How to turn your burger addiction into a healthy habit

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There’s no shame in enjoying a juicy burger every now and then. Just make sure to incorporate some healthy habits to keep your red meat consumption — and any associated health risks — at bay.

These easy tips will help you have a healthier cook out:

1. Lighten up the bun

“The vessel for your favorite BBQ food usually adds about 150 to 200 calories and that’s on top of the 400-plus-calorie burger,” says Natalie Rizzo, registered dietitian and owner of Nutrition à la Natalie in New York City. “Instead, opt for a lettuce-wrapped burger, which will reduce the calories, add some nutrients and even give you a little hydration boost.”

Can’t live without the bread? Look for a whole-grain version to pack more filling fiber into to your meal.

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