January 25, 2017

Chicken: The Perfect Option for a Healthier 2017

It’s not too late to kick those New Year’s Resolutions into high gear!

High protein, low fat, vitamin rich and nutrient dense. According to nutritionists, chicken is a preferred protein for a healthy lifestyle, and here’s why.

  • A serving of 100 grams (about three ounces) of cooked skinless, boneless breast has only one gram of saturated fat and less than four grams of total fat.
  • 100 grams of skinless, boneless breast has 31 grams of protein – more than half the recommended daily allowance of 46 grams of protein for an adult female.
  • Chicken is naturally low in sodium. Skinless, boneless has only 74 milligrams of sodium per three and a half ounce (100 gram) portion.
  • Chicken is versatile in the kitchen – Hot or cold, it’s an easy ingredient in many ready- in- a- minute meals. Chicken is also a common ingredient among international cuisines, and readily absorbs the flavors of seasonings and spices. When your recipe calls for a meat that is too costly or not available, chicken is always a reliable substitute.
  • When cooking plenty of food to have leftovers for future meals, nothing beats the ease of chicken. Leftover grilled or baked chicken prepared early in the week easily transitions to healthy meals such as cold chicken served over salad, or a chicken salad mixed with avocado instead of mayonnaise.

Looking for new recipes to add to your dinner rotation? Here are a few you’re sure to love.

Roast Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Learn more about why chicken is a wholesome, healthy choice for all ages in this article from the National Chicken Council.

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