Pork is a good alternative to chicken and, if you're not a fan of the bird, can be used as a substitute in many poultry recipes. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, a broiled, 3-ounce boneless pork chop without fat contains under 200 calories and provides nearly half of the recommended daily allowance for protein. By preparing pork chops in a healthy way, you can create a meal that tastes good and that fits with your healthy eating goals.
Trim the pork of visible fat. This will reduce both calories and fat grams in your pork chops, automatically making them healthier. It also controls the amount of cholesterol present in the pork chops by getting rid of the part of the meat that contributes to unhealthy cholesterol intake.
Season your pork chops with herbs. Using herbs in place of salt, sauces or breading create flavor in your dish, but helps you control your sodium, fat and calorie intake. Many herbs enhance the flavor of pork chops and helps keep them moist and juicy. Try rosemary, garlic, or teriyaki seasoning.
Use healthy cooking methods. Rather than frying or breading your pork chops, try grilling, roasting or braising them. These techniques cut the amount of fat needed to prepare the chops while still preserving flavor. Pork chops can also be baked, however, use a meat thermometer because an overcooked pork chop is dry and lack flavor. Using non stick cookware is another good way to reduce the amount of fat needed to cook pork chops and will create a healthier finished product.
Pair pork chops with fruits and vegetables. Pork chops cook well with fruits like raspberries, cherries and apricots, which add a little sweetness to the flavor of the meat. Onions, sauerkraut and potatoes also go well with pork chops and can bring out the tastes of the pork.
Choose the right side dishes. All your good intentions go out the window if you serve your healthy pork chops alongside foods that aren't healthy. Pair your pork chops with brown rice, steamed vegetables or a salad to keep the meal healthy while still making the pork chops center stage.
Keep your portions in check. A serving of pork chops is 3 ounces so be sure you don't serve yourself up a huge pork chop that ends up being several servings, derailing your healthy intentions.