Chicken and the Healthy Fixings
By Brandi Goodman
National Chicken Month gets celebrated in September. Lots of other food observances are also held in the month. Now's the time to learn how to create a healthy chicken dinner. Be sure you're including the healthy fixings as well. Mashed potatoes and stuffing don't count.
Start your dinner with a baked chicken. You don't want fried food that adds fat to the meal. A piece of chicken roughly the size of your palm suffices to give you the protein and nutrients you need from your main course. Don't dash on the salt, either. Sodium content needs to remain low. Plenty of other seasonings work just as well to add flavor and give you a good taste. Garlic and pepper are great options.
Mushroom Month is also September-bound. Saute some mushrooms in a pan with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and pepper or garlic. Skip the salt here as well. You can add the mushrooms to your chicken or put it on the side. You could even bake the mushrooms right alongside your chicken if you want an easier dinner night.
Mashed potatoes are a common side dish for meat. You can go this route if you want, but you need to be sure you're starting from scratch and not buying a box from the store. You should also avoid all the milk and butter that goes along with many recipes. For an easier and more nutritious option, simply wrap your potatoes in foil and bake them in the oven. Your whole meal can be cooked in one place -- no need for dirty frying pans.
Papaya Month is also on the list. Adding a fruit to your dinner helps you meet your daily serving requirements. Dice up some papaya and put it on your plate for a sweet treat to enhance the meal. Papaya offers many vitamins and nutrients that are essential to good health.
Chicken is a common meat choice. Good thing, because it's one of the leaner options compared to beef or pork. Throw some in the oven and be sure to add in some healthy fixings to go along with it. You want a dinner that will keep your stomach satisfied for the rest of the night. The protein, fiber, and vitamins found from all of the foods listed above will help make the goal realistic.
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