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4 Easy and Healthy Desserts | Get Healthy With Valentina

4 Easy and Healthy Desserts | Get Healthy With Valentina

Even if you do decide to treat yourself (with healthy desserts, at that), don’t beat yourself up, and don’t forget that it takes courage to be true to who you are in a world that is in such a hurry to judge you at every turn. Being the best version of yourself is not a one-time event. It is a constant decision that you make every day, so take care of your body, eat healthy and respect yourself. These easy and healthy desserts make it easy.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Smoothie Ever

The Best Vegan Chocolate Smoothie Ever

This is my absolute favourite vegan chocolate smoothie of all time. It's a recipe from my first vegan cookbook - it immediately stood out to me and the book has been my companion for almost 2 years. You need to make this vegan chocolate smoothie: it's quick, delicious, and so versatile.  

Vegan Orange Chocolate Bliss Balls

Vegan Orange Chocolate Bliss Balls

Ball is life. When you find yourself craving a Terry's Chocolate Orange, think of these orange chocolate bliss balls instead. They're simple to make and they don't require any laborious baking or melting. All you'll need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients. Rich, moist, and decadent, orange chocolate bliss balls are the perfect solution for the chocolate-fuelled athlete inside of you. Make them as snacks for yourself, or as gifts for your friends. Bliss balls are for sharing.

Healthy Apple Cookies with No Refined Sugar

Healthy Apple Cookies with No Refined Sugar

Here's the thing about cookies. Although they're the perfect dessert to share with others, it's hard to resist eating just one cookie when you make them for yourself. With simple pantry ingredients and less refined sugar, cookies can still be moist, delicious, and reasonably good for you. Feel free to eat more than one — you earned it!

No-Bake Autumn Granola Bars

No-Bake Autumn Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars is a good idea. With the right amount of spices, your house will smell like autumn in an instant. But there's a catch to baking — it often requires time (and a lot of it). These no-bake autumn granola bars are here to the rescue. They will put you in a seasonal mood and they're perfect snacks that you can enjoy at home or at school with your friends. I've included the ingredients for the base of this recipe below. The add-ins are all optional. I encourage you to experiment with them and add different combinations of your favorite seeds and nuts into the no-bake autumn granola bars.

Treat Yourself Vegan Porridge

Treat Yourself Vegan Porridge

Last month, I was OBSESSED with porridge. I basically had the very same vegan porridge for breakfast every day. Not every other day, but EVERY day. I'm trying to wean myself off of oats — even if it's just for a little while. But let's be honest: a (vegan) human being cannot stay away from porridge.  I will probably be back on the oat train very soon. I thought that it was only fitting to share my Treat Yourself Vegan Porridge recipe with you.  It sums up this past month perfectly— and I even got a few requests for it.

4 Kid-Friendly Fall Desserts That Are Healthy, Too - Get Healthy With Valentina

4 Kid-Friendly Fall Desserts That Are Healthy, Too - Get Healthy With Valentina

After a long, hot and hopefully smashing summer season, the time has finally come to get our fitness schedule back in order! I read the other day that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness MonthAll of us can use this as a reminder show people how they can take steps toward a solution.  If you know a younger person, don't forget that you're a role model for them. Help them to stay on track by reminding them to balance their meals with physical activity.  Prepare these recipes for a child that you know and show him or her that healthier food can be delicious, too. 

Creamy Raw Peanut Butter Pie

Creamy Raw Peanut Butter Pie

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One of the first ‘clean’ dessert recipes I ever tried was something similar to this raw peanut butter pie. After one bite, I was completely hooked. I tried that first pie over a year ago. Recently, I decided that I’d make my own version of it. This raw peanut butter pie has way fewer ingredients than the original recipe, but it’s equally as delicious!You know the drill: it’s simple, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugar. All good stuff! We'll be using some of our old favorites: bananas and peanut butter (best combo ever, I know) for the filling. Next, we’ll use dates, almonds and cacao powder for the crust. We'll also be making my cacao drizzle to decorate the pie.

Easy creamy and raw peanut butter pie - The only dessert recipe you need! // The PumpUp Blog

Raw Peanut Butter Pie

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea or himalayan salt

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well combined. The mixture should have a sticky consistency. Press the mixture into a pie pan (I used a 9" non-stick pan).

Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas (can be fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Pinch of sea or himalayan salt

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Pour the filling into the pan and smoothen it out evenly with a spoon or spatula.

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cacao/unsweetened cocoa powder

Easy creamy and raw peanut butter pie - The only dessert recipe you need! // The PumpUp Blog

Mix coconut oil and cocoa powder together and drizzle on top of the pie. Put the pie in the freezer for at least an hour until it's ready to cut into slices. Enjoy, and don't forget to share with your loved ones (Only if you want to... or eat the whole thing by yourself, I won't judge!)

This recipe for creamy raw peanut butter pie was created by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

Need a healthy snack idea? Try these banana sushi bites

Need a healthy snack idea? Try these banana sushi bites

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You're hosting a party and you're running out of healthy snack and dessert options. That's okay. This banana sushi recipe is a crowd-pleaser that can feed a ton of people. It combines classic flavours into one delightfully bite-sized snack. Not only does it accommodate vegetarian and gluten free diets, it's also aesthetically pleasing and tasty. The key is to line the outer ring of each banana slice with a nut butter so that everything sticks together. Use natural peanut butter for the best results (it's better for you too!).  Feel free to top this with coconut flakes, a dash of cinnamon, or whatever your heart desires.

These banana sushi bites are the healthiest party snack you'll ever make // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 4-5 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

These banana sushi bites are the healthiest party snack you'll ever make // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Directions

Cut the banana into small slices and spread the peanut butter all over the sides of each banana slice.  Sprinkle coconut flakes or slivered almonds over the peanut butter layer.

Loved learning about these peanut butter banana sushi bites? This was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried it in the comments below! 

Quick and Easy Homemade Nutella Recipe

Quick and Easy Homemade Nutella Recipe

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Sure, you could eat nutella by the tablespoon. But what good would that do for you? Try your hand at making homemade nutella instead. You'll know exactly what you're putting into your body and if you have all of the ingredients handy, you'll be able to whip it up in a cinch. Making homemade nutella isn't rocket science. You'll need a great food processor and a few other ingredients to make everything smooth and creamy.

Homemade Nutella

 Healthier Homemade Nutella Recipe // The PumpUp Blog
What do you need:
  • One cup of roasted unsalted hazelnuts
  • Half a cup of powdered sugar or if you are trying to avoid it, any sweetener that you like
  • Half a cup of cocoa powder
  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Non fat / almond / coconut milk
Directions

In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts until a paste forms. I like a rougher texture to my homemade nutella, so I left chunkier hazelnuts remain in my mixture.

Add the sugar, the cocoa powder, the salt, vanilla extract and the oil and blend again for a few seconds.

Add the milk gradually and blend until you reach the thickness that you like.
Put it in the fridge for a couple of minutes or serve immediately.

 

This homemade nutella recipe wascreated by Anna M (eatforyourpeace). Follow her on PumpUp @annaaa_, on Instagram @annaaamsl, and check out her blog. Let us know what you think of Anna’s homemade nutella in the comments below!

5 Ingredient Raw Brownies

5 Ingredient Raw Brownies

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A couple weeks ago I went to a vegan café and ordered the most amazing raw brownie with a cup of tea. I haven't been able to get that glorious chocolatey treat out of my mind since then. You see, brownies were my everything when I was a little girl. My Mom would make them all the time from scratch, then she stopped making them for no reason, so I'd save up money to buy the pre packaged mixes so that I could make them myself. I was around eight years old, and I absolutely sucked at baking.

 

Flash forward eleven years and I'm trying out recipes to re-create that one raw brownie. Who would've thought? Well, good news is... I managed to re-create it. These 5 ingredient raw brownies are even more delicious than the one at the café!
Fudgy, rich, decadent, healthy, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free... You know the drill. Only the absolute best for you guys!

We'll be needing no more than five ingredients, a food processor and your fridge to make these simple yet unbelievable raw vegan brownies.


Raw vegan brownies // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

5 ingredient raw brownies

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dried dates (soak them if they're not very rich)
  • 1/4 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea salt, if desired.
  1. Pulse almonds and walnuts in the food processor until ground.
  2. Add in your dates, process until a dough is formed.
  3. Add the cacao/cocoa powder and the salt. Process again until the dough becomes all brown and chocolatey.
  4. Place the sticky dough into a pan (I used a loaf pan) and press. Now put it into your fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes to chill before cutting into squares and enjoying.
  5. Keep in fridge.
Raw vegan brownies // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog
And there you go! 5 ingredient raw brownies for chocolate lovers. You can even top it with some nut butter or a ball of banana ice cream... Or both! Enjoy!
This recipe for 5 ingredient raw brownies was created by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

Vegan Strawberry Nice-Cream Sandwich Bars

Vegan Strawberry Nice-Cream Sandwich Bars

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Craving a cold snack? I have your back! Here's my little take on the not-so-healthy (but always tempting) ice cream sandwich. This has no added sugar, it's vegan, and I promise that it's just as satisfying and delicious as the real thing (if not better!).

Bananas are our main ingredient. I also incorporated a few fitness community favorites: peanut butter, oats, coconut oil and cacao powder. We're making the cookie layer base, the ice cream and a chocolate sauce to top it all off.

Vegan strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Vegan strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars

Vegan strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Oatmeal Cookie

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Simply mash the banana and mix with the oats and the peanut butter until they're well combined. You can shape them into cookies, although I recommend using some kind of mold or tin for brownies or cupcakes. We'll be using the same tin for the banana ice cream too, so that the cookies and the ice cream have the same shape. Place the cookies in the oven and bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool on a wired rack. Try not to eat any!

Strawberry Nice-cream

Vegan strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5-6 frozen or fresh strawberries

Mix both ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender until it has a creamy consistency. Pour the mixture into the same tin that you used to shape your cookies. Place in the freezer until the ice cream hardens. Once the ice cream bars are set, take the tin out and top the bars with cacao syrup:

Cacao Syrup

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder

Mix both together with a spoon until well combined. Drizzle the cacao syrup on top of the strawberry nice-cream bars and return to freezer for a couple minutes, until the syrup has set. Carefully take the bars out of the tin by dipping a sharp knife in hot water, then slice the strawberry nice-cream bars into squares.

Vegan strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Time to put your strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars together! Grab a cookie and place a square-shaped piece of nice-cream on top. Eat it as is, or place another cookie on top to make it look like a real ice cream sandwich. There you have it: simple, vegan, and refined-sugar free strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars. Perfect to have as snack or dessert (or just for whenever you feel like it, let's be honest here). Enjoy!

This recipe for vegan strawberry nice-cream sandwich bars was created by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

Love oreos? Wait till you try these reinvented vegan oreo biscuits.

Love oreos? Wait till you try these reinvented vegan oreo biscuits.

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My relationship with Oreos is complicated. I never used to like them, but I developed a special love for them when stressful times hit me. After a bit of research, I decided to make my own, healthier version of the bite sized biscuits. My reinvented vegan oreo biscuits will fill you up and curb those sugar cravings!


Before you try this recipe, make sure you put a can of coconut milk in the fridge for at least one day. The milk needs to separate from the coconut pulp so that you can create the recipe.


Reinvented vegan oreo biscuits

For the biscuits

  • 100 g nuts
  • 120 g pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of the sweetener of your choice

For the filling

  • 1 can (165ml) of coconut milk with 78% pulp
  • 1 teaspoon any sweetener of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

Reinvented vegan oreo biscuits // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Instructions
  • Place all the vegan oreo biscuit ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture forms a paste. Keep an eye out on the mixture: if you blend it too much, it'll get really oily.
  • Take ingredients out of the food processor and knead it to form a thick dough. Roll it out, and use a rounded glass to cut the dough into firm, round, biscuit shaped discs. Leave them in the fridge while you make the filling.
  • For the vegan oreo biscuit cream, take the coconut pulp out of the can and place it in a bowl (separate from the milk).
  • Mix the pulp with sweetener, vanilla, and coconut oil until it forms a soft texture.
  • Take your vegan oreo biscuits out of the fridge and sandwich the cream filling between them.
  • Serve immediately or let it chill in the fridge before eating.

These reinvented vegan oreo biscuits were created by Anna M (eatforyourpeace). Follow her on PumpUp @annaaa_, on Instagram @annaaamsl, and check out her blog. Let us know what you think of Anna’s vegan oreo biscuits in the comments below!