A: October is a great time to power up your plate with pork. The high quality of protein in pork may help you feel fuller longer, provide you with an excellent source of many B vitamins for energy and may even help you lose weight. Pork is a versatile product. Remember to choose lean cuts of pork by looking for the word “loin” on the label, such as pork tenderloin or loin chop. Try these simple ideas for meals:
• Make your own healthy breakfast sandwich. Start with a light whole wheat English muffin and top with an egg, Canadian bacon (leaner than regular bacon) and low-fat cheese. Scramble together eggs, Canadian bacon and veggies and place on a whole wheat tortilla. Serve with your favorite salsa.
• At lunch, substitute pork for chicken in your favorite homemade chicken noodle soup recipe or substitute pork for beef in your traditional chili recipe. Top romaine lettuce, spinach or kale with thinly sliced pork tenderloin, black beans, pineapple and one of your favorite citrus fruits. Fill a whole wheat wrap with lean pork, avocado, red onion and diced green chiles.
•At supper, stir-fry cubed pork loin with your favorite vegetables and serve with quinoa. Consider lean pork as a pizza topping; use a whole wheat pizza crust and top with lots of vegetables and 2 percent shredded cheese. Make stuffed peppers using 96 percent lean ground pork. Source: National Pork Board.
Contact your Ankeny Hy-Vee dietitians for further questions, 515-964-0900 (410 N. Ankeny Blvd.) or 515-963-3130 (2510 S.W. State St.).