Chicken Is Too Good for the Soul

by Rachelle on August 11, 2015

Chicken is a popular food that is cooked in a multitude of ways in every household. It is one of the most valued foods among people of all ages, throughout the world! Not only does it form a crucial part of various culinary traditions but it is also highly nutritious, healthy, and delicious to taste. Need more reasons to eat chicken?

Lean ChickenHigh in Lean Protein

Chicken is one of the highest protein suppliers, and not just any protein. It’s full of lean proteins, which are the highest quality proteins and are extremely important for our body growth. These low-fat proteins also play an important role in assisting overweight people in losing weight quickly. As proteins are also known as the building blocks of muscles, chicken is also a great source if you’re looking for muscle build-up.

Boosts Your Metabolism

Vitamin B6 encourages metabolic cellular reaction, which means eating chicken will keep energy levels high while metabolism-burning calories can manage to keep you at a healthy weight level. If you are starting to feel a little tired, try eating some chicken to give your body a boost of nutrients, proteins and calories that will also keep your energy levels buzzing.

Keeps Bones Healthy

Chicken also contains phosphorous which, along with calcium, keeps your bones healthy. It is also rich in the mineral selenium that cuts the risk of developing arthritis at later stages of life.

Natural Anti-depressant

It always seemed like a big bowl of chicken soup always would cure the blues right? Chicken, like turkey, is high in amino acids, particularly tryptophan, which gives us that comforting feeling. In fact, if you’re feeling like you need a pick-me-up, eating some poultry will increase your serotonin levels in your brain, which enhances your mood and reduces stress, as well as helping you to fall asleep easier.

Not enough reasons? Try a few of these recipes:

Caribbean Wrap (4 servings, easy difficulty, 485 calories per serving)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups chopped or shredded skinless, boneless white breast meat from a rotisserie chicken (or 1/3 cup dark meat per each cup)
  • 2 cups cubed mango
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 8 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Crushed red pepper, generous pinch
  • Four 8-inch 100-calorie whole wheat tortillas
  • 8 cups mixed greens tossed with 10 to 15 pumps spray dressing
  • 1/2 cup roasted macadamia nuts

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine the chicken, mango, black beans, onions, cilantro, garlic and crushed red pepper. Spoon evenly into the tortillas and roll up. Serve each wrap with 2 cups of the mixed greens garnished with the nuts.

Chicken Kabobs (4 servings, easy difficulty, 113 calories per serving)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind water
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Special equipment: 4 metal or bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water overnight.

DIRECTIONS

Preheat a grill to medium-high.

In a large bowl, mix together the mint, ginger, sugar, garam masala, salt, and tamarind water. Add the chicken and mix it well. Cover the bowl and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Thread the chicken onto the 4 skewers. Oil the grill and place the skewers onto it. Grill the skewers, turning frequently and basting with the remaining marinade for about 7 to 8 minutes per side, until the chicken is done and the juices run clear.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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