In a world with a new diet seemingly trending every day, the health benefits of meat have sometimes taken a backseat to other dietary concerns – unless you're eating paleo, of course. We know that meat plays an important nutritional role, however – hello, protein source containing all the essential amino acids! – and so today, we're diving into some of the healthiest ways to cook it. While there are plenty of other ways to cook meat that won't be covered below, we chose to focus on methods that maintain as much of the nutritional value as possible. But before we get to those, there are a few basic cooking tips designed to help you preserve the health benefits of meat no matter how you choose to cook.
1. Choose lean cuts of beef and pork and breast meat for poultry to avoid excess fat. 2. Trim any fat you can see. When cooking chicken or turkey, remove the skin. 3. Drain away the fat that you can't see by putting the cut of meat you're cooking on a rack in the pan. 4. Make dishes that involve cooking meat in liquid; do this a day or two before you plan on eating, so that the fat hardens on top and can be simply skimmed off. 5. Focus on nutritious recipes that bring flavor without adding extra fat and calories. Instead of using breading as a crust, you can ground nuts and seeds to create a healthier coating.