All posts by Jason Latas

Jason Latas, of SummeBodyNow.com, is a performance-based life and health coach and leads wellness trips to Maui, Hawaii for fun. Jason has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and has been featured in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Spa Magazine, Modern Bride, Conde Naste, as well as on ESPN, The Travel Channel, Ford Adventure Outfitters, Planet X TV and many other national and international venues. Many of these videos can be seen on You Tube. He has worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, doctors, lawyers, extreme athletes, entrepreneurs, models and every day people that just want to take charge of their lives instead of feeling as though life is controlling them. Jason owned an adventure company in Maui for 10 years where he took guests hiking, biking, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and on custom designed adventures. While in Hawaii he raced outrigger canoes, mountain biked and competed in triathlons among many other sports activities. “Whether you want to release some weight and regain your health or just clear some blocks that are holding you back from your desired future, together we can do it! I would love to work with you, one on one, to help accomplish your life goals!” ~Jason~

Did you know that you can talk to your DNA through meditation?

DNA – We all are familiar with the DNA double helix and have seen and heard about it but what is it?
Well in a technical sense, it’s deoxyribonucleic acid…dna-molecule-3d-wallpaper

DNA is like a blueprint that contains all of the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of almost all living organisms. One of the amazing traits of DNA is that it is full of genetic information and used for long-term storage of thisinformation for when it is needed by the organism (or you…). This is your genetic code and it is transferred as DNA replicates itself. This coded information in DNA is made up of four chemical bases: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). Human DNA consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 99 percent of those bases are the same in all people. An important property of DNA is that it can replicate, or make copies of itself. Each strand of DNA in the double helix can serve as a pattern for duplicating the sequence of bases. This is critical when cells divide because each new cell needs to have an exact copy of the DNA present in the old cell.

The genes carry the instructions for making thousands of proteins that are found in a cell.  The proteins in a cell determine what that cell will look like and what jobs that cell will do.  The genes also determine how the many different cells of a body will be arranged.  In these ways, DNA controls how many fingers you have, where your legs are placed on your body, and the color of your eyes.

The interesting thing is, with as much as it appears we know about DNA, there is even more that we do not know… In fact over 98% of our DNA’s function is largely unknown to scientists…

dna-human-bodyPresently, only the functions of a few percent of the DNA is known, the rest has been believed to be useless garbage, commonly called “Junk DNA” or “non coding DNA” by molecular biologists. 
The most exhaustive knowledge is about the genes responsible for the bodily structures, which are the simplest part of the system. But the knowledge about the most important part of this system, the regulator genes, is incomplete.

Pretty amazing – If western science can’t figure it out, they call it junk… Interesting…

Well, more studies are being done on DNA by “rebel” scientists that believe we weren’t endowed by our creator with “junk” and the results are pretty amazing! Much of this study is being done outside of the United States where they don’t have such strict regulation by the government and large industry that benefit financially by our ignorance…

Our DNA are transmitters and receivers of the different energies and frequencies of the universe; most of which we are entirely unaware of.

One example is the Russian Study on influencing DNA by words and frequencies by Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf. There is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes.

Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. It is this subset of DNA that is of interest to western researchers and is being examined and categorized. The other 90% are considered “junk DNA”. The Russian researchers, however, convinced that nature was not dumb, joined linguists and geneticists in a venture to explore those 90% of “junk DNA”. Their results, findings and conclusions are simply revolutionary!

According to them, our DNA is not only responsible for the construction of our body but also serves as data storage and communication. The Russian linguists found that the genetic code, especially in the apparently useless 90%, follows the same rules as all our human languages. To this end they compared the rules of syntax (the way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences), semantics (the study of meaning in language forms) and the basic rules of grammar.

They found that the alkalines of our DNA follow regular grammar and do have set rules just like our languages. So human languages did not appear coincidentally but are a reflection of our inherent DNA.

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The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA.

This means that they managed, for example, to modulate certain frequency patterns onto a laser ray and with it influenced the DNA frequency and thus the genetic information itself. Since the basic structure of DNA-alkaline pairs and of language are of the same structure, no DNA decoding is necessary. One can simply use words and sentences of the human language!

This, too, was experimentally proven! Living DNA substance (in living tissue, not in vitro) will always react to language-modulated laser rays and even to radio waves, if the proper frequencies are being used. This finally and scientifically explains why affirmations, autogenous training, hypnosis and the like can have such strong effects on humans and their bodies. It is entirely normal and natural for our DNA to react to language. While western researcher cut single genes from the DNA strands and insert them elsewhere, the Russians enthusiastically worked on devices that can influence the cellular metabolism through suitable modulated radio and light frequencies and thus repair genetic defects.

Garjajev’s research group succeeded in proving that with this method, chromosomes damaged by x-rays for example can be repaired. They even captured information patterns of a particular DNA and transmitted it onto another, thus reprogramming cells to another genome. So they successfully transformed, for example, frog embryos to salamander embryos simply by transmitting the DNA information patterns!

This way the entire information was transmitted without any of the side effects or disharmonies encountered when cutting out and re-introducing single genes from the DNA. This represents an unbelievable, world-transforming revolution and sensation! All this by simply applying vibration and language instead of the archaic cutting-out procedure! This experiment points to the immense power of wave genetics, which obviously has a greater influence on the formation of organisms than the biochemical processes of alkaline sequences.

Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained. Of course the frequency has to be correct. And this is why not everybody is equally successful or can do it with always the same strength. The individual person must work on the inner processes and maturity in order to establish a conscious communication with the DNA. The Russian researchers work on a method that is not dependent on these factors but will ALWAYS work, provided one uses the correct frequency.

But the higher developed an individual’s consciousness is, the less need is there for any type of device! One can achieve these results by oneself, and science will finally stop laughing at such ideas and will confirm and explain the results. And it doesn’t end there. Russian scientists also found out that our DNA can cause disturbing patterns in the vacuum, thus producing magnetized wormholes! Wormholes are the microscopic equivalents of the so-called Einstein-Rosen bridges in the vicinity of black holes (left by burned-out stars).

These are tunnel connections between entirely different areas in the universe through which information can be transmitted outside of space and time. The DNA attracts these bits of information and passes them on to our consciousness. This process of hypercommunication is most effective in a state of relaxation. Stress, worries or a hyperactive intellect prevent successful hypercommunication or the information will be totally distorted and useless. In nature, hypercommunication has been successfully applied for millions of years. The organized flow of life in insect states proves this dramatically. Modern man knows it only on a much more subtle level as “intuition”. But we, too, can regain full use of it.buddha

Meditation is a powerful tool to help you reach these altered states of relaxation. It is the best state of consciousness available at this time that we know of, to reprogram your DNA. Meditation is incredibly important to practice on a daily basis to get back in touch with your higher self and your true nature.

You have more control over your body than you might have “thought”…

Think about it 🙂 

~Jason~

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6 Fitness and Health Secrets You Must Know

6 FITNESS AND HEALTH SECRETS YOU MUST KNOW

From the ”Journey to You” Series by Jason Latas 

At Summer Body Now, we believe in a holistic approach to health and wellness. We don’t preach boot-camps, harsh diets or the “no pain, no gain” methods. We believe that whole life wellness is a nice balance between health, fitness and getting to know yourself. It may sound funny but most people don’t know themselves as well as they think… For example, what foods make your body feel better, feel worse, burn fat, store fat, give you energy or bring you down? What time of day is best for you to work out? What body type are you? Why do you get tired about 30 minutes after lunch and want to fall asleep? Figuring out the answers to these questions will help you take a giant leap forward in your quest for overall health and wellness.

Below we are going to make a few general statements that we often hear from people who are struggling with their wellness and then we will show you why this scenario is, often not true. 

1.     I NEED TO STARVE MYSELF SO MY BODY WILL BURN THE FAT

Wrong! Your body is the master compensator. When you drastically cut calories, your body goes into survival mode and slows down your metabolism. Yes, as crazy as it sounds. Also, if you just cut calories but don’t focus on nutrient dense, well-balanced meals, you also end up loosing muscle. The amount of muscle on your body is one of the main factors that determines your metabolism (how many calories you burn). So, if you end up losing muscle then you lower your metabolism. This can be a disastrous combo of losing muscle and damaging your metabolism.

This is one of the main reasons that people rebound after a “diet”. They loose “scale weight” but don’t realize that a lot of it was muscle and for the reasons listed above, lowered and perhaps even damaged their metabolism. So when they resume eating normal again, their body regains the fat and sometimes even more…

It is very important to know your body composition and body fat percentage before you start any dietary change to reduce your weight. You need to focus on well-balanced and nutrient dense meals, evenly spaced throughout the day. Make sure you take measurements and use the mirror more than the scale. This is where a coach can save you a ton of time and frustration because they can get you started on a personal plan that is as unique as you are…

2.       DO MOSTLY CARDIO BECAUSE IT’S WHAT BURNS FAT 

Endless hours of cardio does not raise your metabolism. After some time, your body adapts to this type of training and it can actually damage and lower your metabolic rate. Again, just like starving yourself, when you run, run, run and don’t compensate with enough calories, your body will lower it’s own metabolism. Just look at the difference between a marathon runner and a sprinter and you will see the difference between running for hours and shorter, more intense, sets. Your goal is always to retain and gain lean muscle, while burning fat because, remember, the more muscle, the better you look and the higher your metabolism.

HIIT cardio; High-Intensity Interval Training is the only type of cardio the body does not adapt to. It supports metabolic rate as well as maintaining the fat burning component. In fact when studied side by side, HIT training actually burns more calories, helps retain muscle and keeps your metabolism up longer throughout the day!

So remember; unless you are a marathon runner and you want to burn fat while retaining muscle, stick with high intensity interval training. 

3.      WOMEN SHOULDN’T LIFT WEIGHTS OR THEY WILL BULK UP

 Many women think if they lift weights they will bulk up. Unless you are a genetic anomaly, this won’t happen. Women just don’t naturally make enough testosterone naturally to worry about this. In fact most men train really hard and still have a challenge putting on muscle, so don’t worry.

Remember that muscle is what gives you that lean sexy shape that you’re after and keeps your metabolism burning hot to keep the fat at bay. You need to lift weights for many other reasons also to support your body as you age and to prevent bone loss.  Women, we cannot stress this enough, you need to incorporate some type of weight bearing exercise into your routine! You don’t get bulky from lifting weights; you get bulky from the cupcakes you eat. Adding muscle increases your metabolic rate burns fat and makes you look great!

4.       I CAN’T AFORD TO BUY A GYM MEMBERSHIP OR FIND TIME TO GO

You don’t need to go to the gym to get in shape and feel great! In fact, one of the biggest components to a healthy plan is to exercise outdoors as much as possible. Especially if you can get out in nature and connect with Mother earth!

Almost all of our Fitness Adventure Camps take place at a park or in the mountains! In fact, if you have kids, going to the park and exercising can not only become a family tradition; it could start a whole generation of healthy habits for your grandkids and their grandkids. We often take our whole family hiking, camping, kayaking or to the park for a workout. It’s a great family activity and builds healthy families!

There are many exercises you can do at the park, especially if they have some good equipment like monkey bars to hang from and do pull ups and swings for one leg squats. What we normally do is combine an exercise with a quick sprint and then back for another exercise. If you bring some exercise bands, you can work your entire body at the park and enjoy Mother Nature and your family at the same time

5.      IF I WORKOUT EVERY DAY I DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE MY DIET

Well, it sounds good, but these are usually the people that you see in the gym all the time but they never change or even put on weight. You see, your body needs the proper nutrients to recover from and rebuild your body after a workout. If you don’t fuel properly before or refuel properly after a workout, your body won’t put on muscle, won’t get stronger and may even start to hold fat and lower your metabolism. Sounds familiar? Yah, the same thing that can happen on a fad diet.

You need to look at exercise and nutrition like building a house. A good, well balanced diet with lean protein, complex carbs and good fats along with exercise is like building with bricks. Maintaining a poor diet while trying to workout is like building with sand. Your body is constantly rebuilding itself via cellular rejuvenation. In fact, every 7 years, your body has almost completely rebuilt itself from the outside in. So you need to ask your self, what you are building your house with, sand or brick?

First you need to fuel properly before the workout so your body has the energy and fuel for a good strong workout. Then after your workout, you need to refuel your muscles so they can rebuild and be stronger the next time. So remember, if you want to properly benefit from all of that hard work, feed your body a well balanced, clean diet so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor 

6.     WORKING OUT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME, I DON’T HAVE TIME!

This is purely a myth. If you fuel properly before your workout to energize your muscles and refuel properly after your workout so they can heal and grow, you can actually workout less and get great results. Learning these simple items can put you miles ahead of the others, putting hours in at the gym!

There are 3 very important items, when addressed, that will boost your efforts. Eat a well balanced meal an hour before you work out (timing will vary a little depending on your body type), Fuel properly after your workout with a whey protein drink and put your mind, body and soul into your workout.

It’s very important to fuel before your workout so your muscles have the fuel and energy they need to repair and grow.

We hope this helps you with your journey to health and if you have any questions, please leave a comment and we will be happy to answer 🙂

To your health

~ Jason and The Summer Body Now Team ~

Love is all there is!

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A letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter:

In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl Einstein.

“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.

I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.

There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.

When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness.

Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.

This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.

To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.

After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…

If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.

Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.

However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.

When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.

I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer!”

Your father,

Albert Einstein

Elephant Tethers and Abundance

Are you an Elephant?

I wish I could hear everyone’s self talk when they read this line… No, I’m not offending you but I would be curious if you thought that, and why… “The Elephant” mentality is a reality with almost everyone that I work with in my practice and I’m not immune to it either. We all need to be constantly identifying these thoughts and eliminating them from our hard drive!!! I’ll explain.

This analogy goes back many years to when I was an exotic animal trainer at the Zoo. (Yes, I was a camel trainer among other things…) I worked closely with the elephant trainers because I was always fascinated with these enormous creatures.

One day I asked one of the trainers that was a good friend of mine; why do use such a small rope around the elephant’s ankle when you secure it? The answer literally blew me away! Let me explain.

Did you know that trained elephants will stay where they are by tying a rope around one of their massive legs and attaching it to a peg in the ground? Can the peg and rope really hold back an elephant? Absolutely not!

elephant-chains-latest-1024x680Then why does it work? Because elephants grow up believing it will. They start the process when the elephant is very young and at times  use chains so the young elephant learns that it cannot break away. After the young elephant tries enough times and perhaps even hurts it leg in the process, it stops trying. And after some time, most elephants will never try again! This outcome is multiplied if the young animal was ever hurt in the process! Do you hear where I am going with this???

During the course of my life and career I have run into many people (and no doubt will run into many more) who are holding themselves captive with their own “elephant tether.” It’s amazing how many limiting beliefs we carry around in our subconscious mind that are simply things that we were told when we were younger by the adults around us. Many times these comments were meant to protect us, although  other times these comments were just someone’s perception of reality that they were sharing, as though it were fact… When we consciously agreed to the statement, we, with our limited mind, told ourselves that it was a fact of life and filed it away in our subconscious mind. If we were hurt in the process then these agreements became much stronger… Often times, we continued to believe these “facts” without ever questioning them, even today.

You must understand that nothing means anything until you give it meaning!!!

When we decide to believe something (and call it fact) we also make an agreement with ourselves that we will continue to evaluate life based upon this (usually very limiting) agreement with ourselves! We think of it as fact, when it is only a belief…

Often times we hold ourselves back from great abundance and happiness simply because we have these limiting beliefs about ourselves ingrained in our subconscious minds. We must remember that they are only beliefs and not necessarily facts about life. We can change these agreements at any time and break free of the trap of any limiting belief.

The power of “elephant tethers” to restrain you is only in your imagination. YOU have the power to free yourself from it and enjoy life and achieve your goals with the same vigor and right as anyone else on this planet.elephant-and-child-s-friendship-free-desktop-598x336

Take a moment to evaluate some of the “reasons” that you use to hold yourself back from accomplishing your goals. You will find that most of these “reasons” are either excuses or old, outdated, belief systems that need to be changed! They are only perceptions that you have agreed to and you can change them at any time!!!

Examine your life for self-imposed “rules” you are following that are holding you back. When you find them, test them, change them and  break free of them! Create better rules to live by and see your progress and joy grow immensely as you explore your newly expanded world!

Can Drinking Soda shorten my telomere?

Healthy from your DNA out…

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Bad news if you’re a soda drinker: according to a new study, downing the bubbly stuff daily can age your cells by nearly an additional 2-5 years

Researchers are the University of California San Francisco analyzed data from 5,309 adults by looking at numbers from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Specifically, researchers wanted to check the correlation between drinking soda and telomere length—which is the cap on every chromosome in the body. Shorter telomere are associated with shorter lifespan, higher stress, heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer, among other issues. The researchers found drinking just eight ounces of soda a day increased cell age by 1.9 years. Drinking 20 ounces increased cell age by 4.6 years—which is the same aging effect smoking has on your telomeres.

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SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND PHYSICS CAN THEY GET ALONG?

Science – Spirituality – Physics – Philosophy

Are they all trying to answer the same question? Why are we here? What are we made of? Who made us? What is the meaning of life?

All these disciplines seem to put on blinders and adhere so rigidly to their own dogma that they don’t even notice the similarities in each other.

Can they all get along and work in harmony?

From a young child we have been told what to do, what to think and how to act. Our domestication started shortly after our journey from the womb. Everything we have been taught has been based upon someone else’s experiences and what belief system they subscribed to… We have been poked, prodded, shaped and formed based upon someone else’s ideas and perceptions. Through this process we begin to take on the image suitable to those around us based upon their ideas and perceptions of reality, as opposed to discovering our true selves.

What is the truth?

What is reality?

Who are you?

Who am I?

It depends upon your belief system and what experiences became your reference points while you were growing up, which helped form your perception of “reality”.

How is it that 10 people can see the same event and give you 10 different descriptions of what happened? It all depends on what they perceived happened and how they related to it based upon their past experiences and teachings.

We are all a conglomeration of all of the experiences that have happened to us up to this point in our lives; one big file cabinet that we delve into every time we need to interpret our experiences. When this happens we find a file that looks similar to that experience and then define it based upon our perceptions of that past experience. Then we record it as “truth” and continue the interpretation process… And so we create our “reality”…

So what is our reality? I guess it depends on our domestication process and who taught us what “truth” was…

Isn’t it time that we wipe the slate clean; start actually looking at what is going on around us and question what we thought was reality.

The first step is to stop judging everything based upon what we “know” and just feel more from the heart and less from the head. The more we look at the facts with an open mind and resist trying to analyze them, the more we begin to see things as they are as opposed to what we want or perceive them to be. In this way we slowly remove our blinders and expand our vision.

Our “Teachers” – Our “Truths”:

A paradigm shift in our science, culture and spirituality is at hand.

Genghis-KhanHistory has shown us that radically new advances in worldviews almost never occur with the unbiased and open blessing of the old. Throughout history “experts” and “professionals” have suppressed new information and new findings because it could shake up society or disturb the standard practice that has stood for centuries. Religious zealots have burned and destroyed books written by other religions. Scientists have purposefully discredited or destroyed others’ careers and discoveries just so their outdated “theories” wouldn’t be challenged and have labeled anything that they cannot prove in the lab as “hypocrisy”. Conquerors routinely burned and destroyed the historical texts, art, culture, buildings and entire histories of the people that they had overrun so they could crush their will and force the new way on them. Large archeological societies and religions have routinely bought or “acquired” ancient findings, just to hide or destroy them, so those findings didn’t upset the model that the current culture was taught, or perhaps, so that culture wouldn’t question what that large society or religion had taught as “truth” during those times. We must remember that the “field experts” and scientists that we listen to, and subliminally record their theories as truth, are also humans that are subject to the same religious, philosophical and cultural prejudices and perceptions as the rest of us.

Energy_Wave_Future_MedEven through all of these attempts to hide the truth, ancient spiritual texts are being found that shatter our current views of religion and spirituality. Archeologists are finding buried civilizations that drastically change our current views on our origins and our history. Scientists are finding that what we thought were the smallest particles are actually quite large, and that what we though were constants are variable. Physicists are finding that what we though was solid is actually just a wave particle vibrating at a certain pitch and what we thought was dark, empty space actually has mass. Quantum Physicists are realizing that everything that we think is “real” might just be a hologram created in the minds of the people that inhabit it! Many “truths” that we have subscribed to and were taught in our outdated schoolbooks are being proven wrong!

SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND PHYSICS ARE BEING TURNED ON THEIR HEADS!

What is your truth?

 

 

GRILLED HALIBUT WITH CHERRY TOMATOES

More Awesome Grilled protein ideas!

Grilled fish—what could be better? Not only is halibut chock-full of protein, but it’s also a great source of those awesome Omega 3 fatty acids that seem to be missing from most of our diets. Top the halibut with your favorite herbs for a tasty treat.

I like to grill a little (or a lot) extra every time so my wife and I have leftovers throughout the week. This helps with planning our meals so I am prepped and ready and don’t have any excuses to grab junk.

Happy Grilling!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Light grill.
  2. Brush fish with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place fish and sliced tomatoes on grill.
  4. Cook fish about 4 minutes each side, or until thoroughly cooked. When finished, tomatoes will be slightly charred.
  5. Top fish with tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a squeeze of lemon.
NUTRITION FACTS
Recipe yields 1 serving
Calories 205
Total Fat 10 g
Total Carb 6 g
Protein 25 g

GRILLED STEAK, ONION, AND MUSHROOM ARUGULA SALAD

It’s summer, which means it’s time to fire up your barbecue and get grilling! Grilling is quick, doesn’t leave many dishes, makes cooking for a crowd easy, and produces phenomenal food. Even better, grilling is one of the leanest ways to cook meat. I am a grill phenatic and even grill in the winter as the pic below shows.  I not only love the flavor but it’s a great lean and mean way to cook!

There’s no need to fall off your diet during the summer months. Instead, grab some lean protein and veggies, and throw them on a sizzling barbecue. Here are one of my favorite grill recipes that will bring mouthfuls of flavor and zest to your clean-eating spring and summer. Enjoy!

 GRILLED STEAK, ONION, AND MUSHROOM ARUGULA SALAD

Need a low-carb, high-protein meal? Say no more! With this steak salad, you’ll get all the protein you want without all the carbs. The arugula will also provide a big hit of vitamins A, K, and Folate as well as some Calcium and Potassium. The best part, however, is the yummy Asian-inspired flavor!

If I want carbs in this meal, I grill some red potatoes or yams to go with it. Remember, don’t skip carbs all the time. Your body needs them for energy, just stick with complex carbs…

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Ingredients
Directions
  1. In a large Ziploc bag, combine garlic powder, onion powder, ginger, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Shake thoroughly to mix well.
  2. Add flank steak to bag and make sure rub thoroughly covers steak. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Place sliced onions and mushrooms in bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Let marinade.
  4. Heat up grill.
  5. Grill steak to desired temperature. Place veggies on grill for about 5-10 minutes, or until caramelized.
  6. Top arugula with veggies, sliced steak, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Don’t forget to cut flank, cross grain for tender slices.
 Recipe thanks to http://www.Bodybuilding.com