Healthy Moment Grocery Store Tour: Picking Proteins

Protein foods are an important part of the
diet because they contain essential nutrients like B vitamins, iron and of course, protein! The largest sources of protein in our diet
include eggs, nuts and beans, and meats like beef, pork, and chicken. Today Strive for Wellness will help you
learn how to make the healthiest choices when picking proteins. When choosing ground beef, look for the
percentage of lean and the percentage of fat on the food label. Selecting ground beef with the smallest
percentage of fat is a sure way to reduce the amount of calories in your food. When choosing cuts of beef or pork,
remember loin is lean! Loin is a tender cut of meat with less fat
per ounce than steak, chops, or ham. When selecting poultry, choose cuts
without the skin. Poultry is generally leaner than red meat,
but skinless breast meat is the leanest cut of poultry you can buy. Pork and beef sausage patties, ground sausage and sausage links contain more fat than ground pork or ground beef. Bacon contains a large amount of fat and a
very small amount of lean meat. Reserve sausage and bacon for special meals and balance out the amount you eat with leaner cuts of meat, whole grains or
fruits and vegetables. You can also choose reduced-fat sausage or Canadian bacon as healthier alternatives. Remember, seafood is protein-packed too! Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats for your brain health. Choose fish canned in water instead of
oil to save calories. Don’t eat meat? No problem! Beans, nuts and legumes are also protein foods, and they provide added fiber and healthy fats,
nutrients that reduce the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. When choosing beans, look for “no salt added” or “reduced sodium” on the food label for a heart healthier product. Substitute beans where you would normally use meat in a recipe. You can use beans in place of ground beef or chicken in casseroles, soups or pasta dishes. Add beans to salads for extra protein. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your proteins by choosing the most healthful option. When choosing proteins, remember these tips. Over time, this can help you reduce your risk for disease, lower your cholesterol, or even help you lose weight! Stay healthy and choose wisely!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *