Saturday, July 31, 2010

Light and tasty summer fare: Tuna w/ Black Bean/Corn Salsa

Black Pepper Crusted Tuna

The ingredient
4, 4-6oz. Tuna steaks (if frozen, thaw first)
1/2-3/4 cup cracked black peppercorns
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Black-Bean and Corn Salsa
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans of corn, drained and rinsed
2 bell peppers, diced
2 avocados, diced
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 jalapeƱo, diced (optional)
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup of lime juice
1/4 cup of olive oil

Tuna prep
*Squeeze the juice from the lemon over all four tuna steaks.
*Coat each side of the tuna in the peppercorns, eave the edges uncoated.
*Heat a large, non-stick skillet (lightly-coated with your preferred cooking spray) over medium-high heat.
*Place the tuna in the skillet. You definitely want to hear the sizzle. This lets you know that the tuna is searing properly and ensures that the peppercorns will stick to the tuna.
*For slight rareness, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. (depending on your preference of doneness, you can leave it on each side for more or less time)
* Add salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic to taste

Black-Bean and Corn Salsa
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Use the cumin and cayenne pepper sparingly as the can overpower the mix.
Once combined, let the salsa sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This allows time for all the flavors to mesh together.

To Serve: Place one tuna steak (one per serving) atop a bed of the salsa. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!

Tip: If you have leftover black-bean and corn salsa, use it as a dip with some Wheat Thins, Triscuits or tortilla chips.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Get out of your comfort zone to work past plateaus

What you hate doing is usually what will help you the most…

When it comes to your workouts, most people know exactly what will help their progress and blast past their plateaus… It’s evident that “knowing” and “doing” are two different things, because some of the best so-called “experts” obviously forget to follow their own advice.

If you hate running, do it tomorrow. If you hate squats, make it your next workout. If you dread the stair-climber, let it be your next cardio workout. Learn to love the things you hate doing the most. Chances are, avoiding the obvious is exactly what’s holding you back. You’ve exhausted all your likeable options, now deal with reality!

No one likes to get out of their comfort zone. Why would you, it’s safe, it’s secure.. You are good at it, you know exactly what to expect. That 500lb bench press, no matter how impressive, has long become routine. That 10 mile run, no matter how effortless, has long become mundane. We are creatures of habit, and excellence in one area often prevents us from exploring further.

You will hate it, you will suck at it, you will dread the moment you fail. Maybe you’ll be outlapped by men twice your age, or maybe you’ll be out-lifted by a guy half your experience, but so what? Who are you really competing against, them or the person you were yesterday?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's a go!

Once again, the team at AGB (Another Guy Blog) has decided to expanded into what we have found is another crowded field ---men's health, lifestyle, fashion, and fitness blogs. Oh boy! We really do like a challenge don't we.

Anyway, here goes.

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