Let's face it: Burgers, delicious and beloved as they are, aren't usually the typical choice for for your vegan or plant-based diet. Now we finally have a burger that fits all the plant-based requirements without skipping out on any of the flavor.
Created by nutritionist Julie Daniluk, host of the Z Living's popular show Healthy Gourmet, and published in her new book, The Hot Detox Plan: Cleanse Your Body and Heal Your Gut with Warming, Anti-Inflammatory Foods (Jan. 2017), it's a burger alternative filled with a surprising array of ingredients (cashews, flax seeds, sweet potatoes among 'em) that's both satisfying and nutritious, and more importantly all those items fit into any plant-based diet.
Key ingredients are the cashews and hemp hearts, a.k.a shelled hemp seeds, which add flavor and texture, and are excellent sources of magnesium.
Daniluk explains, “These vegan burgers are perfect travel companions that pack up easily. The balance of protein, fiber and ‘superdetox’ nutrients will keep you full for hours.”
So why hemp hearts? As Daniluk explains in the book, "I suggest a lot of hemp hearts in the Hot Detox recipes [because] sources of vegan protein (such as hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds) have the ability to release satiety hormones faster than fat or carbohydrates and cause you to feel fuller while eating less." An excellent trick, indeed. Check your local health food store for hemp hearts, or purchase them here.
Check out more about Healthy Gourmet here and find out where to watch the show.