So now, as part of my "Fit Friday" posts I'm going to share a few tips and tricks I've learned along the way that made my families favorite meals more healthy.Thanks to my sweet friend who messaged me a question about ground turkey this morning, we are going to start there.
In the "This For That" scheme of things, ground turkey is typically leaner and healthier than ground beef, simply because it has less fat (saturated). I'm not going to get into the super science-y nutritional breakdown in this post but, swapping BEEF for TURKEY can help you in a couple of ways. Because of the higher fat content in beef swapping for ground turkey will decrease your calorie intake as well as fat intake. Why, do you ask? Because there are 9 calories per gram of fat compared to 4 calories per gram of protein and carbohydrates. Its all in the math folks the higher the fat content the more calories you are going to consume. See its not just science, its math......you're welcome! And of course less saturated fat means better heart health, not just better for your waist line.
Now that we have covered the why, lets move on to the how! Lean ground turkey is a staple food in our house. You can do so much with it. Some of our families favorite meals are tacos (Taco Tuesday whoopwhoop a weekly favorite), spaghetti (because I have Italian blood, duh), Chili and turkey burgers just to name a few.
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Swapping out healthier ingredients in the meals you already love can be super simple. Think more whole foods rather than highly processed foods. Trading white breads and rice for whole grains can make your meal more nutrient rich as well. I have even ventured into making my own seasonings. Thanks to Pintrest I found a simple recipe for Taco Seasoning that we love (Pintrest recipe by Rachel Cooks).
I will also switch things up to suit my macro nutrient needs, like this Turkey Burrito Bowl vs. the Whole Wheat Soft Taco/Burrito. The tortillas can carry a good amount of fat too so the bowl is a lower fat option for me.
When cooking spaghetti, I look for Organic lower sugar Marinara/ Pasta sauces as well. You can also make your own but I have found the Organic Great Value Brand (Wal-Mart) works great for us. We have swapped out regular pasta for whole wheat pasta. This happens to be what I am preparing tonight as I am writing. Spaghetti squash is another healthy trend that is a great substitute well.
I hope you will keep coming back for more Fit Friday "This For That" along with some simple recipes to try for yourself!
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