Switch Up Your Protein Sources

Switch Up Your Protein Sources

It is ideal to get your protein from a variety of sources. By doing so, you make it easier for yourself to eat a complete diet and add a variety of nutrients and flavor to your diet.

Pork is a great source of protein that is typically offered less in restaurants in comparison to chicken, seafood and steak. Trying foods you don’t normally eat like pork can be a great way to introduce new foods with valuable nutrients to your diet and reinforce good behaviors.

Starting a new hobby by testing different recipes with a protein source you are unfamiliar with is an effective way to diversify your diet – pork is one for many. For better nutrition try aiming for lean pork, such as tenderloin or pork chop. Pork has great nutritional value since it has several nutrients, such as iron, thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and potassium.

Try this pork recipe – it is a great recipe for spring and part of a complete diet!

Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches and Arugula
Ingredients:
2 or 3 pork chops
½ tsp. salt (optional)
½ tsp. ground pepper
1 or 2 tsp. olive oil
2 small peaches, halved and pitted
3 cups arugula
1 tbsp. balsamic glaze
1 oz. goat cheese, or feta cheese, crumbled

4 sliced (1/2 inch) baguette or your bread of choice!

Directions:
1. Pre-heat grill.
2. Season pork chops with salt, pepper and olive oil.
3. Place the pork chops on pre-heated grill and cook until
done (145 degrees F), for about 6 to 8 minutes.
4. Grill peaches, cut-sides down, rotating once halfway
through, until charred for about 3 minutes.
5. Grill baguette for about 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Slice peaches into thirds once cooled.
7. Serve the pork chops and peaches over the arugula.
8. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and goat cheese (or
preferred cheese).
9. Serve with grilled bread.
10. Enjoy!

Pork is sometimes called “the other white meat,” because, like poultry, it can be a good source of protein. Pork offers many of the same nutrients as beef, but often with less fat and calories. Of course, this depends on the cut and preparation.

As an alternative to chicken or fish for lean protein, enjoy pork in tacos, salads, soups, and stir-fries. Adding variety to your diet keeps your meals interesting and provides your body with balanced, and better nutrition.

Find Nutritious Foods You Enjoy

Finding foods that allow you to have a complete diet is important. Try more recipes with pork and other nutritious ingredients is the best way to find healthy foods that you enjoy. Healthy eating behaviors can take time to develop so try not to get too discouraged if a new recipe doesn’t work out as planned. Behavioral Therapists at Behavioral Nutrition are also available to help you identify where your diet can be improved.

Finding sustainable changes that can be made is one of the best ways to improve your diet and start eating healthier. Get in touch today to learn more about how our trained Behavioral Therapists can help you.

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