5 reasons why I’ll never turn down a good steak

by Emma on March 15, 2012

in Health & Nutrition,Weekend BBQ,What's For Dinner?

Back in the day I was lucky enough to have beef straight from our very own farm available for many meals a week. A whole cow would last months and months, and would be used to create many many different recipes. While I didn’t appreciate the quality when I was a young tacker, I grew to appreciate the succulent beef steak as most people in rural Australia would.

My sister called me yesterday afternoon to see if I’d like to have steak for dinner with her and while I already had in my mind what meal I was going to prepare myself, I said, “That’d be great, thanks. I’ll never turn down a good steak!” And here are the reasons why.

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  1. Sometimes when my body’s batteries are low, I know it’s because my iron levels are down. There’s no better way to boost them back up than by tucking into a serving of tender steak. Beef (or any red meat for that matter) is an important source of nutrients such as iron (carries oxygen around the body), zinc (helps keep your immune system strong), omega-3 (support normal brain function), vitamin B12 (important for the nervous system) and protein (helps growth and development).
  2. Being one of the highest protein meats you can buy (with approximately 20-30g of protein per 100g serving) it’s not only a great way to stay fuller for longer, but also helps prevent eating additional calories from carbohydrates if you’re trying to lose weight or get lean.
  3. If you trim off any visible fat, a steak has less than 4 percent saturated fat, earning the Heart Foundation’s Tick of approval. And while there’s a constant tug-of-war about whether we should or shouldn’t have saturated fat in our diet, I believe we it’s a good thing to consume saturated fat in moderation. We have survived for centuries eating it after all!
  4. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends eating red meat 3-4 times a week. Now I know I can’t afford to eat THAT much red meat every week, so if someone offers me a steak, I’m going to make the most of that opportunity to boost my nutrition levels.
  5. Last but certainly not least, there is nothing better than tucking into a tender juicy well-seasoned steak straight off the grill. It goes perfectly with a glass of red and my Greens, mint and feta salad and/or Potato salad with ham and pickled onions. Enjoy x

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