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10 of the World’s Strangest Healthy Foods You Probably Haven’t Tried

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Beef Brains

You don’t have to be a zombie to appreciate the nutritional value of brains. Stick to the bovine variety of grey matter and you’ll take in healthy nutrients like iron and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an Omega-3 fatty acid.
Four ounces of beef brain provide about one-fifth of the daily-recommended amount of protein for an average 150-pound person
DHA can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Blowfish Sperm 



Fox News sent Dr. Manny Alvarez and Chris Kilham, also known as the Medicine Hunter, on a quest to find bizarre but healthy foods. Blowfish sperm was among their discoveries. According to the chefs at a Japanese restaurant, blowfish sperm contains zinc and DHA, which is considered a brain booster. 

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Marmite



Beer lovers may be excited to learn that a byproduct of the brewing process offers some surprising health benefits. Yeast extract is mixed with sodium chloride to create Marmite.
Although the quality of the taste is debatable, there’s no doubt that it offers health benefits. Marmite contains high levels of the B3 vitamin, which produces a white blood cell that boosts the immune system. 

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Raw Catfish Nuggets 



Many Americans prefer their catfish battered and fried. Instead of frying up a whole filet, go for the catfish nuggets instead. Catfish nuggets are cut from the filet and often found in the seafood section. They’re high in protein, low in calories, and provide healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. 

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Millet



If you’ve ever told someone that they eat like a bird, you’re paying them a compliment. Millet is a type of grain that is used as a main ingredient in packaged bird food. 

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Dandelion Greens



The next time you’re pulling weeds out of your garden, throw the dandelions in the good pile with your harvested vegetables.Dandelion greens are surprisingly healthy thanks to the high levels of folate, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Dandelion greens also contain vitamins like A, C, E, K, and B6. 

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Enoki Mushrooms



Enoki mushrooms may look like a weird plant found in a video game but they’re very real and very healthy. Some studies have linked them to a reduced risk for cancer. They are high in antioxidants and contain little to no cholesterol. Enoki mushrooms have also been used for development of cancer immunotherapy and vaccines. 

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Romanesco



Romanesco is a close relative of cauliflower but resembles some kind of fractal pattern that you might see under a microscope. In spite of its unusual appearance, romanesco provides numerous health benefits. This bizarre vegetable is rich in vitamins C and K and carotenoids. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber.  

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Blood Pudding



Blood pudding, a type of blood sausage, is a common dish served in England and Ireland and the name is an accurate description of its contents. Also known as black pudding, blood pudding is made from oatmeal and pork blood. It is high in iron, which can reduce anemia and help treat chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and arthritis. 

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Hemp Milk

The hemp plant has numerous uses, one of which is hemp milk made from the seeds of the hemp plant. The seeds are ground and soaked in water. The beverage contains high levels of essential fatty acids as well as nutrients such as potassium, calcium, fiber, iron, and magnesium. Its high protein content makes it a popular choice for vegans.

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How can you spot a Crossfitter? Just look at their hands – Tips on treating Calluses on your hands

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CrossFitters often revel in the fact that our workouts have bloodied our hands. “We’re such badasses! We’re SO hardcore!” But let’s call a spade a spade:  IT IS NOT “COOL” TO HAVE CHUNKS OF OUR SKIN RIPPED FROM OUR HANDS.

Flayed skin is not a badge of bad-assery. It does not mean that you are tougher or better at working out. And it most definitely does not mean that CrossFit, lifting and/or gymnastics should be avoided because of the possibility that the skin on your hands might get torn.

All it means is that:

  • You’re a soft-handed newbie who hasn’t yet had the chance to build up thicker skin on your fingers and palms to protect them from tearing, or 
  1. You’re not giving your hands the T.L.C. they need to keep from getting shredded. 

Torn skin is painful and annoying, and may put you out of commission for a spell. And THAT is unequivocally un-hardcore.

My first encounter with shredded hands occurred shortly after starting CrossFit, back when the roughest activity my hands saw was an occasional difficult-to-open jar of spaghetti sauce. And my latest (and greatest) rip was during yesterday’s Mary WOD, after neglecting proper hand care for weeks. Over the past year, I’ve experienced minor tears and major ones. In this post, I’m going to discuss what I could (and should) have done to prevent bloody hand, and what treatment options are available to those of us unfortunate enough to gash open our hands doing high-rep pull-ups, kettlebell snatches and the like.

Hand Grooming 

Those who are new to gymnastics, weightlifting or CrossFit in general often start with soft, callus-free hands. Ideally, to reduce the likelihood of hand tears, beginners should try to gradually build up calluses (through — what else? — handling bars) to the point where the skin on their palms and fingers are tough and thick — but smooth. Once some skin-thickening is achieved, the goal is to keep any calluses filed down. The goal is have a consistent, smooth palm surface, without noticeable ridges or fluctuating thicknesses of skin. A raised, rough callus will eventually blister and tear away from the surrounding skin, ripping open your hands and making a bloody mess. A general rule of thumb: If you can pinch a raised edge of the callus, it needs to be filed down. Constant vigilance and regular hand care is key to preventing tears.

You can use a number of different tools to keep your calluses in check, including:

  • A nail file; 
  • A callus/corn shaver;
  • Cuticle scissors; 
  • A pumice stone; 
  • A dull razor blade; 
  • Sandpaper; 
  • A butter knife; or A Dremel tool(!)

Grip & Technique  

A lot of CrossFitters rip open their hands doing high-rep bar movements: kipping pull-ups, clean-and-jerks, snatches. But there are ways to tweak your technique to reduce the chances of a nasty tear.

First, use the right grip.

When working with a barbell, some folks are inclined to grip the bar across the middle of their palms. This, unfortunately, squishes the fleshy pad below the base of your fingers against the bar, causing discomfort, added friction, blisters, and worse. A better way to go is to grip the barbell across the base of your fingers — where the metacarpals meet the proximal phalanges.

Treatment

I’m using Neosporin, but there are, of course, lots of other remedies that people swear by, including:

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Train, Eat, Rest, Repeat – Pre-Workout Meal

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Do you feel that you must eat carbs in your pre-workout meal?!

The optimal pre-workout meal should be to fuel your brain for best gym performance, not feeding your muscles “for performance”. Carbs are therefore secondary to protein, for optimal nitrogen balance whilst training, and fats, and if carbs calm you down, as they do many people, do you really think they should be in your pre-workout meal?!

Check out this video from Ultimate Performance on their thoughts about Pre-Workout Meals

Happy National Ice Cream Day!!! Fried Banana with Ice Cream

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Fried Banana with Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 oz Butter

1 Bananas, Peeled and cut into quarters, lengthways

1 Tablespoon Rum – Dark

1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

2 scoops per person Ice Cream – Vanilla

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Instructions

Melt the Butter in a Skillet.

Cut the Banana in Half and cut each half lengthways.

With the butter just bubbling fry the banana for about 20 seconds and turn over for a further 20 seconds.

with the Bananas still in the Skillet, sprinkle each Banana with Cinnamon and Turn each piece over again and again sprinkle with Cinnamon. It doesnt matter if the Cinnamon mixes with the butter.

Place two pieces of the Banana onto each Ice Cream Portion.

Remove the killet from the heat and add the Dark Rum to the Butter/Cinnamon sauce.

Pour sauce over each portion of Ice Cream aand Banana. Enjoy

You can substitute Brandy for the Rum or Omit the Spirit altogether.

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Fun Summer Recipes – Pork Kebabs with Orange and Thyme

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Pork Kebabs with Orange and Thyme

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 tablespoon freshly grated zest, and orange wedges for garnish

5 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

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DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Whisk together orange juice and zest, garlic, thyme, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, pour in oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until emulsified. Add pork; toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let pork marinate 20 minutes at room temperature

STEP 2

Heat a grill or grill pan until medium-hot. Thread 5 or 6 cubes of pork onto each of 4 skewers; season with salt and pepper. Discard marinade. Grill pork, turning occasionally, until cooked through and slightly charred, about 12 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs, and serve with orange wedges.

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World Cup Food – German Schweinebraten (Bavarian Roast Pork)

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German Schweinebraten (Bavarian Roast Pork)

PREP 20 mins

COOK 3 hrs

READY IN 3 hrs
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Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings


2 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin roast


1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste


1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste


1 teaspoon sweet paprika


1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds


2 teaspoons grainy mustard


1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1 large onion, quartered


2 carrots


1/8 celeriac (celery root), chopped


1 spring onion, chopped


2 cups water, or as needed – divided


2 tablespoons butter, or to taste


2 tablespoons cornstarch

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Directions

.                Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

.                Season pork loin with salt, black pepper, paprika, and caraway seeds; spread mustard over pork.

.                Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; fry pork until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer pork to a large roasting pan. Add onion, carrots, celeriac, and spring onion to the same skillet used to fry pork; cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Spread vegetable mixture around pork in roasting pan.

.                Pour 1 cup hot water into the skillet used to cook the pork and vegetables; simmer and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom with a spatula. Pour water over pork.

.                Bake in preheated oven until pork is slightly pink in the center, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, basting often. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). If vegetables become dry, add 1 cup hot water, or as needed.

.                Transfer pork roast to a large platter and keep warm. Strain remaining liquid through a sieve into a saucepan; reserve vegetables.

.                Bring liquid to a boil and add butter and cornstarch; simmer until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Slice pork and serve with sauce and vegetables.

World Cup Food – Fugazzeta – Stuffed Argentinian-style Pizza

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Fugazzeta – Stuffed Argentinian-style Pizza

Fugazzeta is a variation of the popular Argentinian treat called fugazza, which an onion-topped pizza that is very similar to Italian-style focaccia. Fugazzeta is a double crusted version of fugazza, stuffed with cheese and topped with the same sweet onions. Fugazzeta de verdura has all of this plus a layer of sautéed spinach and vegetables.

Yield: 1 12-inch pizza.

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups bread flour

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup water

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 onion

6-8 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

1/3 cup grated aged provolone cheese (optional)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Parmesan cheese

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Preparation:

  1. Warm the milk to 100-105 degrees F, and place in a small bowl. Stir the sugar into the milk and sprinkle the yeast over. Set aside for 5-10 minutes, until mixture is bubbly. 

  2. Place the flour, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer and mix together briefly using the dough hook. Add the yeast/milk mixture and begin to knead, adding the water gradually. The mixture should come together as a soft, stretchy dough, pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Add a bit more flour if mixture is too wet, and add a bit more water if mixture seems dry, crumbly, or overly firm. Knead for 5-10 minutes, until dough is smooth, soft and elastic. 

  3. Oil a bowl with olive oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise until doubled in size. 

  4. While the dough is rising, peel and slice the onion into very thin strips. Place them in a bowl of cold salt water and soak for 30 minutes. Drain onions well and dry them with paper towels. 

  5. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide dough into two pieces. Roll each half into a smooth ball. Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a 12-inch pizza pan or cast iron skillet. Place one ball of dough in the middle of the pan and flatten gently with your fingers. Let dough relax for 10 minutes. 

  6. Continue to flatten dough into the pan, flattening it and pushing it toward the sides of the pan, letting it relax in between, until dough covers the bottom of the pan. Oil the counter and roll the other piece of dough into a 12-inch circle, letting it relax in between until it holds its shape. 

  7. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the slices of mozzarella cheese over the dough in the pan. Sprinkle the provolone over the mozzarella. Place the other round of dough over the cheese and seal the edges of the two dough circles together. 

  8. Top the pizza with the sliced onions. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the onions, and sprinkle with the dried oregano and some Parmesan cheese. 

  9. Place the fugazzeta in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and crispy. Brown the onions under the broiler for the last 3 minutes of cooking if desired. 

  10. Remove from the oven. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into slices to serve.

 

World Cup Food – Dutch Dish Pannenkoeken

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Dutch Dish Pannenkoeken

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Granny smith apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons cold butter
Powdered sugar, for serving
Whipped cream, for serving

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and apples to a pan. Saute the apples over medium-low heat until slightly soft, 3 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the batter. Mix the milk, vanilla and eggs in a bowl. Add the flour, granulated sugar and salt and whisk lightly (some lumps are ok but not too many).

Increase the heat under the apples to medium and add the brown sugar and butter. Cook until a syrup forms, about 3 minutes, then add the batter all at once to the center of the pan. Swirl the apple syrup mix through the batter, using a heatproof spatula, to form ribbons (you do not want to fully combine the apple-sugar syrup into the batter). Cook until small bubbles form around the edge.

Finish cooking the pannekoeken in the oven, 12 minutes. To serve, invert a 12-inch plate over the pan and flip the pan to turn out the pannekoeken. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with whipped cream and enjoy!