Shari Duncan

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Eat Well, Live Well… Natural Beef
Shari

by on Feb.02, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, General HEALTH, General Nutrition, High Protein dishes, Recipes

Real Cows eat Grass, Not Grain.

There was a time when all beef was grass fed and “natural”.  Natural for fresh meat products, as defined by the USDA, refers to “minimally processed and containing no artificial ingredients.”   Today, most all commercially available beef are fed enormous quantities of corn, protein supplements, antibiotics and other drugs, including growth hormones so that they can be  made as fat as possible and brought to slaughter (and market) as fast as possible.  All this to make up for what they are missing from the diet that was intended for them.

Why grass fed beef is healthier for you.

Grassfed meat, is lower both in overall fat and in artery-clogging saturated fat. Because grass is cattle’s natural, preferred food source, they are able to process their food better.  And because their bodies aren’t pumped full of hormones to make them grow faster, they have more time to mature.  All those nutrients end up in the meat and result in a healthier and more delicious product.

The fat content of beef is the primary reason it has lost ground as a respectable entrée on America’s dinner table. Not only do most beef cuts have a high fat content, ranging from 35-75%, but the majority of it is saturated. The overall total fat content of a pasture raised cattle is about 25% lower than that of your typical corn fed cattle… Look at packaging and you will notice it is labeled lean by the USDA.

Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in calories too. A 6-ounce steak from a grass-fed steer can have 100 fewer calories than the same steak from a grain-fed steer.  Pasture raised beef also has the added advantage of providing more omega-3 fats. These crucial healthy fats are most plentiful in flaxseeds and fish, and are also found in walnuts, soybeans and in meat from animals that have grazed on omega-3 rich grass. When cattle are taken off grass and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on grain, they immediately begin losing the omega-3s they have stored in their tissues.

In addition to being higher in healthy omega-3s, meat from pastured cattle is also up to four times higher in vitamin E than meat from feedlot cattle and much higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient associated with lower cancer risk. Grass-fed beef is also higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as the B-vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin.

Pasture raised beef tastes different from grain fed beef.

This is the way beef is supposed to taste! The difference is that you taste “clean” meat, free from antibiotics and hormones.  Additionally, grass fed beef is safer for the environment, more humane to the cattle and overall a safer meat. And the reason is simple.  They are eating a diet appropriate for their bodies.

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20 Minute Meal:  Natural Beef Fajitas

  • 1 lb Natural Beef steak (Boneless Chuck or Round)-  cut across grain in 1 inch (finger length) strips
  • 1 small onion, sliced

    "stir fry" with fresh Veggies and spices for a quick, healthy meal.

  • ½ red, ½ green bell pepper, sliced
  • Minced garlic (to taste)
  • Fajita seasonings
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBSP Olive oil
  • Whole wheat, High Fiber or low carbTortilla Wraps
  • Salsa or Pico de gallo

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:  Fresh Tomato, Avocado Slices, Black Beans, Low Fat Shredded cheese.

  • Coat bottom of large skillet with olive oil.  When pan is hot, quickly stir fry seasoned vegetables (garlic, onion and peppers) until lightly browned – just limp.  Do not overcook. (2-3 minutes).  Remove from Pan.
  • If needed add more olive oil to pan.  Add beef strips, fajita seasonings to taste, and lime juice and stir fry quickly  (1-2 minutes) over medium-high heat until beef is slightly pink in center.
  • Return vegetables to pan. Mix well and continue to cook meat until desired wellness.  Remove from heat promptly.
  • Fill warm tortillas with beef and vegetable mixture.  Top with ~2 tablespoons salsa (per wrap) and desired toppings.
  • Roll tortilla… and Enjoy!

Serve with side of black beans and/or whole grain rice.

  • Substitute, fish, shrimp or chicken for beef.
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