Food for Thought: How Much Meat?

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How Much Meat?

Today, 55% of US adults eat 3.5 or more servings of meat each week. And just a moderate reduction in red meat consumption could help reduce obesity and changes of chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. If you cannot give up red meat and other processed meats, then eat them less often and in smaller portions. Make your diet focus on healthier foods such as the Mediterranean way of eating. The Mediterranean way of eating focuses on more seafood, white meat of chicken, as well as healthier methods of cooking. Oftentimes, it is not what we are eating that is so horrible but the amount or what we do to it. Chicken is fine but it is better for us if it is grilled or baked versus fried. Eating a steak is perfectly acceptable but appropriate portion sizes are about 3-5 ounces of meat or roughly the size of a deck of cards. The main concern with meat is the high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. So, if you are going to continue to eat your meat, try to pair it up with some colorful vegetables instead of the standard loaded potato or French fries.

In order to help give you some healthier ideas for your meals, our next Lunch N’ Learn workshop is next Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at noon and available FREE online through Zoom. Learn how to make recipes work for you at home. The Cooking Matters At Home curriculum that will be used will provide information on family meal ideas, how to eat healthy using the MyPlate, substitutions for ingredients in recipes, and breakdown the frameworks needed to make simple recipes. You can register through Eventbrite.

Check us out on Facebook @persongranvillefcs to find information or register for upcoming programs, recipes, or information on food and nutrition. Try the following recipe from the Alabama Extension.

Family Favorite Tomato Soup

Family Favorite Tomato Soup video – serves 8


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, 14.5oz each
  • 1 (46oz) bottle or can tomato juice
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped (optional)


  1. Melt butter in large pot.
  2. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and tomato juice.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Stir in sugar and pepper. Heat almost to boil. Turn off heat.
  6. Add milk and basil, if desired. Serve warm.