Soy Product Post #3
Since my last post was about meatless hot dogs, I knew I had to follow up with a post about their closest cousin, the hamburger, or shall I say, veggie burger. When it comes to veggie burgers, my favorite brand would have to be Boca. Just like soy dogs, and unlike regular hamburgers, Boca burgers make a tasty, low calorie, low fat, high protein meal.
Depending on the variety that you choose, each burger has between 12-18 grams of protein and as little as 80-100 calories. The highest fat-containing variety, “The All American Classic”, only contains 5 grams per burger. They also contain between 4-5 grams of fiber (15-20% DV). Additionally, many of the burgers have substantial amounts of calcium and iron (10-15% DV) as well.
Also similar to soy dogs, if you throw one on a bun and add your favorite condiments, the texture, appearance, and even the taste doesn’t differ too greatly from a regular hamburger. It’s hard to exactly describe the taste, but they do have a slightly smoky flavor with a moist, chewy texture. I never been a huge meat lover, so even when I ate meat I actually preferred the taste of Boca burgers to regular hamburgers.
Nuke it in the microwave for a few minutes, or heat it up in the oven or a saute pan. Place on a whole grain bun, and add your favorite condiments (I usually stick with ketchup, and maybe a little mustard), some sprouts/lettuce/tomato/any other sliced veggie. Easy as pie.
I also really enjoy Boca’s breakfast “sausage” links. These are super tasty all on their own, and only contain 70 calories per 5 links. They also contain 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, with only 3 grams of fat per serving. My favorite way to eat the links is to simply warm them in a saute pan and place them alongside cage-free eggs. They have all the spices and sweetness of regular sausage links, just without the meat. Boca’s Breakfast Links provide a great, low-fat way to add protein to my morning breakfast, and are certainly more healthy than the corresponding meat links, which per link typically contain 160 calories, 12 grams of fat/4 grams of saturated fat, and 12% of your day’s cholesterol.
Have you tested any of Boca’s products out? If so, which ones have you tried? What’d you think?