Category: Lifestyle

Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 5

Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 5

Cider Sauteed Spinach Side-dish Control

Summary
Meerkatsu and I bring you a solid side dish to bring to the table, literally! We all can cook chicken, salmon, steak and some sort of starch. But what is your vegetable side dish game like? Are you sick of boring steamed broccoli or mushy spinach? I sure as shit am. That’s why I would rather showcase the vegetables and make my protein source the after thought. This dish will change your look on spinach and with a little added soft boiled egg you can even bulk it up and have it as a salad all on its own!

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Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 4

Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 4

Killer Quinoa Protein Bowls

Summary
Meerkatsu and I bring you a true Black Belt level dish on part 4 of the series! Do you even quinoa bruh?! I sure do, because I have done the review and know all of the rewards that come from this rock star ingredient. The best part? You can add a fried egg, avocado and sriracha. Nothing is better than having an all-in-one complete meal that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare if done in advance and 20 minutes if done from scratch.

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Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 2

Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 2

Energy Efficient Egg Salad

Summary
Meerkatsu and I bring you part 2 of the series! A more full bodies item that is perfect for breakfast, lunch of dinner. Utilizing good healthy fats and uber amounts of protein this recipe is a go to for me. Not only is it rediculously easy to prepare but again it can be made in advance and stored up to 3 days. That way I have a healthy meal ready for me no matter what time of day it is. Don’t know how to soft boil eggs? Check out my second post ever all about The Egg!

Best time to eat
You really cannot go wrong with having

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Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 1

Meerkatsu’s Grappler Gourmet Week | Day 1

Honey Roasted Recovery Sweet Potato

Summary
Meerkatsu and I bring you the first recipe of the series! This one is stupid simple yet tasty. Sweet potatoes are beneficial to your diet on multiple levels. For a full length review of how much of a power house these little spuds are check out my review on sweet potatoes. You might even learn a thing or two! This recipe is super easy, and can be done well in advance and in bulk to make your life that much easier. It is nice to come home exhausted and have already roasted sweet potatoes in the fridge.

Best time to eat
The name of the recipe should

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Meerkatsu Presents | Grappler Gourmet Week

Meerkatsu Presents | Grappler Gourmet Week

The legendary Meerkatsu and myself have teamed up to bring you a week of simple yet delicious recipes

I have had the pleasure to work with Seymour, better known as Meerkatsu over the past couple weeks to put together some really awesome recipes for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. We brainstormed a bit and came up with the idea to produce recipe note cards! Our mission is to create quick, easy and down right tasty grub that you can utilize throughout your training. Our focus is really embrace and enhance the “BJJ lifestyle.” The sport is not just about physicality but intellect and creativity. Another huge aspect of that lifestyle should be embracing your diet. Whether you are a 20 year old walking wall of muscle of a 50 year old weekend warrior, you will not have a good time training if you are not eating right. With that everyone has different things to watch out for when eating whether it is an allergy, grains or even cholesterol levels. We have made these recipes for all walks of life in mind because that is what jiu jitsu is all about. Everyone has their differences and limitations but the there is always a way to utilize those attributes in on the mats, so why should there be any difference within the kitchen?

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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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Guide | DIY Pickling

Guide | DIY Pickling

A guide to pickling, a break from BJJ videos is sometimes needed.

Intro

Some people say cucumbers taste better pickled. I say most all vegetables taste better pickled. Have you ever had a plain piece of seared salmon with some brown rice and a side of steamed broccoli for dinner? Of course you have, and probably way more often than you would like to admit. This guide is not to say to stop eating that but is to improve on that one word we all hate, “boring.” We all hit peaks and valleys when it comes to our training and the same goes for our taste buds. If we have the same meal the same way too often we get stagnant with it and are no longer enjoying eating, what is the point of living if we aren’t doing that? Well one great way that is easy, affordable and is general fun to do is to pickle your own vegetables. Adding them to some of your mainstay dishes for a nice change of pace that will really revive the meal and awaken your taste buds! Also they aren’t horrible for you either. Soon enough instead of salivating over seeing a dry aged rib eye at the butcher counter and thinking about it seared to a nice medium rare you will find yourself staring at the produce isle and being flooded with thoughts of what flavors you would use to pickle each and every vegetable. With this guide to pickling you will add as much technique to your cooking game as you have within your BJJ game!

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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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