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Balsamic Steak Kabobs

Posted by LoveandZest
June 26, 2015
Featured in: Athlete Eats
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This easy recipe for Balsamic Steak Kabobs is fun for the whole family and makes the perfect dinner for spring or summer!

by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD

Summer is here, which can only mean two things: crazy heat and grilling season!

The next time you fire up your grill, try these Balsamic Steak Kabobs! They not only provide a heaping serving of vegetables and protein, but also provide an excellent source of iron. Iron is an especially crucial mineral for athletes, as it allows red blood cells to transport oxygen and helps create energy for your hard-working muscles. Athletes need slightly more iron than the recommended 18 mg per day for women and 8 mg per day for men. Yet, iron deficiency is higher in the athletic population – especially in young females, vegetarian athletes, and endurance athletes.

Inadequate intake of iron coupled with excess sweat loss can cause iron deficiency, leading to fatigue, increased infection, and problems regulating body temperature. Read: problems that no athlete wants to face! To increase iron absorption, pair lean meats with green leafy vegetables – two of the best sources of iron.

To optimize your athletic performance, a diet rich in iron is essential. Just four ounces of beef provides 3 mg of iron! Fire up your grill, round up the freshest summertime veggies, and try these delicious kabobs!

This easy recipe for Balsamic Steak Kabobs is fun for the whole family and makes the perfect dinner for spring or summer!

Kids and adults will all love these simple Balsamic Steak Kabobs for dinner!
This easy recipe for Balsamic Steak Kabobs is fun for the whole family and makes the perfect dinner for spring or summer!

Balsamic Steak Kabobs

Yield

Makes 6-8 skewers

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sirloin steak tips
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado diced

Directions

  1. Trim steak tips into 1 inch cubes, ensuring you are cutting on against the grain or the meat could be tough.
  2. In large plastic bag, marinate steak tips with garlic, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce at least 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Trim all fruit and veggies into bite sized pieces.
  4. Assemble kabobs on skewers by alternating steak with peppers, onion, and fruit.
  5. Grill kabobs over medium high heat, rotating once or twice as needed.
  6. To serve-- remove steak and veggies from skewers and serve with diced avocado. 

Click for nutritional information
Calories 137
Carbohydrates 9.5g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 6.1g
Fat 6.3g
Protein 12.4g
Sodium 35.2mg
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Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
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