This post is about an alternative, healthy ‘burger’ recipe which takes inspiration from a recent blog trip to New York. ‘When in Rome’ do as the New Yorkers… with that in mind it seemed right that on my monumental ‘cheat day’ I should go overboard and indulge in a proper American burger, milkshake & fries! If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know this is a VERY rare occasion indeed! I headed to the grand opening of Shake Shack in Grand Central Station, which I’d heard so much about (great PR!). To celebrate it I wore my favourite gold burger ring by GoldieRox – gorgeous jewellery celebrating junk food, best of all with 0 calories!!! (On that matter, in America most menus now include ‘calories’ which is really helpful!)
I was fully aware that this meal would rack up some seriously naughty numbers but I was blown away; I consumed 1870 calories in just one meal, which is pretty much what I would typically eat in a day!!! Going to Shake Shack was certainly a bit of a fun outing, and I believe you do have to enjoy and live life a little now and then, but this serves as a reminder of just how easily you could be consuming a VAST amount of the wrong kind of calories without even realising it. In the event, I could only manage a half of my portion (still 935 calories), and since my body isn’t used to it, I struggled for the rest of the day. I’m much more at home with a healthy alternative; my previous healthy burger recipe included a tuna steak; this alternative is my nutritious, low-fat, low-sugar and lower-calorie ‘Skirt Steak Wrap’ (pictured below), which weighs in at a nutritious 485 calories, bursting with vitamins minerals and quality protein. See MORE pictures, ingredients and ‘how to make it’ below…
BACKGROUND CHECK! I try to be aware of the origins and ‘background’ of my local produce, and prefer ‘organic’ by default as you may remember from this previous post. The lean skirt steak was bought at the organic, local butcher and is grass-fed, free from any growth hormones, and has no routine antibiotics. Happy animals produce the best quality produce!
Whilst red meat can have a fair amount of fat it’s also a concentrated source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. In moderation, I think it certainly has its place in the well balanced diet. Skirt Steak is a very good source of Protein (c 27grams per 100 grams), it’s low in sodium, with 0 carbs and trans fats. It’s relatively low in saturated fat (c. 4g per 100g), and it’s a good source of Phosphorus (necessary for strong teeth & bones), iron (helps carry oxygen in the blood to all cells and muscles to prevent fatigue), and Vitamin B12 and Zinc (helps release energy from food).
Skirt Steak Wrap
1. c. 500 grams of local, organic Skirt steak (serves two).
2. Wholewheat pitta wrap (toasted)
3. Fresh salad of choice
1. Chop the pepper & tomatoes into thin slices & grill in the oven for 4-6minutes. (Add some onion & garlic to the mix if you like the taste.)
2. Lay the skirt steak on a hot barbecue and cook for 2 minutes on each side for a medium-rare steak. Add another minute for a medium to well-done steak.
(If you’re using a griddle pan, set it over a medium to high heat until smoking hot and cook the steaks for 2min each side).
1. One onion
2. One garlic clove
3. Fresh/dried Chilli, mixed herbs.
4. One chopped tomato can (check the salt content of the jar – some brands are lower sodium)
5. Salt & pepper
6. One jar of kidney beans (check salt content again)
7. Udon’s Choice
1. Saute the onion until soft
2. Add some garlic
3. Add the spices + salt & peppar
4. Add tomatoes
5. Add the Kidney beans
6.Turn off the heat & finally add some Udo’s choice
As you may remember from my previous post (FAT), it’s very important to make sure you’re consuming good fats on a daily basis. I’ve added a bit of Udo’s Choice to my sauce as it blends the Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3, 6 and 9, Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Linoleic Acid (LA) together in an ideal ratio. Every cell in our body requires these Essential Fatty Acids to operate at their best and Udo’s choice is an easy and convenient way to make sure I’m getting enough of these.