You’ve read the latest news about meat and eggs, I’m sure. If you’re wondering if you should give up meat and eggs, well, my answer is no. I’m one dietitian who is certainly not going to give up meat and eggs just because of one study. Not to say that I don’t think the study is important to consider. I mean, eat less, sure, but give up? No way! Instead, I’m going to continue doing what I’ve been doing; 1) telling people not to take unncessary supplements, such as lecithin, which, while we know has some positive effects on our health, isn’t typically neccessary to take as a dietary supplement, 2) telling people not to follow a diet such as Adkins, because it’s absurdly high in eggs and beef, and low in fruits and vegetables, and most importantly 3) consuming eggs and meat in moderation, which to me means 1-2 times a week (and small portions each time). Nick and I typically eat beef once every other week, and eggs once a week, maybe twice (and I typically just eat the whites. Keep in mind it’s the yolks that have the choline and cholesterol). And you know what? That’s what we’re going to continue to do. That being said, please enjoy today’s recipe, which provides you with a very reasonable and non-Western-Diet-Like portion of red meat (ie: not 10 ounce, but 4. Perfect) as well as an abundance of fresh vegetables.
Nutrition Highlights: Good source of fiber and calcium, excellent source of protein, vitamins A and C, and iron.
So, this is how I respond to the latest news about red meat. Basically, it’s a reasonable portion (~3-4 ounces), topped with and surrounded by lots of vegetables (and a beer….yeah, one drink a day for women is good for their hearts, come on now!).
Is it strange that I actually prefer vegetables as my “grain”? I mean, offer me portobellos for a bun and I’ll say “heck yeah!”, offer me spaghetti squash for noodles and I’ll dive right in. It’s two great things in one (great flavor and nutrition) so it’s a double win.
Will you be changing your intake of meat and/or eggs since the release of the latest research? I’d love to hear your thoughts. And meanwhile, have a great Tuesday. I’m off to teach a group of preschoolers about how to create a healthy plate. Then tonight I’ll teach my last diabetes class of the season (so sad, I’ve been really enjoying this class).