I know I have mentioned it before, but up until 2011, I was a vegetarian for around 8 years. It wasn’t for any reason other than meat made me ill, which is why I always say you should listen to your body. There is so much advice out there telling you to eat in a certain way, but you are the one that has to eat that way, so make sure your body is happy with it.
In the interests of listening to my body, in 2011 I started to feel like my diet was lacking meat. I was feeling weak and tired all the time and I wondered if gradually adding meat to my diet again might help. I started slowly, with one meat meal a week, as I didn’t want to shock my body, but I found that it really, really helped. I did find that being a vegetarian previously had helped me to get healthy, because I was unable to eat things like beef burgers, so I vowed that when I started eating meat again, I would do so in a healthy way and only buy good quality meat. I know that isn’t an option for many who are on a budget, but I am hardly rolling in cash over here. I cut back elsewhere to buy good quality meat and if I can’t afford it, then I just stick to vegetarian meals. There are plenty of other ways to get protein. But hey, that is just what works for me.
I definitely think meat can be part of a healthy diet, but I thought I would share some of my tips for buying meat.
- Cut back on processed meats – I am not going to suggest totally cutting it out, as I know that is not realistic for many people. But cutting back on it will help you to be healthier.
- Stick to lean meat – Most of your meat consumption should try to come from lean meat such as chicken and turkey.
- If buying pre-packed meat, check the nutrition label.
- Cut off any visible fat – this will cut out some of the fat and calories in the meat.
- Try to grill, rather than fry meat.
- Use meat to flavour rather than as the main ingredient – I lighten things up by only using a little meat and bulking my meals out with pulses like lentils and beans.
- Source your meat from somewhere you trust.
I had been seeing a lot on Twitter about MuscleFood, so when they offered to send me some products to try out, I was looking forward to seeing the difference compared to the stuff in the supermarket. As I say, I am not a huge meat eater (Mr HHH is), so when the huge delivery above arrived, I knew it was going to take us a while to get through it. But for £75 for all that meat (you can’t see it all in the photo), it is a total bargain and works out cheaper than what I would pay for it in the supermarket. Plus, it gets delivered straight to your door.
So, what is the quality of the meat like? EXCELLENT! It tastes a little different from the meat that I am used to eating and that took a little getting used to, but I soon realised that this is what good quality meat is supposed to taste like. The chicken breasts are nearly all gone and they are definitely the best tasting chicken breasts that I have had.
With their meat, they trim off all the excess fat for you and there is no added salt or water.
I also got sent some tuna and you have not had tinned tuna like this before. Also excellent quality and I am gutted that I have now eaten it all. They don’t just do meat, I also got sent some almond butter (I had tried this brand before) and some liquid egg whites. I had been wanting to try liquid egg whites for a while and I am glad that I finally got round to it. They are so handy to have in the fridge and I can make a giant protein packed breakfast within minutes.
I have lots of healthy recipes that use the products I received coming up soon, including a breakfast stuffed pepper in a couple of days, which is my new favourite breakfast.
Where I get my meat from is really important, and I want it to be great quality and I shall only be eating meat that comes from MuscleFood now. If you click HERE to go to the Muscle Food website, you can get a discount by entering the code HHH4CB.
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