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Eat for Survival in The Hunger Games


If you've read the books, you know foraging for natural food is a big element to survival in The Hunger Games. Even though the Games don't actually exist (phew!), eating food in their natural state can be delicious and satisfying. So when Daily Burn sent us some recipes from their meal plan inspired by the series, we couldn't resist! See below for a few of our favorites, along with some tips for eating a more hunter-gatherer diet.

Hunger Games Porridge Serves 1

  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • Optional: berries for topping
  1. In a small bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, ground flaxseed and cinnamon.
  2. Add boiling water and stir. Add almond butter and stir once again.
  3. Top with berries if desired.

Tasty Tip: Get creative! Try new fruits and veggies, and don't be afraid of different flavor combinations, like tossing strawberries on top of your usual grilled chicken salad. You'll be surprised how delicious natural foods can be when mixed in multiple ways. For two more all-natural recipes, click below.

Capital Springtime Soup Serves 4

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup diced green onions
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. In a large skillet, saute onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add spinach and remaining olive oil, saute until spinach is wilted.
  2. Add spinach mixture, vegetable broth and diced potato to a soup pot and simmer until potato is tender. Add salt and pepper, then turn heat to low and add milk.
  3. Blend until smooth with a food processor or immersion blender.
  4. Serve topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost.

Tasty Tip: If you're not sure if a food fits into the hunger-gatherer diet, ask yourself, "would a cavemen eat this?" If not, then it likely isn't a food from nature.


Capital's Lamb Stew with Plums  (Katniss' favorite!) Serves 4

  • 1 pound cubed lamb
  • 1 diced shallot
  • 32 ounces organic low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Dash freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup dried plums (prunes), diced
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil, garlic and shallot over medium heat until shallot is translucent. Add cubes of lamb and saute until cooked.
  2. In a large soup pot, bring chicken broth, red wine and diced tomatoes to a slow boil, then add parsnips, carrots and lamb mixture. Cover and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Season with brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper. Add plums and stir; allow to simmer for 10 more minutes. Serve piping hot.

Tasty Tip: Wondering if the natural route is helping your body? Judge your progress based on energy levels, sleeping patterns and productivity. Resist the urge to jump on a scale to determine your success. If you feel better, that's what counts.


    Samantha Lefave

    Samantha is a writer who is living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. You can find her running half-marathons like it's her job, Instagramming her favorite food and fitness finds or, let's be honest, eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

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