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New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Beef! | Oak Barn Beef

November 07, 2023

Steak with words on the photo that say New Year's Resolution: Eat More Beef!

As we close out 2023 and look toward 2024, many of us are looking forward to a fresh start and a chance to set new goals… dare we say, resolutions? Here at Oak Barn Beef, we believe in the value of beef and its place in a healthy diet. As the new year dawns and resolutions take center stage, it’s a great time to talk about how a protein-rich diet can help you reach your health goals. Let’s dive into the world of protein, explore why it’s so important, and discover delicious ways to include beef in your meals.

Why is Protein So Important?

Protein is the foundation of life, the crucial component that helps your body to function optimally. It's the building block for muscles, skin, bones, and other essential tissues. In addition to being the body's structural backbone, protein plays a pivotal role in various vital functions. It aids in immune system function and helps transport oxygen in the blood.

Whether you're trying to lose weight or build muscle, protein is key. It helps keep you feeling full and satisfied, curbing excessive snacking. Plus, it's essential for repairing and growing tissues, making it a fundamental component of any successful fitness or weight loss journey.

Healthy Ways to Embrace Beef in Your Diet

Luckily, beef is renowned for being an optimal protein source that plays a vital role in achieving a balanced and nutritious diet. Not only is it rich in protein, it also offers the essential building blocks necessary for muscle growth, repair, and overall well-being. It's a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that our bodies can't produce on their own. This makes it a versatile and efficient choice for fulfilling our daily protein requirements. Beyond protein, beef is a source of various vital nutrients, including iron, zinc, and B vitamins like B12 and niacin. Its nutrient profile makes beef a top choice for those looking for a protein source that nourishes the body while providing a delicious and satisfying dining experience.

Here are a few things to consider when adding beef to your regular diet:

  1. Choose Lean Cuts: Opt for lean cuts of beef. Some great choices are sirloin steak, flank steak, or tri tip roasts. These cuts are lower in saturated fats, providing you with an excellent source of protein without sacrificing great flavor.
  2. Portion Control: Keep an eye on your portion sizes to ensure you're getting the right amount of protein without overdoing it. A typical serving size of beef is about 3 oz, which is roughly the size of a deck of playing cards. Many of our steaks are large enough to share, or save as leftovers!
  3. Cooking Methods: Choose healthier cooking methods like grilling, broiling, or roasting. These techniques allow excess fats to drip away from the meat. We’ve got a great article about grilling here.
  4. Mix It Up: Incorporate beef into a well-rounded diet filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Balance is the key to achieving your health goals.

Setting the Record Straight on Red Meat

It's time to set the record straight on red meat. While overly processed or fatty cuts might not be the healthiest choices, lean beef deserves its place on your plate. The key is to maintain a well-rounded diet that includes a variety of foods. We use DNA testing to ensure that the meat that makes it to your plate is the highest quality possible. With the right choices, you can savor the flavor of lean beef without compromising your journey toward a healthier, happier you.

To learn more about our family-owned beef operation, you can visit us at www.OakBarnBeef.com or stop in and see us at 706 S. Lincoln St. in West Point, Nebraska.




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