How To Eat Meat On A Healthy Diet

Somewhere along the way, meats have gotten a bad reputation. Many view meats as unhealthy and unnecessary to a diet. However, that concept cannot be further from the truth. There are many types of healthy meats you can choose from that will add nutritious proteins, vitamins and minerals to your diet. Meat does not and should not be avoided!

That being said, there are unfortunately a wide range of meats that you may want to skip. For example, while bacon is amazingly delicious, it is full of fats and nitrates that you may not want to fill up on. So, the question is, how can one eat meat while still remaining healthy? Easy! Let us show you how.

Choose Wisely

When standing in the meat aisle of the grocery store, you may be overwhelmed by the wide variety of meats you can choose from. Where to begin?! Start by choosing your primary meat source- poultry, beef or pork. (Yes, there are more options than that but these three tend to be the main categories!).

Next, find the leanest cuts of meat that you can. This means choosing skinless chicken, lighter meat instead of dark and beef that is labeled ninety percent or higher (this means the beef is 90 percent lean, only 10 percent fat). If a butcher is available, ask them to trim off the excess fat from your meat- this is a great way to ensure it is as lean as possible!

If possible, choose meats that are labeled as grass fed which means the animal ate only grass (a more natural diet) rather than grains. Grass fed meats have been proven to be more nutritious and leaner. This is an easy way to pick a good, healthy cut of meat!

Cook Smart

The way you cook your meat has a huge influence on how healthy it is. If you choose to sauté your lean steak in butter, it is probably not the healthiest choice. Skip cooking meats in heavy fats and choose cooking methods that do not require oil. Baking, grilling and boiling are all good, beneficial cooking methods that will keep your meats on the healthier side of the spectrum.

Marinade Instead of Sauce

Pouring sauces on top of meats may sound delicious but it is definitely not a healthy habit. When you add sauce to your meat, you are topping your plate with unnecessary calories, fats and carbohydrates. Lots of sauces are full of hidden sugars and fats that you may not be aware are there. However, you do not have to sacrifice flavor when you skip the sauce!

Marinades are a great way to flavor meat without packing on unhealthy ingredients. Marinades will tenderize the tougher cuts of meat and also add flavor. Flavor and the meat will be healthy- sounds perfect!

Portion Size

A very simple way to eat meat while on a healthy diet is to keep your portion size small. Now, this does not mean you can only have a bite or two- not at all! You can certainly have a full, regular sized portion of meat however be sure to skip the second (or third) helping! One portion of meat is considered to be about 3 to 4 ounces. If you want to get serious about your meat portions, I highly recommend getting a kitchen scale to make sure you are eating the right amount. Eating meat in moderation can be key to maintaining a healthy diet.

Side Dishes

If you are planning a steak dinner, you are most likely going to want side dishes to go with your meat. This is another danger zone when it comes to eating meat on a healthy diet. Side dishes can be extremely unhealthy – those mashed potatoes that would pair great with your steak may be loaded with butter and salt- beware!

Again, you need to make a conscious choice to pair your meat with something nutritious, like a garden salad or steamed vegetable. Now, you are able to eat a healthy meal complete with delicious side dishes! It’s all about making the right selections!

Time To Eat Meat!

As you can see, it is very possible to eat meat while on a healthy diet as long as you make the right choices. Lean meats served with healthy marinades and side dishes are the way to go. And, of course, everything in moderation! So feel free to enjoy a nice cut of beef or a tender chicken breast, meat can definitely be considered healthy.

Bio:

Bryson Telling is a writer for Lima-France, a world leader in developing innovative food manufacturing machines. Please visit their website for further information.

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