Do I Have to Eat Grass-Fed Meat?

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Do you have to eat grass-fed meat?

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Well folks, this could very well be an ethical question for you…or one based on finances/budget or even availability.

If you are relatively new to this paleo journey and are still trying to wrap your head around what to eat and how, considering the level of meat that you’re buying may be too much to think about right now.

\Whatever the case, it’s still best to do grass-fed if you can (for a primer on all things grass-fed including buzz terms like Omega 3 and CLA – conjugated linoleic acid – click here).

But if the issue of grass-fed (or even organic) meats is keeping you from doing paleo at all or making your wallet hurt, here are some tips that can help:

  • Avoid fatty cuts of meat (think Porterhouse steaks, etc) and stick to leaner cuts (sirloin, tenderloin, round)
  • Trim all visible fat
  • For lean, tougher cuts (like stew meat), choose a “low and slow” cooking method such as slow cooking or braising
And tips for affording higher quality while on a budget:
  • If organic is available but not grass-fed, it might be a better choice
  • Visit your local farmer’s market and make friends with the vendors!!! Support local!
  • Online vendors like US Wellness Meats will sometimes run coupon codes…stock up!
  • Check for sales on grass-fed meats from stores like Whole Foods, buy in bulk and freeze

One last thing…my FAVORITE recipe using stew meat from Melissa Joulwan (aka The Clothes Make the Girl…aka my paleo-cook-crush): Rogan Josh!

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