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What’s for Dinner: Grass-fed Lamb

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Looking to mix things up while providing your body a nutrient boost? Consider a tasty meal of grass-fed lamb chops.

Similar to grass-fed chicken and grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb is higher in nutrients and lower in fat than their factory farmed, grain-fed counterparts. Other benefits include:

  • Grass-fed lamb is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 8 essential amino acids
  • Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of niacin, zinc, iron, selenium, and B vitamins
  • Grass-fed lamb is one of the richest food sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – which has been linked to improvements in immune function, blood sugar regulation, bone mass, and inflammatory function as well as reduced body fat, enhanced lean muscle building, and even cancer prevention.
  • Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of omega-3 fats and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA – the basic building block for omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Grass-fed lamb is a staple in Mediterranean diets, which have been linked with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease
  • Roughly 40% of the fat in grass-fed lamb comes from oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat which has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease

Note: When cooking your grass-fed lamb, treat it like a very expensive cut of beef and don’t overcook it. To enjoy a moist and tender meal, the lamb should be pink on the inside when served. Shoulder cuts are good for stew, shank/breast is best braised, lamb chops or rack of lamb are best when roasted or quick broiled, and ground lamb is best when sautéed.

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!