The Green Apron Competes to be the Better Burger

How do you like your burger? Meat? Veggie? Lettuce, tomato, onion? Blended with mushrooms?

…Wait… What was that last one? Hamburger meat blended together with mushrooms. Hmm, that sounds interesting. Well, as part of a new health initiative, the chefs at Stratton’s Green Apron will be hard at work this summer putting their culinary artistry to the test by competing in the James Beard Foundation Better Burger Project.

Throughout the summer, restaurant guests are to upload a photo of their Better Burger, which is hamburger meat blended with finely chopped mushrooms, to Instagram with the hashtag #BetterBurgerProject. When the contest concludes on July 31, 2015, the top 5 chefs with the most Instagram uploads from guests will win a trip to New York City to cook their Better Burger at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference.

According the the Better Burger judges, blending mushrooms and meat improves flavor, texture and juciness. It also reduces calories, fat and sodium and adding key nurtients like vitamin D, potassium and B vitamins.

Table Provided by http://www.jamesbeard.org/better-burger-project
Table Provided by http://www.jamesbeard.org/better-burger-project

The chefs at the Green Apron are embracing the sustainable culture of Vermont and sourcing local ingredients for their Better Burger, and it is delicious.

Green Apron's first Better Burger.
Green Apron’s first Better Burger.

Ingredients

Vermont grass fed Bison

Hen of the Woods Mushroom

Grafton 2 year cheddar

Local Arugula

Grilled Local Heirloom & Tomato

Balsamic Marinated Red Onions and Baby peppers

Sriracha Aioli

Mushroom Demi

Toasted Brioche

I am now very hungry.

So, if you’re at the Green Apron this summer, be sure to try out this delicious, healthy burger and upload your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #BetterBurgerProject.

Author: Cassie Russo

Fit & Fun Winter Dates

By Courtney DiFiore

Claim First Tracks
It’s time for you and the sweetheart to earn those turns. Grab batteries for the head lamp and take to the hill early morning. Skin or hike up, share a private sunrise, then enjoy first tracks. Talk about a unique, shared experience to remember forever.
HSP2015_2297-2250px-2Hit the Nordic Trails
Not everyone is willing to race down steeps on two planks and that’s okay. We have Nordic trails for those who prefer flatter ground. Don’t let the lack of elevation fool you, this is quite the work out. Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe through 12 miles of groomed trails. Located in the Sun Bowl, the Nordic Center is open 7 days a week from 9am-4pm with the warming hut open Weekends and Holidays from 9am-4pm. Start planning your date!
HSP2014_5960-2250pxGo Tubing
Trade the lake for a mountain and go snow tubing! This is more on the fun side than fit, but if you opt to walk up the hill instead of taking the lift-service you could get a really good work out. Located in Stratton’s Sun Bowl, the Coca-Cola Tube Park features four lanes of lift-serviced snow tubing, warming hut with light refreshments and fire pit. Play by day or under the lights at night!
HSP_6213Visit the Ice Castle
Picture yourself as Elsa in the movie Frozen. That’s what you’ll feel like when stepping into the Ice Castle located in the Sun Bowl Base Area. You and your date can explore winding mazes and archways all crafted by hand using only icicles and water. This one of a kind, spectacular icy forest is the perfect back drop for that couple selfie you’ve been dying to take.
150117_IceCastleNight_HS_3572Go Biking
Ever heard of Fat Bikes? Equip with fatter, more durable tires Fat Bikes allow you to ride on snow. Now you and your special someone can go cycling year round. Talk about an Instagram worthy shot of the two of you!
Fat Bike Village

Looking For A Certified Health Coach & Personal Trainer?

By Courtney DiFiore

New to Stratton Sports Center is Susan Tondreau, Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer. In the interest of letting you get to know Tondreau a little more, here’s some of her history. She decided to become a Health Coach and Personal Trainer to fulfill her passion of working with those who are looking to get more out of life and achieve maximum health. She received training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City and by AFAA fitness training in Orlando, Florida. She leads workshops on fitness and nutrition and offers individual health and nutrition coaching to parents, families, schools and work places.

Adding Tondreau to the roster of Sports Center Employees was an easy decision based off her experience and passion for the health and wellness of others. “As a Health Coach, I am your personal advocate for living an energized and passionate life. I work with my clients to help them create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline,” shares Tondreau. By working together, clients and Tondreau will discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support the client.

Imagine what your life would be like if you had clear thinking, energy and excitement every day. It’s rare for anyone to get an hour to work on improving their health with a trained professional. Join Tondreau for a one-hour health consultation to discuss your unique situation and determine how she can help you reach your personal goals. She’s here to create a supportive environment while you explore what really works for you.

Stop by the Sports Center to get more information or contact Susan Tondreau via email at Susan@totallyforyourhealth.com