For this blog, I partnered with the North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.
Just a few short weeks ago I hosted a surprise party for Kara at one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville, which is a butcher shop that doubles as a fantastic restaurant.
Without going into details, the food talk of the night was the charcuterie, which was one of the passed appetizers. But more than that, it was dubbed a “Meat Cone” which included, in house prepared beef, some local cheeses and a few other tasty delights.
Prepared beef, you say? Isn’t that bad for you?
The truth is – well, the truth is distorted – like so much of nutrition. Prepared beef gets such a bad rap! In fact, prepared beef offers taste, convenience and nutrition that delivers value and satisfaction when you need it the most. Admittedly, in the case of the birthday, we weren’t talking nutrition but rather taste and satisfaction. It offered both.
But even if you’re not putting together a surprise party, being beef-prepared when time is tight can certainly offer quality nutrition in a pinch, whether it’s packing up to go to the pool or thinking about back to school (or back to work) for kids or adults. The truth is, prepared beef products save time, energy, stress and can help get meals on the table faster. I can certainly raise my hand for wanting all of those (and more).
When it does come to nutrition, prepared beef has numerous health benefits. In fact, not only did we enjoy food from that butcher shop and restaurant for the birthday, but we also had them put together a few charcuterie boards for our youngest daughter’s recent First Communion. Why? Because it paired convenience with a little something for everyone to satisfy a range of tastes and preferences.
There is truly something for everyone with prepared meats, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a snack or main course, on a sandwich or on their own.
You know what else? With the thousands of products available that fit this category, they can include low and reduced sodium products, low and reduced fat products, organic and grass-fed options – many of which are American Heart Association certified. The butcher shop mentioned earlier actually prepares all their own meats in house, but while fantastic, this isn’t necessary to get your own quality products.
And I know for us, with kids going back to in person learning in just a few short works, prepared meats are a convenient source of protein, vitamins and minerals, that are also pre-cooked, saving us all time and energy, that can better be spent elsewhere on things that matter…like packing backpacks, getting to where we need to be and doing it all somewhat seamlessly (most of the time).
Convenience + quality + taste put smiles on the faces of everyone in our family. And at the end of the day, when the kiddos are happy, it often means the parents are too. Don’t let nutrition get in the way of that.