We've had great weather here in Northeast Missouri this week. We've had a few light rains and mild temperatures, highly unusual for the beginning of August, but we're not complaining!
The beginning of August means that back-to-school time is right around the corner. We stumbled across a helpful post from The Paleo Mom
that will be a very useful resource for packing healthy school lunches. She offers some great suggestions, and we were excited to see some of our favorites on the list:
If you are looking for a tasty twist on the traditional hamburger, be sure to visit our blog for a new recipe from author Stan Fishman. His recipe for Hamburger with Kebab Flavors
would be great on the grill this time of year! Stan is the author of the very popular Tender Grassfed Meat
and Tender Grassfed Barbecue
cookbooks. If you are new to cooking with grass-fed proteins, we highly recommend starting with either of these!
We continue to learn more about the healthy benefits of organ meats, and while we all know the importance of incorporating offal into our diet, actually doing that can be hard! Author Chris Kresser recently posted a great health lesson
on organ meats, with some unique recipes and menu suggestions to make it easier to add these to your diet. Our favorite way to get our offal is through organ sausages: Beef Braunschweiger
, and Headcheese
are all sugar-free and so tasty you'll never guess there are organs involved!
We appreciate your patience as we have worked to restock several of our best sellers this week. Sugar-Free Pork Bacon
, Beef Pemmican
, and most of our Free Range Chicken Parts
are back in stock. We apologize for the extended shortages!
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John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
- Who: Anyone interested in the evolution of health
- What: Ancestral Health Symposium
- When: August 15-17, 2013
- Where: Atlanta, GE
- Why: Join the leaders and trendsetters in the dietary field by attending the Ancestral Health Symposium, a collaboration between consumers, chefs, healthcare professionals, bloggers and scientists to further understand and evaluate the evolution of health and diet.
- US Wellness Meats will be there, and we will be sampling some of our paleo-friendly fare on Thursday & Friday! We look forward to seeing you there!
|Recent Health News|
Obesity More Likely in Preschoolers Drinking Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Young children who regularly drink sugary beverages are more likely to gain excessive weight and become obese, according to new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Based on a review of data from 9,600 children ages 2 to 5 in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, the study found that regular consumption of sugary drinks - defined as one or more 8-ounce servings daily - was associated with higher body mass index (BMI) scores in 4 and 5-year-olds. BMI is a commonly used measure of whether a child is overweight or obese.
The study also found that 5-year-olds who regularly had sugary drinks were more likely to be obese, and 2-year-olds who regularly drank sugar-sweetened beverages had larger increases in BMI over the following two years than 2-year-olds who had sugary drinks infrequently or not at all.Other factors behind weight gain?
The study also found that young children who regularly drink sugary beverages were more likely to drink less milk and watch more than two hours of television daily than children who had sugary drinks infrequently or not. "Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is only one practice out of many that contribute to obesity during childhood," said UVA researcher Mark D. DeBoer, MD.
However, added UVA researcher Rebecca Scharf, MD, drinking sugary beverages is one behavior "that is potentially modifiable - and therefore deserves attention."Sugary drinks discouraged for kids
Parents and pediatricians should keep young children away from sugary drinks and instead offer water as one step toward avoiding excessive weight gain, the researchers concluded. "In addition to avoiding unhealthy calorie sources such as sugar-sweetened beverages, parents should also encourage healthy practices such as regular physical activity and adequate sleep," DeBoer said.
While educating parents about healthy drink choices is important, the researchers also suggested that public health policy changes should be strongly considered to reduce consumption of sugary beverages. This might include additional limits on access to sugary drinks in schools. "Providing access to nutritious foods and limiting over-consumption of soda at home, school and in the community in early childhood is a potentially helpful way to improve long-term health outcomes for children," Scharf said.
Published online by the journal Pediatrics, the paper was authored by DeBoer, Scharf and Columbia University researcher Ryan T. Demmer.
University of Virginia Health System. "Obesity more likely in preschoolers drinking sugar-sweetened beverages." ScienceDaily, 5 Aug. 2013. Web. 6 Aug. 2013.
|Ask the Doctor|
My husband has suffered from gout for years. I've always heard there are certain foods that should be avoided when you have gout, but what are your recommendations? Are there any certain foods that he should try to include?
This is a great question and I commend you on your concern for your husband. There are certain foods or drinks I would stay away from.
- Fructose sweetened drinks.
- Seafood, mostly those in arena of crustaceans. Fish is ok.
- People have used generically the word MEAT here as a fourth. This is the one time I would say you should limit your RED meat, however, these tests/studies have not been done with organic meat. So RED meat is something I would be on the lookout for. I would limit it to maybe 1-2 times per week. Chicken, pork, fish is ok.
I would slowly add foods to his diet. A lot of these issues with gout are from flareups secondary to trauma, or secondary to previously unhealthy lifestyles. The uric acid in gout is the issue at hand. Add a few things to your diet. Take a great multivitamin in Musclepharms Armor V, take a great essential fatty acid product in Scotts Alpha Omegas from Infinity Fitness. Stay away from the list above, always eat organic, and be active! Cheers to you & your husband Teresa, and to living a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Michael Kim
Have a question? Email
any health and wellness questions for the question and answer series. This series now also features Dr. Serrano's business partner, Dr. Mike Kim, MD. He is consistently eating and living a healthy lifestyle because of his family connection with DM2, HTN, Hyperlipidemia. He is currently finishing his training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado, Denver under the tutelage of Dr. Serrano, a world renowned nutrition specialist.
Dr. Kim is always seeking the latest and newest ways to help people with weight loss, athletic performance and healthy eating. He has a deep connection with MMA fighters, NFL athletes, and other professional athletes. He is at the forefront of breaking science with Muscle Pharm Sports Science and Research Center. His goal is to make living healthier for everyone, one meal at a time.
Grilled Pork Kebabs with Spicy Peach
Peach BBQ Sauce:
- 3 lb pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup macadamia nut oil
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple juice
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- freshly ground pepper
- 2 medium peaches (1 pound), pitted and halved
- 1/2 red onion, peeled and cut through the root end
- 2 tablespoons melted ghee
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- freshly ground black pepper
Marinating the Kebabs:
- Place the pork cubes in a large storage container.
- Add the onions, macadamia nut oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, apple juice, tomato paste, garlic, and freshly ground black pepper in a high speed blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Pour the marinade over the pork cubes and store covered in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
Making the Barbecue Sauce:
- Preheat your grill to medium high.
- Brush the melted ghee on the cut surface of the peaches and onion.
- Place the peaches, onion, and pepper on the hot grill a couple minutes on each side or until you get nice grill marks all over.
- Roughly chop the grilled peaches and onion and discard the stem end of the onion. Trim off the stem of the jalapeno and remove the seeds and ribs.
- Toss the peaches, onion, jalapeno, coconut aminos, tomato paste, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper into a high speed blender or food processor. Blitz until smooth.
- Pour the sauce into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the temperature to medium low and simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Grilling the Skewers:
- Preheat the grill to medium high.
- Thread five pieces of pork on each skewer.
- Grill the skewers for a total of 10 minutes or until cooked through, turning the skewers every couple of minutes.
- Plate the kebabs and brush on the barbecue sauce. Let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes before eating.
__________________________This healthy breakfast is brought to you by our feature chef, Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo! Visit the recipe page she did exclusively for US Wellness, and follow her blog for new paleo recipes!If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
Hi Tressa and the USW Meats Team,I was excited to see that raw, pastured, swiss cheese was included in your product line. Swiss cheese is my favorite cheese but have been unable to find it raw and/or pastured. However, I was skeptical and a little tentative; it couldn't possibly taste very good.
Wow, was I wrong! It's got a lovely nutty quality with subtle bright notes. I can confidently say it's the best swiss cheese I've ever tasted. Once again, I'm so happy to have discovered you and your wonderful food products.Gratefully,Clea
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