Monday, July 25, 2011

Broccoli Cheddar Scramble for Breakfast

Well I decided since I've been bugged one too many times I would start blogging again. I wouldn't expect very frequent posting, but I'll do my best to post some happenings on a somewhat irregular basis.

The past week I went on what was likely the most painful diet I've ever tried. I'll post more on it later as I want to see a bit longer term effects before I give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

That said it was nice to wake up this morning and get back to my roots with a favorite of mine. Anyone that knows me, knows I despise broccoli. My Dad always used to make broccoli with this awesome cheddar cheese sauce and I found broccoli in that state to be tolerable. Anyway here is my breakfast this morning. It was a treat.

What you are looking at is a broccoli cheddar scromelet. It's an attempt at an omelet gone bad, so you just end up with a scramble at the end. I believe I acquired this term from Eric Cressey a while back. Anyway it's extremely simple to make.

1 cup of steamed broccoli (I steam mine for about 10 minutes, if you like mushy broccoli go ahead and steam it some more)
4-5 Whole Omega-3 Eggs (I like Oakdell farms here locally in Utah, but any omega 3 egg will do, if you are trying to shave calories some egg whites in place of a couple of the whole eggs might serve you well)
1 tsp coconut oil (you could use another cooking oil, or cultured butter, I use coconut oil because it withstands higher temp cooking better).
1 oz. of cultured cheddar cheese shredded (I like sharp cheddar from organic valley)
Salt to taste.

Put the coconut oil in the pan and after it melts swirl it around the bottom of the pan, put in the broccoli and saute it just a bit. You should hear the broccoli sizzle a little when it hits the pan, else your pan is too cold. Add the eggs and scramble them all around with the broccoli. Once the eggs are almost done, add in the cheese and let it melt. Once the cheese is good and melty throw it on a plate.

I had this meal today with a piece of fruit and a cup of Kukicha green tea from adagio teas. 2 tsp's of liquid fish oil and I was off to a great morning.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Eat Less. Move More.

Eat less. Move More. It is that simple, but as you can see for some, it's just not easy.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fish Oil Burps

Most people are aware now that supplementing with omega-3 fats can provide a whole host of benefits. Even with this knowledge a lot of people complain that when they take fish oil they get the "fish burps." Some go as far as not taking fish oil just because of this. The benefits of fish oil are just too strong to ignore and sometimes you've just got to suck it up, but fortunately for those wanting an alternative here are a few things to try to combat and hopefully prevent fish burps.

Barney just can't stand that fishy repeat

1. Refrigerate your fish oil - This tends to work for most people. I'm not sure the science behind it, but I'd imagine the colder you keep it the less likely it is to go rancid on you. Liquid fish oil should always be refrigerated and I've noticed certain high end brands of fish oil are now recommended that it be refrigerated as well.

2. Use liquid fish oil instead of capsules - Most people are repulsed by the thought of taking a spoonful of fish oil, but to be honest the taste is not bad at all. The Lemon Flavored Carlson's Fish Oil has a subtle flavor that is actually quite enjoyable. You can even use it to compliment the flavor of a shake. The downsides to this is that it has to be refrigerated so it's not "portable" like fish oil capsules. That said it's still an excellent choice and I've never gotten a fishy repeat after taking it.

When life gives you lemon flavored fish oil...

3. Take your fish oil capsules with a meal - This works less often than the other two, but some find it super effective (myself included). As long as I take my fish oil with food (which you should be doing anyway) I don't get any of those nasty burps. I'm not talking about a snack here either, I'm talking about a legit amount of food.

4. Try a different brand of fish oil - Cheaper brands of fish oil tend to be more burpy than others, so just make sure you are buying a quality brand, because lets face it you get what you pay for.

5. Take enteric coated capsules - enteric coating on capsules tends to be easier on the stomach and many people who switch to these kinds of capsules for fish oil never switch back. Costco (Kirkland brand) sells this type in a blue bottle.

Now what's your excuse for not taking your fish oil today?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mark Martin Set to Dominate Daytona 500

Though I'm sure many of my readers don't know who Mark Martin is, he has always been someone who has inspired me. Some would argue that Nascar is not a sport, but not knowing the physical and mental demands of the sport I can understand that argument. That said Martin is a 50 year old I've watched race ever since I was a kid and though he's always a force to be reckoned with, he's never won the coveted Daytona 500 nor captured a Nascar championship.

So Close...

So what does this have to do with fitness and health. Well Mark is arguably the fittest guy out there. He trains harder than any other driver and now he can couple that with some of the best equipment which gives him the ingredients to a recipe for victory.

Today Martin will race in his 25th Daytona 500, and he's starting just outside of the pole. I don't think anyone will take him lightly in this race as he is sure to contend. There is nobody that deserves this win more than he does. Nobody is going to hand it to him though, he'll have to go out there and take what is his.