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Grass-fed Beef: Good for the Heart

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Whether you’re worried about heart health, embracing the Paleo lifestyle, or just looking to improve overall health, grass-fed beef is an ideal addition to your diet. Why grass-fed?

The dietary and environmental differences in how cattle are raised impacts the nutrients you get from eating them. A conventional, factory raised cow subsists off of grains and corn, antibiotics, and living conditions that are both unhealthy and inhumane (hence the need for antibiotics). A grass-fed cow eats grass and naturally foraged foods, and gets to live a natural life, i.e. pasture raised.

Besides the obvious benevolence in pastured raised versus factory farmed, food sources from a grass-fed cow is going to provide infinitely more nutrients due to both sun exposure and the animals consuming their natural, healthy diets.

What’s more, grass-fed beef may have heart-health benefits that factory farmed/grain-fed beef sources lack. Benefits include:

  • Lower in total fat, including saturated fats which have been linked with heart disease
  • Higher in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • Higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat that has been linked with reduced heart disease and cancer risk, as well as increased lean muscle and fat loss
  • Higher antioxidant vitamin content, including vitamin E
  • Higher in minerals including minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
    • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
    • Higher in beta-carotene

Note: Grass-fed beef cooks a bit faster than grain-fed beef. Keep an eye on the temperature with a cooking thermometer. Remember that the meat will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, so remove it from heat once it reaches a temp that is 10 degrees lower than your desired temperature.

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Grass-fed Chicken Soup with Bone Broth & Sweet Potatoes

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp pastured butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 organic sweet potatoes, skinned & chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 stalk organic celery
  • 1 organic onion
  • 3 large organic carrots
  • 3 cups chopped organic spinach, red or white
  • 1 ½ lbs raw grass-fed chicken thighs, chopped
  • 4 cups grass-fed bone broth
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute onion, celery, carrots, and garlic in a pain with melted butter for 5 minutes on medium heat
  2. Add raw chicken pieces & spices, keep stirring until chicken is browned and onions are soft
  3. Pour into large pot
  4. Add chicken broth, sweet potatoes, & cabbage  and simmer for 30 minutes on medium; stir occasionally
  5. Serves 3-5