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Chocolate Chia Pudding with Berry Nice Cream

Chocolate Chia Pudding with Berry Nice Cream

There isn't a problem that chia seeds can't fix. They're incredibly versatile and packed with protein and fibre - you'll be full for hours on hours. If you're a fan of chocolate chia pudding, try layering it up with some banana ice cream. It's the 'parfait' parfait you never knew you needed. Feel free to make the chocolate chia pudding ahead of time and store it in your fridge overnight. When you're ready to eat it, blend up some nice cream, add some berries into the mix, and you'll be good to go.

This is the easiest smoothie bowl recipe on the planet

This is the easiest smoothie bowl recipe on the planet

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In life, much like smoothies, you get out what you put in. Thankfully, this smoothie bowl requires very few ingredients to be equally as nutritious and delicious for you. All you'll need is one banana and a cup of mixed berries. Add a bit of water or the milk of your choice to make the mixture less thick. Keep these two ingredients on hand with you at all time, and you'll always be sure to make smoothies whenever, wherever. The roster of fruits sand powders that go into other smoothie bowls can make your head spin with dizziness. This recipe is a no-fuss way to fill yourself up with fibre and potassium and drink your antioxidants. If intense sugar cravings hit you hard when the going gets tough, don't panic. This is the easiest smoothie bowl to help you destress.

The easiest smoothie bowl ever

  • Water or the milk of your choice, to taste
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries

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Add liquid into your blender first, followed, by the other fruit ingredients. Pulse until the big chunks of bananas and berries are broken up, then blend until smooth. Pour into a large to medium bowl and top with a sprinkling of granola or the fruit of your choice.

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Pro tip: Freeze measured out portions of banana and mixed berries in Ziploc bags so that you always have a smoothie ready, even when you're cramming for a test at 4:00 am.


This recipe for the easiest smoothie bowl ever was contributed by PumpUp member @h3artt0h3art.

 

The only banana berry smoothie bowl you need in your life

The only banana berry smoothie bowl you need in your life

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Craving something sweet, filling, and good for you? This Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl is free of fat and processed sugars and I know you will absolutely LOVE it!! It is so delicious and easy to make…this recipe will take you under ten minutes and you only need a few ingredients! What you will need for the base:

  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1 medium ripe bananas
  • 1.5 cups of frozen mixed berries

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Place your frozen bananas in a food processor or a high speed blender until you achieve a creamy, ice cream consistency:

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Next, add your frozen berries and blend until it is smooth throughout:

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IMG_2654Pour your base into a big bowl and top it with fresh fruit of your choice! I also added some hemp seeds and crushed almonds for a little crunch! Enjoy your guilt free, delectable Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl!!

This banana berry smoothie bowl recipe was written by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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.

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Keep it cool, PumpUp! How’s your aquatober coming along? Infused water is delicious! PumpUp member healthydelicious does it with blueberries, raspberries, and lemon. How do you do infused water?

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Happy Foodie Friday everyone! Be sure to fuel your body with the right kind of food!