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Power up with beef this spring

Posted by Kaye Strohbehn, director of marketing with the Minnesota Beef Council
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring is finally upon us, which brings excitement for many of us to get outdoors! As you enjoy more fun physical activities, don’t forget the power and importance of proteins in your diet.

Research shows a protein-rich diet, with reduced carbohydrates, combined with physical activity can help: improve body composition during weight loss, reduce triglyceride levels, and maintain higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Furthermore, physical activity is more effective when coupled with a protein-rich diet because it helps maintain muscle mass while losing fat.

The Power of Beef
The good news for beef lovers: beef is a nutrient powerhouse that helps active Americans “protein up” to provide the fuel to stay physically active. Lean beef is a great source of high-quality protein in a low calorie, nutrient-rich package. Eating lean beef as part of a balanced diet and being physically active can be part of the solution to maintaining a healthy weight.

Luckily, there are more than 29 lean cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, so it's easy to "go lean with protein" and follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

What you get for your Beef
Finding delicious, yet healthful solutions for your entire family are as close as your store’s meat case. On average, a 3-ounce serving of lean beef is only 154 calories, and contains 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol. Additionally, lean beef is an excellent source of 6 nutrients (protein, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin and selenium) and a good source of 4 nutrients (phosphorous, choline, iron and riboflavin).

Did you know a 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides nearly half of your recommended Daily Value for protein? Whether you’re a beginning athlete or seasoned pro, lean beef can help you and your family power up to live vibrantly.

Beef Recipes
Looking for a lean beef recipe for you and your family? Check out this Mediterranean Beef and Veggie Wrap for a great meal on the go.

For more beef recipes or information on how you can include beef in your diet, visit at the Minnesota Beef Council.

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