The 5 Healthiest Meats You Can Eat for Dinner Tonight
Yet another reason to add rotisserie chicken to your grocery list.
Any source of protein can be good for you — it’s the other things that happen in your kitchen (a.k.a. breading and deep-frying!) that make the difference when it comes to weight management and long-term health. That said, these top supermarket picks are some of the unsung heroes of lean protein you can feel good about adding to your cart.
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Sirloin steak is both lean and flavorful — just 3 ounces packs about 25 grams of filling protein. Since top-round cuts are less fatty than other cuts of beef, you’ll retain flavor without overloading on saturated fat: One serving size contains about 3.5 grams, while the same amount of T-bone or rib-eye will have upwards of 10 grams.
The rotisserie prep helps maximize flavor without relying on added ingredients, meaning this already-lean poultry has less sodium than deli meats or chicken prepped with salt-filled sauces, blends, and rubs.
All parts of the chicken can be part of a nutritious diet — despite the fact that all things other than chicken breasthave historically gotten a bad wrap! In fact, it’s the less healthy choices that happen when we prep and serve (ahem, deep-fried chicken, we’re looking at you) like high-sodium sauces, breadings, and marinades. The thighs pack a nutrient-dense mix of unsaturated fatty acids, plus vitamins and minerals like iron.
Pork tenderloin is a source of lean protein that’s easy to swap for the poultry you’d normally eat at dinner meals. Plus, it’s surprisingly low in saturated fat per serving.
One 3-ounce serving of canned fishcan meet 100% of what you need daily in omega-3 fatty acids. Those help reduce your risk of chronic disease when consumed regularly. Look for fish canned in water or just olive oil to limit sodium (common in canned goods of any kind!) per serving.