The Beef on Beef Stew
By Brandi Goodman
Beef stew is a healthy option. Right? It's full of veggies and protein after all. Although traditional beef stew recipes provide more nutrition than many meals, most still plague you with far too much sodium and calories. Make some easy switches to truly have a healthy beef stew recipe you can be proud to share.
Go Low Sodium
Most stews use a beef broth for the base. Many of the versions purchased from store shelves are filled with sodium and add way more salt than your body needs. Go with a low-sodium option that won't be as harmful to your heart. Boiling your own broth can help even more since you know there aren't any added ingredients beyond what you put into it.
Use a Chuck Roast
A chuck roast is one of the best options for a stew. It does have some fat, but most of that will melt away as the meat cooks for hours in your slow cooker. It isn't the leanest cut but is not the fattest version either. A chuck shoulder pot roast is a good option. You could try leaner cuts, but they won't turn out as moist and flavorful in your dish. You can get 28 grams of protein that satisfy your hunger in just a 3-ounce serving.
Scoop Mostly Meat and Veggies
Just because liquid is necessary for cooking your dish well, doesn't mean you need to include it in your bowl. Skip on a lot of the sodium and calories by limiting the amount of broth in your bowl. Scoop out mostly meat and veggies for yourself to keep your dinner light.
Skip the Potatoes
Most stews and roasts include potatoes. Though it's technically a vegetable, this starchy food contains a large number of carbohydrates and is high in calories. If you skip the potatoes and stick to some leaner vegetable options, such as carrots and celery, you'll have a healthier dish overall.
Don't Serve a Side
Bread, biscuits, rolls, and other fattening side dishes are often served alongside beef stew. This adds to your fat and calorie count. You don't need a side with every meal. With the meat and vegetables already together in a stew, you have all you need for a filling meal. If you still feel the need to serve something alongside it, add a fruit to the menu. Some peaches can offer a tasty treat on your plate.
Beef stew is a popular dish during the winter season. Make just a few changes and you'll have a healthy meal option that keeps you warm and satisfied all winter long.
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