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Healthy Diet Tips - Proteins

  • When it comes to protein, lean protein is the healthiest choice.
  • Take the skin off of your chicken before you cook it.
  • Skinless chicken and turkey is the leanest poultry.
  • Lean pork choices include pork loin, tenderloin, center loin and ham.
  • Lean beef choices include round steaks and roasts, top loin, top sirloin, chuck shoulder and arm roasts. Try to buy extra lean ground beef that has is at least "90% lean."
  • Trim off extra fat from all meats and poultry before cooking.
  • Drain off fat that appears as you meat is cooking, or cook you meat on a rack so that the extra fat drips off the meat during the cooking process.
  • Avoid making high fat sauces or gravies with your meat.
  • Include fish in your diet. Fish is high in protein and mostly low in fat.
  • Some fish such as salmon and trout are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your health.
  • Beans are also a great source of protein. Beans have endless potential for meals, including soups, chili, bean salads and baked beans.
  • Some delicious foods are made from peas or beans such as hummus and tofu. Tofu can also be a great meat substitute.
  • Try to avoid buying meats that have been processed. Lunch meats, sausages and hot dogs usually have had salt added to them while being processed.

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