Athlete Octane- “That’s one nutrient dense tart little orange shot!”

As a Sports Nutrition Consultant at Peaks Coaching Group and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I am constantly working with athletes who are training hard on a regular basis and putting a ton of stress on their bodies.  I’m careful in what products I recommend to clients as the supplement industry is highly unregulated and makes a lot of unsupported “claims”. I make sure that athletes and clients are getting good quality in whatever supplements they do purchase, and I stand behind Athlete Octane on their quality and ingredients. I’ve recently experienced using Athlete Octane myself and truly felt the difference in my energy and recovery, even when on a good nutrition plan. I especially noticed when I stopped using it. Which is usually the “telling” moment. Athlete Octane replenishes a lot of vitamins and minerals that the athlete depletes on a daily basis, and can truly help you keep your immune system in check with a hefty 750mg dose of Vitamin C per ounce! As well it replenishes B vitamins also known as the “stress” vitamins, which are an important part of the energy creation processes in the body. It’s liquid form allows for easy absorption and it’s base of grape seed oil is genius. “That’s one nutrient dense tart little orange shot!”

It is quite rare that I publicly promote supplements unless I’ve experienced them myself to be great, or they have a lot of scientific data backing them.
I’m here to say Athlete Octane is impressive! Check  athleteoctane.com and follow @athleteoctane on twitter for updates on the product!
Until Next Time,
Train HARD
Rest HARD
Race HARD
Live HARD
NSAG

Americans eat Approximately 100 ACRES!! of PIZZA PER DAY! 350 SLICES PER SECOND!!

Everyone loves pizza!  It is estimated that Americans eat 100 ACRES of pizza a day or approximately 350 slices a second!  WOW! Now that’s a popular food!  Pizza is a $32+ BILLION per year industry!!

Pizza does have an amazing taste! But I must say I think I make better home made pizza than what I can buy anywhere! You can customize so well when you make it home made! And of course you can seriously improve the nutrition factor by reducing the fat content from all of the typical cheese and oil. You CAN make pizza a good nutrition choice!  TONE DOWN the 2lbs of cheese on the pizza and load it with veggies and lean protein such as chicken, tofu or shrimp! Sprinkle Parmesan on top instead of loading on the mozzarella! Gluten free crusts are more and more available every day and there are so many on line gluten free pizza crust recipes as well.

I personally use goat’s cheese on my pizza’s or no cheese. That may sound boring but I’ve had some pretty delicious pizzas with simply olive oil, fresh herbs and veggies! I use pesto as my base often, as a change from the typical red pizza sauce. I often used thawed shrimp, chopped tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and zucchini to finish it off.  I’ve made pizza on wraps and home made pizza crust and when I’m pressed for time I will also by pre-made pizza dough!

Experiment with home made pizza. It can be a fun dinner to make with the family and get the kids involved! Or with friends or teammates. Left overs are easy to heat up and bring to work as well.  If you simply choose the ingredients wisely and go light on the cheese, pizza can be a regular part of your nutrition plan. Use foods with a lot of flavor and you truly don’t need much cheese at all! You may surprise yourself! Just watch, soon you will be bragging to friends about how you make the “BEST PIZZA!”

Until next time….you must be one of the people eating one of those 350 slices PER SECOND! So enjoy! And share your favorite pizza ingredients here to give us all new ideas!

NSAG

A Reply for NSAG Member Jessica Spence- “I need a 10 Minute recipe!”

Last week I gave members an opportunity to ask questions right here. Jessica Spence wanted a 10minute meal she can make as she is SUPER BUSY! (It’s true!! I know her schedule! Crazy!). Jessica does eat meat/fish and enjoys spices. With this in mind, here is my first idea. I have one more coming in the next week for you Jessica.

The first one is made with ground turkey, vegetables, brown rice and tuna. I used 2 pans and one pot to get it done in 10min. I found this even better the second night when I re-warmed in a pan and let the rice almost get crunchy at the bottom of the pan.

Directions! Make as much as you want here. Bulk is great for busy people! Have it 2-3 nights in a row.

Chop 2-3 cloves of garlic and about 1/2 a large onion in one pan with olive oil. Brown.
In another pan have the ground turkey cooking. Start this right away. Spread the turkey thin in the pan to cook more quickly.
In your pot once the water boils (start with hot water from the tap or kettle) use “minute brown rice”. Cook. The rice will be ready in under 4-5min. In this time the garlic and onions are browned and the turkey is almost cooked.
At this point add baby spinach to the pan with the garlic/onions and a bit of water, cover the pan for 1-2min (be careful of oil splashing up a bit). Add snow peas, and chopped broccoli here if you like. Steam. Once steamed add 1-1.5 cans of white tuna (packed in water), drained, to the pan. Mix.
Once steamed toss everything into the largest pan and add the following; raisins, soy sauce or Bragg’s, Sesame oil, ponzu sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper.

If you do have another 5 minutes I’d just let it sit and brown all together in the pan at this point. But if you truly want to be done in 10minutes you will be stopping here! It sounds like a lot but once you do it you realize…it works and quickly! You can also add cashews if you like or other dried fruit. And of course you can sprinkle with a cheese of your choice if you want!

Let me know how this goes Jess!  This one packs nice flavor. The HOT SAUCE is key!

Enjoy,
NSAG