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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter  July 2015

God Bless America!

The Incredible Edible Egg 

If you start your weekday with cereal or toast instead of eggs, here's a wake-up call: an egg has 7 grams of high-quality protein! A protein-packed breakfast helps sustain mental and physical energy throughout the day. And eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar.

One egg has only 75 calories, but contains 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5, as well as all 9 essential amino acids. Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich and vitamin-laden foods on the planet. Just think about it... one egg contains all the nutrients and building blocks required to grow an entire baby chicken! Compared to the yolks, the whites are pretty much protein and water. On the other hand, egg yolks contain 90 percent of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid and B12 of the egg. In addition the yolk contains all of the fat-soluble components, such as vitamins A, D and E, not to mention the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Egg yolks are also a rich source of choline. Choline is essential for cardiovascular and brain function. One egg contains 113 mg of choline which promotes normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Think of it as a commuter train for vitamins and minerals. A study revealed that 90% of Americans may not get enough choline in their diet. Eating more of it may mean mean less inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimers, and more.

The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin which are the major antioxidants in eggs. These carotenoids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. They protect the eyes by filtering harmful light wavelengths. In one study, supplementing with an average of 1.3 egg yolks per day for 4.5 weeks increased blood levels of Lutein by 28-50% and Zeaxanthine by 114-142%.

If you decide to include eggs in your diet make sure to eat pastured eggs, if possible, or at least Omega-3 enriched eggs. They are much more nutritious than eggs from factory-raised chickens.

What's Up in the Garden? 
We decided to move the greenhouse this year. Originally it was erected below the house, across the dam and behind the pond, a fairly inconvenient place. Allan is reconstructing it very near the house in an area that is both easily accessible and practical. For this summer, though, container gardening seemed to be the most expedient solution.

Using mineral tubs that we have in abundance, we placed containers to the south and the east of the house, making it easy and convenient to care for the plants. Most of the containers have a tomato plant in the center, with squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, onions, radishes, herbs, and other vegetables planted around the tomatoes. The other tubs were planted with potatoes, which we will cover with additional dirt as they grow, to increase our yield. As you can see, we also have a small area with peppers, lettuce, chard, and other vegetables planted directly into the ground.

Playing Tourist 

My youngest sister Jan, her husband Tim, and their four daughters Morgan, Sydney, Nicki, and Erin, visited this past month from Charlotte, North Carolina. We rode horses in the forest, rafted down the San Juan River, and rented a pontoon boat, exploring beautiful Navajo Lake out of Arboles. It has been many years since we had the chance to play tourist and we had a wonderful time. 

Our daughter, Lisa, and her family recently bought a speed boat, so they were able to pull all the kids around the lake on tubes. The water temperature was great, the lake almost full, and since we went during the week, we had the lake nearly to ourselves.

God Bless America July Special


For the month of July, make it a Baker's Dozen! 

Order 12 pounds of Ground Beef, and get 1 POUND FREE!

In Closing . . .   

With all the wonderful things that happened in June, one was very sad for us. Allan's 19 year old horse, Phil, colicked and had to be put down. Along with being an extremely dependable horse for gathering and sorting cattle, he was our "kid friendly" horse, and will be greatly missed by our grandson Kyler (13) especially. Last summer he mysteriously contracted selenium poisoning, but miraculously pulled through it and was finally in perfect health. We had just talked about riding him again since he had fully recovered. Our remaining horse, Pepsi, seems lost without him. 

God bless you all and may you have a wonderful 4th of July with your families. We thank you for all of your love and support.
& Allan

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