Protein is an essential part of any healthy diet, but oftentimes, it's also where you can rack up calories. To help you consume this macronutrient without pushing your caloric intake, online personal trainer Graeme Tomlinson put together an awesome graphic on Instagram showing four examples of healthy meat swaps. He pointed out in his caption that with the exception of bacon, "the lower-calorie alternatives are also higher in protein." Additionally, high-protein meats tend to be lower in fat, and vice versa.
Here's what to swap out:
- Chicken thighs for chicken breasts (saves you 112 calories and offers 12 more grams of protein)
- Rib-eye steak for fillet steak (saves you 198 calories and offers 4 more grams of protein)
- Bacon rashers for bacon medallions (saves you 65 calories)
- Beef mince for turkey breast mince (saves you 276 calories and offers 14 more grams of protein)
If you're looking to maintain a calorie deficit, this is an effective way to do so without having to compromise flavor or meat altogether.