Nutrition Monday – Hamburgers

BurgersHamburgers!

In celebration of National Hamburger Day on May 28, 2014 what a better way to have a nutritional Monday post! Since most of you will be grilling out on Memorial Day as well, we decided to give you 5 simple recipes to eat a healthier hamburger.

 1. Greek Feta Beef Burger¹

greek-feta-burger-foar296Makes 4 Burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz hothouse cucumbers (unpeeled), coarsely grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 clove garlic, crushed to a paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (93 percent or 95 percent lean)
  • 4 oz zucchini, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 jar (7 oz) roasted red peppers, drained
  • 4 sourdough rolls, split
  • Shredded romaine (optional)
  • Sliced cucumber (optional)
PREPARATION
  1. In a bowl, combine yogurt, cucumbers, garlic and juice; set aside. In another bowl, mix beef, zucchini, feta, onion, marjoram, salt and pepper. Form beef mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Coat a grill pan or grill rack with cooking spray. Grill patties over medium-high heat, flipping once, about 5 minutes each side, until internal temperature reaches 160°. Divide roasted peppers evenly among bottom roll halves; top with 1 burger, 1/4 yogurt sauce and lettuce and cucumber, if desired. Top each with other half of roll.

Condiments deliver flavor but often a lot of calories. A light yogurt sauce supplies healthy zip.

Transformation Tuesday – Aaron Brabson

 

KICK-ASS

 

“I want to show my son that he can do whatever he wants and if he would like to play sports his disability does not hinder him. “

 

 

Meet Aaron Brabson

Aaron’s story is somewhat different from most transformation stories. He didn’t have a life threatening illness or was told that if he didn’t lose weight it would jeopardize his life expectancy.  He didn’t go on a long journey to get where he is today, in fact he didn’t even do it for himself.

In 2012 his son Kayden was diagnosed with a brain tumor.   He had a astrocytoma tumor located in the back of his head that was close to the size of a tennis ball.  After spending over a month in the hospital and several successful surgeries (He had also had surgery on his eyes and still struggles to see out of his right eye), he was able to take his son home just before Halloween.  These types of tumors are extremely rare in kids this young and thankfully it was a benign tumor. Kayden turned 3 on January 15.

“That was the hardest days of our lives.”

The doctors told them there would be a long road to recovery and he would have trouble playing sports because he will need years of physical and occupational therapy, which he currently does twice a week.  He wears special braces on his legs called AROs to help keep his feet straight and walk correctly.  His progress has been slow but he has made amazing progress so far. His road is still a long one and Aaron wanted to be inspiration for his son. He wanted to show him that anything is possible. So in June of 2013, he decided to start training and competing in OCR and mudruns.

Iphone pics 530Although he was not in terrible shape or overweight by any means, he has taken the challenge to transform himself in order to compete in OCR and mudrun events. “I want to show my son that he can do whatever he wants and if he would like to play sports his disability does not hinder him, he is my hero and has done so much for my life” says Arron. In his limited time he has been competing in OCR, he has found the community to be one of the most kind hearted and embracing group of people he has ever met.  “I love the OCR community and see people with disabilities completing the events. They are not letting their disability define them and that is what I want to show to my son.”

Iphone pics 489He supports his son in everything he does and he wants to show him that if his dad can do OCR and mudruns and compete with the younger guys, then his son can play any sport he wants with determination and hard effort. Aaron continues to push himself and help his son push himself everyday.

“I wear the Thor jersey to remind me how my super hero is my son and to always push myself to the best of my ability”

Aaron and his son currently reside in Weatherford, Texas just outside of Fort Worth. You can find Aaron training hard at his local gym and he runs at numerous locations including running trails and at his local track. He is a member of the Lone Star Spartans and usually competes in their waves. You can see him running at the events in his THOR shirt which he received from his sister for Christmas. Aaron states: ” I wear the Thor jersey to remind me how my super hero is my son and to always push myself to the best of my ability.”

Aaron and Kayden can often be seen at the park kicking soccer balls and taking in the occasional Texas Rangers baseball game.  Aaron belives that Kayden can grow up and be an amazing baseball player someday, and is getting T-Ball down! He is optimistic that he will be released to run soon and it will open up a whole new world for him.

Before his son Aaron struggled with alcohol addiction and lived a rough life. His son made him want to be a better person and get help with his addiction. “Our transformation is still ongoing but we have came so far and there is no way either one of us will be giving up anytime soon” says Aaron.

Aaron competed in the Fort Worth Armageddon Ambush in April 2014 and is now a member of our Ambush Army and friend. We want to wish him and his son the best of luck in all challenges they face in the upcoming future. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished thus far,  keep reaching and exceeding your goals.

 

 

If you have a transformation story you would like to share with us, please send information and your story to info@armageddonambush.com

Nutrition Monday – Avocados

avocadosAvocados 101

Season: April begins the season for California avocados, when they’re at their peak of flavor and lowest price.  Florida avocados are right behind them, beginning in the summer.
How to buy: A ripe avocado is just slightly pliant when gently pressed.
How to store: Avocados ripen at room temperature—faster if you put them in a closed paper bag to capture the ethylene gas (which promotes ripening) given off by the fruit. To prevent browning of a cut avocado, spread the surface with lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar. Refrigerate cut avocados in plastic wrap pressed directly onto the cut surface. When ready to eat, scrape off any discoloration; the flavor won’t be affected.

Prep tips: 

  • To halve: Cut avocado in two lengthwise around its pit. Twist halves in opposite directions to separate them, and then pull apart.
  • To pit: First, thrust the blade of a sharp paring knife into the pit. Then twist the knife gently to loosen the pit, and lift it out.
  • To peel: Pull the skin off the flesh in strips with your fingers. When the fruit is very ripe, you can often remove the skin in one piece. You can also scoop the flesh out of the peel with a spoon.

Nutritional benefits: Yes, the fruit (it is in fact a fruit, if you were wondering) is high in fat, but it’s high in the beneficial kind—monounsaturated fat—that helps increase “good” HDL cholesterol. Lush California Hass packs a wallop of healthy monounsaturated fat, while a Florida avocado has less flavor and fat. Avocados are also packed with protein.¹

Recipes

Green Breakfast Burrito

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1½ Tbsp butter
4 beaten eggs
1½ c chopped fresh spinach
Salt and pepper
1 avocado, sliced
Tomato salsa or salsa verde

1. MELT butter in a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Stir in eggs and spinach; add salt and pepper.
2. COOK, stirring, until the eggs are softly scrambled, about 2 minutes.
3. WRAP the eggs in warm corn tortillas. Top with sliced avocado and tomato salsa or salsa verde.

NUTRITION (per serving) 361.6 cal, 15.9 g pro, 17.6 g carb, 5.6 g fiber, 1.9 g sugar, 26.7 g fat, 9.8 g sat fat, 329.4 mg sodium

Avocado Salad

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4 very thin slices red onion, separated into rings
2 oranges
2 avocados
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ sm lemon)
¼ tsp salt

1. SOAK onion in small bowl of ice water to crisp. Peel oranges with knife, removing all of white pith. Cut crosswise into thin wheels.
2. PIT, peel, and slice avocados and put in medium bowl. Drain onion well and add to bowl along with oranges, olive oil, mint, lemon juice, and salt. Toss to coat.

NUTRITION (per serving) 286 cal, 3 g pro, 18 g carb, 9 g fiber, 25 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 153 mg sodium

Avocado Daiquiri

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4 oz rum (a mix of gold and silver is best)
¼ medium-ripe avocado
½ oz half-and-half
¼ oz fresh lemon or lime juice
2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
1½ c ice cubes

Combine the ingredients and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 252.7 cal, 0.9 g pro, 17.7 g carb, 2.3 g fiber, 14.4 g sugar, 6.1 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 9.9 mg sodium

Brown Rice California Rolls

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1 c short-grain brown rice
2 c water
3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
6 sheets nori
1 Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 18 slices
8 ounces imitation crab stick (surimi), cut into 6 equal portions
Wasabi paste
Reduced-sodium soy sauce

1. COMBINE the rice and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
2. COMBINE the vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and stir into the rice. Let stand for 15 minutes.
3. PLACE a bamboo sushi mat on a work surface. Place a sheet of nori on the mat with a long side closest to you. With slightly damp hands, spread ½ c of the rice on the nori, leaving a 1″ border along the top edge. Arrange 3 avocado slices end to end in a horizontal line about 1½” from the edge closest to you. Top with ⅙ of the crab.
4. GRASP the edges of the nori and the mat closest to you. Fold the bottom over the filling and roll up, jelly roll–style, pressing down slightly with each quarter turn. Seal the roll with a few drops of water or grains of rice on the edge of the nori. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make six rolls.
5. TRANSFER the rolls to a cutting board. With a serrated knife dipped in hot water, cut each roll crosswise into six pieces.
6. SERVE with wasabi and soy on the side.

NUTRITION (per serving) 186.5 cal, 4.5 g pro, 32.6 g carb, 3.4 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 4.2 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 242.4 mg sodium

¹Information provided by http://www.prevention.com. For more great avocado recipes visit this page.

What they are Saying

“More than I expected … Challenging, exciting, FIERCE”
~ Gracie Weger, Texas Finisher 2014

“So much fun!”
~ Melissa Tipton Crawford, Texas Finisher 2014

“Had so much fun!! Ready for the next one!!!”
~ Farrah Archer Roberts, Texas Finisher 2014

“Great race. I have run several mud runs, and this one was the most challenging.”
~ Ronda Coats Herl, Texas Finisher 2014

“This was my 1st Mud Run ever and although it was challenging, I had an absolute blast!! Can’t wait for the next one!!”
~ Kristen Montero, Texas Finisher 2014

“I’d been preparing for this run the last 2 months and had something to prove. I finished and had a great time.”
~ Lori Dianne Fuentes, Texas Finisher 2014

“What an awesome time!!! Really pushed myself and had a great time with an amazing group of ladies :)”
~ Teri Lucas, Texas Finisher 2014

“Completed the race with my 2 daughters. A moment we’ll never forget.”
~ Melody Yanez, Texas Finisher 2014

“This proved to be something to fight for from the very beginning for me. Between fellow runners not being able to go at the last minute, unexpected cold weather, and several dropped sitters, it was obviously a test of my will to make a way and show up! Show up I did… despite everything. I showed up and I conquered. Fears, pain, misery and all… as a lone runner! So thankful for the ladies I met and was able to join 🙂 A wonderful experience and so proud of my accomplishment! I’m ready for more!”
~ Chezleigh Hogan Randles, Texas Finisher 2014

 

National Food Allergy Week May 11-17

With food allergies being so prevalent these days, we wanted to raise awareness to some of the most common allergies out there. Here is a short list of food allergies most people have to look out for:

  • Peanut
  • Tree Nuts
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

We wanted to talk about Peanut allergies and give some insight you may not have known.

Peanut allergies tend to be lifelong, although studies indicate that approximately 20 percent of children with peanut allergy do eventually outgrow their allergy. Younger siblings of children allergic to peanuts may be at increased risk for allergy to peanuts.

Peanuts are not the same as tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.), which grow on trees. Peanuts grow underground and are part of a different plant family, the legumes. Other examples of legumes include beans, peas, lentils and soybeans. If you are allergic to peanuts, you do not have a greater chance of being allergic to another legume (including soy) than you would to any other food.¹

Avoid foods that contain peanuts or any of these ingredients:

  • Artificial nuts
  • Beer nuts
  • Cold pressed, expeller pressed or extruded peanut oil
  • Goobers
  • Ground nuts
  • Mandelonas (peanuts soaked in almond flavoring)
  • Mixed nuts
  • Monkey nuts
  • Nut meat
  • Nut pieces
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut flour
  • Peanut protein hydrolysate

Peanut is sometimes found in the following:

  • Baked goods (e.g., pastries, cookies)
  • Candy (including chocolate candy)
  • Chili
  • Egg rolls
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Marzipan
  • Mole sauce
  • Nougat

Last but not least, it is important when dining out what kind of oil the restaurant or fast food chains cook in.

At the time of writing this article we know that Chick-Fil- A, Five Guys Burgers, Cracker Barrel,  & Red Lobster.

¹Sicherer SH, Munoz-Furlong A, Godbold JH, Sampson HA. US prevalence of self-reported peanut, tree nut, and sesame allergy: 11-year follow-up. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2010; 125(6):1322-6. [LINK to ADVANCING A CURE>FARE Research Grants>Selected Completed Studies > Sicherer, Prevalence of Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy in the United States] see also Sicherer SH, Munoz-Furlong A, Sampson HA. Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the United States determined by means of a random digit dial telephone survey: a 5-year follow-up study. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003; 112(6):1203-7.

Memorial Day – Ambush Virtual 5k Run

Memorial Day 2014 – Ambush Virtual 5k Run

This Memorial Day, we are launching our first ever virtual 5k run. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving the United States Armed Forces. We want you to go for a 5k run, walk, whatever you want it to be in memory of someone special to you who served and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

What you get – One of our commemorative T-shirts. Each person will be asked to submit a name for who they are running for. We will add your name and the name of that person as a memorial on the back of the T-shirt. Below is a mock up of the shirt we are designing. Memorial-Day-T-Shirts-2014We want to put the memory back in Memorial Day. The proceeds for this event will go to cover the cost of the T-shirt and all extra proceeds will go to our Charity  Helping Heroes Kids. This program helps send kids to summer camp. These kids are children of disabled veterans, law enforcement or fire/rescue who were injured in combat or the line of duty.

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Now you can run anywhere in the USA and join the Ambush Army.
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Ambassador Program Launched

Become an Abassador

The athlete ambassador program supports like-minded athletes who are respected leaders in their community. We are looking for outgoing and motivated athletes who want to share our event and become a member of our Ambush Army.

These athletes believe in the Armageddon Ambush Mission and our brand’s core values. We support our ambassadors and promote them as they live the Ambush Army lifestyle recognizing them on their achievements in sport and life. An Armageddon ambassador not only pushes their own limits but also inspires those around them to do things they didn’t think possible, conquer fears, Inspire people they come in contact with, raise money for charity and help to change people’s lives.

As an Ambassador, you play a key role in publicly promoting Armageddon Ambush Extreme Mudrun throughout the sport community while also serving as an ambassador in raising the profile of the organization and its values. As a brand ambassador you will be our eyes and ears in your market. Tap into the social and running communities and engage in conversations with our audience: those that run and those that will run for others. Post fliers, talk to businesses, universities, athletic stores and your friends! It’s a fun race and we want you to enjoy being a part of our Ambush Army. All Ambassadors will be outfitted in Armageddon swag. Ambassadors will be rewarded for the number of registrants that use their unique code.

Must possess the following:

  • The Love of Running
  • Infectious Smile
  • Know the brand (we’ll help you)
  • Strong interpersonal skills to engage various types of people
  • The ability to be our voice in YOUR town
  • The ability to motivate people to get up and get running

Armageddon Ambush accepts requests for ambassadorship throughout the year.

As a member of the promoter team you get access to the following:

  • Incentives for each person you get to sign up.
  • Extend a discount to people you get signed up.
  • Event specific marketing materials.
  • Inside scoop on all things Armageddon Ambush.
  • Rewards for top performers.

Compensation:

Why should I want to be an Ambassador? In addition to some cool swag you’ll receive as an ambassador, below are additional incentives:

  • Get 10 people to register and get a free race entry to any of our races
  • Get 20 people to register and get an embroidered Armageddon Ambush Hoodie
  • Get 50 people to register and get a Free pair of shoes
  • Get 100 people to register and get a $250 VISA gift card
  • Get 150 people to register and get a GoPro HD Camera
  • Get 200 people to register and get a brand new 16GB iPad Air
  • Get 250 people to register and get a brand new Macbook Air!
  • Get 500 people to register and get an Armageddon Ambush Getaway

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