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National Nutrition Month: How to enjoy food & eat right

Posted by Colleen Zenk, director of consumer information & nutrition, MN Beef Council
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Top of mind this month (and every day), is that we’re all in a delicate balancing act when it comes to food.

First and foremost, we want our food to taste good. But we also look for items that’ll fit within our health goals. And then add on the fact that we’re usually pressed for time... Meals that meet all our requirements may seem out of reach, but when you start with a satisfying protein, everything can fall into place.

Beef Nutrition Facts
Did you know lean beef is one of the most satisfying proteins and packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition? A 3 oz. serving of lean beef provides nearly half of the protein you need each day, along with 10 essential nutrients, including iron and B vitamins, for only 150 calories. Research suggests eating lean beef can also improve cholesterol levels! That’s the power of lean beef – power to feel full longer, manage your weight and stay active longer.

Lean Beef Flash Facts (based on a 3 oz. serving) 

  • Nearly half the daily value for protein 
  • Less than 10 grams of fat
  • 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat
  • Less than 95 mg of cholesterol

Cooking Healthy with Beef
Beef It’s What’s for Dinner is a great place to start for inspiration and healthy eating ideas. So if you haven’t already, check out some of the most popular lean beef cuts like strip steak, t-bone, and tenderloin steak. You’re probably already cooking a lean cut at home or choosing it when dining out!

You can also chat with the experienced and knowledgeable specialists at your Lunds or Byerly’s meat counter. They can direct you to those lean cuts and share additional suggestions that fit within your budget.

Put all this into action with simple, quick recipes like Bibimbap-Style Korean Marinated Flank Steak and Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad.

Take a look at other meal inspirations for salads, sandwiches and tacos. With a few easy steps, you’ll be whipping up a meal that meets all your flavor and nutrition requirements in no time!

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