Let’s call a spade a spade: Sausage doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a particularly “healthy” food. But that’s just a misconception! Sausage is actually an excellent source of protein, and it’s incredibly flavorful which makes it an ideal ingredient for livening up nutritious meals.
Sausage can (and should!) be part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Are you looking for some simply, easy ways to lighten up some of your favorite over-the-top sausage dishes? You know you probably shouldn’t be eating bacon-wrapped sausage skewers every single day, but we’ve got a few suggestions for making sausage your health diet’s new best friend. Here’s how to do it.
Tip: Use More Whole-Grains
Whole grains are an excellent and easy switch to make in your diet because odds are, you won’t even notice. Whole grains have more fiber and take longer for your body to digest, so they won’t leave you feeling hungry an hour after eating them. We particularly love whole grain pasta for noodle dishes…once we pour over a hearty helping of Caryn’s Special Sunday Sauce, we never even miss the refined carbs! Other easy whole grain switches include swapping white bread for wheat bread and using grains like farro or quinoa in place of rice.
Tip: Up the Protein
Protein is the keystone of any balanced diet. Our bodies need protein to produce energy, and studies have shown that higher-protein diets leave people feeling more satisfied and less likely to snack on empty calories. Sometimes the best way to boost the protein content in our favorite sausage dishes is to add more sausage! This is a particularly good tip if the protein is cancelling out other less nutritionally-dense ingredients like carbohydrates. Italian Sausage and Potatoes, for example, is a great dish for upping the protein quotient in our diets.
Tip: Try Poultry Sausage
A lot of people only think of sausage as pork or sometimes beef. Yes, classic Italian sausages are made with those meats, but there’s a whole world of sausage out there! Poultry sausage is incredibly delicious and it’s usually lower in fat than traditional pork sausage blends. Papa Cantella’s Turkey Italian and our Chicken Apple Sausages are today two of our best-sellers! Try some hot turkey sausage in your next bowl of Pasta e Fagioli Soup, or some chicken sausage in your next Sausage Sandwich. You won’t know what hit ya’.
When it comes to lightening up your favorite sausage dish, think outside the link. Sausage is always the star, after all, so focus on ways you can easily make the accompaniments a little more nutritious, from adding more vegetables to switching to a lower-carb side dish.
Healthy eating is all about smart choices, and sausage is the smartest choice you can make! It’s delicious, it's easy to cook, and everyone in the family loves it.
What could possibly be healthier than that?