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November 9, 2017 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Dining Out on the Right Proteins

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Here is my best guidance for doing your protein right when dining out:

  • Seafood including fish or shellfish is an excellent choice because they provide healthy omega 3 fats and negligible saturated fats. Americans are not consuming optimal amounts of seafood, so this would be my top recommendation for a healthy protein. Of course, do not even consider ruining such a healthy thing by getting it breaded or fried. Order it grilled, broiled, baked, blackened, pan-seared, poached, or steamed. Seafood is always my top protein choice.
  • Lean poultry like chicken or turkey is also a fine option. Try it roasted, baked, or grilled and if it comes with the skin on, remove it before you eat it. Steer clear of breaded or fried poultry options.
  • Vegetarian selections like bean dishes, tofu, or tempeh are great for you and the environment.
  • If you just have to have some red meat (which includes pork, too), be sure to select the leanest cuts (tenderloin, filet, or sirloin) and be mindful that a “normal serving” of cooked red meat is just four ounces or the size of a deck of cards.

 

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