- Egg substitute. If there's one thing to remember when it comes to food, it's that an imitation is never going to beat out the real thing. The cholesterol in eggs actually doesn't have much of an impact on blood cholesterol and whole eggs are chock full of nutrients. Egg substitutes, on the other hand, get rid of the yolk, which is nutrient rich, and then throw in additives and cheap vitamins in an effort to make up the difference. Instead, go for the real thing (my Feta Red Onion Frittata is a great place to start) and find a local supplier who raises their chickens on pasture.[gap size="50px"]
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Believe it or not, chickens aren't boneless, nor are they skinless. :) Instead, buy whole pastured chickens from a local supplier and roast them, or cut them up into parts yourself. You'll be able to afford high quality meat (because whole chickens are cheaper than parts) and you'll get the benefit of the different nutrient profiles found in the various parts. Plus, when a chicken is raised properly on pasture, the fat composition is different, meaning you can eat the skin without any worries. As a bonus, you'll have the bones leftover too, which can be used to make a healthy and delicious homemade chicken stock.[gap size="50px"]
- Skim milk. Again, we've got to get off this anti fat train. Many nutrients can't even be absorbed by the body unless there is some fat in the mix. If you can tolerate dairy well, find milk that comes from cows raised on pasture (noticing a trend here?) and buy the whole stuff. For those of you who want some more info and explanation on why I love whole milk, I made a video all about it.
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