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Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl

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This Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl is perfect if you feel weak and have low energy levels. If you just woke up from a night out, this smoothie bowl has your back. It’s rich in potassium and contains over 90% of your daily Vitamin A and Vitamin C needs. Blueberries are known for their antioxidants, which maintain your health by decreasing your risk of contracting heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and cancer. I topped the smoothie bowl with leftover banana slices, blueberries, cacao nibs, dried goji berries, and bee pollen. Bee pollen is particularly good for your immune system! Try a bit of it first — you might be allergic to it.

I was really inspired to create this Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl because it’s packed with fruits and berries called superfoods. That’s why I incorporated Açai powder, wheatgrass powder, and blueberries into this recipe. To get an even extra boost of minerals, you can add coconut water and make it a regular smoothie.

I really love to develop new smoothie recipes. Sometimes they’re green, purple, and red — but sometimes I mess up the colours and it turns out brown!

Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl - A perfect way to re-energize your morning // The PumpUp Blog

Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tbsp Acai Powder
  • 1 tsp wheatgrass powder
  • Squeeze of lemon

Topped with: Banana, blueberries, dried goji berries, cacao nibs, and bee pollen.

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. If you're using frozen bananas, pulse them first to make sure that they break apart evenly. Pour into a bowl and decorate it with the toppings of your choice.

This Blueberry Boost Smoothie Bowl was created by PumpUp member @learntobreathe

4 Matcha Recipes That'll Make You Love Matcha More - Get Healthy With Valentina!

4 Matcha Recipes That'll Make You Love Matcha More - Get Healthy With Valentina!

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Matcha is my new love interest. I'm sure you've heard the benefits of drinking regular-brewed green tea, but matcha takes it to a whole new level. Matcha has become so popular that recipe creators found other creative ways to use this potent tea outside of the realm of beverages. I've seen matcha pop up as an ingredient in many recipes and I've always been very curious to try it. Being the green tea enthusiast that I am, I got hooked on matcha. #ShowMeTheMay and learn about some of the health benefits of matcha tea:

  • High in Antioxidants
  • Eases anxiety
  • Boosts Memory and Concentration
  • Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
  • Burns Calories
  • Detoxifies the Body

Matcha recipe round up from the PumpUp Blog

Coconut-Lime Matcha Cooler

Coconut lime matcha cooler from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 8ounces coconut water
  • 1tsp. matcha
  • ice
  • lime

Directions 

Shake coconut water and matcha together in a martini shaker (or a bottle), pour over ice and add a squirt of lime. Add some lime slices. Enjoy!

Matcha Muffins

Matcha muffin recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners. Place the oats in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remaining ingredients to the food processor.  Process until everything is mixed together and oats are smooth. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Dairy-Free Matcha Latte

Dairy free matcha latte recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon green tea powder
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup simmering milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons Agave syrup or sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder 

Directions

First mix the vanilla powder and the agave nectar. In a cup, add green tea powder. And add hot water, 2 tablespoons. Whisk carefully until green tea powder is completely dissolved. If you pour the water all at once, there will be green tea powder lumps, which is the least wanted here. Then add the agave and vanilla mix and stir until combined.

Now froth the simmering milk. If you don’t have a frother, you can pour it into a jar: fill your jar with more no more than halfway full so there’s room to make some foam. Shake the jar with the lid on. Take the lid off the jar. And heat the milk. Add milk foam into green tea. Dust with cinnamon and serve. Enjoy! 

Matcha Yogurt

Matcha yogurt recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp. matcha
  • 1c. Greek yogurt
  • Agave syrup
  • Mixed Berries

Directions

Add matcha to Greek yogurt and mix. Add berries to a cup. Then add the yogurt. Top with more berries and a drizzle of agave. And Enjoy!

With Love,

Valentina

These matcha recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

6 tips to eat your way to clear skin

6 tips to eat your way to clear skin

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Want to eat your way to a fabulous complexion? Check out these six dietary tips that will have your skin looking and feeling as radiant as you are already.

1. Eat dark berries

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Berries are brimming with skin clearing antioxidants. Blackberries, in particular, are fantastic for your skin. This vibrant fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and has been known to help fight free radicals. Furthermore, Vitamin C helps to encourage cell turnover and collagen production, helping skin maintain firmness and luminosity.

When applied topically, blackberry and fruit extracts in cleansers helps to remove dead skin cells and curb excess oil production. To incorporate blackberries into your diet, make yourself a berry, kale, and yogurt smoothie, eat them as a snack, or throw them into a spinach salad.

2. Get your tomato on

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Tomatoes, especially the cooked variety, definitely need to be on your menu this Spring and Summer. Why? Lycopene, the chemical compound found in tomatoes that give them their color, also helps to neutralize and even repair sun damage/ exposure. Although lycopene is present in raw tomatoes, the fruit releases more of the skin-saving compound when cooked.

Thinking about indulging in a slice of pizza? That isn’t such a bad idea. The tomato paste is actually good for you. Now you can snack on pasta guilt free? And if you’re on a low-carb diet, never fear. Simply eat a few spoonfuls of tomato paste after prolonged sun exposure. (But remember to wear sunscreen.)

3. Protein is your friend

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Getting enough protein is essential for ensuring the health of your hair, skin, and nails. Science Daily even suggests that the vitamins and minerals in protein could provide anti-aging benefits. So, if you’re a meat eater, feel free to load up on lean protein like chicken and fish. If you’re a vegetarian, opt for eggs and other high-protein foods.

4. Healthy Fats Give You That Glow

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Surely you’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating: healthy fats are great for the health of your hair and skin. Take nuts, for instance, which are packed with Omega-6 fatty acids. Feel free to snack on walnuts, almonds, and even avocados. Your skin will thank you.

5. Hydrate

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Stay hydrated, and skin will retain its moisture and flush out unwanted toxins that can irritate your body and your skin. Not a big fan of water? Try these tips.

  • When you’re out at a restaurant, opt for water whenever possible.
  • Drink one glass when you wake up in the morning. Make it hot water with lemon for extra detox benefits.
  • Infuse your water with fruit or cucumbers.
  • Buy a charcoal filter and keep it filled in your fridge.

6. Strong antioxidant tea

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There are so many fantastic antioxidant teas. Camomile helps to is a calming agent, great for soothing skin irritation. Mint has antibacterial properties. It can be used topically (diluted) as an astringent or in a essential oil form for bathtub relaxation. (Remember, stress can contribute to blemishes and skin flare ups.) Find the tea that’s right for you and your skin.

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What do you think? What diet tips help your skin glow? What foods should we avoid? Leave your comments in the space below.

About the author

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.