Recipe and image courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.
Written by Holly Swee, South Dakota Beef Industry Council.
Summer break is nearly over, and soon life will again be full of running kids to school and often extracurricular actives before and after class. Families are more on the move and in motion more than ever before, and even though schedules may be hectic, it’s important to not lose breakfast in the interest of time.
Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day because it provides the “fuel” that gives us energy to get through the day. It’s especially important to think outside “the cereal box” when it comes to breakfast because high-quality protein foods like lean beef can be an important and delicious addition to your morning plate.
Beef’s Nutritional Benefits
Research suggests including protein like lean beef at breakfast promotes satiety, which means students can focus more on learning rather than when the next snack or meal will be served.
High-quality protein, like lean beef, is especially important for children because it supports the growth, repair and maintenance of all body tissues, makes red blood cells and boosts the immune system. Sufficient protein is essential for children to perform their best both physically and mentally.
Research also shows balancing protein intake across three meals, specifically by increasing protein intake at breakfast and lunch, helps to preserve muscle mass.
Lean beef is a naturally rich source of 10 essential nutrients, and a perfect partner for your everyday breakfast favorites like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, making it simpler to start your day in a balanced way.
Beef Sweet Potato Hash Recipe
A beefy breakfast doesn’t have to be hard – or take a lot of time. Check out this Beef Sweet Potato Hash recipe. This recipe makes the most of leftovers by mixing remaining beef with sweet potato, onion and taco seasoning into a flavorful hash. You can even put the mix in a whole-grain tortilla for a hand-held meal. Pair it with your favorite fruit and low-fat or non-fat dairy and you have a balanced breakfast ready to go.
For more beef recipe ideas, contact Holly Swee, RD, LN, South Dakota Beef Industry Council at 605.224.4722 or visit www.sdbeef.org.
ABOUT SDBIC: The SDBIC collects and administers the $1 beef checkoff on cattle sold in South Dakota. Checkoff dollars are utilized strictly for promotion, education or research programs. Fifty cents of every dollar is directed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for programs on the national level. The SDBIC retains 50 cents, which is invested in additional national programs or in-state programs.
The SDBIC is comprised of three representatives from eight agricultural organizations: South Dakota Beef Breeds Council, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, South Dakota Cattle Women, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farmers Union, South Dakota Livestock Auction Market Association and South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.