After indulging in all the festive foods over the past few weeks, many of you will probably be considering a January diet to undo all that merriment. Whether you’ve eaten too many mince pies or scoffed more cheese boards than you care to remember, most of us make use of the post-Christmas come down to give ourselves a bit of a health kick.
But at this time of year, we can become bombarded with so many diets, weight loss plans and fitness regimes that most of us don’t even know where to start.
Well, if you’re in need of a little help, we might just have the answer. If you’re thinking of following a high protein, low-fat balanced diet this new year, then we have just the thing for you.
Our new lean meat boxes are full of high protein, low-fat chicken, available in either a choice of skinless and boneless thighs or succulent chicken breasts. With 5kg of chicken in each pack, meal prepping your new diet just became a whole lot easier. Whether you want to lose weight or build muscle or simply just get a little bit fitter, our lean meat boxes are a superb solution for your January health kick.
How many meals can you get out of one box?
Our 5kg chicken thigh packs contain around 40 pieces, while our 5kg bulk chicken breast box contains around 20 to 22 pieces, allowing you to dish up around 20 meals per box, depending on the quantity of chicken needed for your chosen recipe.
How much protein is in each box?
Our chicken breast contains the following:
Nutritional values /Energy as sold per 100g:
- Fat 1.8g (of which saturates 0.5g)
- Carbohydrate 0g (of which sugars 0g)
- Fibre 0g
- Protein 23.3g
- Salt 0.1g
What’s the best way to cook our chicken?
Chicken thigh and breast can be cooked in a variety of ways. The healthiest way to cook chicken is to bake it in the oven, stir fry it or create a winter warming casserole. Below are a few recipe ideas that you can recreate using our succulent chicken whilst sticking to your new year goals.
- Use our chicken thighs to create this winter warming casserole recipe and remember to add some extra veg for a satisfying dinner without the hassle. Serve with brown rice or a wholemeal roll for some added protein and fibre.
- Roast our chicken thighs for around 30 mins on 200 degrees Celsius / 180 fan, and serve with seasonal vegetables and boiled new potatoes for a healthy twist on a Sunday roast.
- Missing your favourite takeaway? Recreate our fakeaway recipes using our juicy chicken breasts, with 3 tasty dishes for you to try.
- A traybake is a classic dish and this pesto chicken recipe is certainly one you will want to try. Swap out the white potatoes for sweet potatoes or extra veg if you want to reduce the calorie content.
When it comes to healthy meals, you don’t have to miss out on flavour. Our helpful hints will make sure your dishes are satisfying and delicious whilst aiding your new healthy lifestyle.
Season, Season, Season!
A lot of healthy recipes tend to feature smaller amounts of fat and oil in their ingredients, which can sometimes affect the flavour. This is why it’s important to season your meals well. Opt for a good blend of herbs and spices in your cooking and don’t be afraid to experiment. Combining your seasoning is the best way to get the most flavour from your food. For a more distinct flavour, add your herbs and spices towards the end of your cooking.
Invest In A Non-Stick Pan
A good non-stick pan will allow you to fry dishes without the need for cooking oil, which can reduce the number of calories in a dish significantly. This way, you can recreate your favourite pan-fried meals without worrying about ruining your diet. If you want to stick with your regular pan, try cooking sprays. These can help reduce the amount of oil used whilst you’re cooking.
Don’t Forget Your Veg
With many high protein meal plans, it can be easy to forget other areas of a balanced diet. Ensuring you include plenty of veg in your meals is just as important as meat content, so make sure you include a good portion of vegetables in your recipes to ensure a well-balanced dish. There are many vegetables which contain good levels of protein, such as peas, broccoli, spinach and edamame beans.
Add Bulk With Legumes
Want to add even more protein to your dish? Consider legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and beans, which are all great sources and protein. They also have the added benefit of being good sources of fibre too, which can help you feel fuller for longer for a more satisfying meal.
Be sure to tag us in any healthy dishes you create with our lean meat boxes over on our Instagram @hixsonmeatldn.