Many people probably think of chicken or fish when considering alternatives to red meat. Lamb, or mutton, is also a healthy substitute. Lamb can have very high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for your heart health. The specific amount of omega-3 fatty acids a lamb chop might have depends largely on the animal’s diet. A conservative estimate is 40 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per 1-oz. serving of lamb loin. Whenever possible, select organically raised lamb that was also pasture-fed for better nutrition.
A 4-oz. serving of lamb contains 229 calories. Lamb also has impressive amounts of tryptophan to help you sleep better at night. The same serving size also contains 60 percent of the recommended daily value of protein, along with zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins B12 and B3. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker enjoys lamb shank. If you prefer to avoid grilling or roasting it, try a lamb curry with apricots.