My late husband and I loved to go out to eat, and on the weekends we would eat out at least twice if not three times. The weekends were a slippery slope for me.
I would do great Monday through Friday and then come Friday night it’s as if I lost my mind and ate whatever I wanted, knowing that I “did good” the previous five days. Well, that doesn’t work my friends. Unless you want to gain and lose the same five pounds.
I hit the reset button on June 13 when I weighed in at 190.2. That’s the highest adult weight I’ve been in a very long time. Not my all time high of 211 but I needed to focus and get my shit together.
Guess what? Just following the WW plan. However, I do it a bit differently. I am on Team Purple so I get 300 “free” foods to chose from and 16 points a week, plus an additional 35 weekly points, or a total of 147 points for the week. Getting “blue dots” on the WW app means that you stayed within your point range for the day.
Me? I switch it up! My points this past week from Saturday through Friday: 25, 17, 22, 18, 25, 26, 23 for a total of 156 points. I lost 3 pounds this week. I think it’s important to keep your body guessing about what it’s going to get, instead of eating exactly 5 points for breakfast, 5 points for lunch and 6 points for dinner.
Hopefully that makes sense?! My mantra this millionth time getting “back on track” is consistency, not perfection. That’s it. Oh, and it helped that I am nearly half way through my #dryjuly challenge!
But let’s talk about turkey burgers! I remember going out to Applebees with my late husband (he loved their 32 ounce $3 miller lite beers!) and I was bound and determined to eat healthy even as I was eyeing the three appetizer for dinner choice (um, fried zucchini, mozzarellas sticks and coconut shrimp – yes please!).
I chose the turkey burger with sweet potato fries. Go me! It was delicious and I ate every bite. Until I got home and tracked the points and it was 33 points and 1250 calories and 40 grams of fat – what the what?!
As my late husband used to say if something made him mad “turkey burgers were dead to me” and I didn’t make one for years.
But now that ground turkey breast is zero points on my WW plan, I knew I had to give them another try. My secret to a juicy turkey breast burger? I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
It makes all the difference. It seriously is the key to a juicy burger. Another tip: don’t flip the burger too soon. Whether on the grill or in a cast iron skillet, let the burger cook to get that browned caramelized goodness.
BBQ Turkey Burger
The juiciest turkey breast burger you’ll ever make! I am posting the recipe for one serving, so scale as needed.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20
- Yield: 1 1x
- 4 ounces ground turkey breast
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon favorite BBQ sauce (I used G. Hughes sugar free)
- 2 tablespoons real bacon bits
- 1 teaspoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light
- 14 grams favorite cheese
- baby spinach or lettuce
- 1 brioche bun (mine was 5 points and 160 calories)
Mix all the ingredients from turkey breast to bacon bits. Divide burger into two patties. On top of one patty, spread the butter, top with the other half of the burger and, using your hands, squeeze the burger together, kind of pinching the sides so the butter doesn’t ooze out.
Start in a skillet on medium low (or on a grill over low heat) for the first 6 minutes. Finish off over medium high heat on a stove for 2 minutes a side, or until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Let rest 5 minutes to let the residual heat finish cooking the burger to 165. Top with cheese at the last minute to melt.
Serve with your favorite sides – on #teampurle that would be zero point corn and potatoes for me!
My whole dinner was 9 points, or 510 calories. #wortheveryone 😀
Since the burger is basically zero points (but has calories!) go ahead and splurge on a good bun. This was a perfect summer dinner last week.
So if you’ve been giving turkey burgers the stink eye for a while, give this one a try – pinky swear you’ll love it!
Until next time, be well!