Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? It’s definitely a food choice to celebrate! Chicken is truly amazing. It’s a great source of protein. It’s low calorie. It’s versatile and I personally consider it an ultimate super food!
You probably already know how important protein is to a diet. But why is that actually? Every cell in your body is composed of protein. Your body needs protein to repair cells and form new ones. It’s critical for development in young children as well as in pregnant women. There is so much that can be covered about protein so we’re just scratching the surface. Basically, protein is the building blocks of your life!
The best protein source come from lean meats. They have little fat content and are literally just protein. This is why chicken breast is my go-to when it comes to protein consumption.
A 4 oz portion of chicken typically has about 21 grams of protein. If you don’t own a food scale, you can look to a pack of cards for help. A 4 oz portion of chicken or any lean protein for that matter is about the size of cards.
Chicken is also chockfull of vitamins. Starting with the first letter in the alphabet, Vitamin A helps with improving your eyesight. B vitamins from chicken boost immunity, regulate digestion, and improve nervous system function, among other things. Vitamin C cannot be found in chicken; however. if you eat your chicken with some citrusy lemon (which happens to be a delicious combo- check out some lemon pepper chicken recipes!), you can get some of the Vitamin C! Finally, Vitamin D aids in calcium absorption and strengthening your bones.
There are also key minerals found in chicken It has iron, which helps with hemoglobin formation, promoting good muscle activity, and preventing anemia. Phosphorus promotes good bone health, brain function, and metabolism.
Are you sld yet?! There’s so many ways you can enjoy chicken- grill it, saute it, bake it- the choice is yours! There are tons of flavor combos that work with it too since it’s a relatively neutral flavor- Mexican spice, Indian, Thai, Italian- really the possibilities are endless here. Feel free to comment below about your favorite chicken recipe!