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4th of July Dessert: Cannoli Dip

Independence Day (or July 4th…or 4th of July) is TOMORROW! Do you have something that you’re going to bring to that BBQ or party? No?! Well good thing you found us because I have a 4th of July-themed dessert that takes under ten minutes (perhaps under five minutes if you don’t diddle daddle in the kitchen like me). Who doesn’t love a cannoli? You know, the Italian dessert of creamy middle surrounded by pastry? It kind of looks like a rounded dessert taco. Anyhow, it’s one of our favorite desserts here at Hungry & Fit. However, we don’t have the time to make the dough, cook the pastry in its perfect shape, and then pipe the filling in. Let’s just skip to the good stuff–the filling!

I was watching The Kitchen one day on Food Network and the Sandwich King (Jeff Mauro) made this recipe. I changed it up a little bit and subtracted some sugar so that you can have a sweet treat for this 4th of July. Feel free to get creative with the toppings. I made it as red, white, blue as I could!

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#6 Greatest Movie of All Time

Here we are for another round of our top 10 movies of all time! What number are we at today? #6! If you missed the others, here are #7, #8, #9, and #10. Want to know who is behind this zany list? Check this post out to see our incredible braintrust for these movies. I look forward to this every week to find out what movies are going to grace the list. It also tells you a little something about each person. Alright, let’s check out #6 of our Top 10 Movies of all Time list!

Kai – “Pulp Fiction”

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Sharky’s: A Local Chain We Can Get Behind

You know… there’s something special about chains. There’s this attraction to Subway and McDonald’s. No matter where you are, you feel that magnetism around something familiar and it draws you in. Whether we’re driving cross-country or I’m studying in Korea, I know that there is something I like here, but dang, do I feel bad eating it. Imagine there were chains with that sense of familiarity and comfort, that you didn’t feel bad visiting? 

Fortunately for all of us, those chains are emerging and while they might not have 100 billions customers served yet, they’re steadily growing. One of those chains, for those of us in Los Angeles is Sharky’s. In short, Sharky’s provides you with healthy and delicious Mexican food options so that you can enjoy all of the classics at their many convenient locations, without worrying about eating unhealthy. 

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 5 Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care

The spinal column, also known as the backbone, serves as the main support of our body’s skeletal structure. We can stand upright, move, bend, and twist, all thanks to the spinal column. But because it goes through so much, it can get injured and serious injury could drastically affect other functions of our body. This is why we need chiropractic care.

Pain is one of the ways in which our body is telling us that something is wrong. Back pain can result due to minor injuries as well as severe injuries to the spine. The absence of pain, however, does not immediately mean that you are healthy. But regardless of the cause, back pain can affect your body’s movement and prevent you from doing other activities. The good thing is that chiropractic care can relieve you of your back pain using a drug-free approach.

Here are five health benefits as to why you should get chiropractic care now:
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How Does Exercise Impact Sleep?

Being in the fitness industry, we know how important sleep is for the body. Getting fit doesn’t just happen in the gym, it also happens at home in your bed. Recovery is a huge part of fitness and if you just work out with no recovery, you can only get so far. Your body needs to recover, rebuild muscle proteins, and get proper rest. Good recovery tools include foam rolling sore muscles, icing and heating, proper nutrition intake, massage, and SLEEP. Want to build muscle? Get a good night’s rest. Exercise and sleep affect each other.

We would like to share an awesome resource and article with you guys to underline our point of how sleep can help you get fitter. The scientists behind the Casper mattress created a sleep blog called Van Winkle’s to share their science, health, and cultural discoveries with health communities like ours. If you haven’t already heard of Van Winkle’s, you should check them out here. They recently posted this article “7 Things to Know About the Sleep-Exercise Connection.” Did you know the reason “why” you workout also contributes to your sleep quality? Who would have thunk it? See below. Check out the article and tell us if any of these points resonate with you. And as always, stay hungry and fit!

“In one study, participants who got the best sleep reported getting (a lot of) exercise from leisure activities. People who were active for other reasons, e.g., due to occupational demands, reported worse sleep, as did people who didn’t exercise at all.”

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3 Tips to Choosing an Alkaline Water Machine Brand

If you haven’t jumped on the latest alkaline water bandwagon yet, then you are missing out on a lot of things. You could be losing on out on the health benefits that alkaline water gives. In today’s hectic lifestyle where we are left with our heads hanging due to massive fatigue from our daily schedules, an energizer in the form of our staple water will make a lot of difference. Alkaline water helps us relieve our fatigue and re-supply our bodies with new energy that will allow us to keep up until the end of the day. Now that is something that one would want, right? With renewed energy, we would be able to work harder and even have spare energy to spend our precious time with our families and friends. After all, what is the use of working hard when you don’t have the energy to have fun with your loved ones?

Now, the next question is how would you be able to get your hands on an alkaline water machine? The thing is, alkaline water has a high pH level that can balance the acid content on your body but at the same time, it can also potentially harm your body if the pH level is too high. A normal body should just have a ph level of 7- 8.8. An alkaline water can reach up to 14 pH rating, so therefore, you need to be careful and control the pH level of your alkaline water.

There are many alkaline water machine brands on the market today that one would definitely have a hard time choosing the best alkaline water machine for them. To help you in that aspect, here are 3 tips on choosing the right alkaline water machine brand for you.

  1. Collect information or seek a knowledgeable person

By having an alkaline water machine, you would be able to convert your ordinary tap water into alkaline water which will have a higher pH level compared to ordinary tap water. With that in mind, you should first determine what kind of tap water do you have at your home. This is very important as it will be the basis for controlling the pH level of your alkaline machine. If you don’t have the capability of determining yourself, then finding an expert in the field would be your choice. In most cases, there are people from the government agencies that are knowledgeable in this aspect. You can visit your local water supplier and ask for information about your tap water. This should contain the pH level, the various minerals, and other substances in your tap water.

  1. Research and list the different alkaline water machine brands

After determining the kind of tap water your household has, it is now time to find the right kind of alkaline water machine brand that will suit your needs. Take note that you are aiming for a 7. – 8.8 pH level. But, of course, if you have high acid content, then you can always adjust to a higher pH level. Visiting local alkaline machine brands will mostly do the trick as most machines have the specific details especially its pH level on their product quote. Asking the salesperson also greatly helps and can provide a reasonable guarantee with the product’s quality. You can also do a quick search on the internet to gather some useful information that will make your search more effective.

  1. Reputation and Warranty

After having a short list of the potential alkaline water machine brands, you must then check their reputation. Look for client reviews about the product and carefully decide if they should stay on your final list. Check the quality of the product, if it is consistent on delivering on its promised pH level and how often should you get them checked or replace the filters.

After determining the product’s reputation, you should also secure a warranty for your alkaline machine. It is very important that you have a guarantee on the product so that you can always return and have the machine replaced in case things go wrong. Remember that you are dealing with your family’s health, that is why should cover all of your bases and prepare in advance.

Our Weekend in Pics (Field Day)

Annual camping trip

Annual camping trip

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#7 Greatest Movie of All Time

Welcome back to our Top 10 Movies Countdown! If you missed the last few, a few of us are making a list of our favorite movies of all time. It’s not as easy as it sounds! If you haven’t read the previous ones you can find #10, #9, and #8 here. There are a lot of fun ones this week. I’ll stop blabbing–enjoy!

Kai – “Office Space” (1999)

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3 Tips to Adding Sports Supplements to your Daily Fitness Routine

Sports supplements have been incorporated into many athletes routines because of the benefits they gain from them. Athletes often go to supplements to gain a competitive advantage physically and mentally. Supplements make it easier to acquire the necessary nutrients that the body needs to build muscles and enhance your training when taken properly. It is well known for helping you lose weight without sacrificing your health.
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5 Top Mobility Aids for Seniors in 2017

There’s no escaping getting old. Despite the advancement of technology, our bodies will still experience wear and tear. Walking is one of the things that gets harder as time goes by. It’s a good thing that people have done innovations to make sure that the quality of life of seniors with a mobility impairment will not suffer.

If you are living with a senior or would like to help a senior family member or friend with their mobility impairment, here are some products that you can buy for them. Note that under each category are a variety of products still. You may do further research to know which one fits your need and budget. The important thing is that whoever you will buy it for will feel more comfortable. Continue reading