Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Friday, I'm In Love: Health Warrior Chia Bars

As a kid I was captivated by the Chia Head commercials, and thought it was so cool that you could grow hair on a little bald clay man.  As a Fit Beast, I'm captivated by Chia in general for the amazing health benefits.  I'm not going to give you a lesson in Chia, so click on that link if you want to learn more.  What I am going to do is tell you about one of my new favorite Chia products:  Health Warrior Chia Bars.

Like most people who pay attention to health and fitness, the folks at Health Warrior took notice of the trend.  They looked into it further and were floored by what they found.  Turns out Chia is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.  They started eating Chia every day, on everything.  Suddenly they were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.  With that, Health Warrior was born and they became dedicated to vetting the world's growers for the highest quality Chia and helping people.

Health Warrior taps ancient wisdom to fuel the doer, the achiever, the conqueror inside of you.  For centuries, the Aztecs worshiped the Chia Bar super snack's main ingredient, Chia seeds, as a source of strength.  Chia nourished their children, fortified their messengers, and powered warriors going into battle.  Small wonder given that ounce-for-ounce chia has more omega-3 than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, and packs protein, calcium, and antioxidants.  And, thankfully, they've packed all of this nutrition and energy into a conveniently sized, amazing tasting bar.

The other day, I was browsing the aisles of my local health food grocery store, and an idea came to me:  buy a bunch of "bars" and review them on the blog.  So I did.  I spent about $40 on different brands and different flavors.  Some of them tasted okay.  Some of them were so full of sugar that my teeth hurt.  And some just tasted awful.  But every single flavor Chia Bar that I tried knocked my socks off.  Hands down, my favorite flavor is the coconut.

If you'd like to take a leap of faith and try these for yourselves, click here to find a store near you.

Something else awesome about these bars and this company is that they've picked me to join their tribe as one of their Health Warriors!


What does this mean?  This means that the fire burning in me to progress in my health and fitness goals is fueled by chia!  As a Health Warrior, I want to challenge you to push yourself to go further, to do more, and to charge onward when everything else tells you to stop.  I'm so excited to be part of a tribe of other warriors with this same fire!!!!  I hope you'll seek out Chia Bar at your local store, give it a try, and fuel your own fire with a wholesome, nutritious, and convenient food.

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Fit Beast Feasts: 3-Ingredient Mashed Fauxtatoes

I know, mashed cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes is nothing new.  I'm a little behind on what's popular with the kids now.  Gosh!

No, really though, I've had them countless times and every recipe I try is always different and calls for more ingredients than I feel like using.  Seriously, downsize from a 3 bedroom townhouse with a huge kitchen and dishwasher to a 650 square foot apartment WITHOUT a dishwasher and you'll want all of your recipes to be simple and with as few ingredients and bowls to wash as possible.

Anyway, this is my new favorite side dish, though, let's be honest, I could eat the whole darn thing in one sitting.  I consider myself kind of an expert when it comes to mashed potatoes, after all, I did go to college in Idaho, potato capital of the world.  So trust me when I tell you how awesomely flavorful these are.  Oh, and they won't leave you feeling as full and heavy as buttery, creamy, mashed potatoes.  Mmmmmm.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Cut off the top of an entire glorious nugget of garlic and place it cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet.  Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and wrap up, snugly, in the foil.  Let roast for 25-30 minutes.

While your garlic is roasting, wash a full head of cauliflower and cut off all green leaves.  I cut my cauliflower into quarters and then cut them down to big hearty florets.  Put them in a heavy pot full of water and bring to a boil for 8 minutes.  Drain your florets and let dry on paper towels.

After your garlic has roasted and slightly cooled, remove every single garlic clove.  Yes, you are going to use an entire head of garlic.  Is that what they're called?  Heads?

Combine your cauliflower and garlic cloves, along with 1/3 cup of unsweetened and unflavored almond milk.  Seriously, don't buy sweetened almond milk.  Why add more sugar to your diet?  You don't need it!!!  Okay, back on track.  If you have a smaller food processor do this in batches, but put in a little pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper, and pulse until it resembles mashed potatoes.

Resist the urge to eat them all at once.  I have to.  Seriously.  Oh, and a little tip:  if you happen to have extra that you need to store in the refrigerator and later reheat, do NOT zap them in the microwave.  All of the moisture will be sucked right up and you'll be left with something not that great.  I prefer warming mine up in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.