A great mainstay that’s perfect all year long, turkey is the healthy choice for the best in women’s fitness. Free of saturated fat and low in total fat, this versatile meat can be served in many different ways. A good source of protein and iron, turkey is healthier than even chicken.
The trace mineral, selenium, fundamental to women’s health, contains an enzyme called glutathione peroxidase that works as an antioxidant to protect cells from free radicals and boost a woman’s immune system. Turkey has also been rumored to improve moods and encourage sleep due to the tryptophan which produces serotonin, a natural mood enhancer.
A four-ounce serving provides over 65% of the daily requirement for protein. To get the best health benefit of turkey, purchase a turkey breast, cook it and slice the meat for sandwiches or serve as the main dish with some veggies.
You can also buy turkey and have it ground at the supermarket for use in chili, spaghetti, or to make turkey burgers. Just about any dish that calls for ground beef can be prepared with turkey meat instead. For women’s fitness, that means reduced fat and calories.
Choosing healthy foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol but high in protein or other vitamins and nutrients is the first step in designing a diet that will serve a woman’s body efficiently. That’s why I like to suggest good protein sources that are low in saturated fat. And to tell you the truth, turkey is one of the best.
If you have never cooked a turkey or turkey breast before, you can follow the directions on the package or check out any of my recipes. A full turkey takes a few hours, but turkey breasts can be cut in two pieces and cooked in much less time. I like to rub my turkey with olive oil to keep it moist while cooking. Olive oil is low in saturated fat and is a healthier choice than butter.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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