Enjoy Healthy Pork Dishes During Pork Month
By Brandi Swieter
October is National Pork Month. People who are able to eat pork can take this time to concoct some recipes that are healthier than usual. They can then find some favorites to continue enjoying throughout the year. Pork isn't the healthiest choice when it comes to meat, but a healthy version is possible that still provides protein and nutrients worthwhile for the body.
Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops
For a sweetened version of the meat, try apple cinnamon pork chops. Extra virgin olive oil can be used in place of the butter for a healthier mixture or it can be skipped entirely. Use cinnamon and diced apples to sweeten the dish and allow the pork chops to soak in it for a half-hour at least. Bake them at 350 degrees for just 35 minutes.
Grilled Pork with Veggies
People are still able to fire up the grill on many days in autumn. Choose a sunny day and head outside to grill some pork and vegetables. A grilled version is healthy because of all of the fat isn't surrounding it like it does in a pan during baking. Only the meat is left behind. Sprinkle on some parsley and pepper and cook up some peppers, squash, or asparagus along with it and enjoy a healthy dinner.
Watch Portion Sizes
One of the problems with eating pork is that people tend to overeat it. Just two or three ounces is the true portion size people should be consuming. If individuals stick to the right portion size they are able to get the health benefits from the meat without getting too much fat or calories in the process.
Packed with Protein
No matter if you're eating a top loin chop that's broiled, a center loin with bone, or a pan-fried blade, any version of a pork chop contains at least 20 grams of protein. Some types offer even more. With plenty of protein in the meat, more people can enjoy pork knowing it provides lots of nutrients and is beneficial to health when eaten in moderation. Turkey and chicken can't be chosen every time, after all.
National Pork Month provides people with the opportunity to enjoy some healthier version of the meat. Try out several recipes and find the ones you enjoy most. With numerous options available, anyone who enjoys pork can find a dish they want to make over and over again.
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