Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Burger and Rings!

I can't believe what I ate for lunch today! It was delicious, filling and oh so good for me. You can't see it in the picture, but under the lettuce and tomato is a boca cheeseburger. And on the side an entire large onion sliced and made into oven-fried rings. I probably wouldn't have eaten the whole onion but there was nobody to share with and I knew they wouldn't reheat very well. And besides it was only 3 points. The burger was only 4 points so I had a huge lunch for 7 points and I am full and satisfied.

For the burger, I used a Boca Original Vegan meatless burger, Borden Fat Free sliced cheese, Arnolds Select whole grain white sandwich thin and I piled it with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Heinz low-sugar ketchup. I cooked the burger in a skillet sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and I continued to spray the burger with more spray as it cooked to keep it from drying out. For the onion rings I found a WW recipe located here. I tweaked it a bit and used only one onion. I used 1/4 cup egg beaters, 1 tbsp flour, 1/8 of a cup of Walmart brand plain bread crumbs, 1/8 tsp salt, no pepper and 1/8 tsp of garlic powder. I didn't use double rings like it said because it was too hard to keep them together. I cooked them about 10 minutes on each side.

Now I will not kid you. It did not taste like a greasy burger and heavily breaded deep-fried rings from your favorite restaurant. But it was still fabulous. Just for fun I decided to look up the stats for a burger and rings from some of my favorite restaurants. You can get a good burger many places but not everyone can make good onion rings. So I chose Sonic and Denny's where I always would order rings with my sandwich. Now before I list their stats, I did a rough estimate of what was in my own version. The total calories for my burger and onion rings was around 400. It had only 3.5g of fat on the entire plate and a whopping 13g of fiber. A Sonic Cheeseburger has 566 calories, 26g of fat and 4g of fiber. Their Large Onion Rings have about 650 calories, 31g of fat and 5g of fiber. That meal is 28 points! It gets worse though. A Denny's Cheeseburger has 870 calories 46g of fat!!! and 3g of fiber. An order of Onion Rings will set you back 520 calories, 36g of fat and 3g of fiber. It adds up to a scary point total of 36!

So like I said my burger and onion rings didn't taste anything like Sonic or Denny's. But I'm also not sitting here stuffed, lethargic with a churning stomach from a bunch of grease. Lets be honest here. NOBODY feels very good after gorging on a high-fat lunch. It might taste really good but the after effects are not much fun. The problem is those effects go away the next day and our brain forgets the bad part and only remembers how it tastes. So we do it again and again. And we gain weight and feel even worse when we struggle to climb stairs or bend over to tie our shoes. Why can't our brain process all that stuff and make us crave fruits and veggies? I'm as guilty as anyone which is why I found myself 115 pounds overweight. But I'm happy to report that as of my weigh-in last night I am 18.6 pounds lighter than I was when the year started. And I will continue to find recipes and food selections that taste good and are good for me.

Oh and by the way, the nutritional information above is readily available at Sonic and Denny's websites. I also wanted to mention that Denny's does offer Boca Burgers for 9 points each and a Fit Fare Boca Burger with fruit meal for 10 points. So do NOT be afraid to eat there. They do have healthy food options clearly marked on their menu.