Healthy Children - February 2015

We Choose Health: Meats and Alternatives


Eat more Beans, Chicken and Fish!

We are eating more meat than ever before. Meat is a great source of protein, but some types are very high in unhealthy fats. Also, the way we prepare our meat can add a lot of fat to our diet.

Whenever possible, eat grilled, baked or broiled meats. These are less fattening than fried.

Skinless chicken and fish are lower in fat as well. Also, the fat in many fish is “heart healthy.” Good fish choices include salmon, tuna, and any white fish.

Beans are a great substitute for meat. They also contain fiber and a lot of vitamins and minerals that are important to our health. Try eating meatless meals that contain beans, such as pinto, black eyed peas or black beans at least once a week.

If you do choose to eat red meat or pork, try to eat the leaner cuts of meat. Look for cuts with the words “loin” or “round” in the name – i.e. top round, tenderloin, etc.

Adding an egg white to very lean hamburger meat gives the hamburger similar moisture and flavor as higher fat cuts.