Sunday, April 13, 2014

Drop the Beat Playlist

Who else feels insanely motivated to work out if you hear a song that drops the beat?

Seriously. My eyelids could be slowly closing on the brink of a nap, but as soon as I hear a song with an insane beat drop, I'm ready to rock 'n' roll. The laces are tied and the ear buds are in within a matter of minutes.



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Praising Squirrel - That moment before the beat drops 

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I've completed great workouts without music, but I always seem to push myself harder if I'm armed with a killer playlist. I know a lot of you probably feel the same way, which is why I thought I'd share this high-intensity, beat-dropping playlist with you today.

Hungry Gator Gal's Drop the Beat Playlist

If this playlist doesn't pump you up, I don't know what will. Listen to it while you're working out or if you just need something to help you power through the work or school day.

Here's the Spotify playlist for fans of free streaming:




 Questions:

  1. What's your favorite song that drops the beat?
  2. What are some of your favorite songs right now?

 Related HGG Posts:


 Spring Workout Jams

Spring Workout Jams Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal

Ultimate EDM Playlist

 

Ultimate 90's Workout Playlist

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coconut Flour Bread

As promised, I've got another gluten-free recipe for you guys.

Coconut Flour Bread from L. Michelle

Coconut Flour Bread from Hungry Gator Gal

Much to my surprise, this grain-free bread actually looks and tastes like bread.

Coconut Flour Bread from Hungry Gator Gal

This super-easy recipe produces a loaf that's moist like a banana bread but spongy and soft like sandwich bread.

Coconut Flour Bread from Hungry Gator Gal

Yes, the loaf is small, but your could easily double the ingredients in the recipe to make a bigger one.

Coconut Flour Bread from Hungry Gator Gal

A slice of this gluten-free bread tastes good all on its own, but I like to top mine with a little almond butter. Now that I'm thinking about it, some strawberry jelly with your favorite nut butter would taste pretty awesome too. I'll have to make that happen soon . . . :)

P.S. Find the recipe for this Coconut Flour Bread at L. Michelle

Question:

  1. Do you try to eat gluten-free?
  2. Are there any gluten-free recipes I should try? I'm always looking for new recipe ideas!

Related HGG Posts:


Paleo Oatless Oatmeal

Paleo Oatless Oatmeal from Hungry Gator Gal

Dark Chocolate Coconut and Almond Cups



Friday's Favorites: Gluten-Free Finds 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stadium Strength Circuits Workout

Looking for a no-equipment workout that will leave your muscles twitching by the end? You've come to the right place.


Video demonstrations:

But really. This stadium strength circuits workout will kick your butt in the best way possible. I was gasping after the first circuit, and my glutes, quads and triceps were begging for mercy after circuits two and three. I used to take a stadium conditioning class every Tuesday but forgot how difficult it is!

With only one month until graduation, I'll be taking advantage of the stadium while I have access to it. I'll be doing this exact workout at 12:45 p.m. MONDAY at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium if you want to join me.

Message me on Facebook if you're interested in coming. We can meet at the entrance to Student Rec. You can store your bags there and retrieve them when we finish.

I hope to see ya' there! :)

Fun fact: Here at the University of Florida we have a special name for running up the bleachers to the top of the stadium: Gator mountains!

Questions:

  1. Have you ever completed a stadium workout? 
  2. What's your favorite no-equipment exercise? 

Related HGG Posts:


Stadium Workout Warm-Up



Burnin' Arms and Legs Circuit 

Burnin' Arms and Legs Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal 

Total Body Burnout Circuit Workout

Total Body Burnout Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Paleo Oatless Oatmeal

I don't always buy coconut oil, but when I do, I buy a 54-ounce jar of it.

Coconut oil on Hungry Gator Gal

I'd like to say I don't fall victim to bulk-buy items at Sam's Club, but I do. It was such a good price! Needless to say, you'll probably see a lot of recipes that call for coconut oil on Hungry Gator Gal in the next year since I have a large supply.

First up - Paleo Oatless Oatmeal topped with coconut oil and blueberries. I also mixed a scoop of plant-based vanilla bean protein powder in for flavor and an extra protein punch.

Paleo Oatless Oatmeal from Hungry Gator Gal

I've seen different recipes for oatless oatmeal on various healthy living blogs for a while and decided it was time to try it. I'm not going Paleo or anything, but I do sometimes find myself eating waaaaayyy too many grains, even the whole ones.

This might be TMI, but in the past few months I've noticed I feel somewhat bloated if I eat too many grains in a day. However, I've been swapping some grains for more protein and veggies lately to avoid the bloat.

Buuuuutt I still love my oatmeal and its hearty texture. It's been the hardest grain to cut back on. Luckily, this protein-packed oatless oatmeal uses egg whites, ground flax seed and mashed banana to recreate the chewiness of a hot bowl of oats. Check out the recipe at Carrots 'N' Cake.

P.S. Be sure to check back in later this week for more gluten-free recipes! :)

Questions:

  1. Are you Paleo or have you ever tried going Paleo? Why did you do it?
  2. What are some of your favorite gluten-free recipes?

Related HGG Recipes:


Dark Chocolate Coconut and Almond Cups



Pan-Fried Coconut Salmon with Simple Fruit Salsa

Pan-Fried Coconut Salmon on Hungry Gator Gal

Gluten-Free Garbanzo Bean Brownies 

Gluten-free garbanzo bean brownies on Hungry Gator Gal 

Chocolate Protein Pancakes (Gluten- and Grain-Free; No Added Sugars)

Chocolate protein pancakes on Hungry Gator Gal

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Burnin' Abs Circuit + Abs Memes

Spring (a.k.a. the time of year EVERY person in America decides to go to the gym to work on their abs).

buzz lightyear meme - Abs Abs Everywhere


Unfortunately, it's just like the beginning of every new year. The gym is PACKED for about a week, and then people give up because they're not seeing immediate results. What most people don't realize is that one workout won't give you abs of steel for eternity.

 


Like anything in life, things worth having take hard work and dedication. But don't worry. You've got time to work on that six pack before summer begins. 

I gathered my favorite ab exercises from core classes at UF and put them together in a "super circuit." This workout will leave your abs on FIRE. Trust me. They'll be begging for mercy by the end of the third round of the circuit below.

Hungry Gator Gal Burnin' Abs Circuit

Video demonstrations for each exercise:

Weighted Side Bends
Incline Sit-Up
Weighted Back Extensions
BOSU Crunches 
Russian Twists
Leg Raises
Bicycle Crunches
Swiss Ball Pikes
Reverse Crunches

By the end of the summer, others will be envious of you and your six pack . . .



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P.S. Feel free to join me during the week if you live in Gainesville and are available. I update the fitness page with a weekly workout plan each Sunday. I hope to see ya' soon! :)

Questions:

  1. Does it seem like EVERY person at your gym is currently working on their abs?
  2. What's your favorite ab exercise?

Related HGG Posts:


Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout 

 

Burnin' Arms and Legs Circuit Workout 

Burnin' Arms and Legs Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Best Ab Workouts


All-star Abs Workout

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Workout Jams Playlist

Spotify is really the bomb. I spend waaaayyy too much time making playlists. It's my favorite form of procrastination.

If you don't have a free account, you're really missing out. Just add songs, download the playlist to a device and BAM - instant motivation to work out, study, clean the house, etc. Could it be any easier!?!

Spring is right around the corner, so I thought I'd share a playlist that will help put the "spring" back in your step in terms of working out. Check it out below.


Spring Workout Jams Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal

Keeping things fresh and new always motivates me to exercise. Changing up my playlists is one of the easiest ways I "refresh."

I think a lot of you feel the same way, so this new playlist should help you get moving if you need motivation. Check it out on Spotify if you have a chance.



Let me know what you think about the playlist, and check out my weekly workout plan if you're in Gainesville and want to join me for a class or workout. The more the merrier! :)

Questions:

  1. What are some of your favorite workout songs right now?
  2. How do you stay motivated to exercise?

Related HGG Posts:


Ultimate EDM Playlist



Ultimate 90's Workout Playlist 



Winter Workout Jams Playlist

Hungry Gator Gal's Winter Workout Jams Playlist

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Most people drink copious amounts of alcohol on St. Patrick's Day. What do I do? Use the holiday as an excuse to make my meals green!

#foodieproblems

Below you'll find a roundup of healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Feel free to try one of these easy meals before you go out and pretend you're Irish Monday night. Click on each title to find the recipe within the original post.

Enjoy! :)

Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie 


Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie


Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

Chocolate Protein Pancakes (Gluten- and Grain-Free; No Added Sugars)


Chocolate Protein Pancakes from Hungry Gator Gal

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes


Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes from Hungry Gator Gal

These pancakes look terrible, but I promise they taste like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie.

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes from Hungry Gator Gal

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats (gone green!)


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats (gone green!) from Hungry Gator Gal

Green Eggs and Oats 


Green Eggs and Oats from Hungry Gator Gal

Made with granny smith apple chunks, honey, cinnamon and heaven in a jar - Peanut Butter & Co.'s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. 

Questions:

  1. Do you have any St. Patrick's Day recipes?
  2. Are you Irish?