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Jessica Smith on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Supermarket Staple #18: Lean Ground Beef

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a Jessica Smith on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:59AM

Why It's a Must Have: Having 93 percent (or higher) lean ground beef in your refrigerator gives you an easy way to add protein to any quick weeknight meal - pasta, soups, stir-fries, or burgers. And while lean ground beef contains as many calories and fat as ground turkey or chicken, it has twice the amount of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12, says Rania Batayneh, a certified nutritionist, eating strategist and owner of Essential Nutrition for You in San Francisco, California. “B vitamins support a healthy metabolism, iron boosts energy levels, and zinc has been found to boost cardiovascular health by preventing arterial damage.”

Budget Bonus: Stretch your dollar by making your lean ground beef go further in recipes by substituting half with chopped mushrooms, recommends Batayneh. “You won’t be able to taste the difference, but your body will appreciate the extra vitamins, minerals fiber, and antioxidants the mushrooms add.”

Recipes to Try:

Sweet & Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

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