Healthy Choices: Which one is healthiest?

Chicken vs. Turkey  

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.25.20 PMWhen it comes to sandwich toppings or go-to dinner meats, chicken and turkey are popular choices. Both meats are mild, inexpensive, and versatile. Lean ground turkey can be subbed for ground beef and used in spaghetti sauces or as a grilled burger. Turkey bacon, sausage, and salami are other great options. Ground chicken and chicken sausage can also be found at grocery stores. So which one is healthiest?


Healthy Choice:
Turkey wins this debate. White meat turkey is lower in calories than any other meat and packs in lots of protein. It also has less cholesterol and saturated fat than chicken (just be sure not to eat the skin) and is a top source of calcium, too.

Beer vs. Soda 

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.25.34 PMBoth fizzy drinks are definitely indulgences and there’s no doubt that neither are at the top of the list of healthy beverages. Sure, soda won’t give you a buzz, but it will give you a sugar high. Neither drink is good at keeping you hydrated, which you’ll likely need on hot summer days. When choosing between the two, which is the lesser of two evils?

Healthy Choice: Opt for a cold one. Research indicates that beer can have some of the same heart-healthy benefits as wine if consumed in moderation (no more than one pint per day).  By comparison, the same amount of soda per day puts you at a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who rarely drink soda.

Broccoli vs. Cauliflower 

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.25.43 PMThey’re both yummy, easy to prepare, and shaped like tiny trees, but between broccoli and cauliflower, is one better for you than the other? Equally low in calories, these stalked veggies are both super nutritious, but can you guess which one is the superior pick?

Healthy Choice: Broccoli! While they’re both good for you, broccoli trumps its cream-colored counterpart. Broccoli has more protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins C, E, and A.

Ketchup vs. Mustard

This summer, you’re likely to be exposed to plenty of these popular condiments at backyard barbeques and outdoor festivals. Ketchup and mustard have been pantry staples in the U.S. for decades, but which one of these hamburger and hotdog toppers is better for you?Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.25.52 PM

Healthy Choice: Squirt on the yellow stuff. While tomato-rich ketchup can provide antioxidants, you’re likely to also get a heavier dose of sugar and a lot of sodium. Mustard has no added sugar and is lower in calories and carbohydrates.

Kale vs. Spinach

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.25.58 PMSuperfoods have gotten a lot of buzz in the past few years, and while you’ve probably been eating spinach for decades, kale is definitely having its fifteen minutes of fame. Kale smoothies, salads, chips, and more are all at the forefront of foodie blogs and magazines, but does this leafy green really trump a good ole spinach leaf?

Healthy Choice: Both greens are nutrient rich and heart-healthy. Plus, spinach and kale are packed with iron, fiber, protein and vitamins K, A, and C. When it comes to kale and spinach, you can’t go wrong with either.

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