegetarian and meat-eating friends alike.

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger

Ingredients

1 small sweet potato, baked1/4 cup dry quinoa1/4 cup dry barley15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained2 tablespoons parsley1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)1 1/2 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon pepper2 tablespoons whole wheat flour2 tablespoons olive oil1 1/2 fresh red peppers

You’ll Never Buy Another Frozen Veggie Burger After Trying This Recipe

If you’re trying to save on calories| fat| and cholesterol| then veggie burgers are the way to go. Since most of the ones you find in the freezer section tend to be pretty flavorless| whip up this recipe that will knock your veggie-burger-lovin’ socks off.

Completely vegan and easier to make than you think| they’re flavored with baked sweet potato| cumin| and fresh parsley. Just whip up the mixture| heat up the patties| and they’re ready to serve to impress your vegetarian and meat-eating friends alike.

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Sweet Potato| Chickpea| and Quinoa Veggie Burger

Ingredients

1 small sweet potato| baked1/4 cup dry quinoa1/4 cup dry barley15-ounce can garbanzo beans| rinsed and drained2 tablespoons parsley1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)1 1/2 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon pepper2 tablespoons whole wheat flour2 tablespoons olive oil1 1/2 fresh red peppers

Even Lightened Up, This 7-Layer Dip Is a Crowd Favorite

Tons of dairy and refried beans keep traditional seven-layer dip heavy on digestion. For a fresh take on a favorite, this lightened-up recipe still curbs cravings but with much less fat and far more fiber. And even though we’re lightening up the layers with some healthy swaps, the dip will keep the festive look and variety of textures that everyone loves.

Seven-Layer Dip

From Lizzie Fuhr, POPSUGAR Fitness

Seven-Layer Dip

Healthy Seven-Layer Dip

Ingredients

2 cups chopped romaine lettuce2 avocados, mashed well1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt2/3 cup black beans1/2 cup diced tomatoes1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheeseSliced black olives and scallions, to garnish

Even Lightened Up, This 7-Layer Dip Is a Crowd Favorite

Tons of dairy and refried beans keep traditional seven-layer dip heavy on digestion. For a fresh take on a favorite| this lightened-up recipe still curbs cravings but with much less fat and far more fiber. And even though we’re lightening up the layers with some healthy swaps| the dip will keep the festive look and variety of textures that everyone loves.

Seven-Layer Dip

From Lizzie Fuhr| POPSUGAR Fitness

Seven-Layer Dip

Healthy Seven-Layer Dip

Ingredients

2 cups chopped romaine lettuce2 avocados| mashed well1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt2/3 cup black beans1/2 cup diced tomatoes1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheeseSliced black olives and scallions| to garnish

Know Your Cookout Calories

If the Fourth of July means firing up the grill, overdoing it could be one reason you’re feeling bloated in your bikini. If you arm yourself with the calorie count information below, you can celebrate the beginning of Summer without gaining a pound.

Calories

Fat (g)

Chol. (mg)

Sodium (mg)

Carbs (g)

Fiber (g)

Protein (g)vWhole-wheat hamburger bun120201601826Hamburger patty (4 oz.) on bun32915.77021818225.8Burger with American cheese on bun38920.77544820228.8Fixings (2 romaine lettuce leaves, 1 thick slice tomato, and 1 tbsp. ketchup)340.201657.61.40.9Cheeseburger with fixings on bun42320.77561327.63.429.7Veggie burger patty (Dr. Praeger’s California) on bun2307041031611Veggie burger with American cheese on bun290121564033614Veggie burger with cheese and fixings on bun32412.21580540.67.414.9Turkey burger (4 oz.) with bun27096524018228Turkey burger with American cheese on bun330148047020231Turkey burger with cheese and fixings on bun36414.28063527.63.431.9Whole wheat hot dog bun1201.5019022241 tbsp. ketchup and 1 tsp. mustard23.202175.3.2.2Hot dog (beef) on bun27015.52565023210Hot dog with bun, ketchup, and mustard29315.7506508762.210.2Tofu Pup on bun1803049024312Tofu Pup with ketchup and mustard on bun2033.2070729.33.212.2Barbecue chicken breast (6 oz.)2803.58529028032Grilled sweet Italian sausage link (2.9 oz.)26021606103014Grilled salmon (4 oz.)2331471690025
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar

Know Your Cookout Calories

If the Fourth of July means firing up the grill| overdoing it could be one reason you’re feeling bloated in your bikini. If you arm yourself with the calorie count information below| you can celebrate the beginning of Summer without gaining a pound.

Calories

Fat (g)

Chol. (mg)

Sodium (mg)

Carbs (g)

Fiber (g)

Protein (g)vWhole-wheat hamburger bun120201601826Hamburger patty (4 oz.) on bun32915.77021818225.8Burger with American cheese on bun38920.77544820228.8Fixings (2 romaine lettuce leaves| 1 thick slice tomato| and 1 tbsp. ketchup)340.201657.61.40.9Cheeseburger with fixings on bun42320.77561327.63.429.7Veggie burger patty (Dr. Praeger’s California) on bun2307041031611Veggie burger with American cheese on bun290121564033614Veggie burger with cheese and fixings on bun32412.21580540.67.414.9Turkey burger (4 oz.) with bun27096524018228Turkey burger with American cheese on bun330148047020231Turkey burger with cheese and fixings on bun36414.28063527.63.431.9Whole wheat hot dog bun1201.5019022241 tbsp. ketchup and 1 tsp. mustard23.202175.3.2.2Hot dog (beef) on bun27015.52565023210Hot dog with bun| ketchup| and mustard29315.7506508762.210.2Tofu Pup on bun1803049024312Tofu Pup with ketchup and mustard on bun2033.2070729.33.212.2Barbecue chicken breast (6 oz.)2803.58529028032Grilled sweet Italian sausage link (2.9 oz.)26021606103014Grilled salmon (4 oz.)2331471690025
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar

How to Save Hundreds of BBQ Calories

Doing a little grilling this holiday weekend? With tons of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and beer around, you don’t want to go overboard on the calories. To avoid packing on the pounds this weekend, here are some ways to add a healthy spin to your barbecue.

Bring a healthy dish: If you’re invited to a barbecue, bring along your own healthy dish so you know you’ll have something good to munch on. Wow your friends and family with one of these vegan side dishes or healthy burgers.Go for homemade guacamole instead of creamy dips: Avocados offer the healthy fats your body needs, which is a much better option than the saturated fats found in dairy-based dips. If you’re worried about calories, then whip up some homemade low-cal salsa, and throw in some fresh pineapple and mango for added vitamins.Grill up some veggies: Use a grill basket, corn holders, or skewers, and choose a variety of veggies to grill to make these vegetarian dishes or to serve along with grilled lean meat. Load up your plate to fill you up and to help prevent you from overeating high-calorie dishes.Don’t always choose beef: Veggie burgers made with whole grains, legumes, and vegetables and hot dogs made of tofu are delicious low-calorie and low-cholesterol options. If you’re a meat eater at heart, then go for burgers, hot dogs, or sausages made from turkey, chicken, or salmon.Choose your buns wisely: Most are made with enriched flour, so you may have to check a bunch of labels before finding ones made with real whole-wheat four.Make substitutions: When it comes to recipes as well as the fixings on your burgers, find healthier substitutions. Choose raw tomato or salsa instead of ketchup, and try Greek yogurt instead of mayo for potato salad recipes.Go easy on the brewskis: Save calories by enjoying one of these lower-calorie beers, and for the rest of the evening, go for ice water, unsweetened iced tea, or chilled seltzer water flavored with lemon. Get moving: After your meal, step away from the food to avoid noshing out of boredom, and do something active like playing volleyball, badminton, or a round of bocce ball.Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar

How to Save Hundreds of BBQ Calories

Doing a little grilling this holiday weekend? With tons of burgers| hot dogs| potato salad| and beer around| you don’t want to go overboard on the calories. To avoid packing on the pounds this weekend| here are some ways to add a healthy spin to your barbecue.

Bring a healthy dish: If you’re invited to a barbecue| bring along your own healthy dish so you know you’ll have something good to munch on. Wow your friends and family with one of these vegan side dishes or healthy burgers.Go for homemade guacamole instead of creamy dips: Avocados offer the healthy fats your body needs| which is a much better option than the saturated fats found in dairy-based dips. If you’re worried about calories| then whip up some homemade low-cal salsa| and throw in some fresh pineapple and mango for added vitamins.Grill up some veggies: Use a grill basket| corn holders| or skewers| and choose a variety of veggies to grill to make these vegetarian dishes or to serve along with grilled lean meat. Load up your plate to fill you up and to help prevent you from overeating high-calorie dishes.Don’t always choose beef: Veggie burgers made with whole grains| legumes| and vegetables and hot dogs made of tofu are delicious low-calorie and low-cholesterol options. If you’re a meat eater at heart| then go for burgers| hot dogs| or sausages made from turkey| chicken| or salmon.Choose your buns wisely: Most are made with enriched flour| so you may have to check a bunch of labels before finding ones made with real whole-wheat four.Make substitutions: When it comes to recipes as well as the fixings on your burgers| find healthier substitutions. Choose raw tomato or salsa instead of ketchup| and try Greek yogurt instead of mayo for potato salad recipes.Go easy on the brewskis: Save calories by enjoying one of these lower-calorie beers| and for the rest of the evening| go for ice water| unsweetened iced tea| or chilled seltzer water flavored with lemon. Get moving: After your meal| step away from the food to avoid noshing out of boredom| and do something active like playing volleyball| badminton| or a round of bocce ball.Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar