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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.

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.

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!

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! 

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!

Gourmet Layered Chia Pudding

Gourmet Layered Chia Pudding

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Confession: this was my first time trying chia pudding. I can't believe I've been missing out on this my entire life!  Nevertheless, I spruced the popular dessert up a bit and gave it a fancy touch. You can eat this awesome, gourmet layered chia pudding for breakfast or snack!


Layers make everything more fun (and pretty!).  Start from the bottom with the chia pudding, place mango nice cream in the middle and finish everything up with a garnish of blackberries and muesli.


Full of antioxidants, omega 3, fiber and protein, this gourmet layered chia pudding will keep you full and energized until your next meal. I was careful to make it 100% suitable for our vegan friends, but I also didn't add any extra sugar. It would have been unnecessary: the mangos make this healthy treat sweet enough!


 Gourmet layered chia pudding // the PumpUp Blog


Layered Chia pudding

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 unsweetened almond milk
Mix together and place in fridge for at least an hour or overnight.


Mango nice cream

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango


Blend together on food processor or blender until it reaches a creamy consistency.


Gourmet layered chia pudding with mango nice cream // A perfect dessert or sweet treat for the summer // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog
Top the chia mixture with the nice cream to create the layered chia pudding, then top everything blackberries (or any fruit you like!) and handful of muesli, nuts or seeds of your choice. Enjoy!
This recipe for gourmet layered chia pudding was created by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

Healthy Christmas Desserts

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This post is part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

Cold weather makes me mad  (well, not really mad) but suffice it to say, I am not a fan of cold weather. Nevertheless, I am keenly aware of how happy this time of year makes me.  I am a Christmas maniac. Seriously, I am. I love Christmas. I am 23 years old, I do not have any children, I hate the cold, and yet, I am downright excited for this time of year. I am one of those people who constantly annoy others by reminding them how many days are left until Christmas. I believe it is the little things and the traditions about this season that keep me excited. 

People sometimes think that my winter wardrobe only consists of red and green. What’s more, I am unable to control my emotions every time I see my Christmas tree lit up for the first time.  I believe that, while I unpack mistletoe and tangled Christmas lights, I also unpack the feelings of years gone by. There also isn’t anything more heart-breaking that the day after Christmas.

I will not make a list about the things I love about Christmas because there are too many things, but one of my favourite parts of the year are the food and drinks we enjoy.  I search for healthy alternatives this year to continue  my journey toward a healthier life and chose the ones I liked the most. Enjoy these 4 healthy Christmas treats!

'Raw' Christmas Snowball Bites

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw pecans

  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews

  • 1/2 cup coconut (dried, shredded, and unsweetened)

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

  • (For rolling) 1/4 cup coconut (dried, shredded, and unsweetened)

Directions: Process the pecans in a food processor to break up into little pieces. Empty these little pieces into a small mixing bowl to mix in later. Process the macadamia nuts, cashews, and coconut in a food processor until they resemble a coarse meal. Add in the honey and process until the mixture starts to form a sticky ball of dough. Transfer this mixture to the small mixing bowl with the chopped pecans. Incorporate the pecans in the dough mixture. Scoop rounded spoonfuls (either with a cookie scoop or with a spoon and then roll into balls in your hands) and roll each ball in the coconut. Quickly chill them for more immediate consumption in the freezer, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. Serve and enjoy!

Healthy Eggnog


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions
Blend all ingredients together for a few minutes. Pour mixture into a pot (don’t let it boil). Simmer for about 15 min. Then chill mixture in fridge overnight. Serve and enjoy!

Almond Protein Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of vanilla or unflavored whey
  • 2 tbsps (15g each) cashew nut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Freedom, agave, or honey
  • 1/8 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp orange extract (optional)

Directions

Get a bowl out and chuck all the above ingredients in there. (Feel free to also add any walnuts, chocolate chips, or if you want your cookies to be even higher in protein, add a couple of tbsps of protein crispies.)  Mix everything together until you get a soft cookie dough you can roll into balls with your hands.  Place on a cookie tray and flatten each ball using your fingers, a fork, or a cookie stamp like I did. Bake at 170 C (320 F) for 6-10 minutes or until they’re cooked through but not rock hard.

Grinch Treats

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Ingredients

  • Strawberry
  • Grape
  • Banana slice
  • Lemon juice
  • Toothpicks

Directions

Slice the banana and add a little bit of lemon juice to the slices to coat them and keep them from turning brown. Cut the top off the strawberry. On the toothpick, stack a green grape, a banana slice, and a strawberry (put it top side down on the banana slice).Push another toothpick down through the tip of the strawberry through the banana slice and into the grape leaving ¼” of the toothpick at the top. Add a mini slice of banana on the top (I saw this recipe with a small marshmallow on the top but I am not a fan of marshmallow so I put a mini banana silces on the top) boil.  Serve and Enjoy!

With Love,

Valentina

 

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Caramelized fruit crumble

Post by Anna M (eatforyourpeace) . Follow her on PumpUp @annaaa_, on Instagram @a.maria9, and check out her blog.

I adore Christmas. I adore carols, winter fun, snow, and especially all of the cookies that my mom and I used to make. I’m trying to incorporate more fruit into my baking and wanted to create something that tasted scrumptious and smelled as aromatic as a holiday dessert should. I’m pleased to share this cake recipe of caramelized fruits with a crispy crust. Needless to say, the result was amazing

Exact quantities aren’t specified here because it depends on how many fruits you plan on caramelizing. You should make enough “crust” to cover the fruit with a thin to medium layer. Use equal parts flour and oats, half the amount of sugar, and add a bit more butter (or earth balance if you are vegan). 

Ingredients

  • 125g (1/2 cup) butter (Can substitute with earth balance)
  • 125 (1/2 cup) sugar
  • Orange juice + zest from 1 orange 
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Dates
  • Figs

For the crust:

  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Rolled oats 
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Flour (Can substitute with almond flour or oat flour)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Melted Butter  (Can substitute with earth balance)

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Slice the pears, apples, the dates and the figs and set aside. If the dates and the figs are a bit hard, let them soak in water for a couple of minutes!

2. In a saucepan, let butter melt, then add the sugar. Add the orange juice and some orange zest. Wait until the butter is completely melted (you should stir with a wooden spoon slowly) and then add all the fruits. Stir slowly on occasion. Cook until all the fruits are nice and soft.

3. Take ceramic loaf pan, grease it with a little bit of butter and pour in fruit mixture. 

4. Take a bowl and add flour, oatmeal and brown sugar, and melted butter. 

5. Sprinkle “crust” over the fruit and bake for about 15-20 minutes

6. Let cool and enjoy!