There are many things we love about eating chicken. It’s low in calories, jam-packed with protein, and not to mention, super versatile. So much so, there are as many ways to enjoy chicken as there are, well, chicken!
When it comes to poultry, we have no complaints. Of course, like anything else, we can’t eat it each and every night. Chances are, you will probably want another protein source on your plate. So, if you’re sick of the same old meal, why not opt for pork?
WHY EAT PORK?
Pork, although it’s usually synonymous with oily bacon strips and buttery-soft pork belly, is not as unhealthy as many people imagine. Sure, bacon and pork belly is chockfull of saturated fats and certainly not as lean as chicken. Essentially, however, it’s possible to eat pork without suffering from serious heart-plugging effects.
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF EATING PORK?
Pork loin, tenderloin, and pork chops are full of protein, making it filling, satisfying, and dare we say, nutritious. Aside from jazzing up your diet and fulfilling your daily protein intake, pork is a naturally low-sodium source of nine key nutrients—namely, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B6, and zinc. What’s more, pork helps the body produce red blood cells, and thanks to its iron content, energy.
When you find yourself in the supermarket, chuck the pork in your cart without fear. We put a list of 5 pork recipes that are as tasty as they are nutritious. Move over, chicken!
5 HEALTHY PORK RECIPES
Recipe #1: Slow Cooker Pork And Sweet Potatoes
(Recipe via The Spruce Eats)
Cooking pork tenderloin is an easy way to preserve all those vitamins and minerals without toiling over a hot oven. With some preparation, you can leave the office and unwind with a warm plate of this hearty plate. Combining pork with sweet potatoes in a cinnamon sauce, it makes the pork sing without overwhelming our tongues.
WE RECOMMEND: Molinos de la Especia Cinnamon Powder (50g), P155
Recipe #2: Italian Herb-Crusted Pork Loin
(Recipe via Taste of Home)
Who doesn’t love a dish with a helping of Italian seasonings? This dish uses herbs such as basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme to complement the pork loin in a healthy (yet delicious!) way. Plus, the crisp herb crust and veggies provide a nice variation in colors and textures.
WE RECOMMEND: Molinos de la Especia Italian Seasoning (50g), P225
Recipe #3: Pork Chops with Honey-Garlic Sauce
(Recipe via Taste of Home)
If you like the opposing yet complementary flavors of salty and sweet, you will love this. The honey not only complements the savory pork chop, it also tenderizes the meat to a melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Use wild honey to preserve all the live enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients—what’s more it contains more antioxidants and mineral content than normal table honey. Just a tip: make double the amount of sauce to drizzle over your veggies, and thank us later.
WE RECOMMEND: The Green Tummy Wild Forest Honey (Light), P370, The Green Tummy Wild Forest Honey (Dark), P370
Recipe #4: Pork Tenderloin & Goji Berry Stir-Fry
(Recipe via Kraft Canada)
Goji berries might seem unusual to mix into a pork recipe. But, like the old saying goes, don’t knock it ’til you’ve given it a bite! Goji berries give lean pork a savory sweetness. Plus, its vitamin C content will also help you absorb the iron in the meat. (Win-win!) Serve it over a steaming cup of rice for a fun and filling meal that’s oh-so-nutritious.
WE RECOMMEND: The Green Tummy Organic Dried Goji Berries (140g), P269
Recipe #5: Turmeric Pork Chops
(Recipe via 31 Daily)
Make like the Spice Girls and “spice up your life”—well, pork chops. Turmeric is the perfect addition to your pork chops, helping draw out its tastiness. Pair it with a leafy salad or indulgent potatoes, depending on what you’re jonesing for. Don’t forget a hefty side of broccoli to round out the meal and make your stomach happy.
WE RECOMMEND: Manila Superfoods Organic Pure Turmeric Powder (80g), P85
How would you cook your pork? Tell us in the comments!
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