Ah, good old chicken breast. It has become a go-to protein for a reason, but there’s just one problem: it can be, well…boring (there, we said it). But with a little creativity, it can do you good, whether you’re looking for a quick post-gym dinner or date night meal to impress the lady. “A chicken breast is like a pair of jeans,” says Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD. “You can dress it up or down, depending on the occasion.”
Fit Facts: A 3 oz. cooked chicken breast contains only 142 calories and 3 grams of fat, but packs a whopping 26 grams of protein—more than half of the day’s recommended allowance. Plus, itt’s got less than half a gram of saturated fat in one serving (no heart attacks here) and B vitamins, which metabolize food while providing an energy boost.
Prep Tips: Buy a package and wrap each breast separately in plastic wrap, then place them all in a Ziploc bag and freeze—that way, you can shop ahead and thaw each breast easily. And try our nutritionist’s favorite tip for tasty chicken breast: use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts when cooking, then remove the skin before eating. You’ll get the added flavor and moisture without the extra saturated fat and cholesterol. Score.
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