We're not sure where this month has gone, but June has flown by fast. We hope everyone's summer is off to a fantastic start. We are certainly enjoying the warm weather!
Who loves a little fat? We do! Our wildly popular beef tallow
has quickly become a staple in many kitchens all over the country. Tallow is a great replacement for vegetable oil in frying and cooking, not only adding heart-healthy omega-3's and cancer fighting CLA, but also bringing a rich flavor to whatever you are frying! If you are new to tallow, visit our blog
for all the tips and hints to using tallow in the kitchen. The 2-lb pails
are in stock now, and you can save a bundle by purchasing in the 5-gallon bucket
. This can easily be transferred into smaller containers or split between friends. If you already love the tallow, we also carry pork lard
, which has been used in the kitchen for generations.
Just in time for the July 4th barbecuing holiday - our best selling New York Strip Steaks
are on sale
this week only. Now is a great time to stock up and save on those, as well as the Bone-in Pork Chops
that are also on sale
and great on any grill!
In the recipe section
below, our good friend and paleo blogger Juli Bauer has put together a masterpiece featuring three of our very favorite things: bacon
and sweet peppers. These tasty wraps are ready to eat in only 30 minutes and we guarantee your family will love them!
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Special Shipping Notice: since FedEx will be closed on Thursday, July 4, we will not be able to ship this Wednesday, July 3. We will ship on Monday and Tuesday as usual, but any order placed after 10:00 am CST on Tuesday, July 2 will be held and shipped on Monday, July 8. If you have any questions on ordering or shipping this week please let us know
We want to wish all of our customers and readers a happy July 4th this week! Hopefully everybody will be enjoying a relaxing day off with good friends and good food. We are so appreciative of your continued support and business, and are grateful for the free country that we live in and are able to do business in. Please keep in mind all of our military and their families during this holiday week. It is because of their dedication and service that we are able to enjoy the liberties that we have.
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
|Upcoming Grassfed Exchange Event
- Who: Grass-fed Producers and Interested Consumers
- What: Grassfed Exchange Conference 2013
- When: August 20-22, 2013
- Where: Bismarck, ND
- Why: Learn what is happening in the grass-fed beef industry, and how producers are adapting to supply a growing consumer market.
The Grassfed Exchange is a unique gathering of the leading grass-fed producers and interested consumers who are driving the grass-fed market. There is truly something here for everyone. Enjoy a full day of pasture tours and two full days of presentations from some of the leaders in this industry. Check out the full schedule on their website, and be sure to register before July 29, 2013 for discounted pricing. We are offering a 20% discount to the first 25 readers to use on their registration! Simply type in promo code: Grassfed to save 20%!
There are also opportunities to exhibit
at the Grassfed Exchange, this will give you access to some of the top producers in the market today.
Several of our producers have been involved with the Grassfed Exchange for many years, and will be in attendance in August and happy to answer any questions you might have about our operations. We look forward to seeing you there!
Recent Health News
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Are On Prescription Drugs
Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, their study found. Twenty percent of patients are on five or more prescription medications, according to the findings, published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Researchers find the data valuable because it gives insight into prescribing practices. The statistics from the Rochester Epidemiology Project in Olmsted County, Minn. are comparable to those elsewhere in the United States, says study author Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D., a member of the Mayo Clinic Population Health Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
"Often when people talk about health conditions they're talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes," Dr. St. Sauver says. "However, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants - that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature."
Seventeen percent of those studied were prescribed antibiotics, 13 percent were taking antidepressants and 13 percent were on opioids. Drugs to control high blood pressure came in fourth (11 percent) and vaccines were fifth (11 percent). Drugs were prescribed to both men and women across all age groups, except high blood pressure drugs, which were seldom used before age 30.
Overall, women and older adults receive more prescriptions. Vaccines, antibiotics and anti-asthma drugs are most commonly prescribed in people younger than 19. Antidepressants and opioids are most common among young and middle-aged adults. Cardiovascular drugs are most commonly prescribed in older adults. Women receive more prescriptions than men across several drug groups, especially antidepressants: Nearly 1 in 4 women ages 50-64 are on an antidepressant.
For several drug groups, use increases with advancing age.
"As you get older you tend to get more prescriptions, and women tend to get more prescriptions than men," Dr. St. Sauver says.
Prescription drug use has increased steadily in the U.S. for the past decade. The percentage of people who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent in 1999-2000 to 48 percent in 2007-08. Spending on prescription drugs reached $250 billion in 2009 the year studied, and accounted for 12 percent of total personal health care expenditures. Drug-related spending is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, the researchers say.
The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
Mayo Clinic. "Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are on prescription drugs." ScienceDaily, 19 Jun. 2013. Web. 20 Jun. 2013.
Ask the Doctor
Should you exercise everyday or should give your muscles a rest twice a week? I work out about 60 minutes a day doing some low impact aerobics and some floor toning without any equipment.
How old are you? How long have you been working out? What do you do for work? Are you on any medications?
These are some crucial questions to know what we need to do in terms of rest, how much you are working out, and how much rest is enough. Does that make sense? However, below are some generic recommendations.
The fact that you are asking these questions must mean that you have had some differences in opinion while you are training. It is probably a great idea to rest two days during the week. I would recommend days in between training days as opposed to two consecutive days off. However, if working out five days during the week and taking off the weekend works best for your schedule, then do that. The reason why you need to do this is for recovery. I think that people forget that recovery is also a key component of building lean body mass, burning fat, and giving your body a solid foundation of rest. During this time of rest you should still be very aware of what you are eating, activity level, and ultimately resting at a higher level. Try not to occupy your gym free time with more stressful activities. It's called rest and recovery for a reason. As we age, this period of rest and recovery becomes even more key, but we'll save that topic for another day.
During this time do not forget to supplement correctly as well, and keep your fats and vitamins going. Make sure to keep up with your multivitamin in the form of Armor V from Musclepharm and getting a complete fatty acid supplement in Alpha Omega from Infinity Fitness. Hopefully this answers your question and you spend a few days during the week helping your body recover so that it can battle again.
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.
Bacon Wrapped Smoked Salmon Sweet Peppers
- 5 strips of bacon, cut in half lengthwise and widthwise
- 10 sweet peppers, cut in half lengthwise
- 3-5 ounces of smoked salmon
- pinch of salt
- sprinkle of smoked paprika
Prep time: 10 mins/Cook time: 20 mins/Serves: 4-5
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut bacon in half lengthwise and widthwise so you have 4 strips of bacon per 1 piece.
- Cut sweet peppers in half, pull out the excess seeds.
- How much salmon you use will be based on how big or small the peppers are. Take a small piece of smoked salmon, roll in up, push it into the sweet pepper, then wrap a small piece of bacon around the sweet pepper. Try to tuck the sides of the bacon under the sweet pepper to keep it in place as you bake it.
- Place all bacon wrapped peppers on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until bacon is crispy, but not burnt.
- Let cool slightly because they will be HOT.
- Eat up! (Makes 20 or so wraps.)
Recipe courtesy of the very talented Juli Bauer at PaleOMG. We are loving her new cookbook and never miss her entertaining blog!
If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
Just had my first US Wellness Meats meal (the salmon). It was outstanding! In the coming week we will also have the ribs, ribeye, and filet. Can't wait. :)Margaret M. via Facebook
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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.
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: Grass-Fed Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Wild Caught Seafood, Grass-Fed Bison, Grass-Fed Butter, Raw Grass-Fed Cheese, Raw Honey, Gourmet Rabbit
, Pre-Cooked Entrees, Snacks, and Pet Food.
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