Let’s face it. We all love to consume foods that taste great, but are perhaps not as good for our body as one would hope. The problem us men run into is that we want to look and feel good, while sustaining our bodies on Five Guys Burgers, pizza, and beer. Luckily, there are plenty of great manly foods that not only fulfill our need for great tastes, but are also good for us.
The Turkey Burger
Who doesn’t love a good, fat, juicy burger? Hamburgers taste great but obviously aren’t so good for you. Instead of indulging in something that is full of fat and calories (that are sure to clog your arteries), consider the turkey burger. A burger made with turkey has a nice meaty consistency and does a good job of mimicking a real burger without the high levels of saturated fat. Ground turkey contains just 190 calories, and 2.5 grams of saturated fat per four once serving, while ground beef contains 308 calories, and 7.5 grams of saturated fat.
If you’re craving something salty, skip the potato chips, and reach for pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds can satisfy your salty cravings while fulfilling your body’s need for magnesium. The good news is that men who consume sufficient amounts of magnesium are at a much lower risk to die an early death. Pumpkin seeds are small, crunchy, not calorie dense (just 125 calories per ounce) and much lower in fat (5.5 grams vs 10grams) than potato chips.
Most men don’t consider fish a very manly food, some even swear it’s a vegetable. But prepared correctly, salmon is one of the heartiest and best tasting fish available. Salmon is dense and much more meaty than many other fish, and also contains loads of the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists studying the diets of Eskimos in the Arctic have found that despite the Eskimo diet being extremely high in fat and cholesterol, they have a very low rate of heart disease. This has been attributed to the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. Salmon can be dressed up with many different seasonings to suit your taste buds and can be paired with many other foods such as potatoes, rice and so forth.
The classic breakfast option that many men overlook is oatmeal. Not only does oatmeal taste great, it’s filling, and good for you. Oatmeal provides men with zinc, which helps to boost the immune system, as well as b vitamins that can help with stress. Instead of adding the traditional butter or sugar to your oatmeal, add flavor by incorporating honey as a sweetener, and topping with a sliced banana or chopped almonds.