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BEEF-UP YOUR BURGER WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Beef burgers are an ideal, high-quality protein base for vibrant vegetables and flavorful fruit -- and ground beef is super versatile for nutrient-rich burgers that appeal to diverse tastes. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s scientific report highlighted how burgers and sandwiches are the #3 source of vegetables in American diets. Let’s take advantage of this trend and add veggies on wholesome beef burgers more often!
 
It’s this easy:
  • Start with 3-4 ounces of juicy cooked ground beef (85% or leaner)
  • Add layers of crunchy, vibrant vegetables, such as spinach, carrot slaw and red peppers
  • Top with flavorful fruit such as pineapple, mango salsa and tomatoes
  • Add avocado or chickpea-filled hummus for extra creaminess
  • Pair with sides such as roasted potatoes, juicy watermelon or sweet corn
The possibilities are endless to beef up your burgers and Have A Plant® at the same time! The Beef Checkoff and Produce for Better Health Foundation recently partnered to bring consumers even more ways to beef-up those burgers AND have a plant too! Check out more recipes and ideas from PBH’s Have A Plant® Ambassadors At the series, Beef Up Your Burger With Fruits & Veggies and share your favorites with us on social media! 

Follow the hashtag #BeefUpYourBurger on social media to join the conversation and inspire your clients to enjoy delicious, nutrient-dense beef on the grill this summer.
 
BALANCE YOUR PLATE WITH BEEF
Check out these recipes below for fresh, flavorful, and produce-packed inspiration you can share with family, friends and your nutrition-loving audiences.
LEARN WITH BEEF: NOT ALL PROTEINS ARE CREATED EQUAL

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition investigated the physiological response to various ounce equivalents of protein food sources in young healthy adult participants and revealed:

  • Animal-based protein food sources elicited greater anabolic responses than plant-based protein food sources. Eating animal protein foods, such as beef, pork and eggs, may lead to increased protein synthesis, which has been shown to have benefits such as improved satiety and lean muscle mass maintenance. 
  • “Ounce equivalents” of protein food sources as expressed in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are not metabolically equivalent and should be considered as the DGAs develop approaches to establish healthy eating patterns. Currently, the DGAs do not address the issue of differences in protein quality associated with varied food sources.

What does this mean for your clients? Not all proteins should be considered equal! Help individuals choose and prepare high quality proteins, like beef, to serve as a nutrient-rich foundation that supports optimal health and well-being. 

For additional beef nutrition resources and educational opportunities, visit the Beef Nutrition Education Hub. 
 

BEEF BUZZ: KATIE SERBINSKI WITH MICHIGAN BEEF

For additional information regarding beef nutrition research, resources, as well as partnership opportunities, please contact Katie Serbinski, MS, RDN, Director of Nutrition and Consumer Communications for the Michigan Beef Industry Commission.

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ABOUT THE MICHIGAN BEEF INDUSTRY COMMISSION
The Michigan Beef Industry Commission builds demand for beef products by growing consumer trust and promoting beef’s value; thereby enhancing opportunities for all segments of the beef industry. The Michigan Beef Industry Commission, the Beef Promotion and Research Board and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, are all working together in a coordinated state/national effort to promote beef and veal products in order to hold market share and increase the demand for beef and veal.
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