Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Read Ingredients Not Marketing Claims

Last week the FDA fined KIND Bar, declaring their use of the word “healthy” on packages a violation of labeling regulations. Although the FDA has yet to catch up to the current nutrition recommendations of what's truly healthy, like saturated fat in nuts, it's still important to know what to look for in a packaged product or risk being mislead by marketing claims. 
"If you're deciding between a candy bar and a fruit-and-nut bar, and health is top of mind, the best choice seems obvious.But when it comes to companies actually labeling their products "healthy," the Food and Drug Administration is showing it won't pull any punches. In a letter dated March 17 that was released this week, the agency called out the snack food company Kind for violating labeling rules by putting the word "healthy" on the packaging for some of its bars.It turns out the FDA has a very specific definition of "healthy" food and a list of requirements that products must meet to earn the right to put that loaded word on the label. For one, the product has to contain 1 gram or less of saturated fat."

As with any packaged food you cannot believe the marketing claims or even the nutritional label. You have to check the ingredient list. Many people fall for the statements “healthy”, “natural,” no such and such preservatives or additives.

That’s why I believe that jerky is the perfect snack/survival food. If you look at our Grass Fed Jerky Chews ingredient list, you do not need a degree in chemistry to decipher it. Our ingredients are as simple as it gets! For the Original flavor it is: grass-fed beef, salt and vinegar. For Mild and Spicy there are a few more spices added. For the Chipotle Raisin flavor there’s a little bit of California sourced raisin puree added for a tad of sweetness.

Our Grass Fed Jerky Chews are just very simple and satisfying. There is nothing questionable about them. Depending on the flavor, they are suitable for some of the most restrictive diets and are perfect for someone living the Paleo lifestyle.

Wouldn’t you rather have Grass Fed Jerky Chews in your bag for emergency rather than some bar?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pemmican made with Grass Fed Jerky Chews

Summer is just around the corner, and I bet you already planning fun outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, swimming, rock climbing to name a few. That means you will need to pack nutritious and satisfying foods and snacks to take with you. You can take just Jerky Chews or try making Pemmican with it. Rina shares a little about the snack and how she prepared it for her family.... 

Pemmican is a concentrated mixture of fat and protein used as a nutritious food. The word comes from the Cree word pimîhkân, which itself is derived from the word pimî, "fat, grease".[1] It was invented by the native peoples of North America.[2][3] It was widely adopted as a high-energy food by Europeans involved in the fur trade and later by Arctic and Antarctic explorers, such as Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pemmican

It is basically a very sustainable superfood. When made at home it does not require refrigeration and can last for a very long time.


Here is what we did with our Grass Fed Jerky Chews to turn them into Pemmican.

Step 1: Grind the jerky in food processor


Grinded jerky

2. Step 2: equal amount of Beef Tallow

Equal amount of tallow rendered until sizzling

Step 3: Mix grinded jerky in the pan no photo. ....

Step 4: Pour into muffin cups. Let cool. I put in freezer for few min.

It was very filling!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring 2015 updates!

Happy Spring Everyone!

We have been busy here at Sophia’s Survival Food and we want to share our news with you.

The most exciting scoop is becoming a new mom to my Halloween baby boy. Now settled into a comfortable and happy routine (and much needed sleep ;-) ) I am ready to share my tasty Grass Fed Jerky Chews with more people interested in eating real food. My jerky is the perfect clean snack for people leading a busy on-the-go life.

I’ve been meaning to expand my one-woman-shoppe by adding another team member to help spread the word. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look far as one of my loyal customers came to me to offer the exact help needed. 
Please meat (pun intended) Rina Amir, from Sunnyvale, CA. She will be assisting in all areas of business growth. I will let Rina introduce herself:

"Hi, I’m Rina and I’m very excited to join Sophia’s team. I was looking for a healthy portable snack for a long plane trip and while searching on http://paleomagazine.com/my-top-10-paleo-snacks-for-air-travel/ found Sophia’s Jerky, which I ordered and received within 2 days. I loved it and started ordering regularly. I am very passionate about nutrition and eating clean natural food. I am excited to join Sophia and help her share her tasty, clean, healthy and satisfying jerky with as many people as possible."

New Larger Bags

We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about our Newest Item: Econo 1/2 lb package in resealable bag. At a price of $23.99, it's a 15% savings over the 2oz bag size.

Due to high demand, these larger bags have been hard to keep in stock. The next batch of large bags will be ready to ship by April 25.

As always, it's FREE shipping on all orders over $20. And Buy 15, Get 1 FREE - Buy 30, Get 3 FREE for all bag sizes.


Sigona's Farmers Market

Our Grass Fed Jerky Chews will be available at Sigona’s Farmers Market in Stanford Shopping Center. Sigona's Farmers Market is a small, family-owned produce and specialty grocery store with locations in Redwood City and Palo Alto, Ca. At Sigona's you'll take a step back in time to an old-fashioned, open-air market to taste, feel and experience the way a fresh market used to be. https://www.sigonas.com  399 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304  (next to Schaub's Meat, Fish & Poultry)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Grass-Fed Beef in Mother's Preconception Diet

It is now widely known that a mother's preconception diet plays a significant role in the health of her unborn child. The type of foods and nutrients the mother consumes at the time of conception can impact her child's lifelong health. 

"While a child's genes are inherited directly from their parents, how these genes are expressed is controlled through 'epigenetic modifications to the DNA. One such modification involves tagging gene regions with chemical compounds called methyl groups and results in silencing the genes. The addition of these compounds requires key nutrients including folate, vitamins B2, B6 and B12, choline and methionine."

"Our results represent the first demonstration in humans that a mother's nutritional well-being at the time of conception can change how her child's genes will be interpreted, with a life-long impact." 

Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140429125733.htm

Even though there is a lot of pressure put on the mother to take care of herself and consume the right foods prior to conception, it is quite easy to do if following the Paleo diet and lifestyle template. Paleo diet focuses on the consumption of nutrient-dense foods rich in healthy saturated fats and easily digested proteins from grass-fed and pasture raised animals. According to the authors of The Better Baby Book, such quality fats and proteins are critical for baby's brain growth as they make-up 12% (fat) and 8% (protein) of human brain. 

"Studies of the health benefits of meat from cattle and lambs that ate the right feed (that is, grass) show that healthy red meat is one of the best choices for a pregnant woman."

More from the book, The Better Baby Book by Lana Asprey, M.D., and Dave Asprey. 

Political Beef

I have been making and selling high quality, clean in ingredients, minimally processed grass-fed beef jerky for a couple years now and it has been a challenge from the start to find a source of high quality but yet reasonably priced US grown, grass fed beef.

In the past month, I have seen more news about government guidelines for meat consumption and the meat industry fighting these guidelines.

“Political beefs over the guidelines have been growing on Capitol Hill, with the cattle and agriculture industries arguing that an environmental agenda has no place in a government blueprint for healthier living.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/01/environmental-agenda-lawmakers-urge-agriculture-hhs-dept-to-dismiss-dietary/

While the government doesn’t distinguish between sources of protein and accepts non-meat sources such as tofu and soy, the Paleo movement is staying away from these proteins with the simple viewpoint that they are highly processed and problematic for health.

It looks like in 2015 there will be more news and discoveries about nutrition, and I truly hope that the meat industry can make a dent in government guidelines.