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4 protein swap tips for better nutrition

Focused on Health - May 2013

These tips are part of the Healthy Bites challenge, developed to help you eat the right foods and lower your cancer risks!

Follow these easy tips to successfully complete the “limit red meat” challenge.

protein tipsNutrition Tip 1: Eat more plant proteins.  Beans, soy and even soy yogurt are all excellent sources of protein. In fact, a one-half cup of beans contains as much protein as an ounce of broiled steak.

Nutrition Tip 2: Experiment with chicken and fish recipes. Chicken, turkey and fish tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than their red meat counterparts. And, they’re often lower in calories, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risks for many types of cancer.

Nutrition Tip 3: Focus on fruits and vegetables. Make meat the side dish instead of the main focus of your meal. A good rule of thumb is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with whole grains and the rest with lean protein, following MyPlate guidelines.   

Nutrition Tip 4: No need to completely eliminate red meat. Eating red meat, like beef, pork and lamb, in modest amounts nourishes your body with valuable nutrients, including protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12. Just keep it under 18 oz. per week.

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