Thick, meaty, smoked pork chops are as delicious and healthy for you as chicken. Very low in fat and calories, they are a great change of pace.
Pork chops, off the bone, can be the perfect way to put some variety in your healthy diet regime.
Loin chops are the leanest and most tender pork cuts. Cooking takes a bit of care because lean pork can dry out quickly if cooked too much.
Yet, pork like chicken can be unsafe to eat if isn't thoroughly cooked. Typically chefs recommend that the pork reach an interior temperature of 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.
There is a quick and easy way to incorporate lean, low fat pork into a meal and it's from Hormel.
Try the company's pre-packaged (vacuum sealed) Extra Lean, Boneless Smoked Port Chops, with natural juices. They are thick cuts of scrumptious chops with a smokey flavor that is not at all overpowering.
The chops are fully cooked and can be ready in minutes. It takes the risk out of cooking them yourself and unlike what you might think, they are moist and flavorful as well as filling.
Sold in a package of three, a recommended serving is three ounces. There are 2.5 servings per package.
Here are the dietary numbers that make this choice a no-brainer for dinner, lunch or an anytime sandwich.
- Total calories, 100, 35 of them from fat.
- Total Fat: 4 grams with only 1.5 grams of saturated fat and NO trans fat content.
- The chops have zero carbohydrates and 15 grams of protein.
- The sodium content is high and consumes 40% of your daily recommended intake (970 grams), so be sure to know what else you are eating that day.
For those on Weight Watchers who measure points, not calories, each serving is no more than 2 points, leaving plenty of room for a baked potato, veggies of your choice and a salad with dressing.
Cook the chops in a shallow baking dish at an oven temperature of 325 for 10 minutes or until hot. For microwave cooking, cover and heat on medium power for 2 minutes or until hot. If you prefer to broil the chops, place them close to the heat and turn them once for total cooking time of 3-5 minutes.
Bury the chop with steaming sauerkraut, or cut the chop into pieces and add to a mixture of stir-fry or grilled veggies. Put a full chop between slices of your favorite bread, topped with lettuce, tomato and onion, or season with Dijon mustard or favorite hot sauce.