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Blend This Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Blend This Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Make this banana mango smoothie when you need a pick-me-up after a tough workout. Make sure that you use really juicy and ripe mangos for this recipe. If they are too hard or if they're not ripe enough, they won't taste as good. We prefer to use Thai mangos above all others - they're completely yellow, if you can find them in your local grocery store.

3 Smoothie Recipes for Spring | Get Healthy With Valentina

3 Smoothie Recipes for Spring | Get Healthy With Valentina

We know that fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins and minerals, yet we don't seem to eat enough of them. Celebrate these food groups now that spring is here. There is a great variety available, as well as several ways to prepare, cook, and serve them. This month, I've included three smoothie recipes, as well as one recipe for vegan pasta sauce.

4 Low-Cost Healthy Breakfast Recipes

4 Low-Cost Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Morning meals don't have to be expensive. If you're trying to clean up your diet in an appetizing way, these low-cost healthy breakfast recipes will keep you satisfied and satiated.

Featured:

  • French toast
  • Banana oatmeal pancakes
  • Eggs and toast +their favorite friend
  • Oatmeal

Pink Strawberry and Raspberry Protein Shake

Pink Strawberry and Raspberry Protein Shake

This delicious strawberry and raspberry protein shake is an ideal drink to gulp down after a tough workout. Mask the flavour of your protein powder with fresh berries.

Broccoli and Kale Garlic Noodles

Broccoli and Kale Garlic Noodles

if you’re a busy mom/person, or you have a child/adult-child who still refuses to eat their greens, I definitely suggest giving these garlic noodles a try! You can always tell them that it's a new type of green pesto. With all the garlic and parmesan in it, you could barely tell the difference! Just a friendly FYI… be aware that this isn’t an appropriate lunch when you have to give a really important meeting, or if you’re going on a date. Unless your date eats these garlic noodles, too. Garlic breath is a silent but smelly killer.

6 Ways To Treat Yourself With Quality Food

6 Ways To Treat Yourself With Quality Food

Why should pleasure be guilty? Why can't your gut be happy and not flabby? When you treat yourself, it doesn't have to be a catch-22. Here are a few of the foods you crave the most when trying to choose a healthier lifestyle, but your gut is stuck on its old habits. Remember, there are ways to turn guilty cravings into decadent treats that make both you and your body happy.

Healthy Chilled Recipes To Get On Track | Get Healthy With Valentina

Healthy Chilled Recipes To Get On Track | Get Healthy With Valentina

Cold weather doesn't have to get you down! I recently came back from Mexico to a cold Germany. Despite the cold, I wanted to eat chilled or really exotic food things make me feel a little more like I was at home. Of course, I changed some ingredients to make the dishes healthier because I wasn't exactly the healthiest person on earth when I was in Mexico.   Eating well is all about balance. 

Easy Vegan Cereal - Ready In 15 Minutes!

Easy Vegan Cereal - Ready In 15 Minutes!

The grocery store is filled with high-sugar, high-salt cereals. I decided to make my own vegan cereal instead— it isn't made with any artificial sweeteners either. This recipe is very simple and quick to make, and it can accommodate almost any diet. The key is to use melted coconut oil and maple syrup to bind and sweeten the mixture.

12 Adorable Food-Themed Valentine's Cards

12 Adorable Food-Themed Valentine's Cards

Give the free gift of food-themed Valentine's Cards to a special person this year.  We've put together twelve illustrations that will help you express your true ~feelings~ — whether you're celebrating Valentine's day, Pal-entine's day, Gal-entine's day, or all of the above.

Overcome Food Guilt With These 5 Tips

Overcome Food Guilt With These 5 Tips

It's hard to overcome cravings for food that is too sweet, salty, or fatty. Rather than giving up chocolate, fries, and (god forbid) pizza altogether, stop dealing with food guilt by having 'cheat meals' (or even 'cheat days'). Your cravings will be satisfied and you'll have more control over your appetite when you do eat more indulgent meals.

Often, when we begin to eat healthier, we develop a love-hate relationship with 'junk' food. Sometimes we binge on it and then, we feel guilty afterwards. It isn't worth living a life filled with food guilt.

Here's how to form a healthy relationship with food so that you can stop bingeing and start eating intuitively.

Delicious and Gooey Vegan Brownies

Delicious and Gooey Vegan Brownies

Tthese vegan brownies are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings. Why?

  1. They're healthier for your body. This vegan brownie recipe is full of healthy fats from avocado and dark chocolate
  2. They're healthy for your mind. Rather than resisting your cravings and bingeing later on, it's better to indulge on healthier substitutions. Plus, chocolate makes us plain happy (they stimulate the release of endorphins)!

If you're cringing because you heard the word avocado and chocolate together in the same sentence, don't be scared. Try these vegan brownies - I promise you'll love them. I used to be the biggest skeptic whenever I saw avocado on the ingredient list for dessert recipes - they aren't so bad!

How To Make A Smoothie Bowl

How To Make A Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls always look picture-perfect - but how on Earth are they made? This video tutorial by PumpUp member @rawincollege demonstrates how to layer all kinds of fruity toppings onto your blended creations. The trick is to arrange everything in concentric circles. To make a smoothie bowl, blend your smoothie ingredients together, spoon it out into a bowl, and level the surface of your smoothie with the back of a spoon. Slice up your fruits and arrange your toppings on the outer edge of the bowl first, before placing another 'circle' of toppings within that circle.

Drink This Tangy Tangerine Smoothie

Drink This Tangy Tangerine Smoothie

This minty and tangy tangerine smoothie is filled with tons of Vitamin A, Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Biotin and Vitamin E. Vitamin A and the Carotenes are essential for blood formation, and it also helps to keep our skin and eyes healthy. Avocado also contains a lot of unsaturated fats, which can lower our blood cholesterol levels. 

Vegan Power Smoothie

Vegan Power Smoothie

Most New Year's resolutions involve healthy eating in some way or another. This vegan power smoothie couldn't be healthier (if I had to say so myself)! It will provide all of the energy that you need to kick some butt in 2016. These ingredients will keep you full, helping you to stay away from sugary and salty snacks.

3 Healthy & Vegan Snacks : Raw Guacamole, Caramel Apples, & Banana Bars

3 Healthy & Vegan Snacks : Raw Guacamole, Caramel Apples, & Banana Bars

If you're swearing off chips and cookies at the start of the new year, these healthy and vegan snacks will keep you satisfied and on the right track. All three recipes can be made in a cinch. They use a handful of natural ingredients, they're preservative-free, and they're perfect for sharing. Watch the video above to learn more about how PumpUp member @rawincollege prepared her raw guacamole, caramel apple slices, and vegan banana bars.

5 Tips to Balance Food and Happiness This December

5 Tips to Balance Food and Happiness This December

Happy holidays to you and your family this joyful season! Tis' the season to be fit and jolly. December is a beautiful time of food, food and more food! Of course, whenever excess food and treats are are involved, temptations are our worst enemies. From irresistible mashed potatoes to the sweet aroma of freshly baked Christmas gingerbread cookies, it is easy to get carried away.

Why not end the year on Santa’s ‘nice list’? Leave some coconut & peanut butter protein balls with a nice tall glass of almond milk for Santa this year! Here are 5 helpful tips to balance food and happiness this December:

4 Healthy Christmas Desserts That You Can Make ASAP - Get Healthy With Valentina

4 Healthy Christmas Desserts That You Can Make ASAP - Get Healthy With Valentina

Apart from the pressures of choosing the right presents or catching up with friends and family, the holidays can also be a time of disappointment, financial strain, feuds, travel problems and being alone or far away from loved ones. Instead of enduring another stressful festive season, I'm sharing these amazing and healthy Christmas desserts to put the 'merry' back into your holiday festivities.

Make This 4-Ingredient Simple Spinach Smoothie

Make This 4-Ingredient Simple Spinach Smoothie

This simple spinach smoothie can be made in no time at all. It tastes just as delicious with or without the addition of mango.  It's one of the cheapest, simplest and yummiest smoothies you’ll ever try.

Here's How To Make a Healthy Grocery List on a Budget

Here's How To Make a Healthy Grocery List on a Budget

Society has set up the stereotype that poor people have to eat low quality, cheap food and wealthier people get to eat organic, quality food. You go into a neighborhood with predominantly lower income and see all the fast food chains. In a higher income neighborhood, you might find nice restaurants and high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods. This doesn't mean that lower-income families have to fall into any stereotype. If you want to eat healthy and you're on a strict budget, you can do it. It just takes some thought, research, and planning.

This Healthy Candy Cane Will Blow Your Mind

This Healthy Candy Cane Will Blow Your Mind

You'll only need two ingredients for this healthy candy cane: bananas and strawberries. Slice them up into coins and arrange them carefully into a cane-like shape. Make sure that the slices are roughly the same width so that everything is proportionate. When you're arranging the curve of the healthy candy cane, it's best to leave one full strawberry intact. Just slice off the stem and angle the strawberry between two banana slices. This is all you need to make one of the simplest and cutest desserts on the planet. Although bananas and strawberries work best for the classic candy cane colour combination, feel free to experiment with other fruits and berries. This healthy candy cane is refined sugar-free and bursting with fibre, potassium, and antioxidants.