Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Getting ripped abs is a dedication that actually starts at the dinner table not the gym and if you’ve busted your ass trying to get them, you will want to keep them by avoiding these foods at the Thanksgiving table. 

Refrain from refined grains.  There are actually great gains for gaining muscle and good carbs but it’s the refined grains that could cause fat to find its way your gut. So what are refined grains? Well, they are likely to be in your white-buttered rolls or white, fluffy rices and pastas. If they make their to your plate, just keep passing.

Beer and soda.   Soda and beers contain not only those tiny bubbles that will bloat you out in your favorite pants but will keep you feeling bloated the whole meal. There is also a shit ton of sugar in sodas so why waste those calories on a drink? If you want some alcohol with your meal, stick to a white wine that is dry. 

Mashed potatoes.   This is a tough one to pass on. Potatoes and especially white ones have a higher glycemic index than sugar! Why? Well, blame is on the amount of starch that white potatoes contain which is no good for maintaining those abs. If you must have some, a little dollop for taste will do. Otherwise, reach for the green beens instead. 

Processed sugars.   By now, we have all heard the word “processed” in our foods. Well, pre-packaged foods that sit on shelves and never age can age your body pretty fast. Many of these processed foods HAVE to contain sugar and sodium so they can stick to its shelf life. If it comes in a package and doesn’t spoil for several months or until the end of time, just avoid it. It’s better to go for fresh-baked cookies and keep em’ to a minimum. 

Don’t drop your workout routine.   It’s easy to skip out on workout routines when they are abruptly interrupted by family obligations or family drama. This is can especially challenging if you are traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even if you are not “killing it” during these workouts, it’s easier to return to your normal routine when you are not completely MIA at a gym. Here’s a blog on how to get those six-pack abs in case you don’t have them but want them.

As always, never start a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your physician first. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and kick-ass abs.

5 Unexpected Foods You Should Throw on the Grill This Labor Day Weekend

5 Unexpected Foods You Should Throw on the Grill This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer grilling season and to celebrate and usher in the Fall season, here is a list of unexpected foods you can throw on the grill next to your meats. 

Watermelon.   Yes, watermelon. Set grill to 325 degrees Farenheit. Slice watermelon into triangular shapes or around 2 inches thick. Brush with honey and sprinkle with 5280 Culinary Fire Salt for a little heat or a chili powder. Grill each side of watermelon for approximately two minutes on each side.

Romaine Lettuce.    Slightly charred, dark green leafy veggies is the perfect side to accompany those grilled meats. You will want to halve the romaine (hearts and all) down the center. Brush with olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste. Place on grill for about three minutes and turn over on the other side. Remove from grill and spread cranberries, pecans and bleu cheese crumbles. Serve with a light vinagrette dressing. 

Pineapple.    Pre-heat your grill to medium heat. Slice a fresh pineapple into wedges and in a seperate bowl combine one cup of brown sugar, and two teaspoons of ground cinnamon and mix well. Place mixture in a resealable bag and drop in your pineapple. Shake bag viorgously until the pineapple is coated with sugar. Drop on your grill grate and allow each side to sizzle for around 3-5 minutes. 

Strawberries.    You will want to skewer your strawberries first. If you are using bamboo skewers be sure and soak them first for about 20 minutes. Set grill to medium heat and set skewered strawberries (make sure you thread them stem to tip) to the side. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 tablespoon honey. Brush strawberries with butter and honey mixture and place on grill for approximatley 2-4 minutes on each side. 

Pears.    Set grill to medium heat. Half your pears and remove the cores. You can peel your pears but it’s best to keep on the skin to keep the juices and flavors intact. Brush with a light oil and place on grill for around 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. 

Need some more grilling inspiration? Here are some other grilling recipes:

All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe

Top 5 Fourth of July Grill Out Recipes 

Top 5 Fourth of July Grill Out Recipes 

This Fourth of July be the king of the backyard BBQ with these these five recipes for meats and veggies and everything you can throw on the grill. 

This steak marinade and rub leads to mouthwatering meats seasoned with shallots, fresh lemon juice and even hot sauce!

Who wants their baby back, baby back, baby back ribs? Everything you need to know about making the most succulent ribs.

Chomp on this recipe for a Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. This smoked meat recipe is perfect for hang time in the yard and while it takes most of the day to cook, it’s so worth it!

Parmesan Roasted Corn on the Cob. This simple side is a winner with any grilled meat with the twist of parmesan cheese—yum!~

Can’t decide on which veggies to grill? This grilled veggies recipe ensures you will not have to pick or choose just one. Toss in that onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, squash or zucchini with a little seasoning, oil, and garlic! Ahh, garlic!

Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday and GRILL ON!

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

This Memorial Day Weekend take your grilling game to the next level with this manly recipe for a steak rub and marinade. 

Have no fear, this marinade and rub is easy and works on all cuts of steak. 

Grilled Steak Marinade:

Ingredients—

3 minced shallots

1 tablespoon soy sauce 

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil 

2 teaspoons of freshly-chopped basil 

1 tablespoon of hot sauce 

Mix all ingredients together until well blended and pour over meat. Seal in container and place in fridge. For the best flavor allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. 

Dry Steak Rub:

Ingredients—

1-2 tablespoons of black peppercorn 

1 teaspoon of cloves 

2 tablespoons sesame seeds 

1 teaspoon of cinnamon 

Mix ingredients together until completely blended. Rub on the outside of your steak making sure to cover all sides of meat. 

Follow your grill’s instructions until thoroughly cooked and pair with grilled vegetables of your choice. Bragging is optional! 

If you Drink Bottled Water You Are Also Drinking Microplastics

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I just found out this week that all those bottles of water that I’ve been buying by the case and grabbing before hitting the gym are filled with some bad shit.

A study released this week showed that microplastics are present in 93 percent of the most popular brands of bottled water. Basically, it’s the unknown of what consuming microplastics will do to your body or what amount is harmful. NOAA points to health and beauty products as the culprit.

Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry and you wouldn’t want to find out that these little bastards measuring 0.2 inches long would interfere with your sexual stamina and overall health. 

Now would be a good time to switch to a good sports bottle for guys. Here’s a few of the best ones on the market that won’t make you look like you are performing fallecio or have a pattern of daisies.

Hydro Flask Water Bottles—These bottles are aluminum-based so your water will stay cool and they come in a variety of manly/earthly colors and have a wide mouth so you can swig your water not gently sip it.

MiiR Wide Mouth Bottles—Points for color, a wide mouth and its vacuum insulation means you will not be drinking warm water. In fact, MiiR boasts that liquids stay hot or cool for 24 hours or more. The overall design is sleek and doesn’t leak.

Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle—We’ve talked about the benefits of eating fruit for better sexual performance. With this water bottle, you can continue to eat your fruit with your water thanks to a handy diffuser in the center.

 Best Damn Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey

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I love the hell out of my turkey fryer and Thanksgiving is a great excuse to fry up a bird. It also gives me a good excuse to hang outside with a beer as early at 10am. Over the years, I’ve tried out a few rubs. Some too spicy and some too bland but this turkey rub is the most flavorful one, hands down. 

Just a couple of quick tips before I deliver this recipe. Unless you want the fire department at your house or a night in an emergency room, do NOT fry a turkey that is not COMPLETELY thawed. The grease temperature gets scorching hot and it will burst into flames. Also, don’t forget to pat-dry your turkey and invest in a good thermometer for the best cooking. 

In fact, watch this handy turkey frying safety video from firefighters. Hey, they would know. 

Ok, now you are ready for the recipe

Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey 

Ingredients:

2 cups Italian dressing—I use the pre-mixed, but you can make your own with this homemade Italian dressing recipe 

1/2 cup cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1/2 cup black pepper

1 cup Cajun seasoning. I like to use Tony Chachere’s but buy whatever you want h2 tablespoons garlic powder

Directions:

Grab a medium mixing bowl toss in your dry ingredients first including your cajun Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, whisk in your Italian dressing and melted butter and add to dry mix—making sure to completely saturate all ingredients. 

Rub mixture all over turkey making sure to completely coat it. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover ingredients such as Italian dressing, give the inside of the turkey a rub as well.  As with all rubs…allow to marinate at least 24 hours before cooking. 

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t burn the house down. 

Scent of a Woman: Guys Smell Like What They Eat According to Study

Scent of a Woman: Guys Smell Like What They Eat According to Study

Put down that cheeseburger and turn off the Xbox. A new study found that what a guy eats may actually change his smell and make him more attractive to the opposite sex.

Turns out, a healthy diet is not just good for your sex drive but is a turn-on for women. The study, conducted by the Department of Psychology Macquarie University in Australia used something called, The skin spectrophotometry measure (CIELab b*) to test what you smelled like based on what you eat.

Basically, you are what you eat and whatever you are eating is seeping out of your pores whether you’re sweating it out in the office, gym or bedroom. Turns out, when guys eat a shit ton of fruits and veggies it leads to pleasant-smelling sweat when compared to guys that chow down on doughy and carb-loaded foods such as lots of bread and pasta.

The male study participants were asked to fork over information about their diets and some sweat—freshly wicked. The guys with the healthier diets had sweat that was described as more floral, seat and even….fruity smelling. Again, this is feedback from women. Guys that also ate meat, egg and other protein sources were part of the better-fragrant group as well. The more carbs you take in, the more guys will stink to women. The study did fail to elaborate on what women thought the carb-eater sweat actually smelled like but you could always ask—or not.

And before you decide to opt out of garlic, it’s your breath that gets it the worst, not your sweat. Wanna smell your best?

Here is a list of recommended foods to add to your daily diet to make your sweat smell sweet:

-Dark, green leafy veggies such as spinach or romaine lettuce (kale if you can stand it), beets and eggplants

-Fruits high in antioxidants such as blueberries, pomegranates, strawberries, oranges, cherries

-Lean proteins such as fish and chicken

And avoid asparagus if you want to keep your urine from smelling. Well, only if you’re not into that kind of thing.

7 Foods to Kick Your Metabolism into Shape

7 Foods to Kick your Metabolism into Shape

Summer bod looking a little lumpier than usual? Do you wish you could have rock hard abs? If you want a six-pack you will want to step away from drinking that six-pack. In fact, 75% of your weight loss goals are going to depend on what you eat.

Here is a list of 7 foods that will kick your metabolism’s ass and give you the body of her dreams.

Meats and Lean Proteins

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Before you pump iron, you need iron in your system. Lean meats such as chicken and fish combat any deficiencies and allow you to burn more calories. Dietary experts recommend at least three servings of iron-rich foods.

Water

glass-of-water-with-ice-1463236065BpNNot really a food but you are likely dehydrated right now as you are reading this fitness fact. Not only does a lack of water make you feel like lifting a paperclip is an effort, but it can also slow down your metabolism. Give your body a boost and drink a tall glass of cold water. Cold water is best because it jolts your body into warming up—hence burning more calories.

Eggs

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Not just any eggs, but egg whites are especially beneficial in giving your body the amino acids it needs to bust out the extra pounds your body is hanging onto. Egg white omelet, anyone?

Coffee

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Skip the decaf and go for the real stuff. Several studies have pointed to an increased metabolism in caffeinated coffee drinkers up to 16 percent when compared to those that drank decaf. Perhaps, decaf coffee is really covfefe.

Chili peppers

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You may remember one of our prior blogs on boosting your libido. Turns out, chili peppers also boosting your metabolism. A dash of chopped chili peppers adds vitamin c and capsaicin to your diet.

Milk

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Got milk? All kidding aside, downing a glass of milk or a beverage rich in calcium breaks down the fats in your body.

Whole Grains

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A diet rich in whole grains makes your body work harder to break it down. If you are not a fan of oatmeal you can also eat brown rice or whole grain bread. Skip the starchy carbs.

***ALWAYS consult with your physician before starting a new diet or workout plan.***

Scientists Working on Probiotic Beer

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The term “beer gut” is about to take on a new meaning. Well, in a good way if Japanese scientists can make it happen. Currently, a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are developing a brew that will contain probiotics.

You may have heard of probiotics in those annoying commercials with women spooning down yogurt because they are either constipated, have diarrhea or both. Turns out, probiotics do have plenty of benefits for your stomach.

If successful this new beer will contain Lactobacillus paracasei L26 or basically a strain of bacteria first found in the intestines of humans and is known to boost the immune system and break down viruses and toxins.

Remember that yogurt mentioned earlier? The idea for a probiotic was born from a probiotic dairy product that student and researcher Chan Mei Zhi Alcine drank every day. While putting probiotics into beer is a genius idea it comes with challenges. For starters, cultures and bacteria naturally occur and grow in dairy. Beer, on the other hand, contains acids from hops that pretty much prevent an environment where probiotics can thrive and grow.

In fact, it took Ms. Chan around the same time as a full-term pregnancy to birth the right balance for this recipe. The beer will take around a month to make and is expected to have a sour and tart taste with just a 3.5 percent alcohol level.

Currently, there is a patent pending on this beer and if you’re goaded you can finally claim that this beer is actually good for you. No word yet on when vitamin beer will be in the works.

Memorial Day Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off to grill-out season. We have got just the recipe for a rack of ribs that is guaranteed to make you master of the grill.

Ingredients:

2 racks baby back ribs

4 tablespoons rub seasoning of your choice ( I like Plowboys BBQ Bovine Gold)

1/4 cup  yellow mustard

2 cups apple juice

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Apple  BBQ Sauce:

For the sauce, here is a link to Apple City BBQ Sauce that I’ve personally tried and is pretty kick-ass. Of course, this is depending on how much work you want to put into the sauce or you can purchase two bottles of Stubbs BBQ Sauce.

Directions:

You will want to immediately removed the fatty membrane on the back of your ribs. I have forgotten to remove it once and while it won’t ruin your ribs, it makes it harder to reach the meat.

It’s important to prep both sides of your ribs. Never has the word “slather” been more appropriate for applying your yellow mustard and your rub/seasoning. Next, get your smoker prepped and ready to run. Apple wood is a popular choice for flavor but you are welcome to choose mesquite or any other flavor. Set to indirect smoking and make sure your target temp hovers between 175 and 210. Like a good pot roast, smoking is all about low and slow.

Clear off a large space on your countertops or use a table and place a large sheet of aluminum foil on the surface. Place the prepped ribs bone-side up. Tear off a large piece of aluminum foil and place it on a large working surface. Sprinkle your brown sugar on your ribs and cut the butter into one-inch pats and pour your apple juice evenly over the ribs.

Crumple the aluminum foil so that none of the juices will leak out. Kick up the temperature on your grill/smoker to 225 degrees. Allow to braise at 225 degrees for 2 hours.

Carefully remove your ribs from the grills and place on countertop. Strain out the juices and brush the BBQ sauce making sure to cover all the meat on both sides. Return to your grill and allow to cook another hour or until your meat reaches your desired tenderness.