Spring is upon us and with it comes a rush of new – new love, new life, new fashion, new television programs, new baseball hopes and, sadly, new burgers. Both Burger King and Carl’s Jr. have announced the addition of several items to their menus. Burger King will soon offer the Angry Bacon and Cheese Whopper, which comes with spicy, crispy onions, as well as the Indy Whopper, complete with bacon and pepper jack cheese. Carl’s Jr., embracing man’s love for chili, has decided to smother its already calorific burgers and fries with the meaty dish. It’ll be messy, but who cares – certainly not the dry cleaning industry.
In this time of new, you may be tempted to sample one of the above concoctions, but I would advise against it. There are other ways to celebrate the coming of spring – healthier ways. Your garden for example is all but begging to be sown with the seeds of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Produce will soon be available locally, making your first bite all the more fresh, juicy and undeniably delicious. You won’t have to question California farming practices because you’ll have purchased your lettuce at the local farmer’s market. Foods will be fresh again. They will be new, and they will not be heart attacks.
Of course, I’ve only mentioned fruits and vegetables, completely ignoring the meat aspect of your diet. Am I, then, suggesting that you become a vegetarian, making meat the food of winter and produce the food of spring? Not at all. Continue eating meat, but find spring ways to do so. You no longer need the warmth of stews and meat loafs to warm your insides; try cold sandwiches, meat-laced salads and lighter dishes. Have that burger, but make it yourself, don’t smother it in chili and keep the calories/fat to a reasonable level.