Whole Foods will have their grass-fed beef on sale tomorrow, September 2, 2011 for $4.99 per pound. This is a good price for grass-fed beef, so make sure you don’t miss out on this deal! Cows were meant to eat grass, not corn. Unfortunately, most beef in the U.S. are fed corn. Corn allows cows to get fatter faster and be ready for slaughter sooner. But there are downsides, including the fact that cows have trouble digesting corn and must be fed antibiotics to prevent them from becoming ill. What’s more, beef from corn-fed cows tends to have more fat. Grass-fed beef also contains three to five times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that has many health benefits. The milk from grass-fed cows is also higher in many nutrients, including CLA, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fats.
Have fun grilling and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN
You may be wondering what’s the deal about this big coconut rave? Are coconuts and coconut oil really that good for you? And how can they be healthy when they are high in saturated fat? Well, I’m here to answer those questions for you and to let you know where you can get organic coconut oil for a great price.
Not too long ago, our society was all about the low-fat, fat-free craze. Fat was considered the “culprit” to our diets. Thankfully, people have realized that fat is good for our bodies, and is even necessary for proper absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients. So let’s talk about coconut oil and why it’s so good for you. Yes, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but the fat in coconuts is different & unique from all other fats & contains many health benefiting properties. In my opinion, coconut oil is a superfood. The difference is in the fat molecule. Fats and oils contain fatty acids. Approximately 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed mostly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Our bodies metabolize each fatty acid differently, based on its size. MCFT do not have a negative effect on cholesterol like LCFA do, and they help to protect against heart disease.
Here are a few of the MANY benefits of coconuts & coconut oil:
- Acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
- Lowers cholesterol.
- Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Increases metabolism supporting weight loss
- Great natural skin/hair moisturizer
- Much more!
Use coconut oil as your cooking oil of choice and/or add it in your favorite smoothies for its health benefits. Rub it on your skin to help protect against the sun’s UV rays.
Right now Amazon has the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2), priced at $14.98, just $7.49 per jar. And you get free shipping. Use the “Subscribe and Save” option to get it for this price. Go nuts over coconuts!
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC
Sweet potato fries are a staple in our house. They’re naturally gluten and grain-free, so anyone can eat them. Most importantly, they are delicious! Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate which means they digest more slowly than white potatoes and therefore will not cause your blood sugar to spike as easily.
Sweet Potato Nutrients:
- Great source of beta-carotene
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Fiber (More fiber than oatmeal if the skin is left on)
Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:
- About 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (very healthy & adds flavor to recipe)
- sea salt (to taste)
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (raw cheese is always best)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut sweet potatoes into strips that are about 1/4 inch wide on each side.
- Place the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Add melted coconut oil, salt, and rosemary. Stir well to thoroughly coat the fries.
- Stir in 2/3 of the Parmesan. Spread out onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through. Fries are done when they are browned around the edges.
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC