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Fuel Your Mornings with Optimum Nutrition

We know, we know. Years ago, we told you to stick to a high-quality product from a reputable company and use it as an anchor in your diet so that you can make sure you get enough protein without taking in too many calories. Well, years have passed and you’ve made progress, but at this point, you sure could use some relief from that same morning protein smoothie that you have. Luckily, Optimum Nutrition has perfect timing and a new product that is exactly what you might be looking for.

Well… actually, they have two new products. Whey & Oats has a larger serving size with more calories and protein than the Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie, but neither of these products are high in the sugar/carb or fat departments. They walk that fine line of trying to fill you up in the morning so you’re not reaching for snacks all day without leaving you so stuffed and weighed down that you just want to go back to bed.

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3-Exercise Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Alright, no excuses on this one, guys! We’ve been moving around a lot and traveling lately, so that means we don’t always have a steady gym or equipment to rely on. Instead of giving up or making an excuse about not having the right stuff, let’s adapt! That’s what humans are so good at, after all–we face adversity and adapt to overcome the challenge. Now, not having equipment may not be an extreme adversity, but it’s a challenge to overcome! 

This workout is so simple you can do it anywhere: a hotel room, a park, a bedroom, or any place at all! All you need is a piece of ground long enough to fit your body and preferably a cushion of some sort like a mat, a blanket, and a towel. That’s it. Otherwise, it can be ANYWHERE. It’s going to be an epic muscle endurance workout. Ready? Here we go.

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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.

Easy Protein Ball Recipe

Yesss! Another easy, delicious protein recipe! These are some of my favorite snacks. I snagged this protein ball recipe from Carrots n Cake, one of my favorite fitness bloggers. I love this protein ball recipe because it’s customizable. You can use any protein powder you want, you can add any spice you desire, you can add hemp seeds, or almond butter, or whatever! Then, you just keep them in the fridge and they’re a great quick pop-in-the-mouth snack. This helps keep you away from the unhealthy snacks. People usually eat unhealthy snacks because they tend to be a lot easier. Sometimes, healthy snacks take a while to make, or you really have to think about it, or it’s inconvenient. Having this in the fridge can be a lifesaver!

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5 Healthy Snacks to Have at Home

Here at the Hungry & Fit household, we know that what you put in your pantry is what you will put in your stomach. That’s why we typically don’t stock junk in the house. However, we are HUNGRY and Fit, and let me tell you, I get hungry very often. So, instead of yelling hangrily at Hungry, we always have a healthy stock of snacks at home. We go through lots of different snacks, but here are some of our favorites:

Snacks for the whole family!

Snacks for the whole family!

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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Chia Cookies

I’ve been wanting to make some good oatmeal raisin cookies for a while now since we had some raisins in the pantry. After a recipe fail with some protein cookies, I was determined to make a great batch of cookies! After looking around the Internet for some inspiration, I stumbled upon this recipe and knew it was the one to base mine off of. Her recipe had flax seeds in it, but since Hungry is allergic to flax, I used chia seeds instead. This helped the cookies have a great texture and a good extra dose of protein. These oatmeal raisin chia cookies are healthy AND delicious! There is not much sugar in these, so no guilt necessary.

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Doing Dessert at Home

We saw a really funny meme the other night. It showed someone’s meals logged throughout the day and the first 4-5 were all super healthy. The final one was a pint of ice cream and chocolate chips cookies and it’s sad, but true. We think that more people can relate to that than you might initially think, because it’s extremely hard to fight your sweet tooth the whole day.

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Super-Powered Oatmeal Recipe

Even if you have a regular 9-5 office job, you still need to find something to get you through the day. And forget just getting through the day, why not power through the day?! Thus I bring to you….super-powered oatmeal: a recipe to give you a happy belly and charge you with energy for the day. It’s really quite simple and I use what ingredients I have in my pantry. It doesn’t take long and I find it’s a lovely way to start the day. Cooking is a form of creativity and creativity itself often lends energy to the creator. I like to cook this simple oatmeal recipe while sipping on fresh cold lemon water and a cup of tea. If you’re wary of cooking breakfast, this is a good recipe to start with: it’s hard to screw up. 

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Simple, Healthy Cranberry Sauce

We still have five more weeks of winter here in the northern hemisphere. While that might not mean a whole lot for us Californians (though we have been getting lots of wonderful rain!), it means most of the country is shivering each day. Well, I have a little warm comfort for you! Although you may associate cranberry sauce just with the holidays, I’m here to tell you it’s a great companion all the way through the winter (and beyond)! You can have it cold or hot, but cranberry sauce can add a certain something to whatever you’re eating. I could put cranberry sauce on nearly anything. However, I don’t like the super sweet jellied stuff, so if that’s what you’re into, this is not the droid you’re looking for. This recipe has much less sugar than most so it maintains its beautiful tartness. I’ve also added some orange zest to brighten it up even more.

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Going to a Fitness Expo (LA Fit Expo 2017)

Every year, our experience at the Los Angeles Fit Expo (and IHRSA… and IDEA…) is different. It’s reflective of what is going on in the fitness industry. Some years, you’ll see more drastic changes in the landscape based on what’s popular with different health and wellness trends. There are also always dozens of booths that represent brand new companies. The world of fitness is so interesting because you generally have very passionate people who are involved for two reasons. 

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