This lean meat is not just for Christmas. Eat turkey all year around to cut calories and fat, boost your mood and improve your sleep
This bird shouldn't just be for Christmas. Turkey is a great source of lean protein. It’s both lower in fat and calories than other meats and also has 75% less saturated fat than the alternative festive meat, goose.
So rather than piling into the roast potatoes, fill up on turkey. Your body works harder to digest protein than carbs or fats, so you'll boost your calorie burn in the process.
Healthy Christmas cooking ideas
As healthy meats go, traditional turkey is a chart topper. It’s packed with B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium iron, zinc and also tryptophan, which triggers serotonin production to boost your mood help you sleep better.
Steer clear of the skin to slash 70 cals and 6g fat per mouthful. Pierce the skin before cooking and insert sprigs of herbs - it not only drains out fat, but gives a flavour boost, too.
Baste your turkey in stock rather than fat for a healthier, still succulent roast. Skim off the fat from the juices in the pan, and then drop in an ice cube - any remaining fat will set on the cold cube, so you can scoop it out.
Your healthy turkey dinner recipe
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