We are craving chicken here this week! This edition is dedicated to one of our
favorite white meats and we are passing along the
savings with some of our best
chicken deals of the year!
Why should you stock up on chicken this week?
Chicken is a lean source of protein and many other vital nutrients and vitamins such as
phosphorus, potassium and selenium. But are all chickens created equal? Of course not, and it is
getting harder to tell the difference. When at the grocery store you can choose from organic, free
range, free roam, pastured, all-natural, cage-free...the list goes on. We have found that the best way
to truly know what kind of chicken you are getting is to know your farmer. They can tell you exactly
what the birds are eating, what they aren't, and how they are raised. Our free range
chickens do not spend any time in cages, and enjoy fresh pasture each and every day,
weather permitting. We also do not feed any antibiotics or growth hormones, so you know you are getting
the cleanest poultry products possible.
One of the healthiest chicken dishes we know of is chicken broth - famous for curing
the common cold, among other ailments. The Weston A. Price Foundation comments that "Good broth will resurrect the dead."
The powerful healing properties of broth are well known, and we have all the key ingredients you need to make
a healthy chicken broth:
feet will all work. See the Weston A. Price
broth recipe page for cooking ideas and
suggestions. Our featured chef this month, Diane Sanfilippo, author of the
Balanced Bites blog
has an awesome
post with an easy
broth recipe, so be sure and check it out.
For another easy chicken dish, try the light Strawberry Chicken Salad in our recipe section below, featuring
pecans and summer strawberries.
USDA in favor of grass-fed farming? You heard right. A recent study
based on dairy cattle reported by
Rodale shows that there are many benefits to raising
cattle on grass. Read the
article and be sure to post your
Looking for a tasty, heart-healthy dark chocolate bar? Look no further - our
San Jose Del Tambo Chocolate Bar was a Gold Winner in the dark
chocolate category at the prestigious
2011 London Academy of Chocolate Awards, and
Tanzania Dark Chocolate took home the Silver Winner honors.
Add a few bars to your next order and you will see why they are winning awards!
Our friends at Vital Choice
Seafood sent us this crazy
video clip, shot in Phoenix, AZ earlier this month. This random weather phenomenon
compares to the Dust Bowl crisis - if you watch the clip you will see a massive dirt cloud, known as a
"haboob" overwhelming Phoenix. These crazy weather patterns all over the world are eye-opening to say
the least. By managing our pastures and farms the right way we are trying to prevent soil erosion and
water runoff, ultimately in hopes that our farms will remain sustainable for years and generations to
US Wellness Trivia Contest!
Enter for your chance to win a 15% discount code that
can be applied to any one order under 40 lbs. We will randomly draw 30 winners who email the correct answer on
Sunday, July 17, 2011. Promo codes will be emailed on Monday morning and will be active for 30
days. This week's question: "In the
Weston A. Price chicken stock recipe, which type of chickens give the best results?" Please email your
answers to email@example.com.Thanks to all who
have been participating in our Trivia Contests! In the last news alert, we asked: Which two patriots both died
on July 4, 1826? The answer was John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
John, Lee Ann, Megan,
Tressa, Jennifer and Amanda on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
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Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC
Question and Answer Column
I have a
question regarding branch chain amino acids. When I started weight lifting, after my workouts I would take
protein shakes (whey protein) even grass-fed whey protein, I would still be sore for days, but once I started
taking BCAA's with glutamine and sometimes creatine, my recovery was very fast and I felt a lot
Now I get
newsletters from Dr.Mercola and he says to avoid BCAA's and just to use a high quality whey protein with at
least 8 grams of leucine. Even though that does not work for me, also on his newsletter he and Dr. Ori
Hofmekler said this:
"When you infuse or administer amino acids into your body,
particularly branch chain amino acid, they do signal the muscle to grow...but they may turn you diabetic.
I.V. administration - infusion of amino acids - cause a level of insulin resistance that not even fructose
According to Ori, all amino acids, including the most beneficial ones,
administrated intravenously have been shown to cause about six times more glycemic impact than the same
amount of glucose, administered in the same way.
So my question is, am I destroying my
body worse if taking BCAA's? Should I just stay with whey protein and wait till my muscles aren't sore?
I am gald you
asked this question, and wow, both of them are wrong. Branch chain amino acids are essentail for life, and
they protect and save lives.
I am sorry that
Ori and Dr. Mercola feel that way but they are not aware of the science behind branch chain amino acids,
which by the way the most renowned expert in the world is Mauro Depasquale.
The reason they
think that branch chain amino acids can give you or cause diabetes is because of what they do to your
insulin, not your sugar. Leucine is what we call an insulinogenic, meaning it increases insulin release,
which is important to gain muscle weight and also Dr. Ori, stated IV, well how often can you get IV BCAA,
unless you are sick or in the hospital.
The answer to
your question is they are wrong and you are right, actually whey is also an insulinogenic by itself, and the
reason BCAA give you a large response is because you are getting them IV, which in your case you are not.
In addition you
want an insulin response after working out so you gain muscle weight and lose body fat, that is why BCAA
prevents muscle breakdown. In addition you will not have an allergic reaction to BCAA, and will not
make you bloat.
Make sure you
buy high quality BCAA from
Infinity Fitness, this is my brand, or
Beverly International, and by the way no, I don't make any money on this product.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and
wellness questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for the
Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
question and answer series.
Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and
Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness
Newsletters or News Alerts under your first name only.
Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise
to answer literally any question related to health and wellness involving grass-fed meats. Dr. Serrano has a
wealth of knowledge from both his farm background and 15 years of clinical experience. This includes working
with a number of world class athletes and a large local family practice in Ohio.
Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
475 North Hill Road
Pickerington, OH 43147-1157
We are excited to introduce blogger David Csonka to
our newsletter staff! He is the author of the blog
Naturally Engineered and an avid crossfit and paleo enthusiast who is
also a contributor to the
How to Eat Paleo on a Budget
series presents strategies for eating high quality health foods while sticking to a budget.
#2: Buy in Bulk and Freeze
If you have the capacity to plan ahead and ration
out your food over time (instead of pigging out) then
buying in bulk from a warehouse store can be one of the most effective ways to eat on a
budget. You'll need to refrigerate or freeze a lot of food though since most of the items you'll be buying
come in very large sizes. In most cases, your food would spoil long before you'd be able to eat it all.
Real Food Spoils
Real food gradually deteriorates because of a natural
aging process. Once food is harvested or slaughtered, its tissue will soon start to decay. Microorganisms,
such as fungi (molds & yeasts), spoilage bacteria, and their enzymes usually cause the spoilage process.
Having enough freezer space will be essential if you are going to try and buy food in bulk or frozen.
Otherwise, if it's left out too long it's just going to spoil, ferment, or become overripe. Unless you are
experimenting with culturing bacteria, this is a bad thing.
Consider spending a little bit of
money on getting a decent size freezer. The energy costs will be relatively low since it won't be opened very
often, and it will eventually pay for itself with the savings from buying food in bulk.
Buying in Bulk
You'll end up paying a relatively small annual membership fee
(probably $40-50 per year) for Costco or Sam's Club but will then have access to mountains of food at very
low prices. Shopping at a big box store is a great way to get frequently consumed items for lower than
Cheap grain foods such as cereal will probably provide the most savings, but a
paleo-style dieter will still gain plenty of advantages from buying food in stores like this.
Buying cooking herbs and
olive oil will bring you
huge savings, as well as the ability to buy fresh or frozen vegetables in large quantities. If you like to
eat a large salad every day, then buying your produce in bulk will be necessary to keep your costs
Also, if you can get used to eating just one or two types of fruit for a week, you can
get things like bananas or avocados for far lower prices than conventional grocery stores by purchasing them
in large bunches.
I don't usually buy meat from stores like this because quality can sometimes be
an issue. However, buying directly from a rancher or through an online seller like
U.S. Wellness Meats (USWM) provides an excellent way to purchase meat in
bulk while not sacrificing the quality of the product.
Buying from the farm will sometimes require
you to accept quarters or halves of the animal, which could make storage problematic. However, the convenient
sizing of USWM's products as well as their bulk discount make buying high quality meat through them very
When you have no other choice besides getting
your produce at the grocery store, buying frozen is a good choice. It's cheaper, and a lot easier to keep
from spoiling so you're less likely to waste money.
Frozen produce is typically picked at its peak
nutritional state and then flash-frozen within hours. As for the "fresh" stuff, planes, trains and diesel
burning semi's move your fruits and veggies through state after state (or country after country) before they
end up in the produce area of your local grocery story; the nutritional value depleting in every mile.
Sure, fresh fruits and veggies taste amazing and look so pretty packed in those little see through
drawers in your fridge but man do they spoil quickly! If you're OK with shopping about two times a week, then
by all means, get the fresh stuff. But, if you're like me and have a hard time getting to the grocery just
one time a week, I suggest going for some of the frozen options.
Buying in bulk from a warehouse store can be one of the most effective ways to eat
on a budget. You'll need to refrigerate or freeze a lot of food, so get a decent size freezer and buy meat
and other stuff when it's on sale. As well, flash-frozen produce is an affordable and acceptable compromise
to fresh fruits and vegetables.
David Csonka is a blogger and natural health enthusiast living in Denver,
Colorado. His blog
naturallyengineered.com covers topics ranging from evolutionary
diets to barefoot running and natural movement. He attended the Florida State University where he graduated
with a bachelors and masters degree in Information Science. His interests include running and exercising
outdoors, hiking, exploring, and capturing the natural world through the lens of his camera.
Spring Strawberry Salad with Chicken
chicken breasts, cubed
- 4 tbsp
- 4 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette salad
- 1 bunch fresh spinach,
rinsed and dried
- 1 pint strawberries,
- 4 oz crumbled
- 5 oz
- Place the
chicken breasts into a skillet with 2 tablespoons of
olive oil and 2
tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over medium heat; cook and stir until the chicken is browned, no longer
pink in the center, and the juice has nearly evaporated, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the
chicken to a bowl and let cool.
- Place the spinach
into a salad bowl; scatter the strawberries,
goat cheese, and
pecans over the spinach.
- Drizzle 2 tablespoons of
olive oil and 2
tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and top with the
- Serve slightly warm or
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe and photo compliments of
You guys add so much to the lives of your readership. Today's series of articles leave
no doubt that you truly have the best intentions for the health of those on your list.
yesterday my wife and I attended two social events, a graduation party and a 50th anniversary of a doctor and
his wife. I was amused to hear the subjects being discussed at both parties:
grass fed beef
, garlic, mushrooms and of course gardening. I'll get this email of yours
to as many of the party attendees as I can.
Job well done.
We are happy to introduce a new
section in our News Alerts that will shine some light on a featured US Wellness Wholesale customer. We
have many wholesale outlets around the country that many customers may not be aware of, so this is our chance
to brag about them! If you are interested in becoming a US Wellness wholesaler, simply drop us an email
Our Wholesale Hello!
this week takes us to downtown New York City to the popular restaurant
BRGR. BRGR is a grass-fed burger restaurant with
two locations in the city, and US Wellness is proud to be able to
provide all of the product for their delicous burgers. They also make award-winning milkshakes, with
products from local Ronnybrook Dairy.
Founding member John
Wood was on hand for the
grand opening, and got to talk to
the crowd about the benefits of grass-fed beef. If you are in the area be sure to stop by one of the
locations for one of the best burgers in NYC!
June 27, 2011 - Lewis County,
Cattle enjoying deep
green grass on a cloudy June evening.
US Wellness - Supporting Our Troops
As the war on terror
continues to rage in the Middle East, we continue to follow and support our troops both at home and abroad
who work daily to protect our freedom. Beginning in our 2011 News Alerts we will focus on different
organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the lives of our American Soldiers.
organization is the Lifetime Network's show,
. It is a touching family show that
helps soldiers coming home surprise their families upon their return. They also allow viewers to send
in their home videos, which they air on the show. This project is the only one of its kind to have the
full support of all four branches of the Armed Forces and Coast Guard. They are also supporters of
numerous organizations working to help our servicemen and women - such as the Red Cross, USO, Army Wives
Network, and many more.
Be sure and visit their
to watch the emotional homecoming videos and learn
more about the program that airs at 10/9 Central on Sundays on the Lifetime Network.
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About U.S. Wellness Meats
U.S. Wellness Meats was founded on
September 1st, 2000. Pasture management and meat science research originated in 1997.
company office is located in Monticello, Missouri in Lewis County which joins the Mississippi River 140 miles
North of St. Louis.
The company has branched from
Wild Caught Seafood
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