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Remember Sloppy Joes? Everyone’s favorite meal at camp? The fun spin-off of burgers has also become a family favorite. However, the after-effects of indulging in this meal are not so fun.

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Made with ground beef and served on a white bun, Sloppy Joes are typically unhealthy. According to fitday.com:

“The nutritional value of a Sloppy Joe often depends on the quality of its ingredients. Generally speaking, a serving of Sloppy Joe mixture (the meat and the sauce) will be around 250 calories, contain 16 grams of fat, and offer almost 60 mg of cholesterol. A serving is generally a half cup of the beef and sauce mixture.

Easily one of the more fatty ingredients in many recipes, the ground beef provides the majority of calories and fat in a Sloppy Joe meal.

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Additional calories come from the burger bun on which the Sloppy Joe mixture is placed and the type of bun used can greatly increase the number of calories and fat in a Sloppy Joe meal.”

Grass vs. Grain

When it comes to adding meat to our plates, choosing between grass-fed and grain-fed has sparked a huge debate. So, let’s get right down to the verdict, shall we?

The fact of the matter is, grass-fed beef is just better for your health. Here are some reasons why (via chriskresser.com):

  • Grass-fed beef contains between 2 and 5 times more omega-3s than grain-fed beef.

  • Grass-fed beef  has a superior fat composition to grain-fed beef. There are three main types of saturated fat found in red meat: stearic acid, palmitic acid, and myristic acid. Grass-fed beef consistently contains a higher proportion of stearic acid, which even the mainstream scientific community acknowledges does not raise blood cholesterol levels. This higher proportion of stearic acid means that grass-fed beef also contains lower proportions of palmitic and myristic acid, which are more likely to raise cholesterol.

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  • Grass-fed beef contains a significantly higher amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. For instance, grass-fed beef contains carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, whereas grains don’t contain this pigment.

  • Grass-fed beef also contains significantly more of the antioxidants vitamin E, glutathione, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase than grain-fed beef. Antioxidants are crucial for protecting our bodies from free radical damage, which can lead to diseases.

If the taste is all that matters to you, any old piece of meat will do. But if you want to adequately nourish your body, reaching for grass-fed beef is your best bet. Don’t just fill your family – feed your family with these healthy Sloppy Joes!

This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at draxe.com.

Healthy Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy-Joes

 

Serves: 4

Prep time: 7 minutes

Cook time: 13 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Saute onions until translucent (2-3 mins) add ground meat and brown.

  3. Add tomato sauce, BBQ sauce and sea salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins.

  4. Serve on sprouted grain or grainless bread/buns.

Check out some more delicious sloppy joe burgers – Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe and Portobello Mushroom & Bell Pepper Sloppy Joe!

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