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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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Technique | 15 Minute Quick Pickles

Technique | 15 Minute Quick Pickles

How to guide on Quick Pickles, Its as easy as salt, sugar, pickle.

Intro

You might be saying “didn’t you just do a post on pickling?” and I will counter with “have you ever watched more than one video on how to set up a triangle?” Exactly, the exciting part about cooking is that there are endless combinations of flavors and techniques that result in countless different outcomes. Sometimes they are delicious and you will find yourself counting out the exact amount of grains of salt you put into a recipe to make it just right again. Sometimes they suck and should just throw them in the trash and order out. But experimentation is the root to finding what works and does not work. Lucky for you people have been cooking for generations and passing along  techniques they have mastered in a fine tuned and easy to understand way. Just like black belts teaching a seminar on a kimura lock. This method of pickling is no different…I mean it is because well its a way to prepare food and not a way to tear a shoulder. Long story short, there are many paths to a certain destination. In this how to guide today our destination just so happens to be pickles. So come travel down a different path than we did a few weeks ago.

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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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Guide | DIY Dried Fruits

Guide | DIY Dried Fruits

A how-to guide to making your own dried fruit, its different than hang drying your gi.

Intro

This time of year, unless you are in the lucky states that only have two seasons, marks the start of delicious fruit, berry and vegetable seasons. With these seasons upon us we must be prepared to really capitalize on getting the most out of it. I don’t mean just in the moment either, think of setting up submissions, do you really expect the first one you try will work? No, you use it to set up the next move, worse case scenario, you get the benefits right away but I like to always be thinking 10 steps ahead. Thus getting ready for all these fresh produce, I am planning on enjoying them year round by making my own dried fruits, berries and vegetables. You can also join me for the ride with this how to guide on dried fruit.

Why make your own dried fruit?

The art of drying fruit is a fantastic practice that has been around for longer than most of the things around you currently besides water and air.

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Guide | DIY Trail Mix

Guide | DIY Trail Mix

A how to guide to DIY trail mix, snacking often and eating well does not have to be hard anymore.

Intro

When it comes to our daily food intake we all kind of slip up in the “snacking” category. Whether that means we are eating the wrong foods there, spending too much money on snacks or worse, not eating at all! A quick and easy fix that can be fun, and very beneficial to our training and daily lives is to be making our own trail mixes! Trail mix packs a punch of nutrients. As far as snacking goes there is no better route in my opinion than a well tailored trail mix that is full of proteins, sugars, carbs, antioxidants, and omega-3s. You cannot go wrong especially when it tastes damn good too. It’s shockingly easy, affordable, and efficient, now let’s roll into this how to guide on making your own trail mix.

Why make your own trail mix?

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