Conventional rules would have you believe that in order to stay truly healthy, a man can have very little fun. Gym, salad, sleep, repeat.
Bollocks to that, we say — physical well being and tacos need not be mutually exclusive. The gym need not be an endless repetitive slog.
Hell, a cocktail or two oughta remain on the table, no?
To wit, our suggestions on bucking convention on the way to a leaner, meaner you.
IN THE KITCHEN
Your New Meat: Veggies
Chef Chandra Gilbert of wildly popular L.A. Mexican eatery Gracias Madre knows a thing or two about whipping up tasty veggies — after all, she’s packing them in with a menu featuring nary a scrap of meat on it.
And dammit if her cauliflower tacos weren’t enough to make vegan believers out of us.
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
Courtesy of Chef Chandra Gilbert, Gracias Madre
Makes 6 small tacos
1 small cauliflower
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried Mexican oregano
¼ tsp black pepper
1/2 red onion, diced
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup soaked and pureed cashews
¼ cup water
1-3 tablespoons chili sauce such as tabasco
6 taco-sized corn tortillas
1 mango peeled and diced
Diced jalapenos, cilantro and extra limes, for serving
Preheat oven to 425F. Cut cauliflower into small florets and toss with olive oil, chipotle powder, salt,
cumin, garlic, oregano and black pepper until evenly coated. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake 45
mins, tossing every 15 mins, until deep golden brown in spots and slightly crispy.
Meanwhile, mix onion, mango with lime juice and set aside to mellow.
Combine cashews, water and hot sauce, to taste in vita mix or blender.
Before serving, warm tortillas on a hot, ungreased grill or skillet. Serve tortillas piled with roasted
cauliflower, mango salsa, cashew cream, cilantro, jalapeños and wedges of lime for spritzing. Enjoy!
IN THE GYM
Your New Workout: Australian Style
We consulted our most absurdly-in-shape friend Nathan McCallum of Aussie fitness outfit Milestone Strength on how to mix things up on the workout front in order to wind up looking like, well, like he does. To wit:
- Be consistently inconsistent — “Milestone is unique in that we believe in training in a truly holistic way.” says McCallum. “Our programming takes the best parts of bodybuilding, powerlifting, crossfit, strongman, calisthenics, and plyometrics, and combines them all together to optimize the results.”
- Skip the crunches — “Most plyometric work we do is a little out of the ordinary — a lot of our core programming is quite unique to your regular old crunches. I would say the three easiest [to insert into your workout] are box jumps, plyo push-ups and hanging leg raises.”
- Focus on the journey, not the destination — “For Milestone, our training is a lifestyle — something that brings joy to our lives and gives us an outlet. We try and share this attitude with our clients, and it seems to work.”
AT THE BAR
Your New Health Drink: Tequila
Sugar and carbs: two of your main enemies in the War for the Summer Bod. And both can be found in spades in that beer you’re holding. Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect low-cal alternative. Tasty, refreshing, and so simple a monkey with a cocktail shaker could make it. Just follow these simple steps:
- Over ice, mix two parts Maestro Dobel ® Tequila with one part soda water.
- Add a splash of lime juice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
- Imbibe. Wipe sweat from brow if necessary.
- Exclaim “hot damn that’s refreshing! I feel thinner already.”
RECOMMENDED READING FOR THE HEALTH RULEBREAKER
The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss