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Happy New Year!

January 11, 2015 
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

It's a new year, and so many of us are again focused on our New Year's resolutions.  Every year, weight loss, eating better, and exercising more are at the top of most people's resolutions list.  Too many people start the new year off counting calories and keeping track of every gram that they eat - but is this really the best way to lose weight?  Mark's Daily Apple dove right into this question and explained why there is so much more to the 'calories in, calories out' equation.  This one is definitely worth a read for anyone looking to shed a few pounds this year.  Be sure to stay tuned to Mark's Daily Apple this month as we have teamed up with them to once again go primal and win a whole cow!

We've gotten several calls this week from customers placing food orders that comply with the Whole30 that they started for the new year.  Whole30 is not a 'diet' or just an 'eating plan', it has changed lives, and if you haven't heard about it yet, it just might change yours!

The holidays briefly interrupted several of our production schedules, and we appreciate your patience as we work to get everything restocked.  We expect more pork products to restock this week and next.  Our Chicken Thighs and Chicken Drumsticks both restocked this week, along with Canned Sardines, Pouched Salmon and Salmon Filets

2015 is off to a chilly start here in Northeast Missouri!  We've had an Arctic blast roll through this week and are looking forward to warmer temperatures this coming week.  We hope that everyone is staying safe & warm!

New Year Regards, 


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

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Despite Resolutions, People Buy More Food After New Year

Despite New Year's resolutions to eat better and lose weight, people buy the greatest amount of food and calories after the holidays, finds a study led by a University of Vermont researcher.

The study, published by PLOS ONE, finds consumer spending on food increases by 15 percent over the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year), with most of the increase attributed to higher levels of junk food.

But shoppers buy the greatest amount of food after New Year - the equivalent of a nine percent increase in calories above holiday levels, says Prof. Lizzy Pope of the University of Vermont, who led the study as a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab.

"People start the New Year with good intentions to eat better," says Pope, who recently joined UVM's Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science. "They do pick out more healthy items, but they also keep buying higher levels of less-healthy holiday favorites. So their grocery baskets contain more calories than any other time of year we tracked."

The findings are surprising given the holidays' reputation for overeating - and suggest that people need better strategies for shopping under the sway of "res-illusions," the research team says.

The researchers recommend that consumers use written grocery lists to deter impulsive junk food purchases; substitute as much junk food as possible with fresh produce and nutrient-rich foods, and split grocery baskets visually to ensure nutritious foods represent at least half of your purchases.

Background & Methods

The authors of the study, New Year's Res-Illusions: Food Shopping in the New Year Competes with Healthy Intentions, are Lizzy Pope (University of Vermont), David Just (Cornell University), Brian Wansink (Cornell University), and Drew Hanks (Ohio State University).

"We wanted to see how New Year's resolutions and the end of the holiday season impact grocery shopping habits - how much food people buy, and how many calories the foods contain," says co-author David Just, Cornell University.

More than 200 households in New York State were recruited to participate in the seven-month study of grocery store spending behaviors, from July 2010 to March 2011.

To identify shopping patterns, researchers split the data into three periods: July to Thanksgiving represented participants' baseline spending (how much the average shopper regularly spends per week on groceries), Thanksgiving to New Year's was considered the holiday season, and New Year's to March the post-holiday period.

Foods were categorized as healthy or less healthy based on a nutritional rating system used at participating grocery stores.

"Despite New Year's resolutions to eat healthier, people tend to hang on to those unhealthy holiday favorites and keep buying them in the New Year," says co-author Drew Hanks, The Ohio State University, who worked on the study as a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell.

"Based on these findings," Hanks adds, "we recommend that instead of just adding healthy foods to your cart, people substitute less healthy foods for fresh produce and other nutrient rich foods. The calories will add up slower and you'll be more likely to meet your resolutions and shed those unwanted pounds."

University of Vermont. "Despite resolutions, people buy more food after new year." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 January 2015. <>.
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Mina Harissa Chicken &
Butternut Squash with Mint


  • 4 tablespoons ghee, butter or coconut oil, melted and divided
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1" cubes (about 3 cups worth)
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Mina Harissa Mild Red Pepper Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced fresh mint
  • avocado, to garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet and pour 2 tablespoons of ghee or butter or coconut oil over squash and toss. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until soft.
  3. While butternut squash cooks, place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of ghee, butter or coconut oil. Add chicken.
  4. After about 5 minutes, as the chicken loses its pink, add red onion along with smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until chicken is completely cooked through. Then add cooked butternut squash along with red pepper sauce to the pan and mix well.
  6. Remove from heat, then mix in mint then serve.

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