Use a less fatty cut of meat and combine it with a surprising nutrient-packed ingredient. You’ll still get a hearty dose of protein, immune-boosting zinc, and vitamin b12, which you need to keep your nerves and blood healthy.
Shop for it: Look for 95% lean ground beef, which has only 2 grams of heart unhealthy saturated fat and 140 calories per 3-ounce patty.
Blend it: Lean beef can become dry, so mix it with minced white button mushrooms. The ‘shrooms will add moisture back in without diminishing meaty texture. Added bonus: Mushrooms are a proven immune system booster, and—when swapped out for red meat—can help you lose body fat . (For every pound of beef, use about a quarter cup of chopped mushrooms .)
Cook it: Flip frequently and avoid charring your meat—doing so keeps production of cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) to a minimum.
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