Many different types of proteins can be substituted whether it be for health, flavor, or availability. Trying new proteins, especially lean proteins can decrease your intake of fats and salt while still achieving great flavors. Explore new options and recipes; I know I’m always researching how I can change a recipe or create a new one with ingredients I have! Many recipes you can easily change the main protein while still using the same seasonings and marinades. Also, changing the form of cooking such as using the grill, smoker, oven, stovetop, or braising pot can alter the flavors and textures.
Big healthy swaps are:
Ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef
Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) instead of red meat (beef/steak, pork, lamb)
Thinly sliced chicken, turkey, or fish instead of cold cuts
Incorporate more Fish and Seafood
Eggs and Dairy instead of meat
Plant based proteins such as tofu, beans, hummus, nut butters, mixed nuts