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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Super Food Saturday- Grass Fed Butter

When I was growing up, my family spent their summers in central Wisconsin on a former dairy farm complete with a barn and chicken coop. The farm had been a dairy farm at one time. We did not farm but we kept chickens and a large organic garden.

Our neighbors were dairy farmers and we would buy milk from our neighbor. We would walk a 1/4 mile each way since my dad was in the city working all week and my mom did not drive.  We would use a gallon glass jar. You could see the cream separated at the top. My mom would skim off this cream and use it to make butter. I remember her doing it in a blender.

Well I wanted to try making butter as well from organic milk from grass fed cows. It is easy to find organic milk now in the store, but organic butter is a bit harder and more expensive.  I found the little gadget pictured on Amazon.  It was really easy to use. Just add 1 cup of organic heavy cream and shake until the milk separates. 

There is a screen at the bottom and the butter collects there. You drain off the milk and rinse the butter a few times and you are done.  The milk at the bottom I used for my cereal.    

There are some health benefits of grass fed butter. Here is a summary from an email I got recently from the Dr. Axe site:

  • Source of Arachidronic acid which plays a role in infant development, immunity, growth and health.
  • High in CLA, grass fed cows have higher levels of anti-cancer CLA.
  • Grass fed butter in moderation offers cholesterol that can help ward off disease.
  • Contains medium chain triglycerides which boost metabolism and support the immune system.
  • Grass fed butter is a source of vitamin A due to the healthier grass fed diet of the cows.
  • Grass fed butter contains butyric acid which is an anti-inflammatory

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 208 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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