Happy Easter! We hope all of our readers are enjoying a thankful and relaxing Easter weekend. We are truly grateful for your continued patronage this year, and look forward to serving your protein needs in the months to come.
Don't forget about Mom! Mother's Day is right around the corner and we have everything you need to truly surprise Mom. Start with a few steaks
, throw in some bacon
, salmon filets
, her favorite snacks
and top the order off with some of our heart-healthy Dark Chocolate
, and you will be Mom's favorite year-round!
Is your honey really honey? The FDA has recently announced new labeling changes
that will affect one of our favorite sweeteners. Honey with any added sweeteners (like sugar or corn syrup), will now have to be labeled as a honey "blend". If you are looking for a true honey, look no further. Our Raw Honey
comes from a family farm right here in Northeast Missouri, and is a true, unheated raw honey, which is delicious in tea, on rolls, or with fruit! It also happens to be on sale
this week only, so now is a great time to try it if you haven't yet.
Mark's Daily Apple shared an article this week that caught our attention - foods with surprising medical benefits
. Only four foods were on the list, including one of our very favorites, and often the most unpopular by popular media - red meat
. The article stresses that it is hard to find another food with the amount of nutrients and benefits that come with eating a good steak. So don't feel guilty next time you are indulging in a thick, juicy New York Strip Steak
or making sizzling fajitas with the versatile Inside Skirt Steak
We appreciate your patience as we are continuing to work on getting our ground beef and burger patties restocked. The 75% Lean Ground Beef
is available online now and we hope to have everything else restocked this week.
Many of you have noticed a recent addition to our website - whenever a product is 'out of stock' we now have an email notification function set up so that you will be emailed as soon as that item restocks. We appreciate your suggestions for this helpful service! Your feedback, suggestions, and concerns are always appreciated. Feel free to share via email
or our blog
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
Recent Health News|
Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Poor Mobility Among Severely Obese People
Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM)
The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.
Severe obesity occurs when a person's body mass index (BMI) exceeds 40. About 6.5 percent of American adults are severely obese.
"People with severe obesity already are eight times more likely to have poor physical function than people with a healthy BMI," said one of the study's authors, Tomás Ahern, MB, BCh, BAO, of St. Columcille's Hospital and St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. "Poor vitamin D status contributes to the deterioration of physical function in this population. Among those with severe obesity, 43 percent are at risk of vitamin D deficiency."
The cross-sectional study examined physical functioning and vitamin D levels in 252 severely obese people. Participants were timed as they walked 500 meters and climbed up and down a single step 50 times. They also provided estimates of their physical activity.
Researchers took a blood sample to measure each participant's vitamin D levels. For analysis, the study population was divided into three groups based on vitamin D levels.
The study found the group with the highest vitamin D levels had the fastest walking times and highest amount of self-reported physical activity. This group also had the lowest average BMI of the study participants.
"Improving vitamin D status should improve quality of life and may decrease the risk of early death in people with severe obesity," Ahern said. "This could be a simple matter of spending more time outside, since sun exposure can boost the body's natural vitamin D production."
Endocrine Society. "Vitamin D deficiency contributes to poor mobility among severely obese people." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 April 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140415133811.htm>.
Grass-fed beef was once a niche. Now it's one of the biggest movers in the beef production industry, and demand for grass-fed beef continues to rise as more and more consumers join the movement. The purpose of this event is to help producers grow in knowledge of the grass-fed industry and in finishing cattle specifically. It is also a unique opportunity for consumers to learn more about this ever-growing industry, and to offer their questions and suggestions.
Visit their website
for more information, and to see the powerful lineup of speakers and event planned for the weekend. You can also get a DVD of last year's event to see what to expect this year. Register before June 30 to take advantage of the discounted rate!
|Ask the Doc|
Dear Dr. Kim,
I've heard that herbs can help ease flu symptoms - is this true? if so, which do you recommend?
Great question. Flu symptoms have many herbs that can help ease the symptoms. I personally use a chamomile tea and honey
. You can also add echniacea, theanine, vitamin C, vitamin B12, and a solid essential fatty acid supplement. The latter you can pick up from Scott Mendelsohn. I would also get some Melatonin, or ZMA core from Musclepharm. It can help you fall asleep and let your body rest so that you can fight those viruses while getting great rest.
Dr. Michael Kim
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Classic Braised Short Ribs
- 4-5 lbs beef short ribs
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
- 2 tbsp cooking fat (bacon grease, lard, ghee, or coconut oil)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- bouquet garni: 1 sprig rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme, 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 2 cups beef broth, more if needed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8oz mushrooms (about 25 total)
- Pat the short ribs dry with some paper towels, then season with the salt, pepper, and thyme leaves. Set aside to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- In a Dutch (or French) oven, warm the cooking fat over medium heat. Add the ribs and sear, in batches, on all sides; turn every few minutes. Turn down the heat as needed to keep the beef from burning. Take your time and make sure the beef is thoroughly browned. Remove the pieces and set on a plate.
- Preheat your oven to 325F. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery to the Dutch oven, and sauté until softened and slightly caramelized, about 6 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and garlic and sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the bouquet garni, vinegar, wine, and broth and bring to a simmer. Return the beef pieces (and their accumulated juices) to the Dutch oven, adding beef broth until the pieces are a little more than halfway covered. Bring to a simmer, cover, and place in the oven. Braise until tender, 2-3 hours total. Flip the short ribs after 1 hour. You'll know when they are done when easily pierced with a paring knife.
- Remove the Dutch oven from the oven, then increase the oven temperature to 450F. Remove the ribs from the braising liquid and place on a baking sheet. When the oven comes to temperature, place the baking sheet in the oven and roast the ribs until darkened, about 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- While the oven is coming to temperature and roasting the short ribs, prep your sauce. Strain the braising liquid through a fine sieve and discard the solids, which will by mushy by now (be sure to gently press them through the sieve to extract as much juice as possible). Skim any excess fat from the liquid. Return the liquid to the Dutch oven, and reduce on med/high heat until reduced to about 2 cups total liquid. Taste the liquid, adding salt and pepper if needed. Reduce the heat to med/low and add the mushrooms; simmer until softened, about 5 minutes. By this time, the ribs should be ready. Return them to the reduced liquid and serve with mashed potatoes or mashed boniato (pictured above).
** Along with the mushrooms, feel free to add any other vegetable you'd like near the end. Some ideas are: pearl onions, carrots, zucchini, parsnips, turnips, eggplant. Bear in mind that some veggies take longer to soften than others so you may want to time them accordingly. You could always soften them by sautéing in butter beforehand.
This recipe and photo are courtesy of our good friend Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man. His new cookbook is a must-have for any paleo kitchen!If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
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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, Dairy Products, Raw Honey, Gourmet Rabbit
, Pre-Cooked Entrees, Snacks, and Pet Food.
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