Everyday we are told what we shouldn’t eat, what we should eat or how frequently we should or should not be eating it and with the hundreds of diet regimes (many of which are supported by celebrities with amazing figures) it is truly amazing that we mere mortals are able to feed ourselves at all!
A confusing topic that comes up quite often is eating beef and other red meats. It might be that we struggle with this one because it’s just so tasty and there aren’t many people who won’t salivate at the mention of a juicy beef steak. But the conflicting recommendations available on the Internet, in magazines and on TV about red meat has turned it into a guilty pleasure and the ‘My Body is a Temple’ types to the ordinary families may choose to cross it off the food list altogether or spend hours working it off at the gym.
“Eating beef on a daily basis is bad for you and it sits in your stomach rotting long after you have eaten it. Red meat is full of fat and contributes to heart disease.”
How about if I told you that red meat can be perfectly healthy and that you can eat steak every day if you want to. Getting the right balance with complimentary foods and eating in moderation is the key to a health diet. It isn’t eating red meat that is the problem; it’s the quality of that beef and what you eat with it.
Avoid: Processed red meats such as burgers and frozen meats with additives
Instead: Choose fresh cuts of organic beef from cattle that is pasture-raised
Avoid: Eating bread with beef For example, Hamburgers
Instead: Serve fresh salad and vegetables with beef. These contain fat busting enzymes.
Preparing a healthy Steak meal is simple:
- Purchase some organic meat from a trusted retailer
- Grill or fry in the meats juices to however you like it
- Add a good portion of any of the following fat busting foods: Asparagus, Beets/Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Garlic Lettuce, Radish, Horseradish, Tomato.
If you want to keep it healthy but add more flavor to your steak? Simply add crushed peppercorns, crushed garlic, mixed herbs, rosemary or other herb during cooking. Or you could marinade the beef before cooking with natural yoghurt and a mix of herbs and spices. Yum!
Beef Choices (PDF at beeffoodservice.com)