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!
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Balsamic Steak Kabobs
Makes 6-8 skewers
- 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
- Trim steak tips into 1 inch cubes, ensuring you are cutting on against the grain or the meat could be tough.
- In large plastic bag, marinate steak tips with garlic, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Trim all fruit and veggies into bite sized pieces.
- Assemble kabobs on skewers by alternating steak with peppers, onion, and fruit.
- Grill kabobs over medium high heat, rotating once or twice as needed.
- To serve-- remove steak and veggies from skewers and serve with diced avocado.