Whip up a healthy, protein-packed dinner for your family in no time! People talk a lot of smack about red meat, but the truth is it can be part of a healthy diet. Aside from delivering amino acids that increase satiety, speed up metabolism
and build lean muscle, beef contains healthy doses of iron, zinc, niacin, selenium, vitamin E and B vitamins — nutrients that support blood formation, as well as brain and nervous system function. Here’s how to eat it: Limit weekly consumption to roughly 3 ounces. Consuming fat in excess, healthy or not, results in one thing: flab. Ground beef is sold with 5 to 30 percent fat, giving you the option to choose from 80-95 percent lean varieties. However, the leaner the cut, the lower the vitamin and mineral content. We recommend going for 90 percent lean, which yields 182 calories, 9 grams of fat and up to 24 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving. Finally, always go for grass-fed
. It’s naturally lower in calories and fat than grain-fed beef. Additionally, it contains more heart-healthy omega-3s, less saturated fat, and as much as four times the vitamin E. We’ve compiled a list of ground beef recipes that are pretty epic. From breakfast to dinner, we’ve even included healthified dietary sinners. Pick one a week to enjoy without guilt.