Ground Turkey has revolutionized the choices we have for our favorite ground meat meals. From burgers to chili, spaghetti sauce to meatloaf now a days many are choosing to do turkey instead of beef in these popular meals. Whether it is a conscious decision to avoid excess fat or you just prefer the taste of poultry over beef, ground turkey is all the rage. You may have thought you were opting for the “healthier” option when standing in line at the grocery store but some ground turkey may hold a dark secret.
What is in ground turkey? “Just ground turkey meat” is how I would have answered before learning that often times ground turkey is produced using the bi-products left over from other turkey cuts. That in itself is not too disturbing but when I learned those other things could also mean fillers like “skin” and “natural flavorings” I pondered how that could possibly be healthier. These fillers are added to keep costs low and give it a more palatable flavor. Luckily, you do not need to worry about that craziness when you choose John Henry’s Ground Turkey. We use only our highest quality free range turkey. We have created a special blend boneless, skinless breast and thigh meat. No flavoring, fillers or extras of any kind are added to our ground turkey.
Turkey packs a punch when it comes to health benefits by providing important vitamins B-6 and B-12, niacin, choline, selenium and zinc. It is also high in protein which is a necessity in a healthy diet, 3 ounces of turkey will provide your body with 26 grams of protein. Lack of protein in your diet can lead to lack of energy, feelings of weakness, jitteriness or spaciness. The high protein in turkey can keep your energy up for whatever your work/school day throws at you. There is no need to grab your third cup of coffee in the afternoon if you are nourishing your body at lunch time with some turkey.
One of my favorite ways to incorporate a little more turkey into our dinner routine is the “John Henry’s Homestyle Meatloaf”. This was a huge hit when I made the Simply Wholesome Wildtree Freezer Meal Bundle for my family last year. This meal changed my opinion about meatloaf and we even offer it to our John Henry’s customers as one of our Easy Meals. It is made with half ground beef and half ground turkey with Wildtree’s Red Pepper & Garlic Blend, coconut flour, egg and onion. I was very leery at first and wondered how that combination was going to work. But my dinner was a big success and I love that I am able to feed my family grass fed beef and free range turkey the way it should be – without fillers.