The harrowing process of meat production in the United States has been hotly debated for many years. While some Americans choose to strike all meat and dairy products from their diets, others devour it with reckless abandon. There are those though, who enjoy beef, but would rather have the meat free of pesticides and antibiotics before it is packaged for consumption. If you fall into this category, I highly suggest Alderspring Ranch grass fed, organic beef. If you’re a meat lover as I am, their pure quality beef is unparalleled!

Alderspring Ranch is a small, family owned, USDA-inspected farm in Idaho. Having farmed 100% pasture-raised beef for the past 15 years, their facility contains free range livestock, allowing their cattle to graze on alfalfa hay and fresh grass in wide- open fields, as opposed to cooped up spaces in large meat-packing industries. The result is a truly uniquely flavored, highly nutritious beef that is carefully hand-cut and packaged to perfection in-house.
Certified by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, the cattle from Alderspring Ranch are never fed any type of corn, grain, animal, or industrial byproducts. While antibiotics are sometimes used sparingly on the ranch for sick cattle, these animals are always pulled from the Alderspring organic program and sold elsewhere. Antibiotics in animals have been known to cause harsh strains of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, which can cause serious, life-threatening diseases. In fact the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences estimates that the annual cost of treating these types of drug-resistant infections sits at $30 billion in the United States alone.

When you order from smaller, more intimate farms like Alderspring, you can be 100% sure you are getting the purest quality beef around. All orders ship out every Monday, and usually arrive at your door within 2 to 3 business days. You have the option to choose from packs of 10 to 40 pounds of flash frozen steak, roast, sausage, or ground beef, delivered straight from their ranch in insulated boxes for absolute freshness. Would you have it any other way?

References:

http://www.alderspring.com/env_benefits/html/env_benefits.html
http://www.mercola.com/beef/benefits.htm

If there was a way to get the freshest seafood in the world delivered right to your door over a block of dry ice, do you think I’d keep it from you? While fish is reputed to have necessary nutrients like omega-3s and vitamin D, not all of it is served free of hazardous contaminants such as heavy metals (mercury). This is why I love Vital-Choice!

Vital-Choice is an online home-delivery service that delivers only wild seafood and organic fare. Shipped from sustainably harvested and well-managed fisheries, Vital-Choice delivers the freshest salmon straight from Alaska. What differentiates Vital-Choice from other places is their method of finding the highest quality salmon. Rather than letting the salmon sit for hours after catching it, they initiate a “flash-freezing” method right after harvesting it, which preserves the flavor, nutritional quality, and texture. The freshest salmon, after all, is salmon that is frozen until it is ready to be cooked.

Additionally, Vital-Choice offers only pure, wild seafood, meaning their fish grow in an adaptable environment free of pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms. Also, their mercury levels are far less than those in more commercial species like tuna and halibut.

Having ordered from Vital-Choice for many years, I have to say their seafood offers the most nutritional benefit. Often times I’ll order the spicy sardines, a great source of ribonucleic acid (RNA), which helps maintain healthy cell division and function in the body.  Another favorite of mine is the sable fish (black cod), which contains higher amounts of omega-3 oils than salmon! Lastly, I’ll order a sweeter health snack for the week, like their frozen organic berries (free of mold) —great to blend up for protein shakes!

References: www.vitalchoice.com

Finding restaurants in Los Angeles that use Farmer’s Market produce and high quality ingredients can be difficult. Luckily, there’s a great place in Santa Monica that serves fresh meals from local farmers that do not use pesticides or fertilizers. At Huckleberry Café, you will not be disappointed!

Run by husband and wife duo Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb, the Huckleberry Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a generous assortment of gluten and dairy free meals you can order as sit-down meals or to go. A quaint, casual cafe located on Wilshire Boulevard, Huckleberry’s is one of the best in town for organic, locally grown produce. All meals are cooked in-house using seasonal vegetables and ingredients.

Since opening its doors the cafe has reached citywide fame with mentions in LA Weekly, and visits from actors like Reese Witherspoon, and even our governor! I personally eat there about twice a week. I just can’t get enough of their butternut squash with cauliflower salad, or their Neiman’s Ranch chopped chicken. Just as savory is their Kale salad with balsamic vinegar–a lunch must-have if you’re in the area!

On most days though, I order the carrot and avocado salad and chicken veggie soup. Since they are usually pretty busy, the best way to get your meal quickly is to call and order ahead of time, and they’ll have it ready by the time you arrive. The valet service in the back parking lot is an added bonus!

References

http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/

veg-outWe all know going green and organic is best, but sometimes finding fun places to go that subscribe to this mantra through and through can be challenging. You may ask yourself “where can I find a great high quality vegan organic food that doesn’t taste like tree bark and make me feel like I am eating in an ashram?” Well, I have found just the place! Real Food Daily.

Founded by Ann Gentry, she has spent the past twenty-five years striving to raise the standard of vegetarian cooking in this country. Ann is the creator, founder and operating owner of Real Food Daily, the only restaurant in the Los Angeles area that serves a 100 percent vegetarian (vegan) menu using foods grown exclusively with organic farming methods.

With two California locations in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, Real Food Daily continues to draw crowds who enjoy delicious, balanced meals made with fresh organic ingredients. RFD attracts the someday to the everyday vegetarian, celebrities and trendsetting young eaters with sophisticated palates and the mature diner seeking gourmet health supportive cuisine.

Remember that old saying “eat your vegetables!” Sage advice.

Source: http://www.realfood.com