Category: Food

Recipe | Protein Chex Cruci-Mix

Recipe | Protein Chex Cruci-Mix

Pack it on by snackin’ on the healthy reincarnation of “Puppy Chow,” the Protein Chex Cruci-Mix!

Snacking is a common issue found within all of our lives, so how do we beat it? Dealing with the urges to snack or graze throughout the day is like training with your instructor, you might think you have them beat, but in reality they are just waiting for you to slip up. So we must use our well-honed and creative Jiu Jitsu minds and think outside of the box on how to truly counter the urges of snacking. I am one of those annoying guys who is always attacking from inferior positions.  So by applying that mindset to the question of “How can I beat the urges of unhealthy snacking without eating boring foods that do not actually cure the hunger and in turn I end up eating an entire bag of almonds which is way too many.” I have concluded that

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Recipe | Road to Recovery Smoothie

Recipe | Road to Recovery Smoothie

Smash pass soreness straight to flavor control.

Building on last weeks article all about Battling Post-Competition Soreness with Food and an upcoming Jiu Jitsu Magazine article I wanted to come up with a recipe that is “one-stop shopping” recovery elixir. Spring is in the air here in Brooklyn and the weather is heating up, making it prime time for those big ole frosty frozen drinks. Smoothies are found everywhere these days and they can be a curse and a gift. Some of them are down right delicious but what you might not know is they are packed with more sugar and fat than is needed and are really doing your waistline more harm than good. But do you know the best part about smoothies besides the taste? They are ridiculously easy to make yourself and just like your jiu jitsu came you can tailor them to your needs. Even if you lack the ability to boil water successfully your culinary skills are still good enough to make a smoothie…hell you just put everything in a blender and press a button. If this is beyond you I do not know how you have survived this long. Enough ranting, it is time to toss all of the facts out there and turn this nutritional enlightening blender on high and travel down the Road to Recovery, smoothie in hand.

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Special Edition | BJJ Holiday Recipe

Special Edition | BJJ Holiday Recipe

Balls of protein with a candy cane, all you wanted for Christmas right?

With the holidays putting pressure on out wallets and more importantly, our diets, we need to get creative. Does this mean you cannot eat sweets and enjoy all of the festive flavors you’ve grown up to love and throw your diets to the side? Absolutely not. We can still hit those key ingredients and flavors while using a little grappler gourmet ingenuity! What do we have laying around the house at all times and some of us practically live off? Protein powder. What’s delicious this time of year? Chocolate and candy canes. So I was thinking why not create a protein packed snack alternative that will cure those urges and stack on muscle rather than soft bellies? Boom, the answer to all of your prayers. (no it’s not a free collection of every shoyoroll gi ever made.)

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Guide | How to Enjoy the Holidays

Guide | How to Enjoy the Holidays

A how to guide to eating during the Holidays.

Simply put, its just one day, enjoy yourself with friends, family and loved ones.  E A T! Then sweat it out the next time you are on the mats.

Unless the fella pictured above is who you have to grapple with this Thanksgiving. Then I wish you luck and remember technique beats strength any day.

Eat well, train hard.

Oss.

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Special Edition | Recipe

Special Edition | Recipe

What’s for dinner is clear, it’s the chili from Inverted Gear.

Nelson Puentes of Inverted Gear (@InvertedGear) and I are always chatting about food, BJJ, food, magic the gathering, and sometimes food.In our many chats along with his awesome interview he refers to his coveted chili recipe. You cannot blame the guy, it is a masterpiece! And you wont find it on BJJHQ.com.

I love chili, my recipe has evolved over the years. Chili was probably first recipe I ever followed. I cook it with different meats Grass fed beef, bison, venison, turkey. -Nelson “Big Panda” Puentes

I have since been pestering Nelson to share with me and more importantly, you all, his recipe. Guess what party people? We got

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Review | Spinach

Review | Spinach

A review of spinach. Be strong to the finish, ’cause you eats your spinach…   

Intro

Let’s talk about the most nutrient-rich, low in calorie and down right delicious food out there, that should be part of your daily diet… spinach. Whether it is in the form of a salad, blended into your smoothies or in powder form shaken into your protein powder, you will reap the benefits. Popeye really fucked up and gave me a lot of work to do by claiming that eating canned spinach will make you big and strong like Andre Galvao. But in reality, he was eating some of the most disgusting and least nutritious form of spinach and achieving gains on instant HGH levels. Too bad that those are not the benefits associated with spinach. I am here to talk about good old fashion spinach that is bought fresh, prepared perfectly and eaten properly, for all of the right reasons. Those reasons are essentially endless because spinach is one of the best foods on the planet. In this review you will find out why it is so good for us grapplers (hell and anyone for that matter), how to select the right spinach and then a solid recipe that will change the way you eat. It’s time to eat some spinach. Ba-nana-na-na-nanaaa ba-nana-na-na-naaaaa

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Guide | Poached Eggs

Guide | Poached Eggs

A how to guide to poached eggs. The best way to cook an egg just got easier.

Intro

If you have yet to notice, based on my posts and interview questions, I love breakfast. And I really do feel that it is not only the most important meal of the day but it is usually the most delicious. All of the foods you find on a breakfast menu are keepers and it is amazing how you can see even the most sour, probably ex or current serial killer, dish washer in a restaurant’s, face light up like a child on Christmas morning when “family meal” is breakfast for dinner. What makes breakfast so good? Besides the fact that it is the starting point for your metabolism, it is easy. Think about breakfast, what time of day it’s traditionally at? That’s right, when you are far from high energy or wanting to do a lot of work. Early ass crack of dawn when the only thing you want to work on is how to turn back time and get back in bed again. That is why I love poached eggs. Well I love them because they are creamy, delicious and also cooked without any additional fat. So in this how to guide we will look into the details of a classic technique with a few creative time and energy saving tips, and share with you a stellar recipe.

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Review | Coconut Water

Review | Coconut Water

A review on Coconut Water, don’t be a nut, know why you should drink it.

Intro

As athletes, whether you are a weekend warrior training when you can or a competitive powerhouse training twice a day 6-7 days a week I am sure at some point you have had coconut water. Or at least seen people drinking it. Why is that? Is it a fad? Or is it actually beneficial for you and the holy grail of hydration? What benefits can be truly had by drinking coconut water that sometimes comes in different colors and tastes like liquid cardboard? Let’s crack open the top of this topic like a machete  shearing through a young coconut and get into the sweet nectar with this review of coconut water!

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Guide | 5 Tips for Weekly Cooking

Guide | 5 Tips for Weekly Cooking

Want to cook in bulk so you always have a fridge full of ready to eat meals without all of the headache? Then strap in, here are my top 5 tips for Cooking for the Week .

Intro

Wouldn’t it be nice to always come home to a fridge full of different proteins, vegetables and starches that are all ready to eat within minutes? I sure as hell enjoy coming home to it after a rough class on the mats. The last thing I want to think of after work and training is “what do I have to cook tonight for dinner.” That’s right I said thinking so imagine how much less I want to actually do the doing. (Not doing the dew, I am not a neon-green-syrupy-beverage-chugging-extreme-sports-junkie) Because of this I always try and implement the practice of devoting Sunday to “bulk day.” This is when I go and get groceries, come right home, unbag them and start to slave over the hot stove. In all it I tend to make enough food for the week so come meal time I just have a minor reheat or 10 minutes of cooking to do and boom, a full dinner is served.  Doesn’t that sound nice? Well let me tell you a secret

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Review | Blueberries

Review | Blueberries

A review on Blueberries, blue in color, black in health benefits.

Intro

Fad diet aside, blueberries are fucking awesome. These little blue demons are all over the place and right now is such a great time of year because they are cheap. If you are training day in and day out, working 9 – 5 or just rolling with your couch, you need to introduce blueberries into your life. Even if you are a psychopath and cannot enjoy eating them, have some juice, you will benefit from it. Blueberries are the poster child of eating healthy for a reason besides the fact that they look good, I mean that’s why I am not a poster child for anything, I am not as pretty as a blueberry…that’s a saying right? Blueberries besides being pretty are packed full of antioxidants, good for your brain, low on the glycemic index and down right tasty.  Ultimately food can be good for you and enjoyable to eat, I mean hell, that’s why foods taste certain ways. With this review we will look into really why they are so damn good for you and how they have reached flaming-face-smashing-hammer-wielding-warrior-god status. Also there will be a recipe showcasing the new format that will be found in my upcoming recipe book!

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