“Our goal is NOT to annoy you like some 2% body fat personal trainer “

Continuing our Healthy Start Mondays that you are surely eating up (don’t be shy!).  We offer a strategy to get much needed protein back into your body without having to loosen that top button.  Our goal is NOT to annoy you like some 2% body fat personal trainer making you feel guilty about enjoying life.  Our goal is to start bringing some awareness to nutrition AND demonstrate how easy and sometimes fun it is to eat properly.  Acting and looking your best is a big part of being a Rugged Male.

That said, we need to get our usual detox on to shed ourselves from unwanted guests still lingering from the weekend party of beer, tacos, whiskey & football.  We also need to get much needed protein back into the body so we can get through the week and resume exercise that probably came to a screeching halt this weekend.  Some good ole fashioned pork & beans can do just that.  Here is a simple recipe, presented in our usual format that wont make you feel like a chemist.  Improvise, recipes are made to be broken, enhanced and enjoyed.

Healthy Pork & Bean Stew

Here you combine the low fat and high protein aspects of black beans and pork, add some more non-fat flavor in the form of garlic, onion & pepper and throw it all in a pot and let it simmer.

1 can black beans
1 can of chicken broth
1 lb pork loin – cut in small chunks
1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 chili peppers
1 large tomato chopped
1 cup of fresh salsa 

Heat up a large sauce pan with some olive oil and add the pork cubes. We are basically giving them a 5 minute head start on cooking.  When they are browned, add onions, peppers and any spice you want, or Cholula!  After a few minutes add the remainder of the ingredients (beans, broth, tomatoes, salsa).

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer for 45 min.   Serve in a bowl or eat it out of the pot in front of the TV, whichever way it works in your dojo

Nutritional Info Per Average Serving
300 Calories   30g Protein   7g Fat   400 mg Sodium   6g Fiber

And now a word from our Nutritionist:

“Hey Guys, this is an excellent, easy-to-cook  meal if you’re looking to trim that body up for fall. Don’t be scared that beans will send your date running for the hills.  Black beans are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with iron and fiber. Pork it is high in protein and B12, which helps your body turn calories into fuel and repair blood cells.  Always try to buy the highest quality meat products that you can afford.  Enjoy!”

Jennifer Cassetta is a dynamic clinical nutritionist & coach with a focus on holistic health and high heels. Her Stilletos and Self Defense seminars have been featured on national TV and radio – a Rugged Female for sure.  Check her out at Strong, Safe & Sexy, @JennCassetta or jennifercassetta.com.


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