Some meat is high in saturated fats. To help cut back on saturated fat, try having at least one meat-free day a week, buy reduced fat versions if they’re available or trim off any skin or visible fat from your meat.
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- One 200g tin, or half a 400g tin, of baked beans in tomato sauce (low sugar and low salt if possible).
- Three heaped tablespoons of beans - e.g. kidney beans or chick peas.
- One palm-size piece of oily fish.
- One palm-size piece of white fish.
- Half a large tin or one whole small tin (160g) of tuna.
- One palm-size piece of chicken (without skin and with all visible fat removed).
- Four level teaspoons of full-fat mince, eight level tablespoons of 5% reduced-fat mince, or 10 level tablespoons of Quorn mince - choosing the reduced-fat options means you can increase your portion size.
L-R: Portions of full fat mince, reduced fat mince, and Quorn mince.
- One and a quarter full fat pork sausages, two reduced-fat pork sausages, or two and a half Quorn sausages. Choosing the reduced-fat options means you can increase your portion size.
L-R: Portions of full-fat pork sausages, reduced-fat sausages, and Quorn sausages.
- 11 slices of wafer thin ham.
One portion is...
- Two teaspoons of peanut butter.
- One palm-size piece of tofu.
- One handful of unsalted nuts.
How to get enough protein without adding fat and calories
Some protein foods may be high in fat. Choosing lower fat alternatives will help you get enough protein without the extra fat and calories.
- Choose lean cuts of meat, remove visible fat and skin.
- Limit how often you choose processed meat such as burgers and sausages.
- Choose fish, eggs, Quorn, beans a few times a week.
- Cook without adding fat – bake, steam, grill, poach or microwave.