Are there any healthy meats out there? You meat lovers will be happy to know that yes, there are. Until relatively recently it was not considered a bad thing to eat and to love meat.
Current DNA testing shows that 98% of human cellular makeup dates back to cavemen–cavemen who consumed meat! So stop feeling guilty about your meat cravings and embrace them instead. No one says that you have to eat meat every day, but meat contains amino acids that help keep your body healthy.
There are good, commonly available choices of meats that are high in protein and low in fat. You can do much better than just cutting off the fat from the meat you eat too. Choosing and preparing the right kinds of meat goes a long way towards eating healthier.
Turkey and Pork
The first healthy meat choice is not the other white meat, though pork is not a bad second choice at 123 calories and 4 grams of fat per 100 gram serving. Turkey is only 119 calories and a mere 1 gram of fat for the same 110 gram serving. But turkey will make you sleepy, right? Wrong. That is just a myth. It will not make you any more tired than any other meat. Consuming high quantities of food is what makes you sleepy.
Ham is not as bad for you as you might think. Known for its versatility and full flavor, ham contains only 136 calories per 100 gram serving and only 3.3 grams of fat. A few chopped pieces in an egg white omelet and your day is off to a great start. A ham steak with a honey-orange glaze and roasted asparagus spears is a dinner fit for a queen.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts have only 116 calories and 3.2 grams of fat. It can be marinated, dry rubbed and put on the BBQ, boiled or broiled. There are over 100 different ways to prepare and cook chicken. It tends to take on other flavors well, but should not be marinated for too long. Even marinating chicken for half an hour will give you added flavor, and anything over 24 hours could change the texture of the chicken.
Some people can live on nothing but salad and vegetables and there really is nothing like a big fresh salad. But put a few thinly sliced, lean pieces of marinated grilled steak on it and you have a meal. Beef has only 5.1 grams of fat, at 136 calories for a 110 gram serving size and you get a whopping 36 grams of protein.
Eating healthy is a plan, not just something that happens. By knowing the facts you can make smart choices. Turkey, pork, ham, chicken or beef eaten in moderation can be a healthy part of any well-balanced diet.