Wake & Steak: Why Steak for Breakfast Is Delicious and, Yes, Healthy
So, what’s for breakfast? Hopes and dreams for a co-worker to bring something delicious to share with the office? Bu… wha… that’s… not even edible. Cut that out, you.
Breakfast not only provides us with the energy we need to get to lunchtime, if not longer, it also helps squelch the munchies. Even if all you have time for is a thermos of coffee and a handheld, carb-laden object smeared with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese or some other spread that fools you into thinking you’re actually being a bit healthier, go for it. (And don’t be ashamed. We all do it.)
Unfortunately, if you’re a card-carrying Carbivore, we have some bad news: some breakfasts are, indeed, better than others. But don’t blame us…
Studies have shown that enjoying a breakfast containing 24 to 35 grams of protein — 4 to 6 eggs — can help support a more stable blood sugar throughout your body throughout the day. This, in turn, helps you feel satiated longer as well as curbs those mid-morning munchies because when your blood sugar dips, you start to dip… into your snack drawer.
Greek yogurt, peanut butter, cottage cheese, the aforementioned eggs — these are all fabulous sources of protein, but if you want to get it right from the source and have a healthy breakfast guaranteed to make your co-workers and neighbors quiver with jealousy…
Get Yourself Steak
All cards on the table, most any meat source will pack on the protein, but steak… that’s our jam. We all know that steak is delicious, but have you given thought to how much protein is in each cut? With that target of 24 to 35 grams of protein in mind, let’s research a handful of some of our more popular cuts. (Note: you can also find the nutritional facts for our steaks on their individual product page. You know, just in case you decide to do a little shopping…)
5 oz. Filet Mignon – 25g
6 oz. Top Sirloin – 36g
8 oz. New York Strip – 47g
7 oz. Ribeye – 45g
7 oz. T-Bone – 43g
20 oz. Porterhouse – 102g
4 oz. Skirt Steak – 24g
4 oz. Flank Steak – 21g
7 oz. Flat Iron Steak – 39g
4.5 oz. Chicken-Fried Steak – 19g
Now, like most folks, we don’t have a crazy amount of time most mornings, but if there’s a few minutes on the clock, we know steak can be on the menu.
Naturally, the thicker the steak, the longer it’ll take to fry. And we mean fry because that’s what you’ll be doing. So before you begin you might consider slicing the steak horizontally in two just for the sheer fact it’ll cook faster. You’ll be halving the protein content in the steak, but you’ll have a second steak for tomorrow morning. Just weigh what’s more important: time or protein?
Grab your cast iron pan. Drip a bit of oil in there, and get it nice and hot. Then place your skillet into the pan and sear that fella for a few minutes on each side.
Breakfast. Is. Served.
Steak + Eggs: Fry your eggs in the leftover steak drippings to give them a robust taste. Or sprinkle some shredded meat into an omelet to create an all-in-one protein powerhouse.
Steak + Potatoes: Crispy hash browns or home fries complete your cuisine with a helping of crave-worthy carbs to keep your body energized.
Steak + Produce: Avocados, mushrooms, tomatoes, or fresh fruit are rich with many other vitamins and minerals your body requires to stay healthy and alert throughout the day. Try tossing the mushrooms and tomatoes in with the steak… you’ll thank us later.
Steak + Nuts: The healthy fats packed in a handful of nuts in the morning work hand in hand with the steak’s proteins to increase the effectiveness of maintaining your body’s blood sugar levels. Plus, the nuts’ healthy fats are a good component for helping to support good cholesterol levels.
These are just a handful of pairings off the top of our head. We’re sure you can think of more, and keep in mind, depending on what you’re cooking and how much time you legitimately have in the morning, instead of cutting it thinner, you could also enjoy steak strips, chunks, or shredded.
So, let’s try this again: what’s for breakfast? Extra-satisfaction, a body filled with energy, and stronger willpower toward snacks… sounds great to us!