Beef Tenderloin: A Delicious (and Nutritious) Choice
Beef tenderloin and filet mignon are the most popular cuts of beef around the holidays. As indulgent as it feels, however, there’s no need to feel guilty about the nutritional aspects of this festive meal. A 3-ounce serving of well-trimmed beef tenderloin (or filet mignon) has only 165 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat—about the same as a serving of roasted turkey! In fact, the majority of the fat found in beef tenderloin is monounsaturated fat—the same heart-healthy type of fat found in olive oil and almonds. Beef is also higher in iron, zinc, and selenium than poultry. Finally, you can’t beat the ease of preparation. This recipe for Slow-Roasted Tenderloin practically cooks itself!
With less than 10g of fat and less than 4.5g of saturated fat per serving, beef tenderloin is classified as a “lean” cut of beef. For an even leaner option, try an eye of round roast instead. With less than 5 grams of fat and less than 2g of saturated fat per serving, eye of round is qualifies as an “extra-lean” cut. (You’ll save a bit of money, as well.) Try this festive Eye Round Roast with Shiitake Gravy.
Avoid overcooking any lean or extra-lean cut of meat; the lower fat content means it dries out easily. For a tender, juicy roast, cook it only to medium rare (an internal temperature of 130 degrees F.).