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Updated on May 2, 2019

As many of you have already experienced, my mission is to help the students of Illinois State University by providing them the resources they need in order to be successful. As an Illinois State student myself, I want help other students who do not have a form of transportation to go to the store by delivering them the products they desire. The Redbird Grocery Runner is the most reliable way to get the resources you need to be successful and I plan on continuing that reliability as the semester goes on.

Many of my customers have been asking for a recommendation on a source of protein that is affordable and easy to cook. Cooking in college can be challenging because many students do not have many ideas on what they can cook. When I was a freshman, I had no clue what to buy and even how to cook it. It wasn’t until a was given a roommate my sophomore year that ate chicken breast for dinner every night and I realized how easy it was to cook.

There are many different recipes that you can use to cook your chicken whether you are just cooking a chicken breast or putting it in noodles or vegetables. During that year, my roommate had a George Foreman grill and would cook chicken with veggies every night. If you are a Freshman or Sophomore and live in the dorms, I would recommend a George Foreman or a crockpot to help cook it since you are so limited to cooking resources. If you have a full kitchen, then all you will need is a pan and a stovetop and you will have access to hundreds of different meal options. Keep in mind when preparing the chicken, the way you prepare chicken breast can add hundreds of calories to the final fat and calorie count of your meat. Roasting, broiling, or boiling the breast is generally the healthiest preparation methods. Frying or sauteeing the meat in butter or oil will add fat and calories. Adding condiments like barbecue sauce, olive oil, or dipping sauces will boost your calorie and fat intake.

Now you are probably wondering why I like chicken breast so much and why I am recommending it to you all. Chicken breast is a staple in the diets of many healthy eaters and exercisers. It’s a great source of lean protein. Dieters who eat enough protein are more likely to maintain muscle mass and preserve a healthy metabolism. But trying to calculate chicken breast calories can be tricky because chicken breast nutrition varies based on a number of factors. Chicken breasts are a good source of protein and are low in fat and low in sodium. Chicken breasts provide zero grams of carbohydrate, so they are a low-carb food. The estimated glycemic load of chicken breast is zero. Since chicken breasts are so versatile they are easy to incorporate into a healthy diet. But chicken calories can be tricky. The size of the chicken breast will affect the calorie count. A single serving of chicken breast is about three ounces or the size of the palm of your hand. Many commercially packaged chicken breasts are much larger than that. So if you eat a single breast, you’re probably eating more than a single serving. If you keep the skin on your chicken breast, the fat and calorie count will be much higher. A whole chicken breast with skin provides 366 calories, 55 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 14 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat and 132 milligrams of sodium.

The most important reason that I want to inform you about chicken breast is the health benefits that it brings. Chicken breast is an excellent source of low-fat protein. Protein helps your body to maintain muscle mass and also helps you to build muscle if you are participating in a strength program. Chicken breast is also a very good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, and niacin. Depending on the cooking method you choose, chicken breasts are also naturally low in sodium.

You may be wondering why I am promoting just chicken breast and not any other chicken parts in a whole chicken. The reason is simply because the breast is the healthiest part. The biggest factor about chicken breast is that it has white meat instead of dark meat, meaning it contains less fat in it and more protein. Moreover, this is a leaner food, so you won’t feel heavy pain in your stomach if you eat it which is something that appears more frequently when it comes to the darker meat. Of course, a major benefit is the fact that you get more energy. This allows you to be more productive as a student and acquire results that you desire. As a student meal planner, one of the most important things when you want to choose chicken breast is focus on the amount of calories that your diet has at this time. The consumer trends showing a larger popularity for this because chicken breast is a lot more beneficial. In a breakdown that was made for 3 ounces of chicken breast and leg/thigh meat you will find 0 carbs, 27 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat as well as 130 calories. In comparison, the same amount of leg and thigh meat will bring you in 170 calories, 0 carbs, 22.5 grams of protein and 12.8 grams of fat. So yes, if you want to plan a student budget and still maintain healthy eating habits, then the chicken breast is definitely the best choice that you can make. It has a lot more protein and a much smaller amount of fat. Not only that, but the dark meat brings in 30% more calories, while also having less protein as a whole.

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