It seems that the groundhog wasn't quite accurate with his predictions this year. We have received several significant snowfalls since he predicted an early spring, but we are very grateful for the moisture! It seems spring might finally be right around the corner, temperatures climbed into the 50's late this week, and the melting snow and sunny skies have us optimistic for the rest of the month!
We hope everyone remembered to "spring forward" last night. The return of daylight savings time means spring really is upon us!
March hosts one of our favorite holidays - St. Patrick's Day! We have lots of specials going on just for this special holiday. Our favorite Corned Beef Flatiron is on sale this week only. Corned Beef & Cabbage is a staple for any St. Pat's Day gathering, and our Corned Flatiron only needs a few hours in the crockpot and will turn out fork-tender every time!
If you prefer the Corned Brisket, be sure to check our recipe section below for a very special recipe prepared by our newest feature chef - Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate. We are so fortunate to have Joshua prepare some of his signature recipes for us this month. He is only 17 years old with a very inspiring story about the power of healthy food. Read his interview for more details and be sure to check out his recipe page for some amazing dinner ideas your whole family will be impressed with!
For a traditional Irish recipe, be sure to visit our blog this week. Author Stan Fishman shared his twist on the Ulster Fry - a recipe rich in healthy animal fats that has been around for centuries. It includes some of our favorites - bacon, eggs, butter & bologna!
To ensure your St. Patrick's order arrives on time, be sure to have your order placed by 10:00 am CST on Wednesday, March 13.
Is red meat good for you? It seems that all recent studies on the subject advise that a diet heavy in red meat leads to an early death, but we highly believe otherwise. Author Chris Kresser tackles these myths in a well-researched article this week. We recommend sharing it with anyone doubtful of the benefits of red meat.
Thank you to all of our Facebook followers who helped us reach 20,000 likes this week! In honor of this feat, we gave away a $200 gift certificate. Congrats to winners Corbin & Kasey F! We are truly grateful for all of your support, feedback and comments. If you have not visited us on Facebook yet, stop by to see what all the excitement is about.
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Recent Health News|
Why Fish Is Better Than Supplements: Omega-3's from Fish Vs. Fish Oil Pills Better at Maintaining Blood Pressure in Mouse Model
Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish may have diverse health-promoting effects, potentially protecting the immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.
But how the health effects of one such fatty acid - docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - works remains unclear, in part because its molecular signaling pathways are only now being understood.
Toshinori Hoshi, PhD, professor of Physiology, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues showed, in two papers out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, how fish oils help lower blood pressure via vasodilation at ion channels. In vascular smooth muscle cells, such as those that line blood vessels, ion channels that span the outer membrane of a cell to let such ions as sodium, calcium, and potassium in and out, are critical to maintaining proper vessel pressure.
The researchers found that DHA rapidly and reversibly activates these channels by increasing currents by up to 20 fold. DHA lowers blood pressure in anesthetized wild type mice but not in mice genetically engineered without a specific ion channel subunit.
In comparison, the team found that a dietary supplement, DHA ethyl ester, found in most fish oil pills fails to activate the same channels, and even antagonizes the positive effect of DHA from natural sources, on the cells. The DHA ethyl ester seems to compete with the natural form of DHA for binding sites on the ion channel.
The team concluded that these channels have receptors for long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, and that DHA - unlike its ethyl ester cousin - activate the channels and lower blood pressure.
The findings have practical implications for the use of omega-3 fatty acids as nutraceuticals for the general public and also for critically ill patients who may receive omega-3-enriched formulas as part of their nutrition.
Coauthor Michael Bauer from Jena University Hospital in Germany, who studies sepsis in a clinical setting, says the findings may encourage physicians to have a closer look at the specific formulations given to sepsis patients as they may contain either the free omega-3 acid or the ester.
The findings also underscore the importance of obtaining omega-3 fatty acids from natural food sources such as oily fish.
The study was supported, in part, by the National Institutes of Health (R01GM057654), the German Research Foundation, and Natural Science Foundation of China.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "Why fish is better than supplements: Omega-3s from fish vs. fish oil pills better at maintaining blood pressure in mouse model." ScienceDaily, 5 Mar. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.
Slow Cooked Corned Beef Brisket
& Roasted Cabbage
- 1 head of green cabbage
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop onion, carrot and celery stalk coarsely and place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Pour chicken stock over onion, carrot, and celery and place corned beef brisket on top of veggies in the slow cooker.
- Place top on slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (I did 6 hours) That's it!
Roasted Cabbage Directions:
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Slice head of cabbage into 8 wedges and place on rimmed baking sheet.
- Brush both sides with avocado oil and sprinkle salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste on both sides.
- Place cabbage wedges into oven for 25-30 minutes flipping halfway through until you get nice crispy brown edges.
Serve each dish with some slices of corned beef brisket, a cabbage wedge, and some of the vegetables from the slow cooker on the side. You can also choose to spoon the juices from the slow cooker over the sliced brisket because it's incredibly divine. Also, I found an interesting recipe for a brine that is sugar free here.
Recipe and photo courtesy of our feature chef, Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate. Read his blog to learn about his incredible journey to health, and for a host of wonderful recipes and photos.
If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email them to email@example.com.
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Again, thank you and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.
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