Love it, Like it, Hate it: Sausage

Football season is kicking into high gear, which means tailgating and game-day parties.  And grilling up sausage is one of the simplest – and most popular – fan favorites, so in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny on better-for-you options with all of the flavor and a fraction of the calories and saturated fat.


Love it!

Any low-sat fat chicken or turkey sausage, with no added nitrates/nitrites, like:

Applegate Chicken & Turkey Sausage, al fresco Chicken Sausage, The Original Brat Hans Chicken Sausage, & Wellshire’s Smoked Fresh Turkey Keilbasa

Per link (3-ounce link): approx 130-140 cals, 2 grams sat fat, 2-4 grams carbs, 15 grams protein

Like it!

Reduced-fat turkey/chicken sausage, conventional, like Hillshire Farm’s Turkey Smoked Sausage

Contain added nitrites/nitrates, often MSG

Per 3 ounces: approx 135 cals, 2 grams sat fat, 4 grams carbs, 13 grams protein

Hate it!

Full-fat pork/beef sausage, high in saturated fat, sodium, plus contains added nitrites/nitrates

Per 3 ounce: 285 cals, 10 grams sat fat, 3 grams carbs, 10 grams protein