May is “Beef Month” in South Dakota. This tradition began more than 40 years ago and recognizes beef production as one of South Dakota’s largest economic sectors. Because they are so important to the state’s well-being, South Dakota cattlemen and women take great care in their production practices. Cattle producers are constantly finding ways to improve beef production and sustainability practices to help ensure a safe, wholesome and nutritious product now and well into the future.

Thanks in part to South Dakota beef producers and to their beef checkoff, we have research that supports the fact that animal protein, like lean beef, provides a complete high-quality protein that contains all the essential amino acids the body needs for optimal health. New research indicates that many people may benefit from spreading protein intake evenly throughout the day to achieve health and wellness goals.

Unfortunately, people tend to consume about 65 percent or roughly two-thirds of their daily protein needs at dinnertime. This doesn’t leave much room for spreading protein intake throughout the day during other meals and snacks. By distributing protein more evenly throughout the day people have a tendency to feel more satisfied, which helps reduce mindless eating. Additionally, meals and snacks with high-quality protein also help to build muscle and reduce body fat, which helps to boost your metabolism.

30-Day Protein Challenge

Are you ready for a small change that may make all the difference in the way you feel? Recently the Beef Checkoff Program created the 30 Day Protein Challenge across the country. This health challenge is a step-by-step way to get an optimal amount of protein throughout the day.

The 30 Day Protein Challenge is designed to help you better balance your protein consumption within your calorie limits. If you are looking for a way to kick-start your overall health and wellness goals, this 30 day challenge may just be for you! Once you sign up, this free online resource will provide you with helpful tools and a quick email every day for 30 day that includes tips, advice and inspiration to keep you dialed in for the duration of the challenge.

Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wrap Recipe

May is a busy month. From planting season to end of school events, we seem to be constantly on the go. Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wrap has a great flavor and includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains you need to help fuel your body during this busy month. It’s a perfect hand-held portable meal that you can eat wherever you are headed.

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