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New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
The Ants Go Marching One By One…Into My Mouth
When you think about powerful animals, I'm betting ants aren't top of mind (rather, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my?).
But the mighty ant can carry up to 20x its own body weight on its back. That's like the equivalent of me being able to lug more than 3,000 pounds. And while that is never going to happen, I've found a super cool way to hack into the incredible power of this strapping insect.
Years ago I learned about Black Ant Powder from Lost Empire Herbs and I'm still hooked on it. In fact, back then—in 2018—I mentioned it on this Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode and as a result there was a huge demand for the stuff. (I also talked about it during this Q&A podcast if you want to hear more.) It's an all-natural energy herb that's packed with amino acids, minerals, beneficial fatty acids, and even nootropics. I use the ant powder pre-workout as its also a potent strengthener for the musculoskeletal system.
Great, you may be thinking, I'll save a few bucks and send my kid ant-hunting in the backyard.
Unfortunately, you won't get the same results with backyard ants (though you may still want to send your kid out…it will keep him or her occupied for a while at least). The stuff I use is made from a specific variety of ant, the Polyrachis Ant, which live up high in the mountains, often among ginseng roots. Polyrachis Ants are sourced from a pure and clean environment, while common household ants are often exposed to chemicals that I do not recommend you ingest. The Polyrachis Ant Extract from Lost Empire Herbs is also, 10:1 meaning you get 10 times the ant power per teaspoon.
If the thought of taking a straight dropperful of ants is less than appealing, you can add it right into your protein powder (I recommend Kion Clean Protein in the chocolate flavor for ant-mixing) or try this Black Ant Frappe recipe I created:
- 1 teaspoon black ant extract (use code BEN10 to save 10%)
- 2 teaspoons organic Ceylon cinnamon
- 5-6 drops dark chocolate stevia
- 1-2 handfuls of ice
- 4-6oz water
- 1 tablespoon of brain octane oil for an extra ketotic-kick-in-the-pants (use code BEN to save 10%)
Blend and drink up!
However you decide to get your ant power, you'll definitely reap the benefits, with the added bonus of being able to enjoy people's reactions when you tell them your muscle-building, energy-enhancing insect secret.
Bear With Me, It's Dinnertime
Okay, so we have established that ants are stronger than bears. No contest. But there's also no doubt that bears are pretty bad-ass. Until recently, though, when a fellow bowhunter friend gifted me a giant bear steak, I had never tried to prepare bear to eat.
Bear meat is very tough, so it needs to be cooked low and slow. It also needs to be cooked to at least 165°F or more to avoid getting Trichinosis (a nasty parasite).
So, here's how I prepared the cuts of bear:
- I woke up at 4 am and put the bear meat into my Stasher sous vide bags along with several slabs of bacon from US Wellness Meats, Primal Kitchen Caesar marinade, salt, pepper, and Dr. Cowan's Summer Savory Powder.
- I cooked the meat with my joule sous vide wand at 165°F for 16 hours. After 16 hours, I stirred all of the marinade and the yummy bacon fat from the bag into a pot with Himalayan Buckwheat Flour (a superstar of my new Boundless Cookbook) to make the delicious gravy to go with the bear.
- I then took the bear and gave it a good pan sear for about 5 mins per side along with the bacon. Finally, I served this all up alongside gravy and roasted vegetables.
This bear meat turned out to be incredibly tender when cut against the grain, which is a trick for working with tougher meat cuts.
If you ever get your hands on a nice slab of bear meat, you have to try this recipe, and like I advised with the ant extract, don't hold back on telling your friends and family—they'll probably think you're kind of crazy, which is half the fun of biohacking, right?
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Product Of The Week
::: Magic Spoon's Delicious Keto-Friendly, Low-Carb Cereal :::
Prepare to relive fond childhood memories of watching morning cartoons while eating a big bowl of fruity, frosted, or chocolatey cereal—but with far healthier (and I'll argue tastier) versions of what you ate back then.
Magic Spoon is the best way to fuel up on the most important meal of the day—their cereals have 14g of protein, 0g of sugar, and most importantly, taste incredible. Their flavors include some of your childhood faves, like Frosted, Fruity, Cocoa, and Peanut Butter.
You can also build your own custom box of flavors with any combo of those or the delicious Cookies & Cream, Maple Waffle, Blueberry, and Cinnamon!
What are you waiting for? Take my word for it that it's not too good to be true.
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Introducing My New Training Program!
This week, I announced I will be launching my new training program, Boundless, exclusively on the Ladder app. With my program, I will provide you with my own personal training plan every week, including 5 Tabata/bodyweight sessions, 1 active recovery session, and 1 day dedicated to “biohacking.”
This is the next best thing to training with me in person and at an incredible rate. In addition to programming, you’ll get access to a community of individuals who will also help hold you accountable.
So no more guessing. No more planning. No more excuses. Boundless will take care of all of that for you. We begin training together as a team on Monday, September 20th. To secure your spot, join my waitlist and you’ll get your first week of training FREE.
I Want To Know What You've Got Cooking
I'm so stoked about the positive feedback I've been getting about my new Boundless Cookbook. The cookbook was a labor of love, but I'm really proud of the end result (especially considering I'm definitely not a trained chef).
Now that the Boundless Cookbook is available on Amazon, I have a favor to ask…
If you have the cookbook and you love it, can you hop on over to Amazon and leave a review? Amazon reviews—as I bet you know—are super important. I want your honest feedback and I'll be reading them to hear what you think.
You can leave your review on Amazon right here (and if you don't have a cookbook yet, and you're an Amazon Prime member, you could have your copy at your doorstep as early as tomorrow).
Kion Product Of The Week: Flavorful Kion Clean Protein
Protein is essential for muscle growth, metabolism, sleep, immune function, brain health, and more—and most people aren’t getting enough.
You deserve a clean, delicious, high-protein powder that’ll build your best body from the inside out.
The new Kion Clean Protein is the cream of the crop of whey proteins. Clean Protein delivers an easy-to-absorb complete protein that’s:
- Made with superior quality whey protein isolate
- From grass-fed, pasture-raised cows
- Antibiotic-free and growth hormone-free
- Virtually lactose-free
Each serving contains 20 grams of high-quality protein from cows that graze on healthy pastures. The result is a nutrient-dense, protein-rich whey with virtually zero lactose, carbohydrates, or milk fat.
Indulge in rich chocolate or smooth vanilla—flavored with organic natural flavors, Himalayan pink salt, and stevia. Or, opt for unflavored, for you purists out there. Clean Protein has absolutely no artificial sweeteners and only 80 calories per serving.
*The FDA hasn't evaluated these statements. Kion products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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