Meat can be part of a healthy, balanced diet, if you take care with how you prepare it and what you eat it with. Erin Kisby shares her top tips

Healthy ways to prepare meat - Women's Health & Fitness

“Make sure the meat you choose is lean to begin with, trim-it, and don’t fry your meat or serve it with creamy sauces, otherwise you risk turning what would have been a healthy meal into a diet downfall,” says Maria Packard, accredited practising dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. Here’s how to prepare a healthy ‘meaty’ meal.

1. Remove excess fat before cooking

Cut off any visible, solid fat from meat and poultry, this includes the skin. Also, remove any remaining visible fat from pork and beef before eating.

Low-fat, healthy cooking methods include grilling, poaching, roasting, baking and slow cooking. Cooking melts away much of the fat in meat and poultry, so when you cook meat or poultry in your oven, be sure to put it on a rack on a baking pan so the fat drips away.

2. Cook meat in liquid

Make dishes in which you cook the meat in liquid, such as soups and stews, a day or two in advance and then refrigerate. As the dish chills, the fat hardens on the top and you can easily skim it off before eating.

3. Drain the fat

After cooking chopped or minced meat, drain the fat from the pan and blot the meat with a paper towel to remove any remaining fat.

4. Watch serving sizes

Reducing your portion size reduces your fat and cholesterol intake.

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