The conscious eater’s guide to meat

3 rules for picking the best protein

As more athletes adopt a plant-based diet, environmentally-conscious carnivores can struggle to understand where meat fits in. One place: as a side dish to meals heavy in fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole grains. Follow these tips to ensure you're making smart choices.

Buy grass-fed and organic.
Factory-farmed animals are fed antibiotics and, to encourage weight gain, soy, grain, and corn. “When we eat meat, we absorb what they’ve eaten,” says Jeffrey Morrison, MD, a member of the Equinox Health Advisory Board. Organic, grass-fed, or pasture-raised meat results in leaner cuts with more healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

Get meat delivered.
Subscription boxes deliver clean sources of protein straight to your door. Try Butcher Box and Crowd Cow.

Support sustainable restaurants.
When you dine out, it can be tough to know where the meat is coming from, unless you quiz a knowledgeable server. Some places make it easy, however, advertising themselves for supporting purveyors who treat animals humanely. You can feel good about frequenting those places.

3 “weed” recipes

“Swap your go-to greens with another class of nutrient-rich ingredients: weeds.”

3 seasonal post-workout meals

These high-protein recipes feature peak produce.