Sourcing good quality meat and seafood is important, but for some, it can be difficult to find. If you don't have a great farmer or fishmonger nearby, here are some alternatives to check out.
Real Food Meal Plans
Whether you’re stuck in a rut for inspiration or just can’t get organized to cook, this is a game-changer. Real Plans is a meal planner with super powers. It creates a custom plan to suit your family’s size, busy schedule, and ever-changing needs. You can set up your account to be traditional, paleo, aip or vegetarian and even choose preferences (like, no tomatoes, no onions, etc). Real plans then generates recipes and shopping lists for you from your favorite bloggers like Nom Nom Paleo, Wellness Mama, and Melissa Joulwan. This is so much more than a PDF of weekly meal ideas. Check it out – I recommend it to everyone I run into!
U.S. Wellness Meats
These guys are my absolute favorite company for grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken and pork, and all kinds of other meats and goodies for your kitchen. I trust US Wellness Meats to deliver the highest quality proteins to all of my nutrition clients and friends, and order from them often.
Vital Choice: Sustainable Seafood
Vital Choice is a trusted source for fast home delivery of the world’s finest wild seafood and organic fare, harvested from healthy, well-managed wild fisheries and farms. Their fish is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They feature fresh-caught quality, sustainably harvested Alaskan salmon and northwest Pacific seafood by cleaning and flash-freezing it within hours of harvest. The fisheries that supply much of thier seafood are certified sustainable either by MSC (look for their blue logo) or the State of Alaska. The remainder are deemed sustainable by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s SeafoodWatch program. To further support lives of health and sustainability, Vital Choice offers selected certified-organic and kosher-certified foods, picked for their superior nutritional and culinary qualities.
Butcher Box (memberships)
Butcher Box sells regular memberships (boxes of high quality meats) on a monthly basis, or you can space it out. Get a free package of bacon with your first order! Grass-fed beef is not only ideal for your health, but also better for the health of the cattle and more environmentally sustainable, which is hugely important to me. If you don’t have access to locally grown, high quality, grass-fed meat, ButcherBox makes it easier than ever to feed your family better meat.
Walden Local Meat (MA & RI only)
These guys not only sell the BEST TASTING GRASS FED BEEF I’ve ever had, but it’s also certified by humane by Animal Welfare Approved. They source their animals from New England (including pastured pork and eggs from the farm I live on!). Their beef is flash frozen after being dry aged, then delivered right to your door with ice packs to ensure fantastic flavor when it’s ready for the grill. Get $10 off your order when you say I sent you. If you love to eat high quality, delicious meat that is sourced from responsible producers and you live within their delivery area, then by all means sign up today!
The Honest Bison
Receive a free pound of ground bison with your first order! Grassfed bison is naturally a much leaner, higher protein choice than most other meats—including beef. Not only is it leaner, but it also has fewer calories, less cholesterol, more iron, and a higher ratio of healthy fatty acids like Omega-3. It’s what we like to call a super-meat. Still not convinced? Just imagine a bison standing next to a cow. Now, which one do you think can run faster, lift heavier, and flip more tires?
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Epic Hunt & Harvest Mix
The EPIC Hunt & Harvest Mix is an innovation on how we conceptualize the time tested “trail mix”. In a truly EPIC fashion, we combine 100% grass fed, organic beef jerky with nutrient rich berries, nuts, and seeds. Each Hunt & Harvest Mix is packed with an EPIC serving of protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. The end result is a perfect combination of animal and plant based superfoods.
Epic Bites Sampler
EPIC Bites are better for you, shareable, snacks that fit into a category of their own. More similar to jerky, EPIC Bites are created by combining whole animal muscle meat with flavor forward spice combinations. We take it to the next level by adding superfood seeds and fruit. These savory bite sized energy bombs are a perfect option for those looking for high quality animal protein on the go. EPIC Bites are rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. Eat how you live, wild & free!
Ultimate Epic Bars N’ Bites Box
Say hello to The Ultimate Epic Bars n’ Bites Box! This box is the perfect way to sample ALL 9 Epic Bar flavors and ALL 4 Epic Bites flavors conveniently! CONTENTS: • 1 Bacon Bar • 1 Bacon Bites • 1 Beef Apple Bacon Bar • 1 Beef Cranberry Sriracha Bites • 1 Beef Habanero Cherry Bar • 1 Bison Bacon Chia Bites • 1 Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar • 1 Chicken Sesame BBQ Bar • 1 Chicken Sesame BBQ Bites • 1 Chicken Sriracha Bar • 1 Lamb Currant Mint Bar • 1 Pulled Pork Pineapple Bar • 1 Turkey Almond Cranberry Bar
Epic Bar – Variety Pack (9 Flavors)
EPIC Bar, the original meat, fruit, and nut bar, is a savory high protein snack designed to inspire your most EPIC adventures. Consistent with the simple yet powerful diets consumed by our ancestors, the EPIC Bar is packed with the highest quality animal meat available. Each bar is rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy.
Grass-Fed Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar
EPIC bars are an absolutely breakthrough food. They combine smoky meat, tangy fruits, crispy nuts, and deep spices masterfully, for a total umami thrill with each bite. And their texture is amazing: tender, perfectly chewy. They evoke good pulled pork or brisket; real BBQ that you’d eat happily and easily, savoring small nibbles and huge bites. The Bison Bacon EPIC bar is incredible — Tender bison, savory smoky bacon, and tart cranberries combine to create an EPIC tasting bar unlike anything you have experienced! Not only are EPIC bars delicious, they’re made with ingredients so clean that they put most other protein sources to shame. From field to shelf, Taylor and Katie (the epic creators of EPIC bars) have done absolutely everything right.
These are delicious – the best tasting “emergency protein” sticks on the market. I keep a bunch on hand in case I am caught in a situation where I can’t easily find a good meal. They source their pork from pasture-raised pigs, don’t add chemicals, and have really done a great job perfecting their recipe.
The Roam Maple Bacon Snack Sticks from Singing Prairie Farm deliver both a delicious flavor and exceptional nutritional content you just won’t find in traditional meat sticks. The maple bacon flavor is the perfect marriage of sweet and savory, but it’s the nutritional profile of the stick that will amaze you.
The Roam sticks are:
- All Natural
- 100% Pasture-Raised, Forage-Fed Pork
- Raised on a Farm that Follows Organic Practices
- MSG and Gluten Free
- Extremely High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- No Nitrates/Nitrites
Safe Catch Tuna
Safe Catch is a trusted source for delicious and high omega 3 tuna. Their wild albacore tuna is caught with a pole and line the highest quality fish are hand selected and then tested for mercury. Each and every fish is tested for mercury and only those fish that meet their strict mercury standards for albacore three and a third times 3.33x less than the fda limit are allowed to be packed in their BPA-free cans. No salt or fillers are added. Safe catch albacore tuna is hand cut raw packed and cooked to seal in all oils vital to health. Case of 12. Capacity – 5 oz.
Tanka Bar – Variety Pack of 6
I really enjoy these as a quick snack before the gym or for my kids, after school – I also love to pack them for when I have to travel.
- Includes Two 1-oz bars of each flavor: Slow Smoked Original, Spicy Pepper, and Apple Orange Peel
- 7 g Protein, 70 Calories, & 0 g Trans Fat per Bar
- Made by the Native American Lakota Tribe in South Dakota, from a traditional recipe
- Minimally Processed, No Artificial Ingredients
- No Nitrates, Hormones, Soy, or MSG, Gluten-Free
Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat
Good Meat is a comprehensive guide to sourcing and enjoying sustainable meat. With the rising popularity of the locavore and organic food movements—and the terms “grass fed” and “free range” commonly seen on menus and in grocery stores—people across the country are turning their attention to where their meat comes from. Whether for environmental reasons, health benefits, or the astounding difference in taste, consumers want to know that their meat was raised well.
With more than 200 recipes for pork, beef, lamb, poultry, and game, stunning photos of delicious dishes, and tips on raising sustainable meat and buying from local farmers, Good Meat is sure to become the classic cooking resource of the sustainable meat movement.