What’s not to like about fully cooked chicken or turkey breast strips, slices, and cubes?
A 3 oz. serving is low in calories (roughly 100) and saturated fat (1 gram or less). They’re convenient (eat them right out of the bag or after a brief stop in the microwave). And they’re versatile (toss some into a salad, stir-fry, or sandwich).
The problem—no surprise here—is salt. A 3 oz. serving of strips from Hormel, Perdue, or most Tyson varieties is packed with 400 to 600 milligrams of sodium. Butterball Everyday chicken or turkey breast strips hit around 750 mg (half a day’s limit for most adults).
If Trader Joe’s Just Chicken, which has no added salt, doesn’t do it for you, try our favorite strips: Nature’s Rancher. This succulent recommendation (with just 180 mg of sodium) is sold at Whole Foods. If you can’t find it, any of our Honorable Mentions would please your palate…and dispatch 15 to 25 grams of protein to your muscles.
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