Choose: Free-range organic turkey and chicken
For better flavor and improved nutritional profile, look for organic, pasture-raised poultry. A recent study found that organically raised poultry had significantly lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria than their caged, conventionally raised counterparts. Poultry labeled “free-range” comes from farmers who must demonstrate their birds have access to the outdoors. But the ease of this access and whether the birds actually spend time in the sunshine is poorly regulated. As for “organic,” the birds may or may not have been allowed to forage outdoors. Eatwild.com can help you find a local supplier of the good stuff.
Smart buy: Whole chicken is surprisingly easy to cook, and the resulting plethora of cheap meat can be used for several meals such as salads, sandwiches and soups.
Budget tip: In addition to being more affordable than white meat, darker meat is juicier and less likely to dry out during cooking. And with only one extra gram of saturated fat per serving, but more iron and immune-boosting zinc, there’s no reason to eschew dark poultry meat.