A diet staple for those trying to cut back on meat, veggie patties can be healthy. But many of the processed, frozen versions have more fillers—used to create that burger-like texture—than actual vegetables, dietitian Lona Sandon told WomansDay.com. To ensure your burger is packed with real good-for-you greens, Sandon suggests checking to make sure vegetables are listed at the beginning of the ingredient list. Better yet, swap a questionable patty for one of these healthy foods that are even more nutritious than you think.
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Yes, turkey is good, lean protein, and on a sandwich with whole-grain and lettuce, tomato, and other veggies, it isn’t a bad lunch choice. The culprit here is sodium; a two-ounce serving of some brands has as much as nearly one-third of your recommended limit, according to CookingLight.com. The healthier move: Buy low-sodium slices (look for less than 350 mg sodium per two-ounce serving) or roast and slice your own meat. Deli meats like turkey are just one of the many foods that nutritionists never eat.