To our American friends, happy Independence Day! What better way to celebrate than to make healthy, homemade spinach and feta cheeseburgers?
Registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr explains why eating less meat might be good for you and, should you choose beef, how grass-fed beef is better for your health.
Spinach & Feta Cheese Burgers (Photo Credit: adventuresofadiposemax.com)
Spinach & Feta Cheeseburgers
Often when I’m educating my clients about cleaning up their diets with fertility foods, the following question comes up: “Where’s the meat?”
It’s not that I don’t believe meat can be part of a balanced diet for most people; it’s just that many of us consume too much meat and not enough varieties of nutrient-rich vegetables, legumes, seeds, and whole grains.
The truth is, we don’t need to eat a lot of meat (or very often) in order to reap its nutritional benefits. And quality really matters when it comes to animal products, which tend to be expensive, so it makes sense to eat meat less often but to favour the good stuff.
The recipe below calls for 100% grass-fed beef. Why is that important? Well, simply because cows’ digestive systems are designed to process grass, and not grains or corn or soy (or, most disturbingly, other animals). When cows are fed corn, for example, they get fatter much faster, which turns a larger profit fast. But eating anything other than grass also makes cows ill. So, indoor feedlot operations routinely feed antibiotics to cows in order to prevent them from becoming sick. Those antibiotics are passed on to the human that consumes that beef product, upsetting our delicate balance of microflora and potentially contributing to widespread antibiotic resistance in the future. Further, grass-fed cows are happier, healthier, and leaner living outside in the sunshine and fresh air, moving around freely, eating their natural diet, and contributing to sustainable land use.
Happy, healthy cows = more nutritious burgers! Happy BBQ season everyone!
This recipe makes about 12 burgers.