As the weather heats up, outdoor grills come out of hiding. July 4th gatherings often center around cooking in the great outdoors. And what holiday party would be complete without a hot, perfectly grilled burger. Consider these modifications to build a better, healthier burger.
• Choose your meat wisely. If ground beef is a must, choose a leaner variety such as ground sirloin. Ground sirloin or, even better, 93%/7% lean beef deliver great beef flavor but with less total and saturated fats. Ground turkey breast or even buffalo are other good options but will require some tricks to ensure a juicy burger. Try adding some slow cooked onions to the meat prior to making your patties. Or add cooked spinach (squeezed dry) and feta for a Mediterranean style burger.
• Go fishing. Fish burgers will provide even less saturated fat and more of the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Roughly chop a cooked skinned salmon filet or sushi grade tuna steak and gently mix with scallions and other desired seasonings. Don’t over handle the fish however or you’ll end up with a mushy burger. If you have time, allow the patties to chill in the refrigerator before cooking so that they hold their shape. Or add an egg and breadcrumbs to bind the patty. Brush the grill grates with olive oil to prevent the burger from sticking.
• Veg out. Frozen veggie burgers can be a great alternative if chosen wisely. Look for burgers with less than 500 mg of sodium per serving. Read the ingredient list and be sure you can identify most of the ingredients listed. “Textured vegetable protein” refers to the soy protein often used in veggie burgers. Veggie burgers should provide 5 g protein per serving if they are to be the only protein source at your meal. Another healthy and delicious vegetarian option is a grilled portabella mushroom cap. Combine garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, brush over the portabella cap and let sit for 30 minutes prior to grilling for a meaty taste.
• Pile on the veggies. The skies the limit when adding veggies to top off your burger. Tomato season perfectly coincides with grilling season. Romaine lettuce adds the perfect crunch. And grilled or raw, pile on the onion of your choice.
• Banish the bun. Why not serve your burger wrapped in a lettuce leaf or on top of fresh salad greens. If using the basic bun, serve our burger open faced or choose whole wheat buns with > 2 g fiber per serving.
For the 24th consecutive year, Lexington Medical Center is welcoming some of the best and brightest high school students from Lexington County to experience the “Partners Program,” a summer internship that offers an excellent glimpse of careers in the health care industry.
During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings. In addition, they will participate in hands-on activities two days a week at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Midlands Technical College and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care. Students will also tour the hospital’s lab, view a virtual surgery and participate in a team-building activity.
Supported by Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the Safety Council of South Carolina and Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, this year’s Partners Program received more than 100 applications. At the end of the program, a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools will be awarded a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.
The Partners Program continues to be a popular program with Lexington County students and LMC staff. In fact, several hospital employees participated in the program when they attended high school. Jon Bridges, associate director in the Physician Network, is one of those employees.
“The Partners Program gave me an early opportunity to learn about health care in our area. As a result, I realized that I wanted to seek further hands-on exposure to determine if health care was a good, long-term fit for me,” Bridges said.
Congratulations 2014 Partners Program Participants:
Brittany Redmond, Airport High School
Taylor Leigh Sofaly, Airport High School
Hanna Tanner, Airport High School
Hollie Powell, Brookland Cayce High School
Shelby Staton, Brookland Cayce High School
Andrew “Jordan” Eidson, Batesburg Leesville High School
Rachel Marie Gibson, Batesburg Leesville High School
Mary “Britt” Taylor, Batesburg Leesville High School
Chloe Bagley, Chapin High School
Hannah Booth, Chapin High School
Bailey Rodgers, Chapin High School
Anna Elise Scott, Chapin High School
Ipsita Pradhan, Dutch Fork High School
Kay Rojas, Dutch Fork High School
Kayla Shine, Dutch Fork High School
Kathryn Pitts, Gilbert High School
Allison Raitt, Gilbert High School
Ayan Dasgupta, Hammond
Hannah Goude, Homeschool
Abigail Unthank, Homeschool
Jaynie Buford, Irmo High School
Neha Malhotra, Irmo High School
Laura Nelson, Irmo High School
Elizabeth Tesh, Irmo High School
Kelsey Barnes, Lexington High School
Brelyn Burkett, Lexington High School
Madison Coffing, Lexington High School
Danielle Johnson, Lexington High School
Rebecca Jordan, Lexington High School
Hannah Melson, Lexington High School
Alexis Neeley, Lexington High School
Celine Peksenar, Lexington High School
Emily Scircle, Lexington High School
Catherine Shirer, Lexington High School
Jacob “Jake” Vining, Lexington High School
Lauren Williams, Lexington High School
Brittany Dorroh, Pelion High School
Kayla Ingle, Pelion High School
Jessica Lee Padgett, Pelion High School
Emily Beasley, River Bluff High School
Ellie Chao, River Bluff High School
Veronica Chiu, River Bluff High School
Haley Darnell, River Bluff High School
Stephanie Fernandez, River Bluff High School
Caroline Gable, River Bluff High School
Andrew Griffin, River Bluff High School
Thaddeus Holiday, River Bluff High School
Shivani Kapur, River Bluff High School
Graeson Kiser, River Bluff High School
Sarah Elizabeth Moore, River Bluff High School
Pranav Patel, River Bluff High School
Blaire Rikard, River Bluff High School
Jessica “Savannah” Smith, River Bluff High School
Levi Wright, River Bluff High School
Emily Turner, Spring Hill High School
Gabrielle Browning, White Knoll High School
Mikayla Nelson, White Knoll High School
Branly Sandoval, White Knoll High School
Jessica “Jessie” Tew, White Knoll High School
Breanna Tindal, White Knoll High School
Lauren Walters, White Knoll High School