This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

  • 1 glass of green tea (left to cool down)
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small cup of oatmeal
  • Berries (optional, for sourness and extra sweetness)
  • Mint (optional, for green-ish flavor and freshness)

Including green tea into a smoothie is something that I rarely see, but I think that it’s a great idea for those who do not like the flavor of tea but still want to drink it as it has lots of antioxidants and it boosts your metabolism. (Green apples also help you feel less sleepy!) 

On overall, this smoothie is perfect as a quick morning snack that will provide you with lots of antioxidants, vitamins and a boost of energy. (If you remove the honey from the recipe, it’s vegan friendly!)

The second recipe I’ll be showing is a traditional meal that my mother’s grandmother used to cook for her family, who lived in the mountains of Spain. It’s very spicy and filling, but it is completely healthy and fat-free.


For a single serving we’ll need: 

  • 1/2 cup of arborio rice
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • 1 salted small codfish fillet
  • Hot paprika
  • 2 glasses of water

Chop the red pepper, the garlic and the spring onion into tiny pieces and stir-fry them in a paella pan with olive oil. Once they’re cooked, add the rice, increase the heat to high and add the two glasses of water along with the hot paprika. Cover the paella pan with the lid and wait until the rice has absorbed most of the water. Add the codfish and the parsley leaves. After five minutes, turn off the heat and let it settle for a little longer.  And now you’re done!

This is perfect for the winter! It might look difficult but it is actually quite simple. The hot paprika adds a spicy touch to this meal (great for when it’s cold outside). Fun fact: this recipe was made to feed those who lived in cold mountain tops!