September's Top Story Ideas
National Cholesterol Month: New Thinking
September is National Cholesterol Month, which serves as the perfect time to reevaluate heart-healthy diets. I wanted to make sure you’ve seen the research that shows that eating lean beef as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle can help lower cholesterol levels.
New thinking: In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Penn State University found that people who participated in the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, consuming lean beef daily, as part of a heart-healthy diet, experienced a 10 percent decline in LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. You may have heard that you need to cut red meat out of your diet in order to get cholesterol in check, but this study indicates that opting for a serving of lean beef every day can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet.
Putting the new thinking into practice: Choosing lean cuts of beef is easier than ever. That’s because many of your favorite cuts are lean, like Strip Steak, Tenderloin, Flank Steak and 93% lean Ground Beef! Consider tasty favorites like Dijon-Wine Steak Kabobs with Mushroom Wild Rice or fall comfort foods like Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili.
National Breakfast Month Gets a Dose of Protein
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And you’ve also probably been hearing about the importance of protein. But sometimes putting the two (breakfast and protein) together, can be a challenge. Who has time to make a big, fancy meal in the mornings with the kids rushing off to school while you’re trying to get out the door for work?
Well, this is where we can help. Our culinary team put their thinking caps on to come up with several easy breakfast options, full of protein to keep you satisfied without stressing you out!
Beef and Cream Cheese Bagelwich makes the most of leftovers from the night before (like steak strips or slices of roast) atop a thin-style bagel with your favorite toppings. It’s 29 grams of protein made portable!
Beef Sausage & Egg Muffin Cups can be made on Sunday and saved for reheating all week. Use our recipe for sausage flavored lean Ground Beef or customize it with your favorite flavors.
Beef and Spinach Breakfast Sandwich can be whipped up in only 15 minutes and will only dirty one skillet. Use leftover beef alongside a quick egg scramble with veggies for extra fiber and you’ve got a hot meal on the table in no time at all. You can serve it as a sandwich on your favorite bread or bagel, or wrap it up in a tortilla and eat it on the go.
Tailgating Foods for your Favorite Teams
Green and Gold. Crimson and White. Purple and Yellow. If your mind is thinking in team colors, then we’ve got some tips for you! Why not make your tailgate food reflect your favorite team?!
Let’s start with some common colorful foods to mix and match:
Peppers: Green, orange, red and yellow
Green herbs: basil, cilantro, parley
Potatoes: Red, purple, blue, yellow and white
Tomatoes: yellow, red and green (sometimes orange, too!)
Veggies: Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots, corn
Fruits: Grapes, melon, oranges, apples, lemons, limes
Now, let your imagination run wild with the possibilities for foods to showcase your colors. A classic chili is always a hit. Top it with chopped veggies for a colorful presentation (yellow bell peppers and cilantro for instance). Or what about tasty little steak bites with cheese and a perfect tomato to pair? You could make easy-to-eat kabobs with any variety of colors, like purple potatoes and orange bell peppers or vibrant fruits!
Long Lead: Don’t Bust Your Diet on Spring Break
If you’re like most of us, you will make a goal to start eating healthier in the new year. Perhaps you’ll start a workout regimen and begin planning your meals. Whatever your goals were in January, don’t let Spring Break ruin all your hard work!
If your family is taking a trip, plan ahead with snacks like beef jerky and fruit. Try to get a protein-rich breakfast, so you won’t be tempted to snack later in the day. And when you’re enjoying dinner out, finding a favorite lean cut like a Flank Steak, Strip Steak or Tenderloin on the menu should be no problem at all!
If you’re staying home while the kids are out of school, have them help with the cooking. They can thread skewers for kabobs or place items in a ziptop bag for a marinade. If they’re old enough you can even have them help with chopping up veggies for a quick stir-fry dinner. (The beauty is they won’t know that what they’re cooking fits in your healthy diet because it will taste so good.)
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