It’s no secret that we love meat at Ted’s Butcherblock but don’t let our Bacon of the Month Club fool you! You may not think of us as the best dining choice for those who are trying to eat healthy foods or are counting calories, but we have plenty of delicious options for our diet-conscious patrons. Whether you are personally watching your food intake or have a friend who is, consider these menu items when placing a dine-in or carryout order at Ted’s.
Sure, we’re known as your neighborhood butcher, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t like our veggies! In fact, we love them so much that we have partnered with local farmers to serve you the freshest, in-season vegetables. Check out these popular selections.
- Custom Salads – Pick your greens (spring mix, romaine or spinach) and load up your vegetable toppings. At just $5.50 for a small salad with 3 toppings, this also a great budget-conscious choice! If you aren’t a vegetarian, add a lean protein like a hard-boiled egg, roasted chicken breast or house-smoked salmon.
- Grilled Vegetable Panini – It’s so yummy and packed with squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms & caramelized onions. We’re often told that’s is one of the best veggie sandwiches in town!
- Sampler Plate of Sides – Our case always has vegetable-based salads and sides. Choose 3 or 4 items for a custom sampler plate.
Lean Meat & Seafood
The vast majority of popular and proven weight-loss programs (think Keto, Paleo, Atkins, etc.) are based on a protein-rich diet that can include lean meats and seafood. When you source these items from Ted’s, you can trust that you are getting the most delicious, all-natural products available. Our purveyors represent farmer-based programs that are organically-compliant, which means the products in our cases never contain hormones or antibiotics. Our seafood case is stocked with whatever is in season locally, complemented by additional mostly domestic sustainable selections. The following menu items may fit right in with your dietary needs.
- Pork Tenderloin – Pork often has an unhealthy image, but experts say that chicken breast and pork tenderloin are pretty equal in leanness. The USDA states that both roasted pork tenderloin and chicken have about 120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein. We feature pork tenderloin in our sandwiches from time to time, and it’s always a great go-to from the butcher counter for an easy at-home meal. We are happy to share some of our recipes for this great white meat – just ask one of our team members!
- House-Smoked Scottish Salmon – In addition to the fresh selections in our seafood case, house-smoked Scottish salmon is a regular entree on our gourmet menu. The salmon is sustainably raised off the coast of Scotland where the cold waters make it consistent all year long. We hot smoke our salmon using only Ted’s Signature Seasoning for added flavor. This makes the sodium content much lower than that of cold-smoked salmon which uses salt as part of the curing process. Salmon is a good source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium and selenium.
- Lamb Meatballs – This delicious, gluten-free entree is an excellent source of zinc and iron, and it’s super-rich in B vitamins. According to Nourish With Lamb, “Lean lamb is a source of healthy, unsaturated fats. Forty percent of the fat in lean lamb is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.”
- Smaller Portions – Regardless of the cut of meat, remember that it’s always a healthier choice is to eat a smaller portion of higher quality meats. Rather than eat a 20oz ribeye from the grocery store, eat a 10oz strip from Painted Hills. It’s the same amount of money but a noticeable difference in taste and quality!
Along with our lamb meatballs, we have several other options for those on a gluten-free diet. We create our signature Beef Jerky using Painted Hills Natural Beef and our special marinade. It’s vacuum-sealed in 6 oz. portions for a great healthy snack! In addition, we always try to carry a gluten-free pasta from Rio Bertolini and have at least one GF option in our prepared food case.
Painted Hills Natural Beef
The nutritional value of beef seems to regularly be in question, being called both healthy and harmful based on who you ask. Buzzwords on packaging like “grass-fed”, “natural” and “organic” can help guide you in your selections, but the food label simply doesn’t tell you everything. Ted has done his research, and our team loves Painted Hills Natural Beef from Oregon for the following reasons…
- No Hormones or Antibiotics – Painted Hills beef contains no added hormones, and cows never receive antibiotics. Painted Hills also abstains from the use of ionophores, a feed additive that promotes growth. Painted Hills also abstains from the use of ionophores, a feed additive that promotes growth.
- 100% Vegetarian Diet – There are heated debates regarding the nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef. Some consumers believe grass-fed is best, while others believe a grass-only diet produces a distinctly gamey flavor. We love that Painted Hills cattle are grass-fed and grain-finished with a mixture of alfalfa and barley.
- Taste & Tenderness – Grain-finished beef possesses a rich flavor that grass-finished beef lacks. Commodity beef is typically fed or finished with corn, but corn isn’t natural to a cow’s diet. We prefer the taste and tenderness of beef that is finished with healthy grains.
From a health standpoint, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods calorie-for-calorie. Choosing grass-fed beef like Painted Hills can save you around 16,000 calories a year if you eat the typical amount. It also has less fat and contains a decent amount of omega-3s, according to Mayo Clinic.
If you have any questions about the healthy menu options at Ted’s, a team member would be happy to help! Come see us Tuesday through Saturday at 334 East Bay Street or call (843) 577-0094. Call ahead, and we are happy to prepare a carryout order for you or a group.