The Beauty in the Beef

For the love of South Dakota Beef

Power Up Breakfast Bowl

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The secret’s out.  We need more protein.

As consumers we’re paying closer attention to nutrition labels (or at least taking note of numbers listed other than just calories).  Consequently, food merchandizers are onto us and marketing strategies have shifted to emphasize protein content in foods.  Lucky for us, our beef product is notorious for protein and we’re proud of that!  Not only is lean beef a tasty and nutrient-packed source of protein, it’s also considered a high-quality protein, which not all foods labeled for protein can tout.

Here’s why:

What is High-Quality Protein?
When it comes to choosing proteins, it’s important to realize that all proteins are not created equal. High-quality or complete proteins contain all the indispensable amino acids in the appropriate amounts needed by humans.  The quality of a protein is also related to its digestibility, and animal proteins are highly digestible. For example, meat and cheese have a digestibility of 95 percent, whereas cooked split peas are about 70 percent digestible.  Beef, milk, yogurt, pork, eggs, cheese, fish and poultry are complete high-quality proteins that contain all the essential amino acids your body needs to build and maintain muscle mass and manage weight, sarcopenia, osteoporosis/osteopenia, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. These animal proteins are nutrient powerhouses, providing the essential vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

Here’s a recipe that’s packed with high-quality proteins that will surely power up your day!

Power Up Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
Red pepper, chopped
Mushrooms, sliced
2 Cups kale, chopped
1 Cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
4-6 large eggs

Directions:
1. Brown ground beef, draining and rinsing any excess fat.
2. Add onion, red pepper, mushrooms, kale and yogurt to ground beef.  Mix together and cover.  Reduce heat and let simmer.
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3. Meanwhile, prepare eggs as desired.
4. Remove beef mixture from heat and top with eggs.
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5. Serve and enjoy!

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