Trim the Fat with 4 Healthy Pork Recipes

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If you’re looking for that perfect pork recipe, we understand. Pork is the perfect dinner protein: Succulent, versatile and, of course, affectionately known as the other white meat.

Pork’s popular tagline doesn’t simply refer to its color, either. Pork can be as lean as the original white meat, chicken breast, but it has way more to offer than its famous name notes.

Pork contains plenty of nutrients, including riboflavin, zinc, vitamin B6 and selenium, and it’s also a great way to get in that extra protein.

Protein is an important tool in your weight loss tool kit, shown to help preserve muscle mass as the pounds drop. By adding more protein but keeping portion sizes the same, you’ll also probably feel fuller, eating less fat and calories, but leaving your table satisfied after each meal. Sounds like a weight loss win-win, no?

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Two ounces of lean pork loin cooked counts as a Nutrisystem PowerFuel, and will only put you out about 120 calories.

So, how do you incorporate pork into your healthy meal plans? Easy!

Here is a roundup of easy pork recipes ready to fill you up… not out:

Helpful Hint: Getting to the pork recipe is as easy as clicking on the name of the meal, its image or the link in the caption!

1. Pork Chops With Fruit Chutney

pork recipe pork chop
Pork provides the perfect healthy base for a hearty meal that will leave you satisfied. The lean white meat packs in protein you need to keep your diet on track. Adding a serving of fruit is an easy way to boost the flavor and the nutrition. Imagine delicious apples and pears, cinnamon and pork filling your home with wonderful aromas while you cook. It’s the perfect recipe for two (or one, if you like to enjoy leftovers the next day). This is an easy pork recipe with little prep and little clean up. This flex meal counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and two Extras for those on the Nutrisystem program. Click here for the full recipe >

2. Savory Pork Egg Roll Bowl

Savory Pork Egg Roll Bowl Pork Recipe
Skip the greasy takeout and taste how satisfying homemade meals can be! We all have cravings for takeout, but “taking-in” can be delicious and diet-friendly. Combine lean pork, onions, carrots, cabbage and soy for a balanced meal you can feel good about. This delicious deconstructed egg roll bowl provides fewer than 400 calories and is void of the greasy sodium bombs that often hide in our foods. Quinoa is a smart swap for rice that adds all nine essential amino acids to this pork recipe and provides a hearty, satisfying texture. Spice it up or down with your favorite hot sauce. This pork recipe provides three servings of vegetables and protein. Success in a bowl! This meal counts as one SmartCarb, one and a half PowerFuels, three Vegetables and one Extra. Click here for the full recipe >

3. One Dish Herb Pork Tenderloin

One Dish Herb Pork Tenderloin
Preparing a meal doesn’t always mean perpetual clean up. This pork recipe makes a healthy (and tasty!) meal possible all in less than an hour with one nifty dish. Using the power of fresh herbs, you will add loads of flavor with little calories. Sage, rosemary and thyme… the perfect trio. And, this recipe makes six servings! Have the whole family for dinner or stock up on leftovers for the week. The hearty root vegetables in this dish can help you feel fuller and satisfied beyond belief thanks to the fiber. One serving counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Vegetable and two Extras. Click here for the full recipe >

4. Fast Hawaiian Flatbread

Pork Recipe Fast Hawaiian Pork Flatbread
This two-step recipe is faster than getting in a car and getting through that congested drive-thru, and it’s so much tastier. Building your own flatbread with a whole wheat pita is a good way to get in some of those whole grains recommended by the American Heart Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Provolone adds a creamy touch and deli ham’s that lean protein you’re looking for. Top it all with arugula, onion and pineapple for an easy pork recipe that looks like the work of a kitchen genius. Toasting it all in the toaster oven makes the Fast Hawaiian Flatbread a melty, gooey, sweet and savory meal in minutes. Protein, fiber and whole grains are on your plate and ready for your stomach. This recipe counts as one SmartCarb, two Powerfuels and one Extra. Click here for the full recipe >

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