I have a friend who is very physically fit and watches what kinds of protein and fats she intakes. We had a conversation about how she gets tired of eating chicken and asked if I had any other meat ideas. I said what about pork? She replied with “I don’t eat very much pork because it is really fatty”. She had no idea pork is in fact a lean protein. Pork tenderloin actually meets the guidelines for “extra lean” protein (less than 5 g fat, 2 grams of sat fat and 95 mg cholesterol). The tenderloin is the leanest cut of pork – a 3-ounce serving contains 120 calories and 2.98 grams of total fat – as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
Other lean cuts (based on a 3-ounce cooked serving) include:
- boneless loin roast with 147 calories and 5.3 grams of fat
- boneless loin chops with 153 calories and 6.2 grams of fat
- boneless ham (extra lean) with 123 calories and 4.7 grams of fat
- A 2-ounce serving of Canadian-style bacon contains 86 calories and 3.9 grams of fat
She was amazed after I shared with the nutritional facts on pork. The next questions was ok but how do I cook it? That is a super simple one too! I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. I use it at least once a week if not more through the cooler months. Toss it in, add water, turn it on and bam 6-8 hours later you come home to a house that smells good and a meal that will warm you in the winter. There should be no fear when it comes to cooking in the slow cooker. One of my favorite fall back dinners in a pinch is buying a pork loin cutting it in half. Freezing one half for later and tossing the other half in the crock pot. All I do is add some Mrs. Dash, 1/2cup water some carrots and onion and let it cook on low for 8 hours. You will not only have a juicy pork meal but it will fall apart with the touch of a fork. You can serve it over salad, add some barbecue sauce or eat it on a bun. The kids even love this is their school lunches. Below is a great video and a pork slow cooker recipe. Along with Ohio Hog and Soybean Farmers I share some other delightful pork slow cooker recipes!