If you’re stuck on what protein to add to your dinners, turkey should be highly considered. Depending on how turkey is prepared  It is  low in fat and can be prepared in so many healthy ways.

Here are a few nutritional facts about turkey that you might not have known:

Protein Power
Just one serving of turkey has about 65% of your daily recommended protein intake – so the next time you’re choosing your lunch meat, think about stopping by the deli and picking up some turkey slices. Make sure that the turkey you prepare is roasted or barbequed and not fried!

It’s considered a Complete Protein

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Your body can make some of the 22 amino acids it needs for normal functioning. There are eight amino acids that need to be obtained through food because your body cannot make them. Turkey delivers all eight of these essential amino acids.

 Dose up on Vitamin B’s
Turkey is packed with essential B vitamins. It is rich in: B6, B12, and folate. These vitamins are essential in reducing the risks of anemia, cardiovascular disease and stroke. B Vitamins also help convert food into energy – giving you that extra push of strength throughout the day!

It’s full of essential minerals

Most cuts of turkey deliver essential nutrients, such as phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. These minerals help your body to do everything from regulating heart function and blood pressure, to making new cells and boosting immunity.

 Go Skinless

If you’re looking for the leanest option – make sure that your turkey meat is skinless and white. Dark meat and the skin are super tasty however, if you’re looking for lean, stick to the lighter meat with no skin. Turkey does have cholesterol – but the majority is found in the skin. Did you know that by discarding the skin, you can cut the cholesterol intake down by 10%?

Does it cause Sleepiness?

Finally, let’s dispel a popular myth. Turkey does not cause sleepiness. Although the amino acid L-tryptophan is present in turkey, the levels found, even in huge servings are far too low to have any sedative effect.