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Make Your Meat a Healthy Option

By Brandi Goodman 

Many people love meat. January is even celebrated as National Meat Month. The type you eat, though, can either be dangerous for your health or great for it. You need to make your meat a healthy option if you want it to benefit your body and brain. 

Choose Lean Cuts

Lean cuts of meat are going to have less fat than other versions. They'll provide hefty doses of protein and other nutrients though. Poultry provides some of the healthiest cuts of meat. Turkey and chicken should be two meats on your menu. You can still eat beef and other red meats. You just want to be sure you're choosing organic options and getting lean cuts, such as sirloin steak rather than eating bacon, for example.

Trim the Fat

When you pick up meat from the store and take it home you'll notice there are white spots of fat throughout. You can trim these fat pieces so the meat is better to eat. Many people trim the fat before the meat is cooked. You can keep some of the nutrients by leaving this fat on during the cooking process. Cut it off once it's finished cooking.

Bake the Meat

Your cooking method also plays a role in the healthiness of your meat. If you're deep frying your food then you're getting a lot more fat and calories than you need. You should bake your meat instead for a low-fat version that is safer to consume. All you need are some spices and you'll have tasty baked meat that provides lots of protein to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Skip the Bread

One of the more popular ways to eat meat is on bread. People enjoy hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, subs, and more that combines a bun and meat, often with condiments and sometimes with vegetables. The bread can add a lot of fat and carbs to your meal. Wrap your meat with lettuce for a healthier alternative. You can also cut your buns in half so they're thinner and don't add so many extra calories to your entree.

Consume healthier meat choices this year and every year thereafter. You want to maintain a healthy diet so your brain and body will be better for it. The right nutrition goes a long way in helping you to stay healthy and well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Milpitas, Calif.

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