May 28th is National Hamburger Day y'all! So fire up the grill and throw some delicious, lean, healthy protein on the grill.
I've been thinking back over the past year. At no other time has health been more prevalent and central in our lives. However, in America we remain at an alarming level of 2/3 of the population being obese or overweight. And those health problems became magnified during the covid-19 pandemic.
Most covid deaths had preexisting conditions, comorbidities, and/or were overweight. Yet it seemed no one ever looked at the root problem of this.
We were told to quarantine, stay inside, wear a mask, wash our hands and don't see each other. Yet no one said to go lift some weights, run, get on a bike, or do some pilates. Doctors didn't tell us to look at our diets and cut back on processed foods and sugar and increase protein and vegetable intake. Vitamin C and zinc weren't recommended.
So maybe it's up to us to make sure we are exercising , eating rights, and taking our vitamins.
It's proven that a high protein diet, supplemented with carbs and healthy fats, is essential to building strong, lean bodies.
With 10 essential nutrients, like iron, zinc, and B12, beef is an excellent choice when it comes to wholesome protein options. A 3 oz serving also contains 25 grams of protein, making it easy to incorporate beef into a healthy diet. Beef also contains amino acids, which are great for replenishing and building muscle.
So this beef month, let's celebrate by moving our bodies and eating healthy, delicious protein- go beef!
Here's another keeper for your crock pot repertoire. Hearty, flavorful, and packed with protein, think a soupier version of chili with the taco flavor we all love! Of course, you could also cook this on the stove top in a large dutch oven.
1 package ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1 T cumin
1 T paprika
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup water
Happy Beef Month y'all! As I was driving around our ranch yesterday, I couldn't help but feel so grateful for this beautiful life we get to live. This is my favorite time of year- it's not too hot yet, the grass is green and thick, the cows are slicking up, the skies are clear and there are babies running around everywhere, kicking and playing and enjoying the sunshine. The air is fresh with excitement and growth and there is a special enthusiasm this year coming out of such a rough winter.
There are so many benefits these ranchlands provide . As I drove around I thought about how special it is to be able to feed the world. I thought about how our 700 acres protects these lands from developers and turning it into concrete. I thought about all the animals besides just the cattle that call this place home- countless whitetail deer, turkeys, birds, and other species that would be pushed out and/or killed if this became a neighborhood or shopping mall.
The grazing cattle help aerate and fertilize the soil, prevent fires, and ultimately turn unusable forages and feedstuffs into a high quality protein for us to enjoy. That's not to mention all the byproducts cattle provide- everything from glue, to footballs, to marshmallows and gum.
So this beef month, let's be sure to be extra grateful as ranchers for this amazing life we get to live. And if you are a consumer with any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to a local farmer or rancher. We would love to share our story with you.