CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Protein is a powerful nutrient that is
important not just at dinner, but throughout the day.
Recent checkoff-funded research published in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eating a protein-rich breakfast,
including high-quality proteins such as beef and eggs, leads to improved
appetite control and satisfaction throughout the day, which could help combat
For example, study participants who consumed a high-protein
breakfast experienced a significant reduction in unhealthy evening snacking.
“The checkoff is committed to helping Americans build
healthier diets with beef, which is why we support nutrition research to further
examine beef’s role in health,” said Becky Walth, beef producer from Glenham,
S.D., and member of the national checkoff’s Nutrition and Health Subcommittee.
“This study suggests that a protein-rich breakfast, including beef and eggs,
could help combat obesity.
“Beef isn’t just for dinner anymore. This research adds to
the growing body of scientific evidence, which we share with health
professionals and consumer media through ongoing outreach and relationships.
Ultimately, we’re giving Americans even more reasons to enjoy their favorite
Animal proteins — such as lean beef — are complete
high-quality proteins that contain all the essential amino acids a body needs
for optimal health. Even better, a 3-ounce serving of lean beef is about 150
calories on average and provides about half of the recommended daily value for
Lean beef also is a naturally rich source of 10 essential
nutrients and is a perfect partner for everyday breakfast favorites such as
whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, making it a simple way to
start the day in a balanced way.
Here are a few protein-rich breakfast suggestions:
* Beef and Spinach Breakfast Sandwich — This portable
sandwich comes together in a snap with leftover steak or roast, eggs, spinach
* Beef Breakfast Pizza Ole — A completely unexpected
breakfast option made with pizza crust, a do-it-yourself beef breakfast sausage
and eggs done to your liking; and
* Beef Breakfast Burrito — This take on the classic
breakfast burrito includes plenty of veggies and gets cooled down with a
Additional breakfast recipes are available on the checkoff's
BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. For more information about the beef checkoff, visit