Healthy Eating Isn’t “One-Size Fits-All”

Pomegranate Steak with Quinoa

When it comes to choosing an eating style that works for you, there are many choices.  Most healthy diets have a lot in common: they incorporate a variety of nutrient-rich foods, emphasize high-quality protein sources, encourage plenty of vegetables and fruit, and are balanced with fiber-rich, quality carbohydrates. Beef plays an essential role in many healthy diets as an authentic high-quality protein with ten essential nutrients, like iron, zinc and B-vitamins. 

Low-Carb Diet

With zero carbohydrates, beef supports a healthy Low-Carb lifestyle. Research shows that boosting protein-rich foods can help stave off cravings, maintain muscle during weight loss and maintain healthy levels of blood sugars and cholesterol.1-3

Beef completes and balances a Low-Carb diet because it satisfies and is a source of great tasting, high quality protein.  Protein rich meals and foods like beef, as part of a Low-carb Lifestyle, are essential to help build and preserve muscle. Maintaining muscle or lean body mass is a marker of your current and future health4, so it’s an important part of any healthy eating plan.

Confetti Beef Taco Salad

beef confetti taco salad (8 g carb)

Enjoy this salad at home on Taco Tuesday or any night of the week. Your favorite taco ingredients are deconstructed and served up on a salad. No taco shell needed.

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Simple Asian Beef Salad

Simple asian beef salad (12 g carb)

So simple yet so tasty. Try this Asian-style salad with stir-fried Sirloin Tip Steaks topped with crunchy peanuts or wasabi green peas.

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Beef and Egg Breakfast Mugs

beef and egg breakfast mug (3 g carb)

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast with a boost of protein? Add beef Breakfast Sausage to scrambled eggs and microwave in a mug. This one travels well too.

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Keto Diet

The ketogenic, or “Keto” diet has been used since the 1920’s for controlling epileptic seizure5 but has become more popular as research has shown it may be an effective tool for weight loss6-9.  Keto followers aim for a very low carb, high-fat and moderate protein intake.  Because Keto diets restrict carbohydrates, which includes many fruits and vegetables, pairing keto-friendly food like beef with low carb vegetables can help balance nutrient needs.

Garden Herb Strip Steaks

garden herb strip steaks

Make a rub from thyme, oregano, lemon and garlic for big flavor on Strip Steak.

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Parmesan-Crusted Beef Steaks with Mediterranean Relish

parmeson crusted beef steaks with mediterranean relish

Enjoy this steak recipe without the grill. Parmesan-crusted steak with Mediterranean flavors will be sure to please a crowd.

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Beef Sausage & Egg Muffin Cups

beef sausage & egg muffin cups

Make a breakfast on-the-go with beef and egg muffin cups.

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Gluten-Free Diet

Knowing whether or not a food contains gluten is important for the growing gluten-free community.  People who have Celiac disease - an autoimmune disorder that causes an intolerance to a gluten protein found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats - eliminate gluten as the only effective treatment for the disease10. Others avoid gluten for possible undesirable side effects that may arise from non-celiac gluten sensitivities.

Beef is naturally a gluten-free food and research confirms that even though grain-finished cattle eat sources of gluten grains such as wheat, barley and rye, beef remains gluten free because of cattle’s unique digestive system11.  Try recipes where we pair non-gluten nutrient rich grains like corn, quinoa and rice in gluten-free meals that are sure to satisfy.

Pomegranate Steak with Quinoa

Pomegranate steak with quinoa

Strip Steak is marinated in pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar and herbs and served with quinoa and more pomegranates for garnish. This is one colorful dish.

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Cumin-Seasoned Steaks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

Cumin Seasoned Steak Tacos with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

A simple sweet and spicy rub gives Top Sirloin Steak delicious flavor while homemade grilled corn salsa adds a smoky finish. Top with avocado cream for a smooth finish!

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Classic Beef Kabobs

classic beef kabobs

Cubes of seasoned, tender steak grilled with mushrooms, peppers, and onions on a skewer. A recipe that's perfect for an appetizer, snack, or dinner.

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Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet is an eating pattern based on the prehistoric human diet – how our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era – containing foods that, over 10,000 years ago, could be obtained by hunting and gathering. This usually limits foods like dairy, legumes, and grains noting that they emerged with modern day farming practices. The typical Paleo diet is rich in protein like beef, fish, fruits, vegetables nuts and seeds. The aim of the Paleo diet is to return to a pattern of eating that is closer to what early humans ate.

Some research has shown that following a Paleo diet pattern may have health benefits including weight loss, improved appetite management, improved blood lipid profile, reductions in blood pressure, and improved glucose tolerance12-14.  Paleo meals should be anchored with high-quality proteins like beef along with vegetables and fruit aligned with the Paleo eating pattern.

Citrus-Marinated Beef & Fruit Kabobs

Citrus Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs

This recipe combines fresh fruit and steak in a colorful, easy to eat kabob. This Beef. It's What's For Dinner. recipe is certified by the American Heart Association®.

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Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Beef Tenderloin Cranberry and Pear Salad

Ready in just 25 minutes, this will be a go-to for quick & nutritious weeknight meals.

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Caribbean Ribeye Steaks with Grilled Pineapple Salad

Caribbean Ribeye Steaks with Grilled Pineapple Salad

Ribeye Steaks are spiced up with cilantro, cumin and ground red pepper and served with a simple salad of pineapple, red pepper and lime.

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