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Celebrate with healthy dishes
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Independence Day is nearly here and Americans across the country are gearing up for grub at their annual barbecues. But navigating typical 4th of July cookout staples can be frustrating for those focused on healthy eating.

Elizabeth Edelman, resident culinary expert and healthy eating guru at Diabetes Daily, has developed nutritious adaptations of American classics, including stuffed hamburgers. They are easy to make and sure to please — whether you are hosting a party or just bringing something to share.
Hamburgers stuffed
with cream cheese
and jalapenos

What you need:
1 pound ground sirloin
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
6 oz. whipped cream cheese
4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
Lettuce, for wrapping
Any condiments you may want
How to make it:
Heat your grill over medium heat. While the grill is heating, combine the cream cheese and the chopped jalapenos in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the ground sirloin, the egg, kosher salt and black pepper. Form eight quarter-inch thick patties. Spoon the cream cheese and jalapeno mixture onto half of the patties. Place the other patties on top of the cream cheese and press to seal them shut.
Grill the burgers over medium heat, for about 6-10 minutes per side, or until cooked to desired temperature.
 When the burgers are done, remove from the grill and wrap in the lettuce leaves.  
Serves four
Nutrition facts per Serving
Calories: 344
Carbohydrates: 3g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 2g
Fat: 25g
Saturated: 12g
Trans: 1g
Sodium: 499mg
Protein: 26g

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