Tag: food

Review | Spinach

Review | Spinach

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

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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.

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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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Interview | Tammi Musumeci

Interview | Tammi Musumeci

An interview with BJJ Black belt Tammi Musumeci,  half of the Anywhere-imboloing wonder team.

If you follow, train, talk or do anything jiu jitsu related, you have heard of the berimbolo by now. Lately it has been taken off the mats and into any and all locations by the Musumeci’s, a brother and sister duo. To see them going inverted by a train, in 7-11 on a beach, and many more locations not in a gym check out this article by Jiu Jitsu Times. But it did not all start there for Tammi, she has been training and competing practically her whole life and I don’t mean just competiting here and there, she has won just about every major competition from Blue belt all the way to her current rank of Black belt under Emyr Bussade , and she is only 20 years old. Makes you feel like a slouch right? But before you race off the the mats to train extra hard to feel better about yourself I had the chance to chat with Tammi about food, jiu jitsu and how she eats when dealing with an injury.

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Review | Almonds

Review | Almonds

A Review of Almonds.
It is time to go nuts, pun intended.

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“Go Nuts” is a good term for this little energy packed, heart-submission defending, weight-regulating nut. Almonds are everywhere, or at least they should be everywhere within your house or apartment. Not in the sense that you struggled to open a bag of them and because you have been doing so much strength and conditioning your rage tore the bag too fast and they went flying in a wonderful storm of “shit, there goes my lunch.” Almonds are packed full of healthy benefits for our training and our lives in general. Did I really just state there’s more to life than only our training?! Justify reading this review of almonds by knowing that everyone that does not have a tree nut allergy should be consuming almonds, whether you train BJJ multiple times a day, or you have no clue what BJJ is and think I am making lewd innuendos incorrectly. Within this review you will find a million dolla prize

Guide | 5 Must Have Tools

Guide | 5 Must Have Tools

We all have 5 go-to submission or passes, but do you have these 5 essential tools of the trade in your kitchen?

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Whether it is at the gym, in the office or in the kitchen there are essential tools of the trade that will make your life easier. Granted they do not overlap…a good knife is not essential for a day in the cubicle (unless you are pulling an Office Space and cleaning some fish you just caught on your desk.) There are a million and one gadgets out there for the kitchen, but are they all needed? Absolutely not. They can be fun to toy around with like the Donkey Guard, but 10 out of 10 times the same result can be achieved with a very basic and fundamental technique or in the metaphor, tool. If you have been following Grappler Gourmet (you are awesome and I cannot thank you enough) here and/or within my Jiu Jitsu Mag articles then you like food and more so are open to learning how to make it. Well now that you have gotten your first stripe here in Grappler Gourmet’s Kitchen Academy it is time to learn about the tools of the trade. I never leave home

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Interview | Nelson Puentes

Interview | Nelson Puentes

Interview with Owner of Bamboo Jiu Jitsu, Alliance black belt, and Foodie, the Big Panda of Inverted Gear himself, Nelson Puentes!

This week I got to finally slow myself down and put questions together for a good friend of mine, Nelson Puentes. I say that because when Nelson and I first started talking we had that Step Brothers “Did we just become  best friends? Yup!” moment over food. Primarily over Brussels Sprouts, slow cooked chili and Philly cheese steaks. It was clear that I needed to put some of our conversations into this interview or else I would miss too many gems to share with you all! So without further adieu

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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.

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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 .

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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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Interview | Jon Milan

Interview | Jon Milan

An interview with a good friend of mine, Jon Milan, the first and last person to touch your gi at Origin

Jon is not only a jack of all trades at the awesome Maine based company Origin, he is a BJJ blue belt, proud father, “farmer,” and awesome guy. This interview is very important to me because you will learn more from Jon than from a top level BJJ practitioner because he is more like you and me. We are all not super human athletes such as Buchecha, we will not all be able to eat and live like him.  I have known Jon for awhile now and it started from talking about the Origin bag into us having week long conversations about growing vegetables, raising chickens and pigs, all the way to spider guard and gi grips. Are you ready to learn more about living a lifestyle rather than following a guideline?  Are you one of the many that works and trains on a daily basis? Are you someone that cares about food in general? If you answered yes to any of those, or are just a human being then this interview is for you.

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