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Healthier Meat Choices This Spring

With the months rushing by and we are now well into spring, many are thinking of getting into shape for the warmer weather ahead of us! Eating healthier meat choices this spring will more than help with this.

Protein is a crucial component of a well-rounded diet, yet it often comes with unwanted fat and calories. Lean meat stands out as the optimal protein source, offering essential nutrients without excess baggage. However, all meats can contribute positively to your diet when consumed in moderation. It’s when meats are deep-fried or breaded that they pose health risks, undermining their nutritional value.

Here’s a list of the best cuts of meat that will help you get ready for summer!


Turkey stands out as the leanest among white meats, boasting a wealth of nutrients. Packed with protein, niacin, and vitamin B6, it also offers zinc and vitamin B12. Opting for skinless white meat ensures minimal fat intake while maximising protein content. Additionally, turkey is renowned for its anti-cancer properties, making it a wholesome addition to any diet.

Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts without the skin hold lots of protein and very little fat. This makes them perfect for a healthy meal. This meat is incredibly easy to cook, whilst also being very versatile. It also means you can throw it into a large majority of dishes.

Please remember that although the breast without the skin is low fat, you may have to add fat in the form of oil to cook it – and chicken fat is actually much healthier than heated vegetable oil, so maybe leave the skin on if you prefer.

Sirloin Steak

Sirloin steak offers a delightful blend of flavor and remarkable leanness, positioning it as one of the healthiest options among red meats. With just 3 ounces of the steak providing approximately 25 grams of protein, it serves as an excellent protein source. While a typical serving may contain up to 10 grams of fat, only around 4 grams are saturated fats, which are considered less favourable for health. It’s important to note that other cuts such as T-bone or ribeye may contain significantly higher fat content than 10 grams per serving.

Leg Of Lamb

The leg of lamb is one of the healthier cuts of the meat. However, lamb does have saturated fats so you must trim the fat off from the leg before you cook it to keep this meat healthy. Also, ensuring that you don’t fry the meat is very important as it is considered the less-healthy method. Instead, baking or grilling is believed to be much healthier.

The lamb we provide is exclusively British, raised outdoors, and fed on grass. This results in a reduction of fat content as indicated by studies. This allows for a higher concentration of protein, antioxidants, and vitamins in our natural, slow-grown lamb.

Where’s Best To Buy This Meat?

Opting to purchase meat directly from a butcher is the optimal approach. A butcher can provide valuable guidance on selecting meats that align with your dietary needs, including offering the leanest cuts available helping you make healthier meat choices this spring. Feel free to check out the NHS website for more info on meat in your diet. At Burts Catering Butchers, if local to us, we extend our services with a convenient home delivery option. This ensures that cuts of nutritious meat are delivered straight to your doorstep.

We are a catering butcher who work across the south east of the UK, delivering quality meat to hotels, restaurants, pubs and brasseries as well as schools and event venues. If you are looking for a reliable and quality butcher to deliver your meat then please get in touch at 01424 730417 or by filling out our enquiry form. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.

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