My recipe for:
The Healthiest Cheese-Steak in the World?
Yep, we're talking pasture-raised steak (rich in healthy CLA fats), grass-fed cheese (rich in heart-healthy vitamin K2), veggies, and a gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb roll that has almost no impact on blood sugar!
I've been known to come up with ways to make typical junk foods extremely healthy... If you've been reading my health newsletters for some time, you've seen unique recipes for healthier pizza versions, healthy burgers, my famous healthy chocolate peanut butter fudge , and many more delicious but healthy meals and recipes.
Today, I wanted to tell you about my "world's healthiest cheesesteak" .
It's true... you REALLY CAN make a super-healthy cheesesteak, that's absolutely delicious! And I'll show you how on this page.
I grew up in the Philly area, I'm sure you're aware we're known for our famous Philly cheese-steaks. However, health and fitness have NEVER been associated with our cheesesteaks... until the Nutrition Watchdog stepped in...
So here's how I make the world's healthiest cheesesteak:
I make homemade healthy gluten-free, grain-free rolls from my friend Kelley Herring's incredible Better Breads manual. This uses an awesome recipe from her manual that uses coconut flour and almond flour (instead of health-harming wheat flour), but still makes a nice fluffy roll, instead of the normal dense roll that most bread recipes make when using coconut and almond flour. The secret is in Kelley's use of egg whites and a few other secret ingredients that make the bread "fluffier" just like wheat bread. Grab her manual if you want to make the healthiest (and tastiest) grain-free gluten-free bread ever!
If you're not the type of person that wants to bother making your own healthy bread, at the very least, go ahead and grab some sprouted grain bread at the store. Sprouted grain bread still contains gluten, but the sprouting process helps to remove some of the antinutrients in grains, and also makes the gluten slightly less harmful, so it's at least a better option than regular bread. If you go this route instead, make sure it's 100% sprouted grain bread and the first ingredient is a sprouted grain flour and not regular wheat flour. Sometimes, some breads are called "sprouted grain", but the first ingredient is still regular wheat flour, and the sprouted grains are secondary ingredients.
Ok, now you have your healthy bread (if you chose Kelley's grain-free paleo bread ), or your "healthier than average bread" if you chose the sprouted grain option instead.
Next, I use a good quality grass-fed beef and slice it thin. Grass fed beef contains much larger quantities of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which in it's natural form is shown in some studies to promote fat loss and muscle building and also have a protective effect against cancer. In addition, grass fed beef contains a much better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids compared with typical grain-fed beef sold at most stores (which comes from factory feedlot farms notorious for unhealthy cattle and inferior nutrition in the beef compared to grass-fed beef.)
What I do is to just semi-defrost a large chunk of beef in the fridge for about 10-12 hours, and that allows it to be easily sliced thin for cheese-steaks. Or you can sometimes find grass-fed beef that's already been thin sliced for chipped steak.
Then, I use a raw longhorn, colby, our gouda cheese from grass-fed cows as well. Full-fat grass-fed dairy is also a great source of beneficial fat-burning CLA just like grass-fed meat. Full-fat pasture-raised cheese is also an amazing source of heart-healthy vitamin K2, shown to help prevent artery clogging.
Finally, I top it all off with some sauteed organic vidalia onions and baby portobella mushrooms, both sauteed in a little virgin coconut oil (a great source of healthy medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and immune-boosting lauric acid) and/or a little pasture-raised butter.
...and voila -- We now have the healthiest cheesesteak on the freakin planet! Between the powerful antioxidants in the onions and mushrooms, the high quality protein in the pastured beef, the MCTs in the coconut oil, the fat-burning CLA in the grass-fed cheese and grass-fed beef, the vitamin K2 in the grass-fed cheese, and the diversity of nutrients, healthy fats and fiber in Kelley's grain-free paleo bread , we might even call this a "body-sculpting cheese-steak"!
But more importantly, it is just REALLY tasty too... Like mouth-watering tasty! And don't forget the healthiest condiment... mustard! Yes, if you didn't know it, mustard is actually high in antioxidants. And grab an organic ketchup if you like ketchup, since normal ketchup brands are made with high-fructose corn syrup.
Enjoy this incredibly delicious, but incredibly healthy cheese-steak!
Feel free to share this page with your friends and family...they will love this idea to turn a normally unhealthy meal into a super healthy option.
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