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Friday, September 18, 2009

Wild Wine Adventures

In the past week I successfully managed to jack my back out on a BOSU ball, travel to Ohio's Amish Country for some amazing wine tasting, and locate some local grass fed farms.

First off, I still want to congratulate one of my good friends, Jen for landing a job after finishing her MS in Nutrition and passing the RD exam in a hot second.

So for the bachelorette party we hit up Amish Country (basically Sugarcreek, Ohio) and enjoyed the heart benefits from some great grape juice.

My favorite winery from the weekend was the Breitenbach Winery. We decided to get a bottle to try on their back patio while listening to some local musicians and BBQ.

I still believe the best 150 calories should come from a glass of your favorite wine, about 4 oz or 1/2 cup.
Studies are starting to show that you're less likely to hit dessert if you sip a glass down with dinner.

Anyway, it makes the meal a bit more formal and an enjoyable experience.

Going along with my immersion into the world of GAP (good agriculture practices), food politics, and my ever growing obsession with Michael Pollan. I checked out a website featured in The Omnivore's Dilemma that helps with locating farms where you can purchase locally grass fed livestock.

Eatwild.com is your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles. This website provides:
Comprehensive, accurate information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
A direct link to local farms that sell all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products.
A marketplace for farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.

I was lucky enough to find a farm about 45 miles from my parents house and am planning on stocking up on some chicken and beef to fill the freezer.

Grass fed livestock is just overall better for the environment, the consumer, and the producer.
You're eating a happier fowl or cow that has less saturated fat, tastes more like what grandma ate, and gives you more mood boosting Omega 3 fatty acids (they do about 50 other things anyway).