Category: Food Review

Review | Granola

Review | Granola

A review of Granola, getting to know granola up close and personal but not like “in someones mounted triangle up close and personal.”

Intro

Granola is a staple for all “heath conscious” individuals or just for the majority of us because it is easy and usually pretty damn tasty. Because granola has hung out with the fit kids for so long due to guilt by association is has gotten the rap that if it is granola, it is healthy. Not necessarily true. I personally eat granola a few times a week. I love Chocolate Banana Nut Granola. How healthy does that sound? It’s actually not that bad, but I am not eating just granola by the cup load, nor should you. I have maybe 1/4 – ½ cup at most on my yogurt in the morning and that is it. Reason being granola is a great way to jump start your metabolism but

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Review | Coffee

Review | Coffee

A review on coffee. Also known as “Go-Juice,” the black belt of beverages.

Intro
If you do not drink coffee, get out. I do not mean for good, I mean get out and go get a cup and then come back and read all about the favor you are doing for yourself by reading this review of coffee benefits for our training. We all drink coffee, or have. It is the second most traded commodity on earth just behind oil. That’s pretty ridiculous right? It is for a reason, well, reasons, coffee is delicious, packed full of energy and shockingly has some excellent health benefits. As for us BJJ nuts who are at the gym all day or the 9-5ers who can only make the night class a couple days a week, coffee should be a staple in your training. Some top level grapplers such as Jon Satava of Marcelo Garcia’s here in NYC drinks coffee right before training. There are good reasons besides just for the energy. Lets slap hands and bump fists with a cup of coffee and get rolling.

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Review | Sugar Snap Peas

Review | Sugar Snap Peas

A review on my favorite pea, “Tap, nap or Sugar Snap.”

Summary:

We are all grown ups now, or at least are pretending to be, so get over the stereotype of mushy peas. It is that time of year where the markets are flooded with the same vegetables you see year round but the subtle difference is that they actually taste good because they are in season! Sugar snap peas are one of the tastiest vegetables out there and are one of the main reasons to look forward to eating in the Spring time. They also bring a lot of health benefits to the party. So take a break on how to snap arms for 15 minutes and read about how to snap peas in this review.

General Information

We are all peas of a pod when it comes to the fact that we love BJJ, but as you can see just by looking at all the different walks of life when looking across the mat today in class, not all of us are the same, the same goes with peas.

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Review | Pineapple

Review | Pineapple

A review of pineapple, the “sweet” training partner.

Summary:

As humans in the 21st century we have a wide variety of foods available to use and the majority of us only eat a select amount. It is staggering how hard it is to get our daily intake of fruits and vegetables. What is it so hard?  Are fruits too much work? Too expensive? Don’t taste good? Well if you believe that, let me try and change that opinion on a work horse fruit that tastes delicious, is super beneficial nutritionally for us, and affordable. You guessed it, what Sponge Bob lives in, Pineapple. Pineapples are chock-full of beneficial vitamins and enzymes that aid in our training on and off the mats. Let’s look at how to prepare pineapples for daily consumption that way we can reap the health benefits of them without all of the headache.

 General Information

Pineapples are all over the market these days. I wont bore you with a history lesson here, I know we are only patient when it comes to setting up our submission chains and still we can rush those from time to time. Long story short, Pineapples are American’s second favorite fruit losing a close decision to bananas.

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Review | Hummus

Review | Hummus

A review of hummus, your new favorite meal time training partner.

Summary:

Hummus, a wonderfully useful product that is widely available, cheap, and delicious. Oh and it is beneficial on multiple levels for our active lifestyles. But to look at “Hummus” we need to look into the core of it, Garbanzo beans, more commonly known as chick peas.  In this review of hummus, we are focusing on store bought over homemade hummus. Why is that? Because I will bet 99% of BJJ tacticians don’t have chickpeas just hanging out on a regular basis in their kitchen. Plus hummus is delicious and a staple in my meal plan.

General Information

To understand hummus we need to break it down into the most basic of terms.

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Review | Yogurt

Review | Yogurt

A review of yogurt, one of the most versatile white belt of the food world out there.

Summary:

Yogurt, no matter what style we are talking about, is chalk full of beneficial qualities for everyday grapplers to stay at home call of duty all stars. No matter what your activity level is, you can benefit from yogurt.In this review you will find that yogurt is made many different ways from all sorts of “milks” whether its dairy based from cows, or non-dairy based from soy beans. Either way as long as it contains heated “milk” and starter culture which is lactic acid bacteria, its yogurt, and its provides us with health benefits.

 General Information

What is Yogurt? Simply put yogurt is a very old recipe that probably originated when someone left some milk out in too warm of an area.

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Review | Canned Tuna

Review | Canned Tuna

A review of canned tuna, the most popular protein source available.

Summary:

Canned tuna is one of the top purchased items in grocery stores. Why is that? It is cheap, easy, and an excellent source of ready to eat lean protein. There is a reason why you see all those meat heads from the gym crushing it by the can. That is because canned tuna has some rock star qualities for muscle growth and repair. But what does not need to happen is trying to stomach eating it with just a fork. There are much better ways to enjoy, yes I said enjoy, canned tuna. It is too good to pass up just because of its taste. In this review we will look into understanding canned tunas health benefits and a recipe.

General Information

Tuna from a can, what an odd staple food. But there are reasons for that, as stated its packed full of lean protein, lots of omega-3 fatty acids and its so accessible and affordable. But with that comes draw backs.

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Review | Quinoa

Review | Quinoa

A review of quinoa, one of the top tier “grains” for grapplers.

Summary:

Quinoa is an ancient “grain” that dates back thousands of years to the Inca who “believed it increased the stamina of their warriors.” Their view on quinoa relates directly to us as modern day warriors. Also besides it being a black belt in nutritional value it has black belt level versatility within cooking applications. Withing this review of quinoa you will find a recipe, health benefits and other fun facts. Oh and did I mention it is a super source of cheap and easy complete protein that are not egg whites and boiled chicken!? Exactly, I am sold on it too already.

 General Information

As you might have noticed I am using quotes on the word “grain” when talking about quinoa. Why is that? That is because oddly enough quinoa is in fact not a grain but it is a seed. Resulting in it being part of the same competition team as beets, spinach and Swiss chard. There are over 100 varieties of quinoa with origins in South America. The primary source being Peru. We commonly see white, red, black or tricolor quinoa being sold in stores today. So do not fret over which is better for you, just buy it and start eating it on the regular. Quinoa is a monster in the protein zone. You will find 24 g of protein per cup of uncooked quinoa. Also quinoa has a plethora of other benefits which we will dig deeper into later as you read further including heart-healthy fats.

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Review | Cinnamon

Review | Cinnamon

A review of cinnamon, a must have spice for any grappler.

Summary:

We all know cinnamon in the sense of its most common uses you’ll commonly find it in applesauce, hot apple cider, or in French toast. Surprisingly enough it is in a lot of other foods, or should be, that you would not expect. Why is that? Because it is a powerhouse of health benefits and its so damn common. There are plenty of ways to fully utilize this spice in your daily life, and more importantly plenty of reasons. In this review we will look into those very reasons and give out a recipe.

 General Information

What is cinnamon besides the hilarious star of the internet sensation that is “The cinnamon challenge?”

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Review | Kale

Review | Kale

A review of kale, its not just for juicing anymore.

Summary: 

Oh where to begin. Kale is a leafy green vegetable that has been gaining traction over the recent years for being the poster child for the “super food” movement, Kale is pretty super, I mean not like its out there fighting crime and helping old ladies across the street, but in a way it is…In the sense that the range of people that are eating it are cops all the way to those super healthy yoga ladies in their 90’s that could beat me up. But back on topic, kale is a wonderful food that has a wide range of health benefits for us grapplers and it does not need to only belong in super expensive juices. I’ve put together this review of kale to provide some insight on its inner workings and give out a favorite recipe.

General Information

Kale is, as previously stated, a leafy green vegetable that belongs in the same family as cabbage, Brussels sprouts and collard greens. The technical name the vegetable category would be “cruciferous vegetables.” Vegetables within this family come with all sorts of health benefits. Such as a little known fact, cooked cabbage has more vitamin C than oranges per serving. With that being said, kale is the most super charged vegetable in this category. Kale provides us with shockingly high levels of vitamin’s A and C and staggering levels of vitamin K, which is a fat-soluble vitamin which has cancer reducing qualities and anti-inflammatory benefits.

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