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New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
Mix Up Your Cocktail Hour With New Natural, Healthy “Keto” Wine Infusions
If you've been following me for a while, you know that I frequently enjoy a nice glass of biodynamic Dry Farms Wine. As I talk about in this podcast with Dry Farms Wine founder Todd White, it's so important for your health to drink wine that's natural, organic, additive-free, “keto friendly” and low-alcohol.
Mixing it up (get it?) with cocktails is fun, though, and so when I heard that Dry Farms was creating a sister company producing natural wine botanical elixirs, I couldn't wait to try them. The wine-based infusions from bolixir (botanical + elixir) are mindfully low in alcohol (6-9% ABV), rich in plant-based herbal benefits, and certified by the same rigorous quality standards as Dry Farm Wines. The elixirs are also organic, biodynamic, sugar-free, and keto/paleo-friendly, with the grapes and herbs grown and hand-harvested by small family farms in limited batches.
The limited first-release bolixir selections include Dandelion White (natural white wine infused with organic mint, dandelion, and nettle), Lavender Red (natural red wine infused with organic lavender, rose, and nettle), Elderflower Bubbles (natural sparkling white wine infused with elderflower), and Rose Blossom Bubbles (natural sparkling red wine infused with rose blossom. My friends at Dry Farms Wine sent me the first-release selections and my wife Jessa and I loved all of them.
You'll Be In Food Heaven With This Tasty Carnivorous Recipe
Today I tried my hand at cooking Oxtail, as my friends at Belcampo often send up some random cut of meat I have no clue how to cook but get curious about anyways…
What is oxtail? Oxtail has associations with traditional English cooking, with many Brits apparently growing up with the smell of tinned oxtail soup wafting through their kitchens. Not quite so in America, but still, with nose-to-tail eating an emerging trend, cuts like this are becoming more popular, and the promised rich, beefy goodness of oxtail intrigued me. Rich in gelatin, there will be a piece of bone and some marrow in the middle of each one. The meat is tough so it’s best when it is cooked slowly to soften it up in stews and soup (just like Grandma used to make!).
So how do you “soften” up a cut as tough as a “tail”? I decided to try cooking it sous vide style in plastic-free “Stasher” bags with my Joule sous vide wand for 24 hours (yep a whole day!) at 145F, with an entire bottle of Primal Kitchen turmeric and avocado oil marinade (use code BEN for 10% off) tossed into the bag along with the oxtail.
Then I simply gave it a quick sear in olive oil for 4 minutes per side or until nice and brown.
The result? A wonderful savory, juicy, melt-in-the-mouth dish that I think will impress any carnivorous folks out there. Try serving this over mashed cauliflower with butter, some kind of mashed or roasted pumpkin or squash, a touch of a good hot sauce, and a side salad, and you'll be in food heaven.
Anybody else out there try oxtail? By the way, I have a ton of novel recipes just like this one in my new cookbook, Boundless Cookbook. Grab yours today, and if you already did, spread the love and leave me a dope review, as it really helps the book out!
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The Gathering (October 7-9, 2021)
Join me and my wife Jessa, and a small number of elite CEOs and entrepreneurs for three days of mitochondrial optimization, biohacking, fitness training, five-star organic meals, and authentic human connection in Austin, TX. This will be my 6th time attending The Gathering at RUNGA, the event that I consider to be the most exclusive, comprehensive, and restorative wellness retreat on the entire planet. Click here to grab one of the very limited spots we have open to the public for The Gathering this October.
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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: Kion Creatine, Back After A Much-Too-Long Hiatus!
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*The FDA hasn't evaluated these statements. Kion products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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