Big Nutrition in a Small Package…What is it?

beef and brussels sprouts salad

Lean Beef! We know it tastes great, but can beef be part of a healthy diet? Yes, absolutely, let’s look at the stats…All lean beef cuts have less than 10 grams of total fat, and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3-ounce cooked serving. Here’s a surprise; some cuts of beef are as lean as a 3-ounce skinless chicken thigh. Lean beef gives you the nutrients your body need and the taste you love! Here are Beef’s top 10 essential nutritional and how they go to work in your body:

  • Iron: Helps your body use oxygen
  • Choline: Supports nervous system development
  • Protein: Helps preserve and build muscle
  • Selenium: helps protect cells from damage
  • Vitamin B12: Help maintain brain function
  • Zinc: Helps maintain a healthy immune system
  • Phosphorus: Helps build bones and teeth
  • Niacin: Supports energy production and metabolism
  • Riboflavin: Helps convert food into fuel.


Easy to Eat Well Tip:

Look for fresh Ground Beef with a bright, cherry-red color. A darker, purplish-red color is typical of vacuum-packaged Ground Beef or the interior of packaged Ground Beef. Once exposed to air, it will turn bright red.



Grilled Beef & Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

Total recipe time: 15 minutes

Makes 4 Servings



  • 12 ounces grilled beef steak or Roast, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups thinly sliced Brussels sprouts (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 medium tart red or green apple or pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola, goat or feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts


  1. Combine beef steak, Brussels sprouts, apple, celery, and cranberries in al large bowl.
  2. Add vinaigrette, toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.


Fun variations: Prepare recipe as directed above, substituting 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple for apple, red bell pepper stripes for celery, dried blueberries for cranberries, and sliced almonds for walnuts.


Recipe Courtesy of “Beef it’s what’s for Dinner” The Beef Checkoff