Do you ever have those deep dark confessions that you feel like you need to make from time to time? Well, as a homesteader I have one. Most people assume that all homesteaders are big ‘meat people.’ We raise meat so we must love it, right?
We raise meat so we must love it, right?
Guess again. I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m not what you would call a ‘meat person’ either.
However, I’m married to a ‘meat guy.’ He is a huge meat eater which means I raise a lot of meat and fix a lot of meat. Since we care about our health it was important for me to understand which meats were healthy for us and which were not.
That’s what I’d like to share with you so whether you are a meat person or not, you can make well-informed decisions.
Here are the healthiest meats:
1. Fish and Shellfish
It should come as no surprise that fish is at the top of the list. It is full of heart-healthy omega-3’s and has such a wide variety of options.
So if you are looking for a healthy meat, then consider fish. You could choose tuna, salmon, sardines, or even herring. They all offer wonderful health benefits.
Chicken is one of the easiest meats to raise yourself. They require very little and if you choose the right bird you could have a dual purpose breed that is great for both meat and eggs.
However, when eating chicken know that it is better for you without the skin. Also, look for healthier means of preparing it such as baking over frying.
Turkey is another poultry that offers a lot healthy choices. It obviously has white and dark meat, but it is all pretty good for you if you exclude the skin.
Again, this is another meat source that is pretty easy to raise. So if you need a healthy meat source around your homestead, then consider this option.
There was a time when beef was considered to be unhealthy. Now, it is being reported that as long as the beef is lean then you are good to go.
Which that made me a little sad because my favorite part of a juicy steak is the fat. (I know. I’m weird.) But beef is not an easy meat source to raise. They require a lot of land and resources to sustain them. Keep that in mind if you are considering raising your own healthy meats.
Veal is a tough meat option for some to consider. Since veal is meat from a calf it can be difficult to raise this option for yourself. I have a hard time culling baby animals.
But if you have the room and the resources to sustain cattle, then you might want to consider this option. Just remember that the meat needs to be lean.
Lamb is another tough meat source for some to consider. Again, you must cull a baby animal. Yet, they are pretty easy to raise as long as you have more than one since they are social animals.
However, it is considered a red meat source. So if you’d like to have a variety of options for your red meat then you might want to consider adding this to your list.
I was actually rather surprised by the latest studies on this meat. There was a time when buffalo was considered less healthy.
However, I’m so glad that it is back to being considered healthy because some of the best burgers I have ever eaten were buffalo burgers. Just remember to keep this meat lean as well.
This might make you make a double take. You may have never considered eating ostrich, and I’ll have to agree that this is not a typical meat option for many people.
However, if you have access to ostrich meat, the good news is that it is a healthy meat option as long as the meat is lean. But I don’t think it would be a viable meat source for most people to raise as they are rather large birds.
This is another healthy meat option that might throw you through a loop. For those unfamiliar with an Emu, it is the second largest bird breed if measuring by height. It is related to the ostrich. Only this bird is a darker brown color.
Again, it is a solid healthy meat choice as long as the meat is lean. But it is another meat source that would most likely be difficult to raise because of it’s size.
10. Sandwich Meats
Sandwich meats are usually highly processed. If you aren’t against processed foods, then you could consider this a healthy meat option.
However, you will need to check the sodium content. If you have a sandwich meat that you love that is low in sodium then you are good to go. Eat your deli meat and enjoy every bite knowing you are actually feeding your body something healthier. Just be advised to stay away from deli meat when pregnant.