I often get asked about the healthiest types of meat to eat. While there are many options out there, one that I always recommend is grass-fed ground beef. What I sell is ground Chuck and it has about a 85/15 ratio of lean meat to fat making it a go to in my house for my daily calorie and protein goals. Not only is it delicious, but it also affordable and has numerous health benefits. In this blog post, I will discuss some of the reasons why you should consider adding more ground meat to your diet.
1. It’s high in protein: One of the biggest benefits of grass-fed ground beef (I sell ground chuck) is that it is high in protein. A 6oz portion of what I sell has about 42 grams of protein in it. Protein is an essential macronutrient that is needed for muscle growth and repair. It speeds up recovery times after a workout or particularly active day and it also helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied, which can help with weight management. I call it satisfying my meat tooth.
2. Rich in healthy fats: Grass-fed beef is higher in healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and vitamin E. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, while CLA has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect your cells from damage.
3. Nutrient-dense: Grass-fed beef is also rich in nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells, while zinc is needed for a healthy immune system. Vitamin B12 is important for nerve function and the production of DNA.
4. Collagen rich: Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue, and ground beef contains more collagen than other cuts of beef because it includes some of the connective tissue that is ground in with the meat. Collagen is a key component in the structure of our skin, hair, nails, and joints, and it can provide several health benefits when consumed in your diet. I sell ground chuck, which is part of the shoulder and therefor is higher in collagen than other cuts because the shoulder is an active muscle with more connective tissue. This also helps keep it moist and tender during cooking.
5. Lower in unhealthy fats: Grass-fed beef is lower in unhealthy fats, such as saturated and trans fats, than conventionally raised beef. This is because grass-fed cows have a more natural diet, which includes grass and other forage, rather than corn and other grains that are typically used in conventional feedlots.
6. Supports sustainable farming: Choosing grass-fed beef supports sustainable farming practices. Grass-fed cows are raised on pasture and have access to fresh air and sunlight, which is better for the cows and better for the environment than raising cows in confined feedlots. Additionally, grass-fed farming practices promote healthy soil and reduce the need for pesticides and other chemicals.
7. It’s quick and easy to cook: Cooking with Ground Beef is a versatile and easy way to create a variety of delicious meals. Patty Melts, Bolognese, Meatballs, Beef Chili, Beef Stir Fry, the possibilities are endless, making it a great ingredient to keep on hand for quick and easy meals. Pictured above is my go to recovery meal. I eat this 3-4x a week. It's a patty melt topped with cheese (usually blue or gorgonzola but here I used Swiss) with onions and berries. Sometimes I even drizzle honey over the top of the entire plate.
When choosing grass-fed ground beef, it is important to look for high-quality sources. Look for meat that is labeled as 100% grass-fed, as this ensures that the cows were only fed grass and forage, rather than grains. Additionally, choose meat that is minimally processed and free from additives and preservatives. My grass fed ground chuck comes directly from the USDA inspected facilities that supply the restaurant industry. When you purchase your meats from me you are literally moving up the food chain.
Grass-fed ground beef is a healthy and delicious addition to your diet. It is high in protein, rich in healthy fats and nutrients, and lower in unhealthy fats than conventionally raised beef. At $3.50 per portion it is an affordable option for you to choose in feeding yourself and your family and in choosing grass-fed beef, you are also supporting sustainable farming practices, which is better for the environment. So, next time you're looking for a healthy and tasty meal, consider cooking up some grass-fed beef chuck meat!