Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I Heart Lean Beef, and So Should You!
That was on the Master of Beef Advocacy alumni email last week and I thought it was too good not to share on Valentine’s Day. I love it!
With Valentine’s Day today, (yes if there are any men reading this, it is V Day today!) if you wait till the last minute like I do, you could be wondering what special meal should I prepare to show my sweetheart a little love. Beef is an American favorite on Valentine’s Day, and for a very good reason.
According to a survey conducted on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, on Valentine’s Day, Americans would rather have a nice meal than a card, flowers, chocolate or even a gift and sixty-two percent of Americans said steak is their most desired Valentine’s Day meal.
Steak dominates candlelight dinners. Fifty-three percent of Americans identify filet mignon as the food most associated with candlelight romance, and fifty percent think filet mignon is the best way to say, “I love you,” compared to other dishes such as chicken cordon bleu (13%) or pork tenderloin (6%).
There are 29 cuts of lean beef including the tenderloin, flank steak, lean ground beef and the favorite T bone. Any of the “loin” cuts fall into the lean category also.
On average, one 3-ounce serving of lean beef is only 154 calories yet a naturally rich source of 10 essential nutrients – including protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins. You won’t find that in a chicken breast. Plus as a bonus you get that wonderful beefy taste!
New checkoff-funded research called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) found that adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet can lower heart disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL “bad” cholesterol.
So celebrate Valentine’s Day with the sexy sizzle of a succulent piece of lean beef. That sound is music to my ears. Pair it with a glass of your favorite wine and there isn’t a better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them!
Happy Valentine’s Day!