Healthy eating provides winter maintenance for bodyMany of us have begun winter maintenance on our homes and cars, so why not make some similar tweaks to our diets?
By: Holly Swee, SD Beef Industry Council
Whether we like it or not, winter will be here soon. Many of us have begun winter maintenance on our homes and cars, so why not make some similar tweaks to our diets? For motivation and ideas, the American Heart Association is claiming Nov. 7 as National Eating Healthy Day. This day has been set aside to help the public learn how to eat and cook healthier meals. Reducing controllable cardiac risk factors, through diet, exercise and healthy habits may help prevent a heart attack or stroke in the future.
Many of these healthy lifestyle changes can also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Eating a variety of foods in the proper portions is one easy step to start with.
Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information on culinary variety and correct serving sizes.
In celebration of National Eating Healthy Day, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council has partnered with South Dakota’s AHA to share heart-healthy meal recipes for the upcoming holiday season. Visit www.sdbeef.org to view the recipes.
Science-based research continues to show lean beef is good for heart health. Thanks to the new, partially checkoff-funded BOLD study (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet), the findings offer substantive evidence that eating lean beef daily as part of an overall heart-healthy diet can actually lower cholesterol — and is as effective in doing so as the gold standard heart-healthy diet, which emphasizes other animal or plant proteins and limits beef.
With more than 29 lean cuts of beef, including favorites like flank steak, tenderloin, 95 percent lean ground beef and round steaks and roasts, it’s easy to find a variety of delicious, heart-healthy beef options for your next meal.
If you need more incentive, there are also three fresh beef cuts that are certified to display the coveted AHA heart-check mark, signifying they meet AHA’s criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol.
These include boneless top sirloin petite roast (USDA select quality grade); top sirloin filet (USDA select quality grade); and top sirloin kabob (USDA select quality grade).
Give this Top Sirloin Petite Roast with Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes a try. Pair it with your favorite vegetable and wholegrain side dish for a tasty and beautiful meal.
Holly Swee is the director of nutrition and consumer information for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council.