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Interview | Jonathan Satava

Interview | Jonathan Satava

Interview with accomplished and rising Marcelo Garcia BJJ stand out Jonathan Satava!

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite topic, can you give us a little about who you are. Accomplishments, background, sponsors, affiliations, blood type, list of fears, etc. Kidding, mainly just the first 4 things there and generally anything you wish to tell about yourself.

Well first, thank you for the interest and opportunity. I was born and raised on Long Island and I’m the middle child with two sisters. I’d say I was an active kid growing up.  I played baseball, skateboarded, snowboarded, ultimate Frisbee, and everyone’s favorite – manhunt.  In middle school, I did some wrestling but broke my collarbone during practice and never got back into it.

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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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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 | Yogurt

Review | Yogurt

A review of yogurt, one of the most versatile white belt of the food world out there.

Summary:

Yogurt, no matter what style we are talking about, is chalk full of beneficial qualities for everyday grapplers to stay at home call of duty all stars. No matter what your activity level is, you can benefit from yogurt.In this review you will find that yogurt is made many different ways from all sorts of “milks” whether its dairy based from cows, or non-dairy based from soy beans. Either way as long as it contains heated “milk” and starter culture which is lactic acid bacteria, its yogurt, and its provides us with health benefits.

 General Information

What is Yogurt? Simply put yogurt is a very old recipe that probably originated when someone left some milk out in too warm of an area.

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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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Review | Canned Tuna

Review | Canned Tuna

A review of canned tuna, the most popular protein source available.

Summary:

Canned tuna is one of the top purchased items in grocery stores. Why is that? It is cheap, easy, and an excellent source of ready to eat lean protein. There is a reason why you see all those meat heads from the gym crushing it by the can. That is because canned tuna has some rock star qualities for muscle growth and repair. But what does not need to happen is trying to stomach eating it with just a fork. There are much better ways to enjoy, yes I said enjoy, canned tuna. It is too good to pass up just because of its taste. In this review we will look into understanding canned tunas health benefits and a recipe.

General Information

Tuna from a can, what an odd staple food. But there are reasons for that, as stated its packed full of lean protein, lots of omega-3 fatty acids and its so accessible and affordable. But with that comes draw backs.

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Guide | Overnight Oatmeal-Plata

Guide | Overnight Oatmeal-Plata

A how to guide to overnight oatmeal, making breakfast that much easier.

Intro

When we think of our day as a whole there are a few key questions we must ask ourselves. What time is training? What am I going to eat today and when will I have time to do so? We all live a very packed day and the process of cooking is time consuming, especially for the most important meal of the day, breakfast. But alas with this guide it does not have to be such a chore with a few key, time saving techniques that actually result in delicious and nutrition meals that take no time at all and can be taken on the go. Thus the revolutionary concept of overnight oatmeal that requires no cooking and has options for days! If flavor combos were to be compared to submissions known, this concept would win ADCC.

What is overnight oatmeal?

If you look at the name itself its pretty easy to get one step of the recipe down. Besides being an easy, high-protein, natural sugar and fiber filled way to start the day? It is a method of “cooking” oatmeal overnight in the refrigerator without having to actually do any work besides combining some ingredients in a jar and letting them sit overnight. Hell some combos will even hold for 2 – 4 days based on what you mix in with your oatmeal. So what the technique is in short is the combination of:

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Review | Quinoa

Review | Quinoa

A review of quinoa, one of the top tier “grains” for grapplers.

Summary:

Quinoa is an ancient “grain” that dates back thousands of years to the Inca who “believed it increased the stamina of their warriors.” Their view on quinoa relates directly to us as modern day warriors. Also besides it being a black belt in nutritional value it has black belt level versatility within cooking applications. Withing this review of quinoa you will find a recipe, health benefits and other fun facts. Oh and did I mention it is a super source of cheap and easy complete protein that are not egg whites and boiled chicken!? Exactly, I am sold on it too already.

 General Information

As you might have noticed I am using quotes on the word “grain” when talking about quinoa. Why is that? That is because oddly enough quinoa is in fact not a grain but it is a seed. Resulting in it being part of the same competition team as beets, spinach and Swiss chard. There are over 100 varieties of quinoa with origins in South America. The primary source being Peru. We commonly see white, red, black or tricolor quinoa being sold in stores today. So do not fret over which is better for you, just buy it and start eating it on the regular. Quinoa is a monster in the protein zone. You will find 24 g of protein per cup of uncooked quinoa. Also quinoa has a plethora of other benefits which we will dig deeper into later as you read further including heart-healthy fats.

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