Warning: Do NOT eat this by itself.
Unless you’re really into super bitter, metallic tasting things. (how’s that for selling it?)
That said, it’s an awesome source of antioxidants and magnesium.
I pick up a big bag at Whole Foods (sadly, Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry raw cacao )
Best methods of consumption: In overnight oats or bowls (I prefer the crunch of the cacao nibs), or smoothies (mixed in nibs or powder).
Here’s an overnight oats recipe I like to go to in a pinch:
- Steel cut oats (1/3 cup)
- Almond milk (1 cup)
- Flax or chia seeds (2 tsp)
- Cinnamon (I don’t measure)
- Chocolate protein powder (I put in 1 scoop of Shakeology)
- Raw almond butter or peanut butter (1-2 tbsp)
- Frozen mixed berries
- RAW CACAO NIBS
Confession: I’ve been meditating much less the past few weeks (2x/wk at BEST).
When I have though, my focus has been on cultivating and strengthening my relationships with others.
It’s helped me take my mind off myself and spend more energy on giving unconditionally, expecting nothing in return.
Oddly enough, it’s also helped me relax and react much less to really good or really bad shots on the course (cue that Brooks Koepka/Dustin Johnson chill zone mindset).
At a recent event I attended, they handed out these cards, and this intention stuck with me.
I first heard of PAP training a few years back.
In theory, the force exerted by a muscle is increased due to its previous contraction.
Think of it as a mini burnout after a heavy set.
There are several variations (and workouts) one can do that fall under the PAP category. A few of my favorites:
- Trap bar deadlift followed by box jumps
- Reverse lunge followed by plyo jumps
- Front bar squat followed by jump knee tucks
For a while I had only done one move to its full rep completion, then paired it with the plyometric movement for a number of reps.
More recently though, I’ve done it on a 1×1 cadence. So, 1 deadlift immediately followed by 1 jump.
Check out the first move on this video of NFL DB Jabari Price doing a trap deadlift followed by a box jump.