1. Take the skin off chicken before eating it.
  2. Choose a variety of protein foods, including beans, peas, soy, and nuts.
  3. Trim the fat off of meat before cooking it.
  4. Choose seafood in place of some meat and poultry 5. Limit meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and other processed meats.

Protein foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and upkeep of your body.

  • Variety is KEY-tipsheet - Protein foods include both animal (meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs) and plant (beans, peas, soy products, nuts, and seeds) sources. We all need protein—but most Americans eat enough, and some eat more than they need. How much is enough? Most people, ages 9 and older, should eat 5 to 7 ounces* of protein foods each day. -
  • Eat Seafood Twice a Week - Twice a week, make seafood—fish and shellfish—the main protein food on your plate.* Seafood contains a range of nutrients, including healthy omega-3 fats. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating about 8 ounces per week (less for young children) of a variety of seafood can help prevent heart disease.