Slim Down with These Healthy Pork Tenderloin Recipes

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When you're trying to slim down, one of the best things you can do is eat more extra-lean protein like pork tenderloin. Studies show that  people who eat extra-lean protein are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. Why?

1. When people eat what they like — say  roasted pork tenderloin — they don't feel deprived and are less likely to engage in emotional or mindless eating.

2. Extra-lean protein keeps you fuller longer, so you'll consume fewer calories overall.

3. Extra-lean protein helps build and maintain muscle mass which helps your body burn more calories all day long.

Get this: Ounce-for-ounce, pork tenderloin is as lean as skinless chicken breast. Plus, The American Heart Association recently certified pork tenderloin as a heart-healthy food with its iconic red check mark.

And with the new USDA guidelines issued last May – pork chops, roasts, and tenderloins can safely be cooked to medium-rare at 145 degrees, not. 160, followed by a 3-minute rest period, — you'll never have to suffer through dried out pork again. Keep in mind that the 15 degree difference will yield a finished product that is likely moister and pinker than you may be used to which is perfectly safe. If you're roasting pork tenderloin, then cover it with tinfoil after you take it out of the oven, and let it rest for 5 to 7 minutes to keep all those savory juices locked inside.

Now, read on for amazing healthy pork tenderloin recipes from some of the best food bloggers on the web.


Asian Style Pork Loin recipe from Dine and Dish (pictured above; photo courtesy of Kristen)

Maple Kissed Pork Medallions recipe from Family Fresh Cooking

Pork Tenderloin with Honey Mustard Sauce recipe from Noble Pig

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Jam recipe from Recipe Girl

Pork Skewers with Molasses, Dijon, and Sage Glaze recipe from Cookin' Canuck

Easy Pan-Fried Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen

Rosemary and Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cherry Relish recipe from Chew Nibble Nosh

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Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Mango Salsa recipe from Food Blogga (pictured above)

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin recipe by Andrea's Recipes

Chipotle Citrus Marinated Pork Tenderloin recipe from Simply Recipes

Grilled Pork Tacos with Avocado Radish Salad recipe from Spinningitall

Pork Tenderloin with Warmed Grilled Tomato Salsa recipe from Steamy Kitchen

If this isn't enough pork inspiration, then check out these 25 tempting, healthy pork tenderloin recipes from Cooking Light.

For dozens more pork tenderloin recipes, including this Go Southwest Marinated Pork Tenderloin, visit Pork, Be Inspired.

And don't forget about the “Love Me Tenderloin” daily sweepstakes. Every day throughout February, The National Pork Board is giving away $50 worth of pork tenderloin. Visit for more details.

Top photo credit, FCC, erix!