Inov8 X Claw 275

Inov8-X-Claw-275 Hey what is up everyone! Over the years I have gone through a bunch of sneakers for Spartan races. This year I decided I wanted to give Inov8 a shot. Currently I have been training in Niker Kigers and ran a few races last year in them. They are pretty durable, but I am realizing they hold a lot of water and I had ripped a few lugs off my first pair.

**Long winded video below where I talk about the X Claw right after my run and show you how the soles held onto a good amount of water etc….. I answer a lot in the video so give it a watch!

I am training for the Mt Creek Ultra Beast on April 29th so I want something that will keep me going the whole race!

So I grabbed a pair of Inov8 X Talon 200’s & X Claw 275’s off of Amazon to test them out.  On a side note I should have grabbed a few more to try. Amazon is great with returns…. you just login and click return label, slap it on the box, send it back and get your refund! Anyways….

What was I looking for in a sneaker for OCR?

  • As a bigger guy 6’3″ 225lb I wanted something with just a bit more cushion. I don’t have the best running form and going downhill at these races I really slam down so a bit more cushion was something I wanted.
  • I wanted something that was more water resistant and would not hold a lot of water.
  • Something with good traction
  • Something that would last more than a few races

So the talon’s fit nicely, but there was not as much cushion. I could really feel the lugs pushing up and that would not be a good thing especially for an ultra beast. I think for someone smaller and more nimble the Talon 200’s would be awesome!

I walked around in both around the house and decided the X-Claws would be the pair I was going to take on a run the next day.

Watch My Long-winded Video After My Run 😉 I Answer A Lot Of Common Questions

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IntelliRoll Foam Roller Review

intelliroll-fullFirst off…. give me a week or so to get a video review up. I want to show you a few tricks that you can do with the IntelliRoll  that I cannot with my other foam rollers. Yes… I have more then one 😉 They all serve a purpose, but since I have literally fallen in love with the IntelliRoll over the weekend I wanted to get this review up since a bunch of you were asking.

I first saw the IntelliRoll in last months issue of Muscle & Fitness.  Great magazine by the way. You can literally have a new program every month and the year subscription costs like $25!! I was really interested in how it was shaped and since I foam roll quite often I wanted to give it a try.

So I pulled out the old credit card and ordered it on Wednesday afternoon and got it Saturday morning! My wife actually opened it and was like… “oh wow look at this thing!”

Firm or Flex?

  • When I was actually ordering I saw they had 2 types… the FIRM or FLEX and I was not sure which one to order. I Googled to see if I could find some reviews about each type, but there wasn’t much. In the end I gabbed the FIRM as you can see from the picture.
  • Why? Well basically I have been foam rolling for a long time and I know how to do it and I am more used to it.  The FIRM is well… pretty FIRM as for the FLEX I do not know, but it says it is a bit softer. If you are new to foam rolling or don’t like “PAIN” 😉 hehe I would say go for the FLEX
  • If you have never foam rolled before it can be intense. Sure there are times where I will sit on the floor and roll while watching tv which helps loosen you up, but when I really dig in, foam rolling can be a workout in itself, but man you loosen up for sure!

Neck Issues

  • My neck  is a mess! I had a herniated C5 about 5 years back and although I am pretty active with working out and doing Spartan Races, I spend a lot of time on the computer which is brutal on the neck! I am actually going to make the IntelliRoll part of my “5 minute breaks” I take during time on the computer to stretch and move around.
  • So you can plainly see the channel right in the middle that is for your neck and spine. I was a bit skeptical at first, just for the fact that I am SKEPTICAL in general.
  • Literally the first thing I did with this was line  my neck and roll myself back
    • FIRST thing…. take it slow. You can end up putting a lot of weight on this if you try to go fast. So just take it slow and roll/hold it. You ever try to put all your weight on your spine on a flat foam roller? Ouch!
    • As soon as I started rolling I heard some cracking! Now I am a CRACKER. Everything on me cracks. That is not the worst thing in the world if things crack somewhat naturally, but ballistically cracking like when you snap your next is really not the best… but yes I DO IT! Ugh I do that a lot. Not so good.
    • Anyways back to the intelli roll. It felt good rolling my spine up that. I gotta say it loosened me up and just kind of aligned me.  I spent a few minutes just rolling and holding up and down my spine, but like I said go slow and get a good feel for your positioning.
  • AWESOME: So the one thing I like to do a lot with my other rollers is just lie on it with the back of my neck and watch TV. Just slowly roll my neck side to side. I find with the channel and the curved sections it is actually a bit more comfortably and allows me to loosen it up a bit more. On my straight roller the flatness of it just starts to hurt the longer I am there. Hope that makes sense….
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Normal Forward/Backward Rolling & Side To Side

Variety Is The Spice Of Life!

  • You can obviously tell there are many variations of use with intelli-roll and that is what really makes it different!
  • You can see in the picture my leg fits right in there and with the curve it kind of cups the leg which is good. You can’t really get that with a FLAT foam roller, but flat rollers do some awesome stuff too!
  • You can see the edges are flat…. maybe it could have been a bit wider on the edges to get more muscle on the flat surface, but it does allow you to really pin point a trigger point and work it out. You can see me leveraging the flat edge in the image below.

Arms, Legs, Neck, Forearms:

  • Sometimes people forget that foam rolling is not just for legs. You can hit it all with a foam roller. If you have never rolled out your triceps, biceps, or forearms then you have to give it a try!
  • The channel in the middle lets you work your triceps and forearms really nicely.
  • Like I said I will get a video review up, since I haven’t even had the chance to really dig into this roller.
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Side Calf Release…. ah….

Focusing On A Trigger Point

  • Like I said above, the edge could be a bit wider, but where the curve meets the flat part, it gives more leverage then your typical flat roller so it lets me really dig into the side calf… I think its called the “peroneus longus” but that is a real pain point I have and rolling it is magically… yet painful 😉
  • You can see how I can leverage the side of my calf where the curve meets the flat part. With a regular flat roller is is pretty much impossible because you actually have to try and use the outer edge of the roller and there is no leverage and your calf slips off.

 

 

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Yeah that’s my cats feet in the top right! LOL

Conclusion:

So if I was in the market for a new Foam Roller then the IntelliRoll would be the one I would buy, since it really has multiple functions.  When I ordered they were having a sale “$49” plus FREE shipping. If you use the code FDC you can get an extra %10 off, so pretty sweet deal! I paid like $80 for my rumble roller which is great, but does not compare to the IntelliRoll.  Go ahead and CLICK HERE >>>> to check out the IR FIRM Roller and be sure to go the learn section and see the videos they have showing all the ways to use it. Pretty cool!

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. I will try to follow up and get that video up with me actually using it and showing you some tips!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of NeuroActiv 6 by Natural Cell

NeuroActiv6-mixingSo have you ever seen the movie Limitless? Or even the new series…. both awesome by the way! I highly suggest checking them out! <<< rewind… .oh man as I was just searching for a link to the series and saw that it was cancelled for Season 2! Man what a bummer, it was a great show!  Long live Brian Finch Anyways its on NetFlix….

Man.. sorry still bummed that it was cancelled. Ended with a cliffhanger too!!

OK back to what I was getting at! Guess I need to focus more 😉 So basically in Limitless there is a pill called NZT. You take it and you become Einstein X10 maybe even 20… You can figure out anything, recall pretty much any memory you have in your brain and take over the world… that is if you can keep getting the pills and of course not having your brain turn to mush from the side effects.

So I only mention this because after the movie came out so many companies came out with their “NZT” limitless pill that promised to do what it did in the movie or at least increase focus and make you smarter! Of course we all know that is not going to happen and most companies marketing the stuff are hoping you buy into the hype!

So yes I am sorry there is no NZT on the market or anything close to it! Sure there are some presecription meds that can really focus you in, but abusing those will really cause damage in the long run!

Enough About NZT….

NaturalCell-Neuroactiv6K so why all this info about NZT etc….. Well at almost 40 I can admit life is crazy, stress levels can be high, and yea it is hard to stay focused and remember small things. Even the drive to start and finish things!

Let’s just say over the years I have tried things to help with the focus and the truth is most are just some stimulants loaded up with caffeine and some other ingredients that really weren’t the best. You know stuff like 4 hour energey, monster, and any other energy type drink.

So my buddy tells me about this NeuroActiv-6 he has been taking and that I should try it.  He mentioned it has helped with his focus at work and the ingredients are really really legit! He had bough a 3 pack so he gave me a can of it to try out. He told me to try it out for at least a week because I guess some of the ingredients take awhile to build up in the system.

I started drinking it on a Wednesday. The stuff mixes right up in water and it tastes awesome!! I think at first there was definitely an placebo effect because after all I was taking something new and crossing my fingers I would have this huge AHA moment and clarity during my day.  I wasn’t feeling worse, but I was feeling clearer I guess.

NeuroActiv6-ingredients

Why Would I Not Want To Take This!?

When I started looking at the ingredients in Neuro activ6 I thought to myself… “the stuff in this is awesome, I should be taking this everyday anyway.”

The fruit and vegetable blend in itself was awesome! They are also using Trademarked ingredients! This is not some sort of filler stuff in fact I don’t think there are any filler ingredients in the product at all which is pretty amazing!

 

Is It Working?

The funny thing is I started taking this on a Wednesday and went into the weekend still taking it. One in the morning around 9am and then again at 2 ish. I remembered being out with the kids… I have 3 of them so let’s just say it can get hectic. I had this feeling of being calm and just in a good mood! I didn’t even think about it until later when I saw the canister of NeuroActiv sitting on my counter. Then it hit me! Ah wow this stuff is really starting to work its magic!

I have been using it for about 4 months now and I really feel if I stop taking it or forget for a few days I am not running on all cylinders. A lot of things can contribute to that, but when I am taking it consistently I am definitely more on point, more motivated and overall calm.

Conclusion

Are you going to start solving calculus problems or pull some Good Will Hunting type stuff after you take this? I highly doubt that! I do think you will benefit from a clearer less brain fogged mind and like I said look at that ingredients! How could that be bad for you! I think about the days I am running around and a vegetable does not even pass my lips lol! I know when I have my NeuroActiv6 I am at least getting those natural extracts!

I would love to hear about your experience with this or other so called nootropics. Leave comments below!

 

1 Click Upsells For WooCommerce With WooCurve

woocurve reviewOK so why is there a review for some 1 click upsell woocommerce plugin on a fitness site! Well that is pretty simple! If you read my blog then you know I am into a lot of things besides fitness and one of those is internet marketing. I have been doing it a long… long… time! Since 2004 actually.. maybe 2005, lol.

I wanted to do this quick review on WooCurve because I hope it will save whoever is searching for an after checkout woocommerce upsell plugin not only time, but e HUGE headache! I spent the last year going back and forth searching for a real woocommerce upsell plugin that worked after the checkout and actually had legit support!

Basics.. What Is An Upsell?

  • If you do not know what an UPSELL is then listen up. Basically you ever go on a website and buy something? Whether it is a physical product like a new blender or a digital product like an ebook? Sure you have…. I will bet that after you purchased it, you might have been offered a one time deal or option to buy something extra right? Yeah… so…. that is an UPSELL! There are also DOWNSELLS, but don’t worry about that for now. They can be really great for you and the company… Here is the issue with them from a sales/tech side of things.

They can be really hard to implement the way they are supposed to be implemented. Most shopping carts out there have the “typical upsell” which is usually some box or popup that says… hey do you want to add this to your order yada yada… which is good, but it is not the real way to use an UpSell. Let’s get sneaky here for a second. OK not sneaky.. well sort of sneaky.

With the “typical upsell” of just saying “Hey add this to your cart or you might like this blah blah blah, that does work, but you have yet to get the customer to put in their Credit Card info and hit the buy button, so they are slowly adding up the cost in their head and seeing it on the screen. So those types of upsells don’t really convert.

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The “REAL” UpSELL

  • O.K. so you just paid for that new $200 blender! It is gonna be awesome! You put in your shipping info, your CC info and hit the BUY button! Ah the dopamine release… feels great! I bought something… ah…. What better time to sell you something else! You already entered your CC info… the dopamine is rushing… this is where the “REAL UPSELL” happens. This is where you need to offer an extra set of blades for the blender, and extra container… whatever it is, this is where you sell it. WHY? Well all they have to do is click the button that says YES add this to my order and it is a done deal! Super easy….. the pain of getting the customer to take out the credit card, enter the info and buy is over with… now you are just making it even easier! Ah.. sale well done.

Do You Feel Dirty After Reading That?

  • LOL I hope not! I just wanted to give you an insight of how real upsells work. Now if you are on this page the chances are you know all about how upsells work and you want to know if WooCurve really works and all that fun stuff right? RIGHT!

The Problem With “REAL” UpSelling

  • There are a few problems with up-selling like this. Most carts make it impossible! Trust me I know…. I have tried like all of them!! The ones that do make it work can be really expensive and you probably need to add a few other 3rd party plugins to put it all together.
  • Or… even worse you need a programmer to help piece it together and if they get hit by a bus or something changes you are S-C-R-E-W-E-D!!

It boggled my mind how there was nothing like this for woocommerce. There were a few out there, but they were really really tweaky and I did not trust running them with my clients business.  I even paid for products like CLICKFUNNELS, SAMCART, I even use infusionsoft. They are all great,but really really expensive! The great thing about WooCommmerce is that it is FREE and there are so many plugins out there to make it do a lot of awesomethings, so it is about time a REAL UPSELL plugin for WooCommerce is available.

I have never written a review on the blog about my internet marketing before and the reason I am doing it now is because I literally searched so many sites and forums and I saw the same questions everywhere looking for an upsell plugin like WooCurves. I felt like I was close so many times in finding what I needed, but alas they all felt short!

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WooCurves In Action?

So right now I have a client that sells a few products. We used to use WooCommerce, then we switched to another big name cart for a few various reasons. Since DAY 1 I have mentioned UpSells and how important they are in the “REAL UPSELL” way I’ve mentioned a few times here 😉 When we were on WooCommerce I had tried a few “offer” plugins, but they were super buggy and more trouble!

So we are currently moving the store back to WooCommerce and are using WooCurve on the dev site and it works MAGICALLY! 2 years and I have been PREACHING UPSELLS and hopefully in the next few weeks we will get it live and test it out!

Now getting it to convert really comes down to your product and your upsell offer. If it is a crappy product then you probably won’t convert! The solution is here though! If you are looking for a true one click upsell after the checkout option in WooCommerce then WooCurves is what you want!

I will post back in about 4-6 weeks with some stats and maybe a tutorial, but honestly just click here and watch Chris go over some best practices.

…And PLEASE if you do use this I would love to hear some feedback below. If you got this far reading this then I know you were in my shoes trying to find a solution, so I would love to hear your thoughts. Even if its just to say… ahh…. finally a woocommerce upsell plugin that works!!

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Skins DNAmic Men’s Compression Long Tights Review

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showing some leg….

Who likes to wear tight pants? I do… I do… well not really. Unless they are under a pair of shorts or another pair of pants LOL!.

I had heard of compression shorts and pants, but really never knew what they did or how they actually worked. I did do a review on Physiclo compression resistance training shorts awhile back which are awesome, but are made more for adding resistance to your training and not actually running a race in them.

So this is where SKINS compression pans come in. I was given a chance to try a pair out and I chose these https://www.skins.net/usa/dnamic-mens-long-tights.html

My main goal is to wear them when I do my Spartan Ultra Beast this April at Mt Creek!

So why compression? I don’t want to go into a super long rant about compression gear and how it will make you an elite racer or do some other ridiculous claims. I mean they can’t! It is a pair of tights people!! That is not to say there is not value in there because there is for sure.

So basically the idea of compression gear is to help with increasing your performance and reducing fatigue. How? Well it is said that the compression keeps your muscles tighter and increases blood flow which helps with performance.

There are many studies out now that are on both sides of the fence, so you can do your own research there. The best research is the hands on kind. That is why I like to always try things out and see how they work for me! I always come back to the fact we are all different and what works for you, for me, for some other “guru” might not be the best fit for you.

My Results Using SKINS Compression Pants?

  • Did they make me run faster? No.. not really
  • Did I jump higher? I don’t really think so…

skins-compression-pantsI will tell you what I did feel from wearing them. Right from the start I truly felt like everything was just tighter and more stable. Really it was very strange to fill it. It gave me a sense of just feeling more solid! Not sure that makes sense, but I did feel like I had more of a spring in my step.

The biggest thing for me I saw was the fact I felt better after a long run which is a huge thing for me! I get  DOMS bad! I am a big guy and I just get sore! I have to say I really felt a reduction in soreness when I wear these for a run! That is a win win in my book.

Like I said everyone is different!

I have not yet worn these for a spartan race yet, so I am not sure how they will handle. I know they are going to get ripped. I would say they would probably be better for training because if you have run a Spartan race you know your pants are going to get ripped up and that would kind of ruin the compression part of the pants.  I will wear them for the race just to see how they handle and more importantly if I can feel my legs have more gas in the tank so to speak!

So do I recommend buying them? If you are looking for something that will make your faster and a better athlete by putting them on then umm… I think we both know the answer to that right 😉

If you want something that will help you with some recover and keeping things a bit “tighter”… go for it! For me I feel like it is better to wear them than to not wear them, but at a price tag of $100 you need to figure that out on your own.

I would love to hear any comments or answer any questions below, so feel free to leave some!

Check out the Skins website and see if they have something that works for you https://www.skins.net/

CSR2 Racing Tips & Other Cool Stuff

Hey so I have found an awesome addiction and it comes in the form of CSR2 on my iPhone!

It is a pretty awesome game. I am going to come back and add some awesome tips I have been figuring out along the way, but for now here is a video if my racing my Ferrari 488 Spider in the prize cup running an 11.638

Leave any comments or questions below. I have a lot more to show you all, but not time to do it today!

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11.399 In my 488 Spider VS F12 Berlinetta

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American Gainz Review

http://americangainz.com/Hey what’s up everyone! I wanted to do a review on American Gainz today! Adam the owner had reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of his new product. Of course I said yes….

Adam sent over some Tactical Recovery & PB Gains… more on that below!

I am not going to go into some long in-depth history of the company, because you are here to know how it tastes and if it’s any good right? Of course! So quick info about them and if you go to the bottom I added a real long explanation of things from Adam the owner which got me thinking and educated me a bit! Thanks Adam…

So I liked what Adam had to say because he created the product after realizing most products out there are pretty much the same and HUGELY OVERPRICED! It is true, most products out there have the same ingredients with some “magical proprietary blend” which means they just mixed a bunch of ingredients together and don’t tell you how much of each is in it. It’s all good I mean some companies have a good thing going, but most are just taking your moniez!!

I like a few things about the company:

You can go to http://americangainz.com/pages/about-us and read a lot more info that will really let you in on how and why American Gainz does what they do!

So How Does It Taste?

american-gainz-tactical-recoveryTactical Recovery tastes great! I love a good chocolate protein shake. One big plus for me with any protein shake is how it will mix with just a blender cup! Adam sent me a sweet blender cup too! Tactical Recovery mixes up just the way I like it. Nice and smooth! I CANNOT stand any grit or chunks. Call me a baby… I can’t even stand PULP! agh lol. So this mixes up real nice and easy and goes down just as easy.

Quick Breakdown:

  • 25g Protein
  • 9.1g BCAA
  • 5.3g Glutamine Precursors

Instead of just repeating what is on the company site you can go to http://americangainz.com/collections/all/products/tactical-recovery and learn all about the product in detail.

How Does It Work?

  • The idea of Tactical Recovery is well… recovery! So it is reccomended to drink this post workout. I would normally take this after my workouts in the morning, but I was also using it as a snack around 8PM.  Post workout is when your body is drained and banged up from your workout, so it is the optimal time to get something in you. This is designed to immediately spike your blood stream with the highest quality amino acids and fastest absorbing proteins available!

Personal Experience

I always say this in most of my blog posts. You really need to find out what works for you! As I get older…. I will be 39 in May! Ouch! I realized I do not recover as quickly which is pretty common as you get older. A huge part for me is lack of sleep! I definitely do not get enough. On the flip side it is not eating the right foods or getting the right nutrients in me. Whenever I am working out hard or training for a big race I always see a huge improvement in recovery time and strength gain when I am supplementing… typical with proteins, BCAA, and glutamine. Just what Tactical Gainz has.

With that said… yeah  using the product has helped me for sure. It won’t make you the hulk… it won’t make you break world records…”it could help though” 😉 The truth is this. It is another tool in your toolbox and  good one at that! Keep track of your workouts and how you feel… take the product and keep a log of how you feel to see if it is actually helping you or not.

We are all different and recover differently, workout differently etc… so any supplement is going to react differently.

So I mean out of all the protein shakes I see out there on the market would I tell you to get this one? Yes I would. So many products out there really have a ton of bad stuff in them… fillers… other things you cannot pronounce etc…

PB Gainz

Oh… I almost forgot all about the Powered Peanut Butter! This stuff is great… now don’t go and try to eat a spoonful of it… or you can go try it! Ha. Very hard to swallow. This stuff is awesome mixed in with Tactical Recovery or any other protein shake you might whip up! You are looking at like half the calories, half the fat, you would get out of a normal scoop of peanut butter. Oh and you also get almost double the protein! Def a win win situation!

So to wrap things up, I would say give American Gainz products a try! They taste great, have great ingredients, and I really like what they stand for!

I’d love to hear some comments/suggestions below, so have at it!

Thanks again to Adam the owner of American Gainz. You can visit them at http://americangainz.com/

 

Here are some pictures I took of the products. The tape is pretty awesome btw…

 

 

 

 

Testing Out Some New Food

OK so with the new year I wanted to try and start eating healthier! Of course…. new years resolutions and all that stuff. We should really be striving for a change in our lifestyle and not just a new years resolution type thing, but you need to start somewhere right?

So normally I will eat pretty much the same thing when I start to clean up my diet. Over the weekend I wanted to test out some Paleo recipes. I am not going to go full Paleo… not yet anyways… maybe never, but there are some great healthier options.

Anyways… I found a ton of awesome looking paleo recipes here http://greatist.com/eat/paleo-breakfast-recipes

sweet-potato-muffins-paleoFirst I wanted to try out these Sweet Potato Muffins. Most paleo recipes are going to swap out any wheat flour with either almond flour, coconut flour, any other nut flours etc…

I was really looking to come up with some new ideas for breakfast for the kids.  It can be tough to make healthy choices when you are trying to get 3 kids to eat and get ready and all that fun stuff.

I found this recipe at http://notyourstandard.com/sweet-potato-paleo-muffins/ so thank you!

3/4 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup grated apple
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup almond flour
1/8 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs

sweet-potato-muffins-paleo-cookedDirections:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
2. Mix everything together in one large bowl.
3. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil or use paper liners. Divide batter into 9 muffin tins.
4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until muffin is cooked through and the top is golden. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
5. Remove muffins and let cool on a baking rack. Store in an airtight container, I would probably keep these in the fridge since there is no fat to preserve them.

They came out great in my opinion… the kids? Well my oldest “age 7” who can eat a lot, but is picky did not like them… at least he thinks he didn’t lol.. parents you know how that goes. My middle guy “age 4” loved them and my youngest “Age 2” ate them, but didn’t really care. My wife was like eh…

I loved them and will continue to make them 😉

Paleo-MuffinsNext on the menu were Paleo English Muffins… Nom Nom Nom! These looks so good and guess what? They tasted great too! They were a little try, but I think tweaking the recipe would help with that.

Found this recipe at http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/paleo-english-muffins/ so thank you! Super easy to make!
For the regular option
•1/4 cup almond or cashew flour
•1 tablespoon coconut flour
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
•1 egg
•1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
•2 tablespoons water

For the cinnamon raisin option add the following to the regular option above
•1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
•1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
•1 1/2 tablespoons golden raisins

Paleo-Muffins-2Directions
1.Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
2.Add the remaining wet ingredients and whisk again until fully incorporated.
3.Transfer the mixture into a greased microwave safe ramekin (I use a  3 3/4 round ramekin ).
4.Microwave for 2 minutes.
5.Remove from the ramekin, slice the muffin in half and toast for 2-3 minutes in a toaster oven.
6.Serve with softened butter.

 

As you can see below I should have used 2 ramekins, but either way it was all good. My wife even liked these 😉 You can see they are a lot smaller from the recipe page above, so I think if I split these into 2 ramekins I could have had thinner slices like a traditional english muffin. Also these tasted more like actually muffins then your traditional English muffin. Tasted great nonetheless!

Paleo-Muffins1I look forward to testing out some new foods. I also attempted to make my own mayo, but that didn’t turn out so great… need some different ingredients for that!

Until next time. If you have any simple recipes let me know!

Quick Tuna Egg Salad On The Go

The biggest thing people will ask on the blog or via email is about what to eat! That is hard question to answer. We know what to eat, but it is actually getting the good food, having it ready and eating it! So I think figuring out quick, easy, and healthy meals is key! If you check out my Meatloaf Muffins post you will see another quick one that tastes great and is super healthy for you!

Today I whipped up this tuna egg salad. It was tasty, easy enough to make and pretty darn healthy! The only thing I prob could have omitted was the Mayo, but hey it was only 1tbsp and it was organic lol 😉

On the flip side of that I didn’t use any dressing… the bit of mayo and the egg yolks was enough.

Here is what I mixed in:

  • 1 can tuna with 1tbsp mayo
  • 2 eggs cooked sunny side up
  • 1 cup arugala
  • 1 cup spring salad mix
  • just a sprinkle of sunflower seeds…”yes I said sprinkle”
  • a sprinkle of raisins
  • some salt, pepper, garlic power… real light

Real simple and it tasted great

Total nutrition value:

  • 26 Grams Fat
  • 20 Grams Carbs
  • 41 Grams Protein
  • 470 Total Calories

N0m Nom Nom!

Tuna-Egg-Salad (1) Tuna-Egg-Salad

 

Meatloaf Muffins

meatloaf-recipeOK I know it might look gross, but I have to tell you these things are amazing! I don’t know about you, but my day is pretty busy at work and at home! If I wait to long to eat or don’t have something ready chances are I am going to make a bad choice in the food I eat! These Meat Muffins are the perfect quick healthy meal. All you need to do is toss in the microwave for a minute or so and Bamm! Ready to eat… I squirt on some ketchup and I am rocking and rolling.

The idea is simple…. take some meat… take some veggies… mix em all together and bamm you have a meatloaf muffin. Pictures below….

Meat-Muffins-1So basically I take a whole bunch of veggies…

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers
  • “Really any veggies you like”

I blend all that up in my Vitamix… that is how I got that green slurry. I love my Vitamix by the way! I have used it pretty much everyday for the last 2 years!

So you have your green slurry…. add that to a big bowl with

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 2 eggs
  • I tossed like a handful of Panko crumbs in there two
  • Some other seasonings if you want… salt, pepper, onion salt, garlic

Mix it all together and get it all meat loafy…. then toss it in the muffin pans like the picture below. Toss in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until internal temp is 160 and you are good to go!

They might look scary, but I had 2 guys at work the other day try them and they were like “whoa this tastes just like meat loaf!”…. Little do they realize they are getting a nice blast of veggies in there too! 😉 Let me know what you think!

 

Ready To Go In The Oven

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Finished Product

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Schedule of Events 2017

Hoping 2017 is going to be a stellar year for racing! Would like to add a few more to the list, but time will tell. I feel like with all my training over the years and of course learning I am in a great place to achieve my best times this year!join-me

April 29th, 2017 TRI STATE NJ ULTRA BEAST @Mt Creek

June 3rd, 2017 – TRI STATE NJ SPRINT @Tuxedo New York “Elite Heat”

June 3rd, 2017 – TRI STATE NJ SPRINT @Tuxedo New York “Open Heat W/ Wifey”

July 23rd, 2017 – DENVILLE TRIATHLON @Cooks Pond