Sick of Turkey and Chicken? Try These Other Lean Meat Alternatives

Sick of Turkey and Chicken? Try These Other Lean Meat Alternatives

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If you have ever been serious about weight loss or fitness goals you are probably sick of even looking at chicken.

Grilled chicken breast is a staple of many meals when it comes to the best nutrition because of the extremely high amount of protein you get versus fat, at a 20:1 ratio.  This is about as best as it gets when it comes to lean proteins.

Thankfully grilled chicken tastes great, but that doesn’t mean that you are going to want to eat it exclusively day in and day out. Some variation in the diet is not only good for our taste buds, but it is good for our mental well being as well.

Here are a few lean meat alternatives when it comes to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

Quail

Quails have slightly more protein per serving than your typical serving of chicken, but comes along with a couple extra grams of fat which in the grand scheme of things is nothing to worry about.

Quails are small game birds which have both fast twitch or light meat, and slow twitch or dark meat similar to chickens. Quails can be used in a large variety of dishes and can be dressed more lightly than chickens as well due to their more intense flavor.

Quail eggs are great as well if you are looking for an alternative to your typical chicken egg. Quail eggs are smaller than chicken eggs, and will need 2-3 quail eggs to equal one of your average chicken egg.

Pork Loin

Pork Loin is another great lean meat, coming in at about 23 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat in a 3 ounce serving. That is only one more gram of fat than chicken, and 3 more grams of protein in the same serving size, so pork holds up pretty well.

Pork is also loaded with B Vitamins which help us to metabolize and convert food. Eating more food rich in B vitamins can help boost metabolism and in turn help you to lose weight more quickly.

Pheasant

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Pheasants are another good choice because although they aren’t chickens, they taste very similar to chickens. So if you aren’t that willing to try something that foreign to you, pheasant is the best choice.  It doesn’t taste as gamey as other birds on this list.

Pheasants have the same amount of protein as chicken per serving at 20 grams, but has slightly more fat at 3 grams versus the 1 gram in chicken. If you only eat the breast meat of the pheasant you can reduce that down to 1 gram of fat per serving, identical to the chicken.

Another great positive when it comes to Pheasants is that you don’t have to go out and hunt them. Normally when you compare farmed meat to wild meat, wild meat has a better nutrient profile and is generally a better choice than farmed.

This isn’t the case with Pheasants however, so feel free to pick some up at your local butcher. Remember when cooking your Pheasant to do so shortly because they can become easily dry due to their lean content.

Duck

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If you are the one who is always grabbing for the Turkey leg at Thanksgiving dinner, you will love Duck.  Duck meat tastes similarly to the dark meat on turkey which is delicious.

Ducks have a reputation for being a fatty bird, which is true to an extent. If you plan on leaving the skin on your duck then yes it probably isn’t a good choice when it comes to lean meats. However, without the skin, duck only has 4 grams of fat per serving which really isn’t all that bad.

The only downside to duck is that you have to know how to cook it properly otherwise it can taste gross and oily.

You have to make sure to perforate the skin with a fork or something similar to allow the excess fat to drain out of the meat. If you don’t do this, you allow the duck to marinate in its own fat which makes for a more oily, fatty piece of meat.