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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Brussel Sprout Recipe: Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts are a vegetable that has a lot of fulfilling power when understood and cooked right. Also known as the "mini cabbage", They create a market in America of approximately $27 million. In season during winter, and sweeter after a frost this vegetable presents a superior flavor to a soup on a cold day. Add some rice and you might have a formula for a nap.

Brussel Sprouts are a great source for Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Being into fitness I like to know what foods hold what type of nutrition. Also, how to prepare and cook them as well. Knowing how to cook your food properly helps you to achieve the most out of what your eating. Before I get into the recipe or the "Meat and Potatoes" as we say, I will go over these vitamins and their benefits real quick.

Vitamin B = vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism.
Vitamin C= vitamin C is essential to a healthy diet as well as being a highly effective antioxidant. 
Vitamin K = fat-soluble vitamins the human body needs for complete synthesis of certain proteins 
that are required for blood coagulation, and also certain proteins that the body uses to manipulate binding of calcium in bone and other tissues.

Now that we know how much power these "mini cabbages" hold, let's get on with our Brussel Sprout recipe or should I say brussel sprout recipes.  The two recipes will be Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts.

I found the first Recipe online and belongs to Dani Spies of Clean & Delicious.  The website features some of the most interesting dishes including:  gluten free dishes like her Moms Stuffed Peppers and her 7 Minuet Stove Top Apple Crisp.  Also there are some high-protein recipes like her One Pan Roasted Shrimp & Green Beans and her Clean Eating Turkey & Green Bean Tacos.  So for today brussel sprout recipe I want to thank Dani Spies.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

You will need the following ingredients to make Dani's Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

1 lb. Brussel Sprouts
1 Tsp. of Olive Oil
1 Glass Bowl
1/2 of Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp. Fresh Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Rimmed Baking sheet

For the cooking instructions watch the following video where she prepares them herself.  Enjoy!


The next brussel sprout recipe is going to be

    Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts:
You will need the following Ingredients to make your gourmet "Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts"

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
4 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
1/2 lemon, juice
    Cooking Instructions:
First you want to steam your Brussels Sprouts for about 10 to 15 minutes over boiling water until they are tender. Then heat your oil and garlic over medium-high heat until fragrant (being careful not to burn them). Next you want to add your Brussels Sprouts, lemon juice, pepper flakes and then your salt, stirring until they begin to brown. This will take about 5 minutes. Last add your balsamic vinegar and brown sugar then stir for a minute and remove from heat. When finished you can serve immediately.

This dish is a must during the winter months and gives the house a warm feel with its fragrant. Remember not to over-cook so you can enjoy the health benefits as well. Enjoy!

I want to thank Wikipedia for providing their Nutritional Information as well as Dani Spies of Clean & Delicious for her amazing Roasted Brussel Sprouts and thefreshmarket.com for their extremely delicous Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts. It was great. Also if you are interested in more ways to build a happy and healthier lifestyle then continue to visit. Thanks again!

Workout: 5 Full on Solarplex Workouts

Time to workout the stomach.  Your abdominal structure/s are the most respected out of any other major area on your body.  Getting the most out of your solarplex requires more than just one workout.  Below I have listed 5 extreme exercises that workout your whole stomach and I mean the entire abdominal structure/s.

The first exercise I want to talk about is a muay thai workout that exercises the abs and strengthens the whole upper and lower back.  Holding a weight on top of your head lay on the floor in sit-up position.  Flex your abs pulling yourself off the floor.  You should feel your whole abdominal structure tighten as well as your lower back.  Hold this position for a second then release back down to starting position.  Do 5 to 7 sets of this exercise with 10 to 15 sit-up repetitions in each set.

The second abdominal workout exercises the whole stomach structure.  Lay on the floor with a weight on your chest.  Flex your abdominals pulling your torso up off the floor.  As you pull your body up push the weight off your chest extending your arms.  Hold this position for a second then release back down to starting position setting the weight back down on your chest structure.  Do 5 to 7 sets of this exercise with 10 to 15 sit-up repetitions in each set.

The third abdominal workout exercises the stomach structure as well as your lower back, upper back, shoulders (lats) and arms including your biceps and triceps.  To begin this exercise sit on the floor in an incline style position.  Keeping your back straight toss a weight up in the air and catch it.  Do 5 to 7 sets of this exercise with 10 to 15 toss up repetitions in each set.  You should feel your whole torso and stomach structure getting a serious workout.

The forth abdominal workout exercises not only your stomach structure but also the shoulder, chest, back as well as your abs.  To begin this workout stand with your feet shoulder width apart.  With one hand behind your back grab a weight with the other hand.  Now pull up the weight across your chest and immediately release back down to starting position.  Do this 5 times then curl the weight straight up 5 times.  Do 5 to 7 sets of this exercise with 10 to 15 pull-up repetitions in each set.


The fifth abdominal workout exercises not only the frontal abs but also the side of the stomach structure as well.  To begin this exercise sit in a chair with a weight behind your head.  Now lean over to the right and then to the left.  Do 5 to 7 sets of this exercise with 10 to 15 sit-up repetitions in each set.  This workout exercises the abs as well as the rest of the stomach structure.


The last exercise I want to discuss is not only an extreme abdominal workout but also an intense full body exercise as well.  To begin this exercise start in push-up position with a weight on the floor in front of you.  Do 5 push-ups then grab the weight with your right hand and pull it up 5 times.  Now set it back down on the floor in front of you and do 5 more push-ups.  Now grab the weight with your left hand and pull it up 5 times.  Then set the weight back down on the floor in front of you and do another 5 push-ups.  Do 5 to 7 sets of this exercise with 5 to 7 repetitions in each set.


Each of these exercises are intense and promise real results in only a short time as long as you are consistent with your workout routine.  Make sure your diet follows that of your fitness goals and don't over lift.  Giving your muscles the right amount of time to heal in between sets is how you properly exercise.  Also be sure to stretch before each workout to avoid injury and properly warm down after exercising as well.

Before I end this article I want to talk about a serious cardiovascular exercise that increases stamina and endurance.  Being a fan of boxing exercises I decided to try some of their workouts.  Turns out I got hooked to the first one I tried.  I workout on a punching bag after every exercise routine and the difference I've noticed is amazing.  My abdominal structure has tightened up and my whole upper body has strengthened.  If you are anything like me and don't have time to go to the gym then do like I do and workout on your own at home.  For a cheap way to start your boxing exercises visit:  http://myweave.blogspot.com

What's New in Men's Health?

April and Septembers issues both included an article promoting Foam Rolling.  I wasn't familiar with this exercise so I researched it and figured I'd write a post about it.  It seems when it comes to Self-Myofascial Release (or self massage) foam rolling is the new it.

So what is it?  
A Foam Roller is a foam cylinder of different sizes and densities.  Sizes vary anywhere from 12 to 36 inches and are meant for different muscles you are targeting.  They are inexpensive and provide an effective solution to stretching.


According to Wikipedia this foam rolling is good for a number of muscles including: gastrocnemiuslatissimus dorsipiriformisadductorsquadricepshamstringship flexors, thoracic spine (trapezius andrhomboids), and TFL.



Muscle Structure: 4 Day Swell (Day 3)

Hello Everyone!

Day 3, Crunches....

           Crunches

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Hey you guys!  This video is just to help demonstrate crunches and how give you a basic idea of a plan B to sit-ups.  

Please Comment on these videos...They're for you.  I enjoy reading your thoughts and opinions plus there have been over 5000 visitors to my site already in fact just yesterday I had over 1100 visitors and that was in just one day.   So others will be reading your thoughts as well.  

Thanks again and I hope you really enjoy.

Description of Video:



Laying on your back with your legs in the air and your feet crossed, put your hands behind your head and pull your torso up using your stomach muscles.  Breathe out on the way up and breathe in on the way down (fig.1/2/3).

Now back in starting position flex your stomach muscles again pulling your torso up off the floor and turning your body to the left. Then bring your torso back down to starting position breathing out on your way down (fig.4/5/6).

Now back in starting position again, pull your torso up off the floor turning your body to the right, breathing out on the way up then returning back to starting position breathing out as bring your torso back down to the floor (fig.7/8/9)

Repeat these rotations 10-15 times in 5 to 6 sets.  It is a challenge but it will pay off in the near future.  After you have done this routine for a few weeks and you want to build your legs up as well then purchase some   5 lb. ankle weights. Wrap them around both your ankles with your with your feet lifted (your feet can be crossed or together) and repeat the above instructions.

That's how you build a monster.  Enjoy gorillas!  LOL!

Muscle Structure:  4 Day Swell (Day 3)

Tigers, Things & Wings

Weight lifters, body builders, gym fanatics and everyone else in the free world. Who loves chicken? I do. I also love the protein out of chicken. I'll eat chicken till I grow wings and can't fly. Since I write a fitness blog, today I want to speak about chicken. I'm hungry.

So I just want to speak about what it is and how much I want to eat it. I want to eat it with rice and some spicy sauce however I can't remember the ingredients so I'm just typing until I can. It's now 10:42 p.m. and I'm up the river if you know what I mean, with no chicken and protein.  I looked up what a protein is but I have no idea how to explain it to you. As well as an amino acid.???

I like chicken breasts, chicken legs and the rest of the chicken. But seriously since I'm unable to be scientific right now, I will go ahead give you a really good gourmet chicken recipe. Enjoy.
By the way, the modern chicken is a descendant to the Red Junglefowl Hybrid(???). I saw a picture of one on a tiger reservation. Who would take a picture of chicken on a tiger reservation? Not me.

The dish I would like to share with you comes from a great far away place called Hong Kong. This dish is called "Swiss Wing" however the legend of the ancient name is that it was said to have been called "Sweet Wing" but the person listening misunderstood the pronunciation and called it "Swiss Wing". The name stuck ever since.

Apparently, according to Wikipedia it's also a common practice in Hong Kong restaurants to name a new dish after a place, which may or may not have any connection with the dish itself at all. That's fun!

    Ingredients:

2 tablespoons corn oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 pounds chicken wings, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated

    Directions:

First you want to heat oven to a temperature of 375 degrees F. Next
you want to combine your soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and ginger and then you are going to set it aside.

Now place the chicken wings in a roasting pan and drizzle with corn oil and then sprinkle it with salt and pepper then toss.

Now roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until wings are beginning to brown. Remove from oven and baste wings with the drippings and then drain the excess fat.

Now put the soy-ginger mixture over the wings and toss them. Finally you return them to the oven for another 25 to 30 minutes and then you ready and can serve them immediately.

It might help to watch a video as well so I found one, however it's in Chinese so have fun:



I'd like to thank wikipedia for their knowledge of chickens and I'd also like tomorrow to come so I can complete this dish. LoL! If you are interested in more healthy and fun ways to live a happy and fitness filled life visit me over at my blog and before going to the homepage and looking around check out these ab exercises since we're talking about filling our stomachs up. http://myweave.blogspot.com/2012/10/workout-5-full-on-solarplex-workouts.html Thanks again. Enjoy!

Muscle Structure: 4 Day Swell (Day 1) The Run


Video 2  :: The Run

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Muscle Structure: 4 Day Swell (Day 3) - Curls

Hello Everyone!

Here is video 3. Curls.  Enjoy!

Video 3 ::  Curls

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Hey you guys!  This video is to help you with some direction with Curls. 

Please Comment on these videos...They're for you.  I enjoy reading your thoughts and opinions plus there have been over 5000 visitors to my site already in fact just yesterday I had over 1100 visitors and that was in just one day.   So others will be reading your thoughts as well.  

Thanks again and I hope you really enjoy.