There are many different views out there on how much meat we should be eating. The fact is, we were evolved to eat it, and many scientists believe that meat is the very reason that humans have such amazing brainpower!
Meat is packed full of protein, fats, and calories that our bodies crave to function at a high level. So how can you make meat a part of your balanced diet? We break down what you need to know.
Proper Portion Sizes
First and foremost, it’s important to know what a proper portion size of meat really looks like. It’s actually a lot smaller than you think! If you’re eating a piece of steak or chicken, the recommended portion size is 3 oz., which is about the size of a bar of soap. For a hamburger patty, it’s 4 oz., which is around the same size as a hockey puck. For deli meats, it’s two medium-cut slices.
Look For Minimally Processed Options
When it comes to your health and selecting the right options for your family, look for all natural options. Too often, companies put nitrates, fillers, and preservatives in their meat. Studies have shown that nitrates can be harmful to your health. It is also important that your hot dogs, deli meats, jerky, and sausages are free from those ingredients. McLean Meats are all-natural meats that are free from artificial ingredients!
Moderation is Key
Most nutritionists and government food agencies agree that consumption of red meat should be limited to 1-2 times per week, and if you are fairly active, 2-3 times a week. Leaner meats like chicken, turkey, and fish can be consumed more frequently. Total daily meat intake should be limited to 2 servings, including any red meat that is consumed.
Expand Your Protein Options and Eat a Balanced Diet
Filling up on fiber-rich veggies like broccoli and spinach, as well as unsaturated fats like avocados is also a good way to make sure you feel satisfied at mealtime. You can still enjoy all your favorites (like bacon!); and who doesn’t love a good BLT with avocado?
Like most things in life, the key to enjoying meat is knowledge and moderation! Making healthy choices can be difficult when we’re tempted with fast food and served unrealistic portions when we dine out.