U.S. Wellness News Alert

One Stop Chicken Shop - Everything You Need to Fry, Bake or BBQ On Sale!  

July 17, 2011
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    



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: chicken backs, necks, and 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 tender chicken, 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 thoughts! 


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 the 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 come.    


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 jen@grasslandbeef.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.

Summer Regards, 

John, Lee Ann, Megan, Tressa, Jennifer and Amanda on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats  

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Inventory Updates

The following items are back in stock:Chicken Breast  


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Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BCserrano

Question and Answer Column


Dr. Eric Serrano

Hi Dr. Serrano,


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 better. 


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 can cause."

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?  


Thanks in advance,

George F.



Dear George,


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.


All the best, 


Dr. Serrano



This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com for the Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.

question and answer series.  Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness.


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

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David Csonka

David Csonka

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 Paleo Magazine.


How to Eat Paleo on a Budget



This article 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 average prices.

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 manageable.

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 affordable.

Buy Frozen

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.

The Bottom Line

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.



recipeFeatured Recipe

Spring Strawberry Salad with Chicken     

Ingredients:Spring Strawberry Salad
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided 
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, divided 
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and dried 
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced 
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese 
  • 5 oz pecans 
  1. 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.  
  2. Remove the chicken to a bowl and let cool. 
  3. Place the spinach into a salad bowl; scatter the strawberries, goat cheese, and pecans over the spinach.  
  4. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and top with the chicken.
  5. Serve slightly warm or chilled.   
Yield: 8 servings

Recipe and photo compliments of AllRecipes.

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Customer Feedback
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. 

Just 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, Paleo diet, 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. 

Steak rare.

Best regards,

Wholesale Hello!

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 at: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com.   


BRGROur 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!



photosJune 27, 2011 - Lewis County, MO
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Cattle enjoying deep green grass on a cloudy June evening.
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US Wellness - Supporting Our Troops

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.

This weekComingHome's featured organization is the Lifetime Network's show, Coming Home.  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 website 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 US Wellness CattleSeptember 1st, 2000. Pasture management and meat science research originated in 1997.

The 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 beef products into:

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On Sale!
Sweet & Spicy Wings

The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST Saturday July 23, 2011.


Chicken Wings 

- 2.8 lb package


Chicken Thighs

- 1.25 lbs


Chicken Backs 

- 2.5 lbs


Chicken Livers 

- 1.5 lbs






Chicken Cutlets

- 1.75 lb package 


Chicken Drumsticks 

- 1.5 lbs


Chicken Apple Sausages

- 1 lb  


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