About 8 years ago, Craig’s parents gave us the BEST Christmas present! It was a 1/2 grass-fed cow from a farmer! Grass-fed beef is probably the best gift they could have gotten us! I suggest a box of quality beef from Butcherbox as a gift to your family or friend! Each month they will remember you and enjoy healthy meals!
We love using Butcherbox ground beef for lots of recipes including this Ranch Meatloaf. Check out this video with Micah as my assistant on what you get in a box each month! You can customize your box too! We now are getting ribs and ground beef which we eat all the time!
CLICK HERE to get signed up for your monthly deliveries of grass fed meats!
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) helps convert fat to lean muscle mass. It is a fatty acid that is found in some of the foods we eat. At one time, beef, turkey, lamb and dairy were exceptional sources; however, when we changed their diet from grass to grains, the levels of CLA dramatically decreased in meat and dairy products. If CLA is present, it is found in the fatty portion of milk. Drinking skim milk will never provide the benefits of CLA.CLA not only reduces fat but also preserves the muscle tissues. The most amazing part is not that it makes fat cell smaller but it prevents a small cell from becoming fatter. A low calorie diet often helps a person lose weight for a short period, but once the cravings take over and the diet comes to a halt, that person is even more likely to gain back the weight. CLA seems to stop this undesired weight gain from happening because it causes you to hold onto valuable muscles during weight loss. Studies show that CLA is also helpful in lowering blood sugar levels. In one study almost 2/3 of the volunteers had a reduction of blood glucose level and triglyceride levels.This supplement helps in reducing fat at a faster rate. At least 3.4 grams per day must be taken in order for it to show its effect in our body. It has been shown in numerous studies that people taking this supplement have around 6 pounds of weight loss as compared to others.When taken in effective doses, CLA decreases body fat, especially in the area of the abdomen.
Various studies prove the following additional benefits:
1. Increases metabolism and is evidently very beneficial for thyroid patients.
2. Lowers high cholesterol level and triglycerides at a faster rates.
3. Increases the growth of muscles which stimulates our metabolism.
4. Lowers insulin resistance and therefore assist in controlling weight.
5. Decreases Adrenal imbalances, which decreases abdominal fat stores.
6. Calms hormonal shifts; an area of concern to migraine sufferers and thyroid patients.
7. Enhances our immune system.
SO, instead of spending money on supplements, let’s buy QUALITY grass-fed meat that is filled with CLA! (mushrooms and cheese are also high in CLA). But if you are in need of extra help, click HERE to find my recommendations for weight loss help.
Instead of using breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs, I use an egg for the binder along with finely chopped mushrooms (don’t worry you don’t even taste them, but it makes it very moist) and grated Parmesan cheese. Mushrooms and aged cheeses have something called “UMAMI.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals which occur naturally in many foods. Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it, but blends well with other tastes to intensify and enhance flavors; it plays an important role in making food taste delicious.
1 1/2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup no sugar marinara
1 tsp Italian-style seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove crushed garlic
1 1/2 cups shredded fontina or mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, Italian sausage, eggs, mushrooms, Parmesan and marinara. Season with Italian-style seasoning, oregano, basil, garlic, and cheese. Press into a 9×5 inch loaf pan, and cover loosely with foil. Bake in the preheated oven approximately 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Serve with Pesto Rolls made out of my Cinnamon Roll recipe. Makes 6 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Meatloaf = 535 calories, 33g fat, 29g protein, 16.2g carbs, 1.4g fiber, (14.8g effective carbs)
“Healthified” Meatloaf = 475 calories, 31.6g fat, 43.3g protein, 2.3g carbs, 0.5g fiber, (1.8g effective carbs)
I served my “Healthified” Sub Bread (made into Pesto Rolls) and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans with our meatloaf.
|Leftover Meatloaf Sandwich on Protein Bread|
Testimony of the Day
“I started yo-yo dieting and exercising when I was 8 years old even though I was a slim child with no genetic tendency towards being even slightly overweight!
I had started baby ballet a few months prior and was so gifted a dancer that in just a month I was moved to the advanced ballet class with the older girls and was (apparently) even better than all of them.
My ballet teacher who was once a prima ballerina was so impressed by my ability that she pulled my mom aside and I had the ill luck to have overheard this conversation. She told my mom that if I continued to dance that I would someday be a prima ballerina assoluta. (I had to look up this definition when I got much older but at 8 years old I had no idea what kind of compliment I was being given). But THIS I remember…she said that for me to be a ballerina I would have to go on a strict diet because I was not a ‘skinny’ girl. That actually my (slim) frame was not ideal for ballerinas and it would hold me back. The ballet world would think I was too ‘fat’ and my body was not ideal.
There. My life was changed at that moment. I started a lifelong struggle with body image at that moment that I heard I was too fat. And even though I stopped dancing only 2 years later, the dieting and exercise continued. I would do 45 minutes of aerobics and toning in my room with my door closed and I was only 8 years old.
I never had an eating disorder but I was definitely obsessed with my weight. My eating was either feast or famine because I could never stick to a real diet. I had no concept for what was healthy and what was right. I went about ‘dieting very blindly. And because I could never stick to an actual ‘diet’ i actually started gaining weight. All the feasting was catching up to me which made me try more starvation diets only to feast later on. Because i never lost weight and I would hide my binge eating, my mom never knew how obsessed I was with my weight and my body. No one knew. It was my own secret.
To make a long story short, everyone in my family was thin except for me…which made me even more obsessed.
I have been on every diet I can think of and have been to countless nutritionists with little success. I was really at the end of the line and I always felt trapped in my body. I’m an emotional eater and have a major sweet tooth. Once I start I can’t stop. I once went on a sugar binge that lasted almost a year. I felt like crap every single day!
Then one day, I had the good fortune to meet Maria who really understood me and my background! She showed me a lot of compassion and I knew she really cared about helping me.
She mapped out a great eating plan, but more importantly recommended supplements to curb my moods and emotions–which was at the crux of my emotional eating.
Since then, I have bought every one of her cookbooks. I feel very educated about health and eating and can consciously make the right choices.
By the way, I have made almost every one of her desserts and ate it guilt free!! But I slowly stopped craving sweets altogether. When you don’t deprive your body of something, it stops craving it.
Now, I am healthy at 5’6″ and 117lbs and am no longer dieting or going crazy about my weight and body which had consumed the better part of my life. I can live and enjoy life the way I was meant to…something I haven’t felt since baby ballet.
Thank you Maria. You are a superstar and life changer….and forever my go-to gal. I love you!!!!” Romy J.
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