Here’s your guide to healthiest ground meat picks.
High in protein and iron, beef is arguably the most popular choice. Ninety-seven percent lean may appear to be the best choice, but cutting all of the fat will also slash too much of the flavor. Ninety percent lean offers a nice balance, providing good flavor without going overboard on calories. A 3-ounce cooked portion (about the size of a smartphone) contains 180 calories, 3 grams saturated fat, 21 grams of protein and 12 percent of the daily requirement for iron.
Best uses: tacos, burgers, Sloppy Joes, Mini Meatballs
Lamb is chock-full of B vitamins and has amazing flavor. It’s a little higher in fat and calories, so use in recipes where a little can go a long way. A 3-ounce cooked portion contains 241 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of protein and 8 percent of daily iron.
Best uses: ragus and meat sauce, Meatball Sliders
This once unheard-of meat became a favorite of chefs and home cooks alike as a tasty and lower fat alternative to beef. Grass-fed bison may also be a smart choice. That same 3-ounce cooked portion has 152 calories, 3 grams saturated fat, 22 grams …read more