Screw killing two birds with one stone, one bowl of Kaleslaw will take down a whole army of birds.
This week I am offering up one multipurpose and ultra nutritious recipe. This kickass kaleslaw is packed with almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, kale, red cabbage AND flavor. We know by now that the best foods are the ones that we can make in advance, that are easy, and that give us the most bang for our buck nutritionally for our training. Well…you’ve read about kale and red cabbage somewhere right? I sure hope so because if you have not, you have been missing out. It is time to change that, this kaleslaw 10th planets the shit out of your typical coleslaw. Replacing all of those fatty and gross ingredients of your typical coleslaw with high end superfoods for one stop shopping. Kick some ass at meal time with our Kaleslaw. Continue reading
How you are winning gold in life before you even step foot on the mat come competition day.
There are a few different types of people found in every gym, you have the die hard competition guys/gals, the people who would compete but always find a reason not to, the ones who love the art but have no interest in competitions and finally those who are there only because it is a fun and different exercise. Yes those people exist. But ultimately I feel that everyone should try a competition at least once in their Jiu Jitsu careers because of the benefits that come from the preparation involved. Notice how I did not say the medals, the matches or any of that? That is because after many competition prep seasons I have learned that you earn the most out of the time leading up to the competition and not only from a Jiu Jitsu stand point, but overall lifestyle. Here are the most important lessons Continue reading
When bulking up for gains it helps to bulk up your grains.
None of us eat as much as we should or as often as we would like. Why is that? Because sometimes we are just down right tired after working, commuting and training. The last thing we want to think about is having to make a meal that will take over 10 minutes. So to build off an upcoming article I wrote for Jiu Jitsu Magazine, I cannot stress the importance of bulk cooking for the week enough. Rice is a food that everyone has sitting around their kitchen that takes around 45 minutes to make and should be added to any and all bulk cooking regiment. But why be so boring? Don’t you want to maximize your protein intake with every meal while also making your rice more creamy and flavorful? That is why adding quinoa is a no brainer. This article will Continue reading
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 Continue reading
Are you down with the Green? And I don’t mean Prop 19.
Are you sick of water or how about sick of trying to make big hard weight cuts? Well there is one simple solution that could help cure those ailments commonly found within the sport of Jiu Jitsu, Green Tea. Green tea has been proved time and time again to be one of the best damn beverages on the planet for athletes. The amount of benefits packed within the steady consumption of green tea are ridiculous and often overlooked because hey, its just tea right? Green tea should be a staple in every grapplers diet. If you are only consuming it at your post IBJJF competition all-you-can-stuff-in-your-face sushi celebrations, you wont be gaining much, but if you regularly have a glass, you can increase your chances of being at said celebration with a gold medal around your neck or least of all, feeling a lot healthier and happier. But do allow me to Continue reading
Interview with Mason Monsevais, the previously #1 Ranked Blue Belt in the World out of Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Mason has been on the top of the figurative and literal podium for the past 2 years at Blue Belt. He is now tearing up the purple belt division since he was promoted by the Mendes Brothers back at the end of 2014. He is one of the up and coming young stars in the sport, If you are a teen you should be looking to him as an inspiration, if you are an adult, you should be looking out for him at competitions because you are going to have one hell of a match. I got to chit chat with Mason about how his diet plays a crucial role in his journey to the top. But enough of me jabber jawing, let’s get right into it. Continue reading
Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?
Orange belts are for karate, eating oranges is for BJJ.
Ever go to the grocery store and find yourself confused when all you simply need to do is buy some oranges? That is because you think you are in the right spot because “hey, these look like oranges but why are they called something else?” Well that is because there are multiple different varieties of oranges on the market at any given time. Grappler Gourmet is an equal opportunity reviewer but not all oranges should be treated equally. In this weeks review I will be providing a crash course on the different types of oranges, how to tell them apart, and what they are best used for so that way when you find yourself in the citrus section at the store tomorrow you will be walking around like you just got your blue belt. I hope you enjoy this week’s guide to oranges! Continue reading
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.) Continue reading
Shake, rattle, then roll; The Grapple Gourmet’s guide to the best BJJ supplements.
If you drink what you should eat, then know what you drink. You often hear the protein shakers start going all at once the second class is over with. Is that the only time of the day to be using your shaker filled with mystery powders ranging from chocolate mint flavors to poison “bubblegum?” No. There is a vast world of supplements out on the market and that is because as we progress in science and technology, we create, and develop a finer tuned catalog of supplements for each purpose. Rather than just having “Protein Powder” we have blends, whey, casein, super pump up uber bulk hope cans with your bare hands powders. What I am saying is there are a million and one different products out there and without knowing which ones truly benefit our training, you are a sailor lost at sea. Well it is time to fire up the lighthouse and show you to the coast of the best supplements to take for BJJ, its pretty important, that’s for shore (see what I did there?) It is not all about getting pumped up anymore, but improving our performance, recovery and overall healthy. Continue reading
(Spaghetti) Squash your diet with this super healthy gourd, then your opponents with your superior nutrition.
We are about to hit the thick of winter now that it is December. In the middle of the holidays and with a lack of competitions going on, we may find ourselves starting to resemble a squash. Unless you are a rooster weight and have the luxury of a great metabolism where you can eat anything and somehow still cut weight. I hate you. I don’t really but I do have to watch what I eat surrounding the Holidays. Because during them I eat like a boss, so should you. One thing that is great though is what foods are available this time of year, especially squashes and cabbages! I love butternut squash but the applications are a touch limited. But have you heard of spaghetti squash? No this is not where pasta comes from but it is where your new favorite food comes from. In this weeks review of Continue reading