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7 Reasons You Should be Eating Bison

November 4, 2021

There’s a day to celebrate everything, and National Bison Day is right around the corner on November 6! In typical Snap Kitchen manner, to toast to National Bison Day, we’ll be detailing all the reasons why you should be eating bison and the health benefits it provides.

Health benefits of bison

Bison is lean meat with a similar texture, flavor, and appearance to beef, but its impressive nutrient profile uniquely supports an active lifestyle. With no carbs, only 2.1g of fat, and a whopping 24 grams of high-quality protein per serving, the health benefits of bison meat are extensive.

Promotes muscle recovery

The main appeal of bison is its high quality protein content. . Protein is essential  for helping your muscles recover from a tough workout. With the high-quality protein that bison contains, your body can use it for muscle synthesis and utilize the naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals to support overall health.

Supports bone strength

Protein has been shown to have a positive association with bone strength, especially within the senior demographic. With bison possessing a very pure and high-quality source of protein, regularly consuming this lean meat can help improve muscle mass and bone strength, keeping individuals—particularly seniors—active and independent.

Great source of zinc

Just a 4-ounce bison patty can provide over 3 milligrams of zinc—an essential mineral for your immune system, metabolism, and healing wounds. Zinc from meat sources, such as bison, is more bioavailable than from vegetarian sources, which means that bison provides a form of zinc that’s easy for your body to absorb and utilize in the body.

Preventative against anemia

Anemia is associated with low intake or poor absorption of vitamin B12. Since bison is a good source of iron and vitamin B12, consuming it can help you avoid becoming anemic and experiencing symptoms of anemia such as fatigue, dizziness, paleness, and a rapid heart rate.

Bison recipes

Baked bison meatballs

Toss with spaghetti and your favorite marinara or toss with a barbeque sauce and enjoy with fresh corn and mac salad. These baked bison meatballs are a quick lean, and delicious entreé that comes together in only 25 minutes. So indulge in bison burger meat—the healthy beef alternative—on a hectic weeknight, or freeze to be enjoyed at a later date.

Slow-cooker sweet potato bison chili

Rich in flavor and approved on  the Whole30 lifestyle, this chili has it all! Made with robust ingredients such as fire-roasted tomatoes, ground chipotle, diced green chilies, and sweet potato chunks, this dish is a hearty and delicious meal to come home to after a long day.

Greek bison burger

Light and tangy Greek-inspired flavors pair amazingly with bison’s lean, rich taste, making these Greek bison burgers a delicious and unexpected meal! Top with feta and Kalamata olives and load up with creamy homemade tzatziki for a scrumptious finish.

Mexican bison stew

Using tougher cuts of bison such as chunk or brisket can seem daunting, but this Mexican bison stew is a great way to try your hand cooking these challenging cuts. The process of making stew will tenderize the meat, and ingredients such as chili powder, cumin, and tequila will make for mouth-watering flavors.

Bison meals

Want to enjoy this lean, hearty meat and all of its health benefits but don’t have time to cook up a meal yourself? That’s where Snap Kitchen comes in! We have two delicious ready-to-eat meals with bison as the main course! Learn more about them below.

Bison Quinoa Bowl with Peppers and Onions

A favorite of Snap regulars. This hearty bison bowl is made better for you with a base of quinoa, red and green bell peppers,and lean bison sprinkled with cheddar cheese..

Bison Shepherd’s Pie with Fresh Herbs

This deliciously comforting dish originated from a favorite customer mix-and-match. Now, we’ve done the work for you with the perfect combo of ground bison, veggies & potato-turnip mash.

Your takeaway

Bison is an excellent alternative to typical ground beef and has a lot of significant health benefits, especially for those who lead an active lifestyle. Here at Snap, we know you’re busy and may not have the time to cook up healthy, nutrient-packed dishes, which is why we do it for you! Have fresh and delicious, prep-free meals delivered right to your door.

Which bison meal will you try first? Explore our menu today!

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