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Association of Food Bloggers: Recipe Feature

Another blogger reached out to tell us how inspirational it was to see us continue to post well into our fifth year of blogging. (We started H&F in August 2012.) When we started as a personal blog, we had no idea where we’d end up, but we’ve probably excelled more in the Hungry part of Hungry & Fit. Sure, you might have seen Hungry’s personal trainer showcase for an international publication, but who knew people loved our cooking (or baking) more than our training?!?

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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies



Don’t you just wish you could gnaw on? Something tasty that didn’t sit like a rock on your stomach? Some kind of dessert…maybe cookies…chocolate chip cookies…sounding better by the minute! I have a solution for you as we near swimsuit season: healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (they ALSO have raisins–added bonus). This recipe is very simple and features a new protein powder we’ve been trying!

It’s called Clean Lean Protein by NuZest (a kiwi company! How do we get so lucky?!)–and the ingredients are rather incredible. Most have no more than five ingredients and it’s composed of things like “Pea Protein Isolate,” “Vanilla,” “Strawberry,” “Red Beet” and other wonderful things. Usually protein powders have an insanely long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Clean Lean Protein brings along this simple protein powder that actually doesn’t taste like cardboard! Although I used it in a baking recipe here, I’ve also used it for smoothies and shakes and it definitely hits the spot (it mixes well in a shaker cup too–huge plus). If you use hungry20 to buy a NuZest product, you can get 20% PLUS free shipping. Click here to get to their website. Don’t forget to enter in the contest below!

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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I think I talked many times about how baking is therapy. Not shoving sugar in your face, but the act of baking itself. It’s the act of creation and producing something, I think. Also getting to work with your hands helps too. Bringing several ingredients together to make something completely different is fun and satisfying. The process consumes you so you aren’t thinking about the challenges or difficulties in your life. Also, another great byproduct is the delicious things themselves! However, we don’t want to feel guilty about eating this “invention,” we should instead enjoy them. 

This recipe is based on of this one here. It’s an incredibly easy recipe that’s hard to go wrong (just make sure you measure). It doesn’t take many ingredients, in fact, if you bake often, you’ll probably have most of them in your pantry. Sometimes Hungry doesn’t like when I bake “healthy” recipes, but I’m thinking that this time he did because they didn’t last over 24 hours (and there were at least a dozen of them). Praise to healthy oatmeal raisin cookies! This recipe is a crowd pleaser without making you feel the guilt!

Stiiir it up

Stiiir it up

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Peanut Butter Pancake Cookies

Here’s another good recipe for a quick snack for plenty of people. This one is inspired by Carrots n Cake, but I kind of changed it drastically. Pancakes are great. Cookies are great. Putting them together is absolute genius…meet the Pancake Cookie. I was nervous about the recipe, but it ended up turning out well. I like that this recipe is totally versatile and you can make it what you want it to be. Plus, it only took about 15 minutes to create–that’s a time I can get behind. This is actually a perfect breakfast idea because it’s a PANCAKE ON THE GO! What! Genius! Alright, alright, let’s get to the actual yumminess.

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Maple syrup is king

Maple syrup is king

Peanut Butter Pancake Cookies
Yields 7
A cross-breed between a pancake and a cookie that is downright delicious and easy to make.


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Prep Time
3 min

Cook Time
12 min

Prep Time
3 min

Cook Time
12 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pancake mix (we used Protein Kodiak Cake)
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. handful of chocolate pretzels (but you can use chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat 350 degrees F
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Put dollops (cookie-size) onto a greased baking sheet
  4. Put in for 10-12 minutes
  5. Take out and enjoy
Notes
  1. I would definitely serve with maple syrup if you can!
Adapted from Carrots n Cake
Adapted from Carrots n Cake
hungry and fit http://hungryandfit.com/

Simple, healthy, delicious. Three words that describe this recipe. I was actually shocked about how quick this recipe was and pleased as well. When I need a snack or a breakfast, I can whip these up in a second and store them for the week. What do you think? They may look strange, but they do taste good and they are guilt-free! They go so well with maple syrup and a glass of milk so I highly suggest doing this. And remember, you can put whatever you want in this recipe! Go crazy, have fun! Try this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Whew, that’s a title that takes a breath out of you! And it should, really, because it is darn delicious! I love it when I have a reason to bake (even though I don’t always need one). This time it was for a co-worker’s birthday. I had just recovered from the flu, so I didn’t want to leave the house for materials. So after using the thinking cap for a moment or two, I came up with the perfect idea–chocolate chip cookie cake. Perfect for celebration as a cake, but great because I always have ingredients to make cookies. To throw a healthy spin on it, I used whole-wheat flour and not much sugar at all. One of the best parts about this recipe is that it is super simple and easy!

Start with the dry...

Start with the dry…

Fold it all together

Fold it all together

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Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

A healthier version of the cookie cake


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/2 cup butter
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1/2 cup milk
  10. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl
  3. Get a big bowl out and either a beater or your best whisking-arm
  4. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamed
  5. Continue to mix the egg, milk, and vanilla extract in
  6. Now, beat in the dry ingredients–flour, baking soda, and salt
  7. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips. Not with a beater but with a whisk or a spoon
  8. Spread the dough out on a 12-13″ baking sheet. Make it nice and even
  9. Put in for 8-12 minutes
  10. Take it out, let it cool, decorate (optional) and then serve!
Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food
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Next time you’re thinking of baking a cake, why not go the simple route! It’s easy and everyone will be complimenting your baking prowess. It’ll be between you and I that it wasn’t too tough to produce. ūüėČ Have fun with it, put decorations on it! You can also add nuts or raisins, whatever be your fancy. Let me know how the recipe turns out for you! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

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My baking partner, best of the best

My baking partner, best of the best

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

Yields 18
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
hungry and fit http://hungryandfit.com/

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

How to Survive a Holiday Party

Tis the season of holiday parties full of cookies, brownies, fried foods, and tons of booze.¬†Yikes.¬†Double yikes if you’re trying to get through the holidays without packing on a tire belly. So I’ve created a rough holiday party¬†survival guide.¬†I need it too as I’m working hard to get ready for New Zealand!

1. Eat before you go. This is one of the best ways to avoid pitfalling from a grumbling tummy into a plate of sugar cookies. Eat something with plenty of protein. This will keep a fuller belly for a longer time. Then you can think clearly about the choices you are about to make at the festive party. Even if you have little time between blow-drying your hair and deciding which shoes to wear, slam back a healthy bowl of cereal at least!

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2. Stick to one glass.¬†An¬†easy easy way to overeat or just overindulge in general is to throw down too much alcohol. When you drink too much, your awareness of hunger and fullness fades and whatever looks good, you are going to eat. I’ve seen this countless times. Also, sticking to one glass helps you make smart decisions even¬†beyond food. You get a taste, but you stay classy!

Found this atop a gym locker...not classy

Found this atop a gym locker…not classy

3. Go for greens. Have you ever snacked on a ton of raw green beans? It actually gives you a sense of fullness. Anyways, at parties, there is usually some type of greenery, even if it does look lonely in the corner. This is the thing you wanna overdo, the thing you wanna go crazy on. Stuff your face with those sliced cucumbers and dunk it in hummus too!

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4. Moderation.¬†There are going to be treats that, even if you ate before you left and only had one glass of wine, you are going to want to try. That friend who has a wicked baking thumb? Yeah you want to try her decadent cookies. One of the most important things with eating–and life–is¬†moderation.¬†Have a bite of that cookie, taste a little bit of that cheesy dish. Just play it smart, don’t overdo.

So when you want to eat the whole cookie pan...just have a little

So when you want to eat the whole cookie pan…just have a little

5. Use smaller plates.¬†This happened to me recently at a holiday party. There were¬†only small plates. At first it was frustrating, but then I realized it kept my ravenous stomach at bay. Like I suggest at any big family gathering, stick to the small plates. Fill it up with greens and some of the other stuff and sit down and eat it. If you really want to wait in line and get more food, sure. But this way, there’s not a huge plate of food eyeing you, waiting for you to finish it even though you’re full.

6. Be a butterfly!¬†Social butterfly, I mean. Who has time to gobble up fudge when you’re engrossed in wonderful conversation? Go around, talk to different people, catch up! Honestly, when you’re busy talking, you’re not going to think of food. Try it.

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Those are just a few ways to survive those deadly holiday parties. Meditate on moderation before you go! Serve yourself a delicious dinner so those jugs of eggnog don’t tempt you. Stay strong, remember your goals, and remember that this is just one night. And even if you botch it, it’s¬†not the end of the world. Use this steps to stay¬†hungry and fit!

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Nymeria's favorite hangout spot

Nymeria’s favorite hangout spot

So You Overate…Get Over It!

I know I’m not alone when I find myself in a vicious cycle of overeating and then getting really angry at myself. It kind of burns a hole in the day. This is happens when I’m trying to follow a meal plan, eat cleanly, etc (otherwise I don’t much care). And then I fall off the wagon and divulge a little too much. It leaves you with guilt, anger, and disappointment. I’m sure many of you know these feelings and know what I mean. This cycle of self-loathing is useless and doesn’t get you any closer to your goals, so let’s learn how to just¬†drop it.

Incoming...pics of food that are easy to eat too much of!

Incoming…pics of food that are easy to eat too much of!

You overate. You went too hard into that ice cream. You took too much of Grandma’s toffee. GET OVER IT!¬†We all know that emotions can tie directly into eating¬†more,¬†so why do we let ourselves get so upset? Sure, we’re disappointed. We’re mad at ourselves for not having enough willpower and letting our cravings get the better of us. But why should we hold onto it? Why should we sit in a puddle of disgust?

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Take the first step and¬†forgive yourself.¬†You made a mistake. Put it in perspective. There’s not a chance you’re going to remember this in 5 or 10 years, what does it matter?¬†Acknowledge what you’ve done.¬†It’s okay. We make mistakes. You can’t be expected to follow something to a T 100% of the time. Don’t stray from what you did. Own it so that next time you can prevent it by understanding what you are feeling right now. Because what happens when we try to ignore or smother our emotions? We eat¬†more!

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So we own what we did, but we don’t get in a hissy fit over it. We did the deed, we ate two more cookies than we meant to, but there’s¬†nothing you can do it about now.¬†So¬†don’t¬†get in a dark mood and hate yourself. Negative energy will always set you on a¬†worse path for achieving goals. Tell yourself, “It’s okay. I did something I didn’t want to do, but I’m going to learn from this and try harder next time.”¬†Use it as an advantage for you. You can¬†always turn a negative into a positive. Remember how when you put the bowl of candy out, it was that much harder for you to resist. Put it in the cupboard where you can’t see it.

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Starting to get it? We own what we did, we understand why, and we put it in perspective. Take a big breath and let it out. It’s not the end of the world. Just get back on track now and let the overeating be a thing of the past. Don’t let it haunt you or give you feelings of self-hatred. Remember, that makes things¬†worse.¬†Forgive yourself and move on. It’s one small moment in your big life. Don’t let it ruin more than 5 minutes. Use this advice to stay¬†hungry and fit!

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Almost-S’more Banana Cookies [3 Ingredients!]

After a nice light workout, and a delicious post-workout dinner at¬†Mediterranean¬†Market¬†(one of our favorites),¬†I wanted some dessert. I had eaten pretty light at dinner (it’s so easy to stuff yourself there with delicious falafel), so I was ready for a little dessert. Our favorite Mexican bakery was closed, and we’re both too congested for Glacier (best ice cream in town). We didn’t have much dessert food in the house (besides some squares of dark dark chocolate), so I decided to just¬†make some! I remember seeing¬†this recipe, and it was so simple and easy–the perfect cookies for tonight. And they have good macros to boot (aka pretty healthy)!

I'll take three, please

I’ll take three, please

Why¬†almost-s’more?¬†Because I’m not using any marshmallows. A) Because they have gelatin in them and sometimes horse hooves are used for that, but let’s be honest and turn to B) Didn’t have any in the house. Alright, let’s get to the recipe!

  • Prep Time:¬†3-5 minutes
  • Bake Time:¬†13 minutes
  • Makes:¬†6 cookies

Macros (per cookie)

  • Calories: 116
  • Fat: 3.5g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Protein: 1g

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ground graham crackers (I had the cinnamon kind–yum!)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  • Set oven to¬†350 degrees F
  • So I tried lining up my baking sheet with parchment paper and it didn’t turn out so well for my cookies. Try just buttering or oiling your baking sheet instead
  • Crush up your¬†graham crackers.¬†Put them in a ziplock and roll a rolling pin over them to get ’em nice and grounded
  • Mash your banana well in a mixing bowl
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in the bowl
Yum mixture

Yum mixture

  • The original recipe made 8 cookies, but I think perhaps I made mine a bit bigger than her. So plop your cookie dough¬†on the baking sheet any way you would like. They don’t really expand, so style them how you want them to turn out! Remember this isn’t a normal cookie dough texture
Ready to bake!

Ready to bake!

  • Bake for 13-15 minutes.¬†Mine were promptly ready at 13. Take out and let cool for a few minutes (I know, that’s hard).
Begging to be eaten

Begging to be eaten

Oops didn't wait long enough

Oops didn’t wait long enough

How easy was that?! It took no time at all…well, it took some time for me because we got caught in the middle of a Monk marathon (best show ever).¬†These are guilt-free cookies¬†that don’t break the money bank¬†or time bank. I know I’ll be using this recipe frequently when I need a dessert fix or a last-minute needed dish for friends. Use this recipe to stay¬†hungry and fit!

Enjoy with milk!

Enjoy with milk!

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No-Bake, No-Sugar Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Woah, what a title. Are you out of breath? Well you should be, because these are¬†delicious.¬†I took the recipe from¬†this blog (which I think will be a new favorite of mine) and took out the sugar and reduced the butter. The other day, I was simply craving to bake something, but we didn’t have many ingredients in the house. We did, however, have these ingredients. This is¬†such an easy recipe to make such decadent cookies. And you don’t even have to turn on the oven! Amen to that for hot summer nights.

Piled up, ready for eatage

Piled up, ready for eatage

  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Baking Time: …0 minutes
  • Makes: 9 (I cut the recipe in half, if you want to double it, the way OMFG So Good did it, go for it!)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (or whipping cream)
  • 3/4 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup agave or honey

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, cocoa powder, butter, and honey.
I just thought it looked pretty

I just thought it looked pretty

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  • Mix and stir until butter is melted.
  • Bring to a boil for a little over a¬†minute¬†and then take off heat
Boiling boiling boiling

Boiling boiling boiling

  • Once off the heat, stir in the¬†peanut butter, vanilla, and¬†oats.¬†Stir it real well, getting it as smooth as you can with such ingredients.
All stirred up!

All stirred up!

  • Use an ice cream scooper (this is the perfect way to do it!) and scoop a ball of each and plop it on your baking sheet.
  • Once they’re all lined up, let them cool for a bit and then put them in the refrigerator for at least one hour.¬†

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  • Once nice and cool, go ahead and serve! It’s delicious with a glass of milk (almond or regular, your choice)
Ready to be gobbled up

Ready to be gobbled up

And that’s it! Pretty simple, huh? I give thanks again to OMFG So Good (brilliant blog title too) for bringing this to my attention. And by bringing, I mean I hunted the recipe down. These are¬†very decadent cookies, rich with the mixed combination of chocolate and peanut butter (Reese’s, anyone?).¬†That is a combination I can near never refuse. This recipe has plenty of protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat to keep you satisfied in the afternoon! Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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Nymeria exploring the shower...

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