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Heart Health Recipes

February is American Heart Month! 

Enjoying lean beef in a heart-healthy lifestyle is easier than you think with these recipes featuring lean beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. 


Lean Mean Cheeseburger

Fulfill your burger cravings with this tasty classic beef burger with added oats and seasonings. 

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Lean Meatball Subs


Lean ground beef is formed into meatballs before a wuick cook in the oven and a dip in pasta sauce. Enjoy the classic meatballs in a crusty Italian roll for a family-friendly meal!  

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Beef Pot Roast with Cider Gravy and Maple Sweet Potatoes  


This pot roast recipe is sure to warm you and your family on a cold day. To make it even better, this heart healthy pot roast recipe comes with gravy and potatoes. Try this American Heart Association® certified recipe for dinner tonight!

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Beef Chili


This traditional chili couldn't be any easier. Simply brown lean ground beef, add in pantry-friendly ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. The result? A chili that tastes like it's been cooking for hours. And did we mention it is certified by the American Heart Association®?  

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Beef Confetti Taco Salad

This salad is at home on Taco Tuesday or any night of the week. Your favorite taco ingredients are deconstructed and served up on a salad. No taco shell needed for this American Heart Association® certified meal!  

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 Can beef fit into a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle?

Eating for a healthy heart and enjoying one of your favorite foods—these two things don’t have to be at odds with one another! Recent research on heart health shows that eating lean beef can actually be part of a solution to one of America’s greatest health challenges. What’s better? Not only can lean beef be part of a heart-healthy diet, but it can even help lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.


BOLD Meal Plan


In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Penn State University found that people who participated in the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet, experienced a 10 percent decline in LDL "bad" cholesterol, and still met targets for saturated fat intake.

You can follow a similar meal plan as the people who participated in the BOLD study by using heart-healthy recipes found here. On the left is a one-day sample menu as an example. 

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Making Heart Health Easy & Delicious

Eating for a healthy heart can be a tasty endeavor. And it really isn’t complicated, especially when you consider that nine extra-lean beef cuts have been certified by the American Heart Association’s® Heart-Check program! Enjoy these cuts of extra-lean beef, which carry the American Heart Association® Heart-Check certification for foods that fit in an overall heart-healthy dietary pattern:

  • Extra Lean Ground Beef (96% lean, 4% fat)
  • Bottom Round Steak (USDA Select grade)
  • Sirloin Steak (Solution Added)
  • Sirloin Tip Steak (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Petite Roast, Boneless (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Strips (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Filet (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Kabob (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Steak, Boneless, Center Cut (USDA Select grade)


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