I’m no health expert, but I am pretty experienced in eating bad diets. If you’re like me and your ambition is to get healthier in your eating – through moving away from carbs and toward a higher protein/fat mix* – you’re going to have to do some planning and routinization of your eating so that you don’t fall back into bad dietary habits.
The trick is finding a relatively cheap, plentiful source of protein that is easy to eat, sustainably interesting enough for your palate, and low in prep time and messiness.
Cooking steaks every day isn’t going to happen – it’s too messy, takes too long, and costs too much. On the other hand, eating beans every day is going to get boring fast.
My solution to this problem has become a cornerstone of my diet: grocery store rotisserie chicken.
A good half of a roast chicken will satisfy any growing boy’s appetite for a meal, and chicken works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (though I typically will eat chicken eggs for breakfast). Thanks to the magic of supermarkets, these birds are already seasoned and cooked, and they’re available typically for under $10 a piece at the deli section of many grocery chains. They refrigerate well for a week or more (retaining moisture usually for that time or a bit less). They usually come in bags that are easy to transport for a nice work lunch, etc, and they’re ready to microwave when you’re ready to eat.
And since stores like Publix offer 4 seasoned options, there’s not too much risk of getting tired of the flavor. Chicken pairs well with many things, so it’s a flexible option for your main protein of your main entree.
In other words, rotisserie chicken will solve just about all of the convenience problems of healthy, high-protein eating. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking to build your dietary toolbox, consider grocery store rotisserie chicken to be a potential mainstay and Swiss Army Knife of food usefulness.
*Assuming this is the appropriate diet for you, which it may not be.