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Superfood: Bone Broth

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Our ancestors made use of every part of the animal – including boiling then simmering the bones, marrow, tendons, ligaments, and other parts of the animal that couldn’t be eaten. Simmering the bones and ligaments over a period of days causes nutrients to be released, including vital proteins and easily absorbable minerals, each with incredible health benefits:

Collagen/Gelatin – Gelatin is produced by the breakdown of collagen in bone broth, offering a number of health benefits including helping people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods – including milk and gluten. Collagen also protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and promotes probiotic balance and growth. It has also been shown to help heal leaky gut syndrome. Collagen reduces the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite, as well as promotes healthy skin, nails and hair. Gelatin also provides easily absorbable bone-building minerals that help reduce joint pain, prevent bone loss, and promote bone strength.

Amino Acids – Research has found that the amino acids in bone breath improve digestion as well as reduce inflammation in the respiratory system, boost immune functioning, and heal allergies, arthritis, and asthma. This includes the “conditional” amino acids

arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline, which contribute to the healing properties of grass-fed bone broth. “Conditional” amino acids mean they are nonessential but are essential under some conditions. One such condition is when your body is sick or stressed – by illness or simply from the typical unhealthy Western diet which relies heavily on low quality factory farmed animal products, processed carbohydrates, and chemicals. How do these non-essential, yet essential amino acids help?

Arginine

  • Promotes immune system functioning
  • Speeds wound healing
  • Necessary for the production and release of growth hormone
  • Promotes regeneration of damaged liver cells
  • Necessary for sperm production

Glycine

  • Prevents breakdown of protein tissue, i.e. muscle
  • Promotes detoxification of chemicals/supports liver in naturally detoxifying the body
  • Inhibitory neurotransmitter that improves sleep, relaxation, memory & performance
  • Necessary for the synthesis of glutathione & uric acid – the body’s most vital endogenous anti-oxidants, i.e. internally produced

Proline

  • Promotes regeneration of cartilage
  • Helps heal joints
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Improves skin
  • Helps repair leaky gut

Glutamine

  • Protects the lining of the gut
  • Acts as metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine
  • Improves metabolism & muscle building
  • Reduces healing & recovery time in hospital patients as well as athletes on an intense training regimen

Chondroitin Sulphates & Glucosamine – reduces inflammation, arthritis damage and pain, and joint pain.

Essential Minerals – Bone broth offers a host of easily absorbable minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur. 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium due to depletion by excess sugar and caffeine consumption, excessive exercise, stress, birth control pills, and diminishing food sources of this mineral in the wake of GMO’s, factory farming, and over-cultivation of soil. Magnesium deficiency is linked with fatigue, high blood pressure, low stamina, headaches, muscle cramps, insomnia, kidney stones, osteoporosis, insomnia, irritability, tingling, poor memory, confusion, and other issues. Grass-fed bone broth offers easily absorbed, high quality supplementation of magnesium and other vital minerals.

Recovery from injury and intense exercise, restful sleep, improved digestion, essential proteins, vital nutrients, anti-inflammatory effects, relief from pain, arthritis, asthma, immune function – Grass-fed Bone Broth has earned its spot as a true Superfood.

NOTE: Store-bought “stock” and “broth” isn’t REAL. It is a lab-created mixture of flavors and chemicals, including the neurotoxin monosodium glutamate (MSG). For the health benefits, you have to go Grass-fed.

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Grass-fed Flank Steak with Pomegranate Glaze

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Did you know that grass-fed beef has been shown to be significantly higher in vital nutrients, including omega 3 fatty acids? Research shows that omega 3 fatty acids help with brain and eye function, inflammation, as well as countless other health benefits.

What’s more, grass-fed beef is lower in fat, raised more humanely, and tastes mouthwateringly delicious!

There are many different cuts of beef to enjoy, one of my favorite is the grass-fed flank steak.

Enjoy this tasty, nutrient-rich recipe for grass-fed flank steak with a pomegranate glaze:

Ingredients

1 lb grass-fed flank steak

1 tbsp chopped thyme

1 tbsp chopped rosemary

1 tsp black pepper

4 cups pure pomegranate juice

2/3 cup melted grass-fed butter

Directions

Marinate flank steak with seasoning, butter, and ½ cup of pomegranate juice for 12-24 hours. Take the remaining 3 ½ cups of juice and slowly reduce it to about ½ cup. The juice will turn into a thick syrup hat will make up your sauce.

Grill the flank steak to the desired temperature, then slice thinly against the grain

Drizzle with the pomegranate syrup and enjoy!

Grass-Fed Beef: A Culinary Delight

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

There’s a reason fine steak restaurants opt for grass-fed beef.

Buying grass-fed foods come with the added bonus of culinary delight. As you prepare your grass-fed beef, or perhaps enjoy a bowl of thick, creamy pastured yogurt, your senses will be delighted. Mealtime will no longer be just about scarfing down a whatever meal. Instead, it will be a culinary explosion of flavor, texture and nutrients, food as it was originally intended. Fuel your body with superior nutrition even as you wow your senses with mouthwatering and delicious tastes.

Prepare your taste buds for a feast of farm fresh delight with these tips for cooking your grass-fed beef:

Medium-rare temperature is ideal, however, if you prefer your meat to be more well done, cook it at low temperatures (slow cooker is ideal) and add sauce to keep it moist.

Marinate your grass-fed beef in the fridge; opt for a recipe that doesn’t mask the natural flavor of the meat, but that will enhance the moisture content, especially since grass-fed meat is lower in fat than grain-fed.

Do not thaw grass-fed beef in the microwave. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or place it in cold water for a few minutes in its original vacuum-sealed packaging. Don’t leave sitting at room temperature for longer than 30 minutes.

Tenderize your grass-fed meat to breakdown the tough connective tissue.

Always pre-heat grill, oven, crock pot, pan, etc. before cooking grass-fed beef.

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.

Let the grass-fed beef sit in a warm, covered place for 8-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.

Pan-searing is an excellent – and easy – way to cook your grass-fed steak. After you’ve seared it on high heat, drop the temperature to low, and add butter and garlic.

For grilling, quickly sear the meat on high heat on both sides, then finish with heat reduced to medium or low. Baste to add moisture.

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Grass-fed Beef – Easy Crock Pot Recipe

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

If you have never had grass-fed beef before, you are in for a treat. My personal favorite is the grass-fed brisket, but a good grass-fed chuck roast or round roast would be perfect for this recipe as well.

Use your favorite cut of grass-fed beef, and enjoy a tasty meal free from antibiotics, hormones, fillers, or grain feed.

Grass-fed Beef – Easy Crock Pot Recipe

  • 3 lbs Frozen Grass-fed beef
  • 3 Cups Burgundy
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Onion
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cup Water

Combine ingredients in crock pot, set on low, and cook all day (approximately 8 hours). Enjoy your tender grass-fed beef with your favorite farm fresh vegetables – or put some carrots and potatoes right on in with the grass-fed beef for an easy yet delicious meal for the family.

Lose Weight, Boost Mood and Memory, Improve Health with Grass-Fed

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Reasons why hormone-free, chemical-free, GMO-free, pastured and grass-fed farm raised foods are better for your health, and how to boost mood, memory and weight loss efforts:

Eating choline-rish pastured eggs boosts acetylcholine which impacts mood, focus, and memory. Pastured eggs are also a natural source of vital omega 3 fatty acids.

Consuming grass-fed milk, yogurt and cheese aids the body in producing norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation, concentration, and alertness as well as memory formation and storage. Furthermore, sugar and wheat cause cravings, whereas increasing your consumption of nutrient-rich healthy fats and protein from grass-fed sources will have a more satiating effect while benefiting overall mood and cognition.

Grass-fed cheese, pastured butter, raw milk and cottage cheese have been found to be excellent sources of conjugated linoleic acid (cla). CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to promote long term weight loss, fat burning, and lean muscle building and retention, as well as increased metabolic rate. CLA has also been found to help against inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, food-induced allergic reactions, and even improves the immune system as well as insulin resistance.

Eating a cup of cooked, organic spinach will aid your body in making use of essential amino acids. Spinach is rich in folic acid, which has been found to help your body better synthesize both serotonin and norepinephrine. Studies have linked folic acid deficiency with depression.

Boost serotonin with trytophain-rish grass-fed meats and pastured cottage cheese, free from antibiotics, chemicals, and GMOs. Serotonin is a vital neurotransmitter for learning, good mood, healthy sleep, and memory. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, aggressive behavior, and insomnia.

Consuming probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods helps with digestive health as well as mood and brain functioning. By restoring proper gut balance, your body can better digest and utilize the key nutrients responsible for optimal neurotransmitter functioning.

By choosing grass-fed, pastured sources for your meat, chicken, eggs, milk cheese, yogurt, and kefir, you are providing your body with a higher source of nutrients without the dangers of GMOs, pesticides, and chemicals. Besides being more filling and satiating, grass-fed foods typically have 2-5 times the content of essential nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamins A, E, D, B12, folic acid, beta carotene,  and more.

Health & Taste Challenge: Try 2 farm fresh, pastured eggs and compare them to 2 factory eggs from the store. The pastured eggs are plumper, tastier, and infinitely more filling and nutritious – it would take 2-4 factory eggs to get the nutrient content and satiation of only 1 pastured egg!