Delicious Vegetable Soup

This post is brought to you by Hungry’s mom! We composed the post, but she provided the recipe and pictures! Yum!

With spring and summer around, vegetables are flowing freely (yay!). We are truly happy for that and even happier with the recipes that come along with it! This vegetable soup is sure to keep everyone around the table happy and well-fed with nutritious ingredients. There is not much work to it at all! 

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Vegetable Soup
A easy-to-make vegetable soup that can last the week


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Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
1 hr 15 min

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
1 hr 15 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 large container(approx 32 oz) organic vegetable broth
  2. 1 large can (approx 28oz) whole peeled tomatoes
  3. 1 can 16oz (or fresh equivalent) of cannellini and red kidney beans
  4. 1 cup fresh green beans
  5. 2 cups shitake mushrooms
  6. large dash pepper
  7. large dash olive oil
  8. 2 cups diced celery
  9. 1 cup sliced carrots
  10. 1 onion, sliced
  11. 1 shallot, sliced
  12. several handfuls fresh dill
  13. 12 fresh sage leaves
  14. 1 cup thin egg noodles or similar small pasta
  15. pepper to taste or if you like it spicy, add fresh peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Make sure to do all the chopping or slicing you need to do for vegetables
  2. Add all ingredients with the exception of egg noodles to large sauce pot and bring to a boil
  3. Simmer and cover for approx 1-1.5 hours
  4. Ten minutes before serving, add egg noodles
Notes
  1. Would go great alongside ciabatta bread!
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There you have it. Enjoy and thank Hungry’s mom for this one! This is a great way to meal prep for the entire week and not have to worry about dinner. Big batches are smart like that. Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

GODZILLA Movie Review (2014)

A 29-film series that will not stop now! I think I got that number right. After all, I have seen them all countless times so that does make it easier to keep count. Oh no… wait a second, I only saw Godzilla (1998) one time and told myself I could never sit through it again. Not even the magnificent Jean Reno could save that movie for me. Oh well, let’s get back to what everyone wants to talk about… Godzilla (2014).

As a child whose Christmas List every year contained the entirety of the Godzilla franchise on VHS (I taped them off the television from a very young age), I was extremely cautious about this reboot. The initial trailer was not appealing… at all! There were no signs of other monsters and it seemed that Godzilla would again be a villain to America. My expectations were low and luckily I was wrong. I really enjoyed the movie and sharing the experience with Fit, who very kindly let me talk about the 1954 version and many of the sequels in detail for hours and hours. 

The acting was average to above average. Bryan Cranston has been on fire since Malcolm in the Middle (a little humor), Ken Watanabe is a legend in my books, and both Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen weren’t… awful. Part of me wanted Sam Worthington to play the lead but I really do enjoy the casting of “no-name actors.” It allows them to be the main character of that one movie and not Jake Sully/Perseus/that guy from the Terminator I never saw. On top of that, the star of the movie… Godzilla, was depicted SO WELL! I was extremely relieved to see this after that AWFUL creature stepped on-screen in 1998. 

Now I did read a list that you can check out here and while I agree with almost everything mentioned, the first four are all aspects I really don’t care about since the star is… Godzilla! I came to watch him wreck other monsters and pile up some collateral damage and I got exactly that. If we get lucky, a crossover with Pacific Rim might happen in the near future. (Slattern was estimated to be 182 meters, compared to Godzilla’s 108 in his largest form, but don’t worry, the King of All Monsters wouldn’t lose.) SPOILER: He even used his ATOMIC BREATH. (Fit was like what the … at this point. Then I told her he can “fly.”)

The soundtrack was fitting, the scenes were diverse enough, the editing was clean, and the plot was exactly what it needed to be. It showcased the importance of Godzilla as a symbol for the abuse of nuclear technology (we will leave it at that) and his role on Earth. He has no interest in the affairs of humans; his goal is to assert himself as the King of All Monsters and humans are often caught in the colossal wrestling matches that his reign ensues. It might seem as if he is our savior, but that’s not really the case because we aren’t worth his time. King Kong, MechaGodzilla, Mothra, Gigan, Biollante, King Ghidorah, etc. are all worth his time. We can even throw Ebirah in the mix, the list never ends anyway. That point was made, along with the point that we need to “control” our use of nuclear energy, and the point that Godzilla owns this planet. 

I am looking forward to a sequel that continues to pay homage to Toho’s earlier work while wisely using our modern-day technology to make Godzilla look like he doesn’t have neck issues. Hopefully, the lead male and female can develop some more personality but it’s no necessary for me to enjoy something so close to my childhood heart. 

THE BOTTOM LINE: Whether a fan of the series or not, just go see it! These colossal monsters done right will keep most audiences entertained and are worth a $6 first show of the day ticket. 

As always…stay hungry and fit!

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Hi I'm cute

Hi I’m cute

Memorial Day Weekend in Pictures

Lots of food pics incoming…!

Workouts

Workouts

Boulder Creek Festival...me having churro all over my face

Boulder Creek Festival…me having churro all over my face

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Noke and I went on a nice hike

Noke and I went on a nice hike

Avoided a storm

Avoided a storm

Ice cream, obviously

Ice cream, obviously

Beautiful morning walk

Beautiful morning walk

Chris turned French and made me a bunch of deliciousness

Chris turned French and made me a bunch of deliciousness

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Bolder Boulder!

Bolder Boulder!

Baked muffins for two Memorial Day BBQs

Baked muffins for two Memorial Day BBQs

Noms

Noms

and more noms

and more noms

Noke didn't throw up in the car! yay!

Noke didn’t throw up in the car! yay!

Healthy Version of Pizza

I crave pizza probably 85% of the time. And while it would be nice to grab a slice of pizza every time I get that craving, it’s best for my body that I don’t. That’s why we create alternatives and moderations to satisfy these cravings. This is a shout-out to my mum who would make this healthy version of pizza for me for a snack all the time. It’s time for pizza toast! This is a healthier, much cheaper version of pizza that is sure to kick your pizza craving in the butt. It is incredibly, incredibly simple and could call for some creativity if you want to get snazzy with it. 

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Pizza Toast

Serves 1
A healthy alternative to pizza


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Prep Time
3 min

Cook Time
2 min

Prep Time
3 min

Cook Time
2 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 slice of bread
  2. 1 slice of cheese (enough to cover the bread)
  3. 1 tbsp your favorite “red” sauce
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread on both sides lightly
  2. Spread the red sauce on the toast
  3. Put the cheese on top and bake for 1-2 minutes or until melted
Notes
  1. Have fun with it and add more ingredients!
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Super simple, super easy, and you can make it what YOU want it to be. Have fun with the cheese, the sauce (try pesto!), and whatever toppings you want. This is a great snack or light meal. Enjoy it and make it yours! Use this healthy pizza alternative to stay hungry and fit!

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Nymeria stealing Noke's 3rd bed

Nymeria stealing Noke’s 3rd bed

Healthy Black Bean Brownies

The first time I heard about black bean brownies, I turned my nose up. First of all, brownies aren’t my go-to dessert (although they can be delicious, see: Judith’s brownies) and second of all, BEANS?! IN BROWNIES?! Now you’re talking crazy. However, here at Hungry and Fit we’re always looking at ways to healthify things we love so we have no limits. One day, one of my trainers brought in black bean brownies and they were darn good. Black bean brownies are a sure lesson of not judging a book by its cover, because they are gooo–oood! This recipe is a sure way to eating brownies guilt-free! 

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Healthy Black Bean Brownies

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A brownie that your taste buds AND waist line will enjoy


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
18 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
18 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 15oz can black beans
  2. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 cup oil (I used olive oil)
  6. 1/3 cup of honey
  7. 2 tbsp sugar
  8. 1/2 cup quick-cook oats
  9. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a square tin
  2. Rinse out your beans
  3. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor
  4. Mix it up real, real well–make it smooth!
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips
  6. Pour into tin
  7. Garnish the top with chocolate chips
Notes
  1. The more you blend it, the less grittier it will be!
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
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These are healthy and delectable. I usually don’t tell people they have beans in them until they try it (unless they are on a health journey). This recipe promises not to disappoint taste buds or waist lines. I am very happy for this recipe to satisfy any chocolate craving! Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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Poor puppy has been sick with giardia

Poor puppy has been sick with giardia

#24 Greatest Video Game of All Time

It is time to bring you #24 of our “Top 25 Video Games of All Time“! I’ve been looking forward to this since last week! Make sure you check out our video game brain trust before reading further. If you missed last week’s #25 games, read here to update yourself. Ready, get set, go #24! 

#24 Favorite/Best Video Game

Kai – Worms Armageddon – One of the few multiplayer PC games that could be played on a single computer.  An amazing party game, full of humor and customization as well as tactical depth and variety.  I spent countless hours at home and at friends’ houses trying to master the art of the ninja rope or the exploding sheep.  A great game that perfectly captures the idea that games are about fun and shouldn’t take themselves too seriously.

Scott (Po) – Skies of Arcadia – I’m a sucker for sky pirates and RPGs. I fell in love at first sight.

Andrew – Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr. (N64) Call, call, call me Junior. Pretty sure that reticle size never, ever made any difference at all here. Pretty sure that Scott Rolen + anyone else was an absolute trading machine and other teams would drop him pretty much right away for rinse and repeat. This is my most played sports game after Madden and I just felt like I could replay the season mode over and over again. The music, the pageantry, the dynamics were just so fun (only thing holding this game back was that overthrows didn’t happen – if they did, absolute surprise to me). Naturally Mark McGwire shouldn’t be used in game. …with all this said, I tried to play whatever 2K Baseball or whatever people play now a days and I had like 0 outs with 3 runs against me in the top of the 1st so…yeah…

Alana (Fit) – FIFA World Cup Series – What a perfect way to continue the list as the actual World Cup 2014 approaches. FIFA games are all great, but I specified World Cup so that I could play as those famous countries. For me, it’s a timeless game that I can return to over and over. Soundtracks from that game will forever populate my mind. I started playing around 2000, I believe, and Kai and I would play tons of it. I would love to go through the whole World Cup process–it didn’t matter how bad the graphics were. There’s something about that game that gives you that addiction. Even when I start to play real life soccer, I say, “Let’s play FIFA!” It’s a great game for multiplayer and solo, especially for those who love the game. FIFA will always have a special place in my heart and I will continue to play it time and time again. Definitely my most favorite sports video game series. 

Chris (Hungry) – House of the Dead III (ARCADE) – There will be a few arcade games that will make my list. The reason I am choosing the arcade version rather than the console release one is the pump-action shotgun that you get to whip around like Arnold in that mall scene in Terminator II. House of the Dead III is by far my favorite arcade shooting game, although there are tons of top choices including: Revolution X, Time Crisis II, Virtua Cop, The Ocean Hunter, etc., mainly because of the memories it produced. It also was one of the few that I beat in the arcade over and over again, along with all the ones listed earlier. It was a money issue, typically, but I couldn’t hold my quarters back for this one. The continuing story throughout the series, the decent graphics, the presence of voice acting, and the ability to choose your stages made this game better than most of its competition. Plus, the fact that it was released for multiple consoles made it even more accessible for in-home gamers. It might have been released in 2002 but it is a game I will still throw quarters into over 16 years later. If I have an arcade in my home one day, this will be one of the first three machines in it.

And with that ends our #24 greatest video game of all time. Keep your eyes ready for next week’s #23! Looking forward to what everyone lists! Let us know what you think with comments below! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

 

 

Beat Average

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of GNC. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you seen GNC's new commercial? I feel like I've been showing everyone lately. GNC  is centering their new campaign about beating average (#BeatAverage). We are ALL about this. Who wants to be average when you could be so much more? I find it absolutely inspiring and motivating. Look at the commercial below. 

How awesome is that commercial? There are so many truths in it. How often have you made an excuse in order to not workout? How many times have you "forgotten" to workout? It happens to all of us. But GNC is challenging us to be greater, to be stronger, to be more focused. GNC is here to help us beat average. I appreciate that which is why I've been trying to show everyone that commercial, to inspire them to beat average. 

GNC has been around for almost 80 years, originally called the General Nutrition Center. It started in Pittsburgh as a place to go to live well and perform at your very best level. This is still very relevant today. If you aren't performing at your best level, why are you performing at all? When we strive, we should strive for the top of the top. We should be pushing our mind and body to get to that point we haven't ever achieved before. Average is blah, average is not for winners. Average is for those who want to just "get on" through life. No push, no struggle, no achievement. When you work hard, the rewards are endless

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I hope many are with me when I say I want to conquer "Average." Let's conquer and beat Average. No longer do we need a society with run-of-the-mill people. Let's push to the top, push ourselves to struggle through the pain for the path to greatness. If you're with me for this, stop over to GNC Live Well and join #TeamGNC along with Hungry and I. Average is not for us. Beat average to stay hungry and fit!

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Our Weekend in Pictures

Lots of Noke pics incoming....

Lots of Noke pics incoming….

Kick-butt workouts

Kick-butt workouts

Thrift store shopping always promises interesting stuff

Thrift store shopping always promises interesting stuff

Look at those lats!

Look at those lats!

More silliness

More silliness

Getting ready for the World Cup!

Getting ready for the World Cup!

Amazing Sushi dinner

Amazing Sushi dinner

Noke made a new friend and we spent the morning hiking!

Noke made a new friend and we spent the morning hiking!

Which resulted in her passing out (yay!)

Which resulted in her passing out (yay!)

Corn is the signal of warm weather

Corn is the signal of warm weather

Cuties

Cuties

Nice sunsets

Nice sunsets

Trying to teach Noke how to cuddle

Trying to teach Noke how to cuddle

What did YOU do this weekend?

Vibram Sued for FiveFingers: My Reaction

NOTE: Neither Hungry or Fit are sponsored or employed by Vibram or any of its affiliates nor do we have any professional or personal relationships or agreements with any individuals affiliated with or employed by Vibram or any of its partners. All opinions are 100% the property of Hungry.

Please click on this link and read the original story. That is also my citation so no one give me grief about plagiarism! I came across this article the day it was published (about five days ago) and had a significant reaction to what occurred. To loosely summarize the event, two year ago a woman led a lawsuit against Vibram claiming that they deceptively advertised their minimalist shoes and fabricated the health benefits of wearing and exercising in a pair. Vibram lost and it cost them nearly FOUR MILLION dollars. Oh… and now the 70,000,000 Americans that purchased a pair since 2009 are entitled to refunds up to $94 a pair. Here is my reaction.

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$300 would really help right now. We just paid taxes, we’re going back to school, we really really want a second vehicle, and those $282 that I could get refunded would make a serious difference. I have had three pairs since 2009; Alana bought me two of those. At first, they were difficult to fit to my ridiculously oddly shaped feet but Vibram replaced them with different sizes for me at no additional cost. I owned three different models and they each fit differently, some better than others. Once you find the right size… they are very comfortable, in my opinion.

I have used them for all kinds of physical activity from running on the beach to Spartan Races to Warrior Dashes to 5ks to martial arts to bodybuilding to powerlifting to just about everything else I do. Sometimes they work better then other forms of footwear, sometimes I can’t tell a difference, and sometimes they are clearly not very effective. Vibram tries to help you in the selection process by creating shoes for specific disciplines, but it is really all up to you to decide what you like. AND THAT IS THE KEY!

We make our own decisions. If someone tells you to eat dirt because it will make your muscles grow, will you do it? What if a company that is really popular at the time tells you to do it, then what? Everyone who purchased a pair of FiveFingers should have done their research (online, books, magazines, etc.), talked to experts (their doctor, podiatrist, sports medicine professionals, personal trainers, etc.), and thought of the consequences of wearing minimalist shoes. I weigh over 200lbs and have ZERO foot arch. I have a size 11.5 right foot and 12.5 left foot (American sizes)… oh, and they are both EE width. When I run, I am always visited by my best friends, shin splints. Having these minimalist shoes does not help my impact like wearing moon shoes would, so do I run on hard surfaces with them? NO!

 

Now, do I think, as a professional in the fitness field that these can help strengthen muscles in the lower legs and feet, improve range of motion in the ankles, feet, and toes, and aid in developing balance and agility… YES, I DO. If they are used responsibly with proper fitness regiments and technique, they most certainly can and they have for me. I’m not quite sold on the elimination of heel lift, development of better posture, and ability to move naturally (maybe more naturally than certain footwear) but that’s beyond the point. I did not buy the shoes for ANY of the reasons that Vibram advertised, so I am not upset by these claims being deceptive for some individuals. 

To hit on one last point, I want to respond to the claims of the APMA that these shoes can have negative health impacts, including being more prone to allowing puncture wounds and increasing stress on the lower parts of the your legs. Are you serious? Is this not COMPLETELY OBVIOUS to everyone? There is clearly very little protection on the bottom, and Vibram does not hide this. They don’t need to though because you can look at a pair in the store and see that if you step on a thumbtack, that point WILL go through your skin. Also, you’re making your lower extremities more vulnerable but that is usually the case when trying to strengthen something. Will pushups make my chest stronger? Yes, they will. Will I be more likely to get hurt sitting on the couch or doing pushups? Obviously doing pushups, but you decide to become vulnerable in order to make progress. 

So, please, if you wear FiveFingers, other minimalist shoes, or ever wanted a pair do not abandon your desire because of this lawsuit. This SEEMS to be yet another case of people trying to set themselves for life because of a mistake they made themselves. Their egos will not allow them to be the ones at fault, so they point the finger, win for some strange reason, and never have to work again. If they really cared, they would donate that money to an organization that will provide shoes for developing countries and societies that want shoes. Or maybe they would donate it to an organization that could provide free surgical operations to people in need that have feet conditions. (I have had MULTIPLE foot operations and know how debilitating those conditions can be when they are not treated. I wish it on no one else.) Do your research on the topic, take responsibility for YOUR actions, and know that this part of your life is in your hands. You get to decide what shoes go on your feet in our country… don’t take that for granted. As always, stay hungry and fit!

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Cutie wooties

Cutie wooties

 

Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I would say one of the most popular desserts of all time are chocolate chip cookies. I’ve rarely seen people deny them out of distaste, maybe just out of nutritional reasons. Chris is always wanting some fresh-baked cookies, and I decided to be nice (rare moments, I kn0w). However, they wouldn’t be completely without a twist of health. These chocolate chip cookies have whole-wheat flour in them instead of regular, which adds more fiber into our diet! Who needs apples when you could have these cookies? Just kidding, kids… But truth be told, these are full of fiber, and not overdone with sugar and butter. These are perfect for summer days and sure to win you friends! 

Gotta love these ingredients

Gotta love these ingredients

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Best part to eat

Best part to eat

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Boooom!

Boooom!

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Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A healthy spin on chocolate chip cookies


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
16 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
16 min

Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups whole-wheat flour
  2. 3/4 tsp baking powder
  3. 3/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 stick butter
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup g. sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 bag chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a baking sheet
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a smaller bowl
  3. Beat sugar and butter together until smooth
  4. Add in egg and vanilla
  5. Slowly mix the dry into the wet mixture, but don’t beat it too much
  6. Fold the chocolate chips in
  7. Roll up some dough and plop it in separate ball-type formations onto the baking sheet
  8. Bake for 16-20 minutes
Adapted from Food 52
Adapted from Food 52
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These are really darn good. Hungry has been eating them for every meal I kid you not. I tried to stop him…but there’s no stopping him with a handful of chocolate chip cookies and a gallon of milk. This recipe is so easy and these cookies are really good! Try them out and let me know what you think! 

*Question of the Day: What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

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Sajah being cute

Sajah being cute