Guest Blog by Angela C. Hind, M.D.
“I always say eat clean to stay fit, but have a burger to stay sane.”
“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.” If you know that ditty, we know your age.
This month Green Sage introduces its Green Burger (affectionately known as the Green Beetle Burger), the first item in a new line of superfood menu items, featuring meals with heart, soul, and superfoods galore.
The Green Beetle Burger replaces that high-glycemic bun with a high-nutrient collard green, and that blood-red beef with a beet-red burger. It is packed with superfoods including organic beets, organic carrots, gluten-free organic oats, flax seed, tahini, onion, garlic, paprika and cayenne. It's then topped with avocado, alfalfa sprouts, pickled organic beets, house-made spicy green hummus and sautéed dulse. Dulse is a dark red superfood seaweed from the coast of Maine that is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, most notably iodine, a hard-to-come by nutrient in our western diet and Vitamin B12, a hard-to-come by nutrient for vegetarians. How does Dulse taste? it has a salty, savory kick like bacon, but it’s super healthy.
This burger is a green-red combo that begs the name “The Green Beetle Burger” because of its resemblance, oddly enough, to the Green Sage logo, but also to eclectic wings of a green beetle. This meal is vegan, gluten-free, and packed with micronutrients, including the exercise-endurance enhancing effects of blood-red beets. This meal is good for your heart, your body, and your soul.
And to top it off, Green Sage’s Green BEETle Burger will be competing in Asheville’s 1st Annual Plant-Based Food Face-off (Asheville Plant-Based Face-Off Puts Creativity on the Menu - Asheville Blog). During October, 15 local restaurants have been chosen to create and offer a vegan menu item for the critique of diners who can then vote for their favorites in three categories: Best Overall, Most Creative, and Best Interpretation of a Traditional Dish (i.e. in the case of Green Sage, the hamburger). The contest aims to promote plant-based eating, a diet linked to greater longevity.
So stop by Green Sage this month and try the Green BEETle Burger for a superfood boost. If it feeds your heart, and soul, cast your vote at www.surveymonkey.com/r/avlpbfo. Winners will be announced in November.
Angela C. Hind, M.D.