6 Meaty Recipes You'll Never Guess Are Super Low in Saturated Fat

Carnivores, listen up. Eating meat in moderation is totally OK — as long as you choose healthier types that are low in saturated fat. The problem? Lots of people don't.

Our pulled chicken is a delicious and healthy meat dish that's low in saturated fat. (Image: alle12/iStock/GettyImages)

In fact, a study examined the diets of nearly 44,000 adults and found that Americans get most of their protein from red and processed meats, which tend to be high in unhealthy saturated fats, according to September 2019 research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). ICYMI, eating too much saturated fat is linked to elevated blood cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.

But it gets worse. The same study found that saturated fats represented 12 percent of the participants' daily calories, which is above the recommended daily amount of 10 percent.

So, what's a meat lover to do? If you don't want to give up your animal protein, just try eating more poultry to keep your saturated fat intake in check. These six tasty chicken and turkey recipes have a whole lot of flavor and only 1 gram or less of saturated fat per serving.

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1. Turkey, Poblano and Couscous Soup

Choose whole-grain couscous to ensure you get some fiber in this comforting soup. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

You get triple the heat in this spicy turkey soup, which combines three types of peppers — poblano, red bell peppers and serrano — for a burst of color and flavor. And thanks to lean ground turkey and fat-free milk, you get way less saturated fat: A two-cup serving will only cost you 1 gram.

Get the Turkey, Poblano and Couscous Soup recipe and nutrition info here.

2. Organic Chicken Breakfast Patties

Ground chicken reduces the saturated fat in these homemade a.m. patties. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Ground chicken breast replaces sausage in these homemade breakfast patties. And get this: Three links of your typical beef sausage contain six times the amount of saturated fat than this healthier option. Plus, the assortment of spices like clove and sage combined with the sweetness of apple butter add so much flavor that you won't even miss the fat.

Get the Organic Chicken Breakfast Patties recipe and nutrition info here.

3. Turkey Tacos

Swapping sour cream for Greek yogurt adds even more protein to your meal. (Image: Susan Marque/LIVESTRONG.com)

Taco Tuesdays were made for turkey! Swapping beef for turkey and sour cream for high-protein Greek yogurt keeps the saturated fat low while flavorful cumin and salsa bring the spice to these tasty tacos. Top them off with some crunchy shredded cabbage and creamy avocado slices for a satisfying mix of textures.

Get the Turkey Tacos recipe and nutrition info here.

4. Feel Better Chicken Soup

This simple yet satisfying soup packs in all the veggies. (Image: Thomas Francois/Adobe Stock)

When you're under the weather, there's nothing better than a warm bowl of chicken soup. Brimming with veggies, this simple yet satisfying recipe will be your go-to remedy on a cold winter's day. And since it nixes the noodles, this high-protein dish is also great for people watching their carbs.

Get the Feel Better Chicken Soup recipe and nutrition info here.

5. Healthy Pulled Barbecue Chicken

Try this healthier take on pulled pork for a satisfying, protein-packed meal. (Image: Manuela/Cultura/GettyImages)

If you're a pulled pork fan, you'll love this healthier barbecue chicken version. The secret to the recipe is the slow cooker. After six hours of stewing in its own juices, the chicken breast is so tender and moist, it practically falls apart. Want to keep it low-carb? Use a lettuce leaf instead of bread for your sandwich.

Get the Healthy Pulled Barbecue Chicken recipe and nutrition info here.

6. Turkey Pumpkin Soup

This hearty turkey squash soup is perfect for the fall season. (Image: Susan Marque/LIVESTRONG.com)

This hearty turkey squash soup is perfect for fall. Sweet pumpkin combines with spicy ginger, earthy nutmeg and fragrant coriander for a complex layering of flavors. Bonus: You'll get 4 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein per bowl.

Get the Turkey Pumpkin Soup recipe and nutrition info here.

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