National Vegetarian Month & Food Day


Love a good burger? We feel you. Nothing like biting into a hearty hamburger and tasting the layered flavors just waiting between a bun. So how does one celebrate both National Vegetarian Month (October) with Food Day (today) with a burger whilst making health choices? We’ve got a few ideas.

Exhibit #1: The Counter’s Sprouted Veggie Burger. Surprised The Counter has vegetarian selections? Don’t be. Those cool cats have been rockin’ veggie goodness with selections like —

Sprouted Veggie Burger with a house made vegan veggie patty, organic mixed greens, sliced red onion, roasted red peppers, alfalfa sprouts and dijon balsamic dressing served on a multigrain bun with a side of sweet potato fries.

Veggie Club with grilled zucchini, grilled carrots, roasted red peppers, sliced avocado, tomato, and basil pesto served on Texas Toast.

Something still missing in your humble opinion? Don’t forget, at The Counter you can build your own burger to fit dietary needs from gluten-free to Paleo to vegan. No The Counter locations near you? Another great option is M Cafe for their Macro Burger (see photo below).


The oozing cheese on M Cafe’s Big Macro burger got us from the start. Isn’t M Cafe known for its clean eating, you ask? Exactly. M Cafe offers up Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine. So that melting “cheese” is made of soy mozzarella and joins other good-for-you ingredients including: house-made whole grain brown rice and vegetable patty, special sauce, soy mozzarella, pickles, and alfalfa sprouts.

Not to be left out of the mix is Native Foods Cafe’s  Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger. Can’t be healthy, right? Wrong. This tasty burger’s ingredients include: thinly sliced seitan, melted vegan cheddar, caramelized onions, romaine, carrots, tomato, “bacon,” smothered in barbeque sauce and ranch dressing. And, drum roll, please, the burger is topped with battered pickle chips.

Before you run for the car keys and head out for a burger, let us leave you with this. Today is also Food Day. We’re big fans of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, so wanted to give you a heads-up on how they’re commemorating the day. Check out this blurb from their website:

“Food Day is a nationwide movement and celebration that promotes healthy, affordable and sustainable food. It is a day to enjoy real food as well as to campaign for improved food policies and overall food system.

This year, Food Day will have a special focus on food access and justice. The movement seeks to remind us that healthy, affordable food is important not only for those who consume it, but also for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest and sell it.

The goals of the Food Day movement are:
• Promote healthier diets
• Support sustainable and organic farms
• Reduce hunger
• Reform factory farms to protect the environment
• Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

On October 24, food activists, chefs, farmers, community leaders and families across the country will come together to advocate for healthier diets and a better food system.

Read all about the Food Day blog and how you can get more educated on the movement here.


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