3 Hacks for Healthier Burgers

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Photo by Yuichi Sakuraba

Sure, burgers can be belt-bustingly bad but the truth is, they don’t have to be. For those of us in the US, Labor Day weekend is just hours away and many of us are finalizing our backyard barbecue plans. While celebrating the unofficial end-of-summer this weekend, try my top three burger hacks to keep yours healthier too!

  1. Bring back the quarter-pounder. Instead of making monster 8-ounce burgers, cook up more modest 4-ounce patties and top with sliced avocado. By doing this you’ll replace saturated fat with healthier mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. Trust me, the burger flavor will still be there and you’ll feel just as satisfied.
  2. When choosing buns, grab whole grain. Packing more fiber and vitamins than white bread, whole grain buns are the way to go. First look for packages that say 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain. Then compare a couple of brands and choose the buns with the fewest calories and are the highest in fiber. To slash calories in half, put your burger between a 100% whole wheat english muffin instead.
  3. Reconsider your condiments. We all know we can go wild with the veggie toppings but when it comes to those calorie-rich condiments, consider making a trade off. If you go for a slice of cheese, skip the mayonnaise. Give your burger a squirt of ketchup instead of slathering bbq sauce all over your bun. Mustard-lovers, feel free to treat yourself to a slice of bacon or dollop of Ranch, too.
Got any other hacks for healthier burgers? We’d love to hear them!

Hello Healthy – The New MyFitnessPal Blog

A blog makeover has been on our to-do list for quite some time but it was our recently updated website that really inspired us to get the redesign rolling. We freshened up the look, gave it a name and added new features like post categories, a search box, social media share buttons and a user-friendly commenting system. In addition to the new look, we’re building out an editorial calendar full of nutrition tips and healthy recipe hacks from Elle, our Registered Dietitian, sweaty workouts and training plans from fitness experts, inspirational member spotlights and a whole lot more.

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Now that we’ve got the new blog, we’ll be posting more frequently so be sure to bookmark the new web address and check back often. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single post, we recommend following Hello Healthy using a reader like Feedly. Remember, we’re here for you. We want Hello Healthy to be fun, inspiring and informative, and to help you on your journey to live a healthful life. Feel free to poke around and give us your feedback and requests for the sorts of posts you’d like to see on Hello Healthy in the comment section below.

Until the next post,

Mike, Al and the MyFitnessPal Team

Enter the August Member of the Month Contest

In June we launched our Member of the Month contest on Facebook. We’ve been so inspired by the amazing stories of transformation we have read and the pictures you have shared. Thank you for the incredible response, we look forward to more of the same!

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For the month of August we want to celebrate the power of exercise. So, we invite you to enter this month’s Member of the Month contest by submitting a photo of yourself enjoying your favorite fitness activity and up to 500 words describing how exercise was key to achieving success.

At the end of the month, we’ll review all the entries and share the winner’s story with the whole community. August’s winner will receive a Runtastic Heart Rate Combo Monitor, a Runtastic Sports Armband and a one-year Runtastic Gold Membership.

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Visit our Facebook page to find out more.

July Member of the Month Contest Winner: Crystal B.!

As part of our Member of the Month contest, each month we invite you to send in a picture and a short paragraph answering a question about how you’ve made MyFitnessPal a part of your life. Last month, we asked you to send in photos of yourselves engaged in healthy summertime activities, and to tell us about how MyFitnessPal supports your healthy lifestyle.

As you can imagine, we read hundreds of inspiring stories and sorted through even more pictures! We can’t wait to share some of them with you over the weeks and months to come. But for now, we’d like to announce July’s Member of the Month: Crystal B.

Congratulations, Crystal!

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Crystal won our hearts, a Fitbit Aria scale and Fitbit Flex with this picture of her and her kiddo out on a healthy summer hike.

Crystal calls MyFitnessPal her “accountability partner” and wrote: “Every time I finish a workout, a swim, a hike…I can’t wait to put it into MyFitnessPal and find out how many calories I burned! Eating healthier and practicing portion control has never been easier since I started using this app. I love that feeling at the end of the day when I can look at all my workouts and see how much I accomplished! 26 pounds down, 14 to go! MyFitnessPal and my healthy lifestyle go together like 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on a homemade oatmeal pancake!”

A big thanks to Crystal and all of our members who entered our July contest. Be sure to “like” our Facebook page for details about this month’s contest, coming soon!

A note from our founders about the future of MyFitnessPal

Friends,

Today marks a big day in MyFitnessPal history. We are excited to announce that we’ve received a recent round of funding that will allow us to continue innovating and growing as a company. We are delighted to announce our partnership with the firms of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Accel Partners on this next phase of living out our mission to help you, our users, reach your personal health and fitness goals.

Until now, we’ve built our company from the ground-up without any outside investment. We’ve used our profits to bootstrap our growth for years. So why are we taking an investment now?

Well, we have big ideas for MyFitnessPal, and we want to bring them to life for you, now. We want to build the best, most complete personal health and fitness system. More than that, we want to help create a healthier world by helping individuals everywhere create healthy habits and live healthier lives. These are big, audacious goals, but we are confident that the experience and resources of KPCB and Accel will help us make them a reality.

What does this mean for you, our users?

This new investment will allow us to grow and expand our existing service, providing even more data and insights to help you make better decisions about your health every day. The easier we can make tracking, the more likely you are to be successful in your health and fitness goals. This funding will allow us to do just that, adding more analytics and advice to better serve our members.

The way we see it, if you succeed, we succeed.

There are so many things we’ve wanted to build but we’ve had to grow very slowly and carefully, until now. We look forward to using these funds to deliver the insights and features we have long wanted to create for you. We will also be expanding our presence around the world so millions of people like you can experience MyFitnessPal and fall in love with their new active and balanced lifestyles!

Got suggestions on new features? Send them our way. As always, we’re all ears!

Best,
Mike, Al and the MFP Team