Have you tried coconut water yet? Coconut water has a lot of electrolytes like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium (more than a banana), and sodium. It It is basically nature’s energy/sport drink. I love it anytime but especially for pre/intra/post workout. I have tried many kinds of coconut water, all tasting about the same, until today. I came across a raw, organic coconut water brand called Harmless Harvest. Not only is this stuff raw and organic, it tastes different, better than all of the other coconut waters. It has a more intense flavor than the others. I have never had coconut water straight from a green coconut but I hope I get a chance to someday.
I only bought two bottles of the Harmless Harvest today, but supposedly each bottle can taste different because there is nothing added and it is (basically) unprocessed. They use high pressure processing (HPP) so it uses pressure instead of heat to keep it ‘raw’. Find out more at their website: http://harmlesscoconut.com/Harmless_Coconut/home.html
After finishing my last final today, I went and had an awesome workout:
4 sets of heavy back squat - 2 sets of high rep front squat - 1 set of heavy box squat - 3 sets of heavy decline bench press - 2 sets of heavy flat bench press
For my MetCon/WOD I did ‘The Chief’:
'The Chief' is AMRAP in 3 minutes of
- 135 lb power clean x 3 reps
- 6 push ups
- 9 squats
- Repeat 5 times with 1 minute rest in between each time
My friend and I only did it twice because we killed our legs earlier in the workout. We finished with some cable flies/pull-ups/dips.
After the workout I headed back to my fraternity for a huge plate of veggies, some fruit, and a can of tuna. I tried HyperFX by BSN for pre-workout and it was amazing. Not a huge pump but tons of energy. For post-workout, obviously I had the tuna (protein) and veggies, but I also tried AminoX by BSN. Didn’t notice much from that but I didn’t expect to. Feels so good to be done with another year and I can’t wait to go home.
Dinner tonight. The chef at my fraternity does not come on the weekends so I have to make my own food, which I love. Tonight was wild caught sustainable sardines. They are actually delicious once you get over the fact that they are sardines. I tried one packed in olive oil, water, and this one which is in marinara sauce. They are great straight from the package or you can heat them up, which I did tonight. Oh, and I had a tomato too .
To prepare the sardines:
Most sardines are vacuum packed in a tin. Open the tin and lay them out. You can eat them now or continue with a little more preparation. They are usually cut on either the top or bottom. Split them open and remove the spinal cord. They are very fragile and I don’t like the crunch they give so I always take them out. Then just eat or mix with paleo mayo or mustard or heat them up and enjoy.
I cooked mine with this awesome butter I found at Whole Foods. It is a limited edition, organic butter from grass-fed cows. It supposedly has more CLA and Omega 3s (which are both very good for you).
I really hope you venture out and try sardines. Here is why you should eat them:
- In the top 5 foods with the highest B12 content (especially important for you lacto/ovo/whatever vegetarians)
- Super concentrated in Omega 3s (EPA and DHA)
- Super high in vitamin D
- They are an extremely sustainable food source
- They are very low in mercury because they are small fish and low on the food chain.
- High in selenium
- High in protein, about 25 grams per tin (11 grams/serving; 2.5 servings/tin)
If you eat healthy, paleo, fish, good food, any food then you should eat sardines!