3 Reasons You Should Think Turkey This Summer

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If you follow me on social media, you likely heard the news that I’ve partnered with Canadian Turkey Farmers to get Canadians thinking about turkey year round! I’m so excited for this partnership because I love inspiring my community to try new recipes and bring variety to the healthy foods that they enjoy.

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to enjoy a wide variety of foods so that your meals are never boring. I see this so often with my clients, they have trouble sticking to eating healthy because they are always making the same recipes over and over. Particularly when it comes to proteins, I find people gravitate towards the same two or three proteins for most of their meals. No wonder healthy eating can seem so boring!

When it comes to building a healthy lifestyle, variety is crucial. If you’re someone who often reaches for the same proteins at the grocery store, try switching things up! Turkey is a healthy and delicious protein option that has so much to offer outside of the holidays. Check out my top three reasons why you should think turkey this summer (followed by a yummy herbed balsamic marinated turkey breast recipe!):

It’s a versatile protein

Canadian turkey is a great protein to include in your regular recipe rotation because it’s so versatile! Turkey can be so much more than just something you roast during the holidays.

What I love about turkey is that it can be cooked in a variety of different ways. For the longest time I didn’t consider trying other cooking methods for turkey like grilling, baking, stir-fry, slow cooking, or pressure cooking. Once I started thinking outside of the box, I realized there are so many options when it comes to cooking turkey.

I also didn’t consider that turkey doesn’t need to always be roasted in its whole form- it’s so easy to find various cuts of turkey at the grocery store. Using cuts like turkey breasts, thighs or drumsticks is an easy way to switch up your weeknight proteins.

Turkey also works really well with so many different cuisines and flavour profiles; it doesn’t need to be bland or boring. You can easily use it for Thai, Mexican, Italian or Mediterranean cuisines. Use different spice blends to season your turkey with or try adding different sauces or marinades to flavour it (like my marinade recipe below!).

Variety is key for health

As with all healthy foods you enjoy, it’s a good idea to enjoy a variety of different proteins. Variety in your diet is the best way to provide your body with the widest range of vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive.

If you only eat the same proteins week after week, you could be limiting the nutrients your body needs. Each protein source will have varying amounts of both essential and non-essential amino acids. For this reason it is beneficial to enjoy a variety of protein sources in your diet.

As I mentioned earlier, switching things up with your protein sources also helps keep healthy eating interesting. Turkey is a nutritious protein that can help add some variety to your recipes and meals throughout the week.

It’s a nutritious protein

Turkey is a complete protein that provides all of the essential amino acids that are necessary for building and repairing tissues in the body. These amino acids are also important for enzyme production, maintaining fluid balance and formation of antibodies.

Turkey is a nutritious, lean protein that provides a source of B vitamins like niacin and vitamin B6; as well as minerals like selenium, zinc and phosphorous. It’s more than just protein- turkey provides a range of nutrients that will help your body thrive.


Ready to switch up your barbeques this summer?

Try this delicious herbed balsamic marinated turkey breast for grilling. It’s so easy to prepare and doesn’t take much time to cook, which means more time enjoying the sunshine and time with friends and family!

Herby balsamic marinated turkey

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ingredients

  • 2 turkey breasts (about 1 ½ pounds of meat)

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tsp each: dried rosemary, dried basil and dried oregano (feel free to use any combination of herbs and spices you want!)

  • ½ tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic clove, dried herbs, salt and pepper; whisk well to combine.

  2. Place the turkey breasts in large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over top. Seal the bag and use your hands to gently massage the marinade on the turkey breasts. Place turkey in the fridge to marinade for at least one hour (though the longer it marinades, the better!)

  3. Preheat your barbeque to 400F; once hot, turn the heat down to medium before placing the turkey breasts on the grill. Grill for 10-12 minutes before flipping and cooking on the other side for another 10-12 minutes. Be sure the internal temperature reaches 165F before removing from the heat. 

  4. Let turkey sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Alaina Yvon-Moreau