Saturday 17 February 2018

Get into the bride mindset for successful weight loss

Karl Henry
Karl Henry
Veggie burgers with sweet potato and chickpeas

Karl Henry

Ever wonder why brides are so focused when training for their big day? They have a deadline, and it is their mission to do everything in their powers to look amazing on the day.

There is a lesson in this for us all: if you don't have a deadline to work towards, a goal to try to attain, then how are you going to manage to achieve it?

We all want to be healthy, but what differentiates us all is those who set a measurable target to achieve and make it their daily, weekly, monthly and often yearly mission to make sure that they achieve that goal. By having a target to work towards you are more likely to hit it.

It gives you a reason to avoid that takeaway and to make the sacrifices necessary. All you need to do is identify what you are measuring, make that your mission and make it happen.

There is nothing like a good burger. Here's a super healthy version for you to try, full of fibre and protein too.

Healthy veggie burgers


2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 small onion, diced

1/2 cup Brazil nuts, chopped

1 cup cooked brown rice

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

4 medium carrots, grated

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup cooked, drained chickpeas

1 cup chopped mushrooms

Wholemeal flour

3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small chilli, diced and black pepper

Veggie burgers with sweet potato and chickpeas


Saute onions, cumin and garlic in one tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat for five minutes. Add mushrooms and saute for five minutes more.

Put the onion, mushroom and spice mixture in a large bowl and add the grated carrots, nuts, parsley and chilli pepper.

Puree the rice and chickpeas and add to the bowl. Mix gently with your hands.

Form the burger shapes using a little of the wholemeal flour to help hold the shape. Heat the rest of the oil on medium heat and cook the burgers for around four minutes each side before serving.

Irish Independent

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