Growing up in Wisconsin, I instantly had an affinity toward red meat, cheese, milk, ice cream and more! I mean it’s The Dairyland after all. There have been times where I have given up red meat, but honestly, my energy levels plummet, and I recover slower. It has taken some trial and error, but I have found that for me, red meat is really important to include in my diet. Cue in – Plaid Cow – A Meat Delivery Service.
You all know how much I love packages delivered straight to my doorstep. The reason being that honestly currently my life is crazy busy. They say the average person in the U.S watches “x” amount of hours of t.v per day. I probably only have time to zone out on the couch for 2-3hrs per week! That’s just the way life is right now. I’m totally okay with it, but it definitely makes even finding time to get groceries challenging. I’m always on the look out for easy, fresh, and affordable ways to make eating efficient. When Plaid Cow reached out, I was so excited to try their meat delivery service.
For our first Plaid Cow meal, we decided to make Lettuce Tacos. Topher and I like to have red meat once a week. It’s jam packed with iron – which is really important for keeping the body energized. As a triathlete, I find it important important to include red meat in my diet 1-2x per week. Red meat is actually jam packed with lots of awesome nutrition, it gets a bad reputation because it has become mass produced, and lots of companies started injecting hormones into the meat, which is no bueno. The most important thing is to make the distinction between grass-fed and organic meat vs. factory-farmed, processed meat.
Red Meat, what is it good for?
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – lowers cholesterol, releases energy into the body’s cells.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy, responsible for the functioning of several critical body processes. When deficient the most common symptom is fatigue (really important for endurance athletes to maintain their B12 levels).
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – protects the immune system, has positive effects on the metabolism, premenstrual syndrome, hormone control, emotional disorders, skin conditions, cardiac diseases, kidney disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
Iron – Keep iron levels high is important to preventing fatigue, again really important for endurance athletes who need the energy to maintain their volume and intensity of workouts.
Zinc – helps with the proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds.
Selenium – benefits heart health, fights inflammation, increases blood flow, and helps with antioxidant activity.
Creatine – increases muscle size, and helps to increase athletic performance
Carnosine – anti-aging and promotes longevity, helps buffer lactic acid production, improves memory, acts as a natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, improves physical performance, promotes eye health, and more.
Most studies that have shown an increase in cardiovascular disease and diabetes are observing those who are eating processed red meat, not organic grass-fed beef. “In a massive review of 20 studies that included a total of 1,218,380 individuals, processed meat was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, no association was found for unprocessed red meat.” (Source here). What I’ve learned is to each their own and to make no judgment. There is truly no right or wrong, it’s all about preference and what makes sense financially and healthily for you. Personally, I love red meat. But, to me it’s important to get it from a source that is of high quality. That’s why when I heard about Plaid Cow, I was super stoked to try it. DRUG FREE. GRASS FED BEEF. (They also have chicken).
So back to our Tacos…
After opening up the packaging, then it was time to sort, and then come up with what we wanted to try first. We decided on the ground beef, which led us to make lettuce wrap tacos. YUM! P.S How awesome is the packaging? I love packaging, and appreciate the companies who invest in good packaging. <3 Kudos Plaid Cow!
- 1 package Plaid Cow ground beef
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of cilantro
- Romaine Lettuce
- 1/2 cup of corn
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 avocado
- Pico de Gallo (as much as you’d like – I like the one from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 package of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning
It made 6 tacos! 3 for each of us. Our bellies were happy and so were our mouths.
So check Plaid Cow out, especially if you find it hard to get to the grocery store, and you want high quality red meat!
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I took 2 weeks off from blogging (probably the worst time to do it due to the holidays, but I needed to disconnect and recharge), and now it’s time to get back at it! So, stay tuned for lots more to come!