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What a raw vegan eats in a day

What a raw vegan eats in a day

Ever wondered what on earth a raw vegan eats in a day? PumpUp member @rawincollege has answers:

I enjoy mixing things up on a daily basis, so I am going to give you a general idea of what a day in my life looks like through food.

3 important reasons why the Paleo diet was right for me

3 important reasons why the Paleo diet was right for me

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There are so many different diets to choose from.  It can be a pretty overwhelming task to adopt a diet that best fits one’s needs and makes the most sense. I did some research and I found a diet that made the most sense to me, so I went with it. It is called the Paleo diet, also known as the Paleolithic diet. Although there were many other great options like vegetarianism, veganism, and Pescatarianism, I decided this was the best fit for my lifestyle. There are three main reasons why the Paleo diet was right for me: First of all, the Paleo diet allows you to be your carnivorous self. As a meat lover, it was simply not realistic for me to eliminate meat from my life.

Many folks think that meat is bad for you. By  all means, it definitely can be. However, it can also be extremely good for you. I indulge in red meat from time to time, but mostly stick to lean protein like chicken and fish. I can certainly eat bacon on the Paleo diet, but moderation is key. A little meat accompanied by a lot of veggies is the ideal meal.

3 important reasons why the paleo diet was right for me // PumpUp Blog

Second of all, it is so easy. Contrary to popular belief, eliminating processed food from your life is not as hard as it seems. One thing I will admit to is that going to restaurants can be hard. However, the daunting task of grocery shopping becomes a breeze. Instead of making my way through seemingly endless aisles, I can now skip said aisles because they are filled with Paleo-unfriendly packaged food. Also, cooking is as simple as scrambling some eggs and ham, throwing veggies and chicken breasts on the grill, or baking some salmon. Plus, the Paleo community is so great on PumpUp that it's easy to find meal ideas.

Finally, the Paleo diet is pretty much how humans were meant to eat in the first place. For example, cats and dogs in the wild would definitely not be eating the processed dried foods that we usually feed them. Instead, they would most likely hunt for their meals.

There are those who argue that although animals eat the food they are meant to eat when they’re in the wild, their life expectancy drops because of it. However, animals who live in the wild are also very exposed to the elements as well as predators. That being said, blaming a lower life expectancy on natural foods is a very "wild" accusation. As someone who eats a predominantly Paleo diet, I have had people ask me things like, "Doesn't the Paleo diet lower your life expectancy?" Just think about it. The Paleo diet consists of eating NATURAL foods such as organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grass-fed or wild-caught meat and fish.  A person with the average palate craves and eats highly PROCESSED food that is often drowning in additives and preservatives. This includes pasta, donuts, soda, hot dogs, potato chips, and much more. It's easy to see which diet is the true culprit of a lower life expectancy.

3 reasons why the paleo diet was right for me // The PumpUp Blog Although Paleo is not for everyone, it is most definitely worth a try. It's an easy way to eat healthy and wholesome foods. It is important to eat foods that are as natural as possible. Even if you can't follow the Paleo diet 100%, it can at the very least serve as a superb guideline.

This is part of a series of posts by PumpUp member @gabygetsfit. Find her on Instagram and Snapchat @gaby.fitspo

#AliveJuly - 4 weeks of nutrition challenges

#AliveJuly - 4 weeks of nutrition challenges

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Make nutrition your primary focus for the month of July. Live life in the present, live life in the fullest, and challenge yourself in new and exciting ways with #AliveJuly. To get you in the right mindset, we put together 4 complete weeks full of miniature nutrition challenges. Each day of the week has a different theme. You'll be challenging yourself creatively and you'll become more in tune with how your eating habits impact your overall wellbeing. Feel alive and well. Take the #AliveJuly challenge. Smoothie Sunday: New and exciting ways to spruce up your morning smoothies

Meal Prep Monday: Tips to make healthy meal preparation much easier for the rest of the week

Tasty Tuesday: Show off your culinary skills. Try your best to make healthy cooking a part of your lifestyle.

Willpower Wednesday: Give yourself permission to say 'no' to anything that doesn't serve you. Learn to eliminate or minimize your intake of salt, preservatives, and added sugar.

Try It Thursday: Try something new. Whether it's a new ingredient or a new way to eat, you'll push your boundaries.

Food Fact Friday: Learn more about yourself. Become more aware of your own eating habits and patterns. Identify what you're already doing well, and what you can improve upon.

Superfood Saturday: Some ingredients are nutrient-dense powerhouses. See if you can incorporate these superfoods into your diet at least once.

If you're participating in these nutrition challenges in July 2015, your starting date will be Sunday, July 5.

#AliveJuly 2015 4-week nutrition challenge and calendar by the PumpUp Blog

Check back on this page for more details about the nutrition challenges each week. We'll include weekly checklists, useful links, and more.  Use the #AliveJuly hashtag so that we can help you with the challenges! Link back to this page very easily by bookmarking bit.ly/alivejuly

Sign up for weekly email reminders about the challenge

We'll send you checklists for every week of our #AliveJuly nutrition challenges, helpful resources, and a care-package of motivation straight to your inbox! Subscribe here.

AliveJuly - four weeks of nutrition challenges (week one) // The PumpUp Blog

Week 1

Smoothie Sunday: Prepare and freeze smoothie ingredients into small containers or freezer-safe Ziploc bags! You'll never have an excuse not to drink a smoothie ever again. Bananas, kiwi, pitted fruits, and berries tend to be your best. Here are some great smoothie recipes to get you started! Check out our guide to DIY smoothie packs here.

Meal Prep Monday: What's in your grocery cart? Healthy choices start with your groceries. Try to stay away from pre-packaged food and ingredients as much as possible in order to reduce your sodium intake! Here are some great tips for healthy grocery shopping.

Tasty Tuesday: Cook with whole grains (not to be mistaken for whole wheat). Incorporate whole grains into your any of your dishes today to complete the challenge. Here's our useful guide to whole grains.

Willpower Wednesday: Say 'no' to added sugar! You might feel a difference in your energy levels afterward. Opt for fruit when sugar cravings hit you, or make healthy Homemade desserts like these vegan coconut energy bliss balls: 400g pitted dates, 5 tbsp cold coffee, 5 tbsp water, 5 tbsp melted coconut oil, 125g almond flour, 53g shredded coconut, 7 tbsp cacao powder, splash of vanilla extract. Blend dates with liquid ingredients, add in rest of ingredients, roll into balls and roll them around in the coconut.

Try It Thursday: A few extra veggies won't hurt! Add an extra veggie to your plate and share about how you felt on PumpUp. Here are some awesome vegan recipes that you can use for your inspiration.

Food Fact Friday: Become aware of when you eat. It might help you to identify times of the day when mindless snacking gets the best of you. Write it all down and share about it on PumpUp to keep yourself accountable. Are your eating patterns consistent? Irregular?

Superfood Saturday: Oh, quinoa. Everybody talks about it. Tons of people cook with it. Eat some quinoa today to complete the Superfood Saturday challenge. Name one fun fact that you learned about quinoa on PumpUp!

AliveJuly - four weeks of nutrition challenges (week one) // The PumpUp Blog

Week 2

Smoothie Sunday: A little greens ain't never hurt nobody! Add leafy greens to your morning smoothie in order to complete the #AliveJuly challenge of the day. If you're impartial to the taste of kale, try a more neutral vegetable like spinach.

Meal Prep Monday - An organized fridge will make it much easier for you to whip up healthy meals together in an instant. Cleaning out your fridge will also help you to identify which items of food you don't need. This is your opportunity to get rid of pesky guilty pleasures.

Tasty Tuesday: Go lean or go home. Opt for white fish or lean meat. If you're a vegetarian, eat tons of beans, nuts, and seeds. Protein will keep you much fuller for longer!

Willpower Wednesday: Put the chips down: excess salt consumption can lead to hypertension and bloating. You may not realize it, but several common grocery items (like cereal) contain tons of sodium. Dance it out, shake your body like a salt shaker, but go easy on consuming the actual mineral itself.

Try It Thursday: Try a new ingredient in your repertoire of meals! Explore the abundance that the Earth has to offer. Whether it's a fruit that you've never tasted or a spice that you haven't cooked with, be adventurous with your culinary skills today.

Food Fact Friday: Track your fiber intake. Lots of insoluble fiber can lower your cholesterol and combat cardiovascular disease! Oats and whole grains are a great way to up your fiber intake.

Superfood Saturday: Packed with tons of cancer-combating antioxidants, blueberries make the perfect on-the-go snack. Keep a few blueberries handy in a container for your snack, or garnish one of your meals with a generous handful of them.

Week 3

Smoothie Sunday: Give your smoothie a boost! Today, we're using hemp hearts. All you'll need are 5-7 strawberries, 2 frozen bananas, 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, and 1 cup of water. Find more recipes and a video of this recipe here.

Meal Prep Monday: Never tried meal prepping before? Start today! Make tomorrow's breakfast. You won't have any excuse not to start your morning the right way. Overnight oats are always a great idea for this.

Tasty Tuesday: Do you have a secret healthy ingredient that makes all of your dishes extra special? Whether you sneak zucchini into your brownies or flax seed into your smoothies, share about an ingredient that you love to add to your meals!

Willpower Wednesday: Minimize your processed food intake today and see how it impacts your energy levels. Highly processed food tends to contain a lot of salt, sugar, trans fat, and extra preservatives to increase their shelf life. Just say no. If you're craving french fries, make your own sweet potato fries instead!

Try It Thursday: Try a new recipe and broaden your horizons in the realm of food preparation! There are tons of healthy recipes waiting to be discovered from other PumpUp members, including smoothies, healthy summer snacks, and even a healthy summer potluck recipe guide.

Food Fact Friday: How many servings of fruits and veggies do you eat in a day? Are you eating enough? Too little? Be conscious of this and share about it on PumpUp!

Superfood Saturday: Get creative with chia! No, you won't need to grow a furry little chia pet. But you will need to incorporate the protein-packed and fibre-filled superfood into your diet. Chia pudding is a great way to start.

Week 4

Smoothie Sunday- Make a smoothie bowl and tag your recipes with #TeamPumpUp. You'll consume your smoothies more slowly and have more time to savour it. Check out these awesome smoothie bowl recipes

Meal Prep Monday- Now that you have a pretty decent grasp around how meal prep works, try to prepare all of your meals for tomorrow ahead of time! You won't have an excuse to not eat healthy if your meals are already laid out for you.

Tasty Tuesday- Post a photo of your favourite healthy meal. Are you great at making a particular recipe? Share it on PumpUp! Is there a healthy meal you love to eat at your favourite restaurant? Share that too! Check out these awesome ideas:

Willpower Wednesday- Late night snacking can get the best of us. Close the kitchen after dinner and see how you feel the next day! Your metabolism is much more active at the beginning of the day, rather than late at night when you're more sedentary.

Try It Thursday - Fill 1/2 your plate with greens and eat more veggies today! These edamame recipes will certainly help you to get your green on.

#AliveJuly 2015 4-week nutrition challenge and calendar by the PumpUp Blog

Share about these nutrition challenges on Instagram and PumpUp with this square version of the calendar.

4 healthy summer snacks that are perfect for sharing

4 healthy summer snacks that are perfect for sharing

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There's something about summer that makes life sweeter than it already is. You've earned ample time to relax in shorts, warm up at bonfires, camp under the stars, and make the most out of long summer days. Take this month as a time to reflect. Always take personal responsibility for your life and your happiness, but also care for the health of the relationships in your life. Remind other people that you love them, and make it a habit. Spending your summer in isolation by the pool certainly sounds like a great idea, but creating memories with those around you will make your summer 10 times better. Forgive. If you truly care for someone, allow them to be human. We all make mistakes and expect forgiveness. It comes to us a lot faster when we offer it genuinely. And don’t forget to enjoy and share food memories because eating healthy food with someone never fails. Here are some healthy summer snacks that you can share with your loved ones this summer.

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Chia Rhubarb Muffins

Chia Rhubarb Muffins // 4 healthy summer snacks that are perfect for sharing from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups spelt flour • ½ cup rolled oats • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder • 1/2 tsp. baking soda • 1/2 tsp. salt • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds + ¼ cup water • ¼ cup maple syrup • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup orange juice • 1 tsp. vanilla extract • 1 1/4 cup finely chopped rhubarb • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (or raisins, dates, cranberries, cherries, etc.)

Directions

Combine chia seeds and water in a glass and set aside for at least 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with liners. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined.  In another bowl, add the chia seed gel, olive oil, maple syrup, orange juice and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth by hand. Add to the flour mixture and blend just until moistened but lumpy. Stir in the rhubarb and apricots. Spoon the batter into 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the topping of your choice onto each muffin and bake until springy to the touch, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely

Vegan red pepper cashew dip

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours if you don't have a high speed blender)
  • 1/2 tablespoon white miso
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos (Or other raw soy sauce)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper (use the rest for dipping!)

Directions

Combine the ingredients together in a blender and pulse until creamy. Add more water for a thinner consistency.

Frozen yogurt bites

Frozen Yogurt Bites // 4 healthy summer snacks that are perfect for sharing from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango, diced

Directions

On a baking sheet, lay out 12 silicon muffin cups. Dollop some yogurt into each cup, until all the yogurt is gone.Place a few pieces fruit into each cup, pressing them down into the yogurt with the tip of your finger. Place the cups into the freezer, and freeze overnight, or until the yogurt is set.Once frozen, remove from the cases and serve, or place in an air-tight plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies // 4 healthy summer snacks that are perfect for sharing from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 100g instant oats
  • 90g whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp  ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c agave
  • ¼ c raisins

Directions

Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil or butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the agave. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the raisins. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake at 325°F for 11-14 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

With Love,

Valentina

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

10 darn scrumptious healthy breakfasts for marvellous mornings

10 darn scrumptious healthy breakfasts for marvellous mornings

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Breakfast is a most egg-cellent meal. Films have been named after it. Guitar-carrying crooners shower it with praise, and for good reason: breakfast is a way of saying good morning to your body. Evidence suggests that healthy breakfasts can regulate your appetite and even improve cognitive function. In the wise words of Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson, there has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food. Not a morning person? Short on time? Get your creative juices flowing and your razor-sharp juicers running. We're doing simple, scrumptious, and healthy breakfasts that you can scramble together in an instant. There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food - Healthy breakfasts

Vegan raspberry nice cream

Raspberry nice cream // Healthy breakfasts from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @justy

  • 2 ripe frozen bananas
  • 10 raspberries
  • 1/2-1/4 cup of coconut milk

Pulse bananas and raspberries together. Add coconut milk gradually, blending until desired consistency is achieved.

Banana berry protein smoothie bowl

Banana berry protein smoothie bowl // Healthy breakfast recipes from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member limitlesstyle

  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 6 large strawberries
  • 6 oz almond milk
  • 2 scoops whey protein

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and pour into a bowl. Top with coconut flakes, bee pollen, sunflower seeds, and goji berries.

Homemade granola

Homemade granola // Healthy breakfast recipes from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member mjvspa

  • 140g (about 1 1/2 cups) oats
  • 25g (1/4 cup) almonds
  • 25g (1/4 cup) hazelnuts
  • 30g (1/3 cup) shredded coconut
  • 55g (1/4 cup) honey
  • 40g (1/4 cup) melted coconut oil
  • Dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 170C/325F.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and lay it out on a flat baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes, shaking the pan and tossing the mixture with a spatula every 5 minutes or so. Cool the mixture slightly, then break it up into clusters.

Whole grain french toast

Whole grain french toast // Healthy breakfasts from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member linel

  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp honey
  • 3 thick slices of whole grain bread

Whisk together milk, egg, cinnamon, and honey until well blended. Pour mixture into a shallow, wide bowl. Heat up a large skillet and melt a bit of Earth Balance or unsalted butter. Soak bread in mixture, shake off excess liquid, then cook each side until browned. Serve with fresh fruit.

Puffed pancakes

Healthy puffed pancakes // Breakfast recipes from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member bodysoulspiritfitness

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cups of your choice of milk
  • 1/2 cups of your choice of flour(s)

Preheat oven to 425F. Whisk eggs together in a large bowl, then add milk until fully blended. Fold in the flour until just mixed.  Heat up in a hot cast iron pan until the bottom of the pancake develops a thin skin. Place pan in heated oven for 12 minutes.  Pancake should be puffed up and slightly browned. Top with fruit of your choice!

Fruity granola bowl

Fruity Granola Bowl // Healthy Breakfasts from the PumpUp Blog

Photo courtesy of PumpUp member gettingfitjourney

Layer bottom of the bowl with yogurt, then top with sliced fruits. Add granola as desired.

Miniature banana bites

10 healthy breakfast ideas - banana bites

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @thenewalexandra

  • 1 banana
  • A few tsps of the yogurt of your choice
  • Oats, granola, or nuts
  • Handful of blueberries

Cut banana into slices and add a dollop of yogurt to each. Top each 'bite' with slight amounts of toasted oats, cereal, homemade granola and one blueberry.

Superb superfood oat bowl

Superfood oat bowl // Healthy breakfasts and recipes from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member mariajumps

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of museli
  • 3 strawberries
  • 5-8 blackberries
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 1 tsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Handful of hemp hearts
  • Sprinkling of bee pollen

Mix oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and flaxseeds together in a medium bowl. Heat for one minute in the microwave, then mix in maca powder. Slice a banana and layer it on the oatmeal. Dust it with muesli and top with the fruit. Layer on the natural peanut butter, honey, hemp hearts, and bee pollen.

Cinnamon chia overnight oats

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Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member gillianmicah

Mix all ingredients listed above and pour into a mason jar. Chill overnight. Heat up in the morning if desired, or eat it as is.

Open-faced watermelon fruit bowl

Watermelon Fruit Bowl // Healthy Breakfast Recipes from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member annamanda

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1 tangerine
  • 1 cup of sliced pineapple

Slice watermelon in half. Trace and carve out a semi-circle shaped bowl from the watermelon. Cube the carved watermelon and place it back into the fruit bowl. Mix in tangerines and pineapple chunks.

10 healthy breakfast ideas // Recipes from the PumpUp Blog

Loved these 10 healthy breakfasts? Let us know how you make your healthy breakfast in the comments below! If you're participating in PumpUp's June Fitness Challenge, you'll earn 20 points for sharing a photo and the recipe of your breakfast.

10 Inspiring Healthy Snack Recipes from #ChallengeMe Day 2

10 Inspiring Healthy Snack Recipes from #ChallengeMe Day 2

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Never let the munchies get the best of you. Gnawing, cookie monster-like cravings are never a good feeling to have, and can lead to overindulging if they aren't addressed. If you're in a bind for time, the quickest and easiest healthy snack 'recipes' are fruits, veggies, and mixed nuts. Prepare cut-up veggies and fruits in advance so that you have a healthy snack ready for you at any time of the day. Better yet, keep 'grab and go' items like bananas, apples, and pears handy (no meal prep required)! Pair your healthy snack with a lean source of protein to keep you fuller for longer. Need inspiration for healthy snack recipes? Check out these ideas from Day 2 of PumpUp's #ChallengeMe challenge. 10 healthy snack recipes - Recipe roundup from the PumpUp Blog

Passionfruit Mousse

Passionfruit Mousse - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member fabfit

  • 1/4 cup passion fruit concentrate
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 dates

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender
  2. Set in the fridge for a few hours before spooning it out into individual glasses

Peanut Butter Apple Rings

Peanut Butter Apple Rings - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog
Recipe by PumpUp member amanda_brennan
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • A handful of granola
  • 1/2-1 tsp honey
Directions
  1. Core an apple and slice it into rings
  2. Spread light or natural peanut butter on top of the apples
  3. Top it with granola and drizzle it with honey

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Strawberry Muffins - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member cklassen

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oats
  • 3 chopped strawberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Mash bananas in large bowl
  3. Mix in milk, eggs, baking powder, vanilla
  4. Slowly incorporate oats and strawberries
  5. Fill into muffin liners, about 3/4 full
  6. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes

Low Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies

Low sugar peanut butter cookies - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member kmichellebeauty

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup stevia
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp spice of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • Sprinkling of granola

Directions

  1. Mix peanut butter and stevia together, then add the baking powder and spice(s)
  2. Add the egg until fully incorporated, then fold in granola
  3. Bake at 350 degrees 10-12 minutes.

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member stephs_

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup low fat sugar free strawberry yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together, adding ice and almond milk as needed to achieve desired consistency
  2. Pour into glass of your choice

Nutty bites

Nutty Bites - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog
Recipe by PumpUp member fitgirl_95
  • 1 cup assorted mixed nuts
  • 1/2 tsp almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • Drizzle of organic honey
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and in an oven save dish lined with parchment paper
  3. Place in oven for 2 hours, or till nice and crispy

Banana mug cake

Banana Mug Cake - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog
Recipe from PumpUp member lieke_vv
  • 1/3 banana
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (honey is fine)
  • 3 tbsp flour of your choice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
Directions
  1. In a mug, mash the banana and incorporate the oil, honey, and vanilla into the mixture
  2.  Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamo and mixed til combined
  3. Microwave for 45-55 seconds (timing may vary)

Crispy zucchini boats

Crispy zucchini boats  - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog
Recipe by PumpUp member chillerstrasse
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp fresh or dried basil
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • Grated parmesan
  • Breadcrumbs (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  2. Mix basil, olive oil, salt in a small bowl
  3. Cut the zucchini lengthwise and brush the slices with oil mixture
  4. Mix grated parmesan with breadcrumbs (if using) and sprinkle abundantly on top of the zucchini
  5. Place in an oven safe dish for 15 to 20 minutes

Avocado toast

Avocado Toast - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog
Recipe by PumpUp member taylortherunner
  • 1 slice whole grain toast
  • 1 avocado
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Place whole grain toast into a toaster
  2. While waiting, slice avocado in half, then make small strips to layer on top of the toast
  3. Sprinkle pepper and cheese

Fruity wonton snack cups

Fruity wonton cups - #ChallengeMe Day 2 | Healthy Snacks from the PumpUp Blog

Recipe by PumpUp member natsichon

  • 3-5 Wonton wrappers
  • Olive oil

Toppings

  • 3-8 tbsp greek yogurt
  • Sliced fruit (strawberries, kiwis, and pineapples work well)
  • Mixed nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly spray muffin tin with olive oil and place wonton wrappers into it
  3. Bake for 8-10 mins, keeping a careful eye on the wonton wrappers
  4. Let cool, then add desired toppings

 

Creamy vegan nice cream - #ChallengeMe Day 2

Creamy vegan nice cream - #ChallengeMe Day 2

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Happy June! This is my latest and most favourite recipe. Creamy vegan nice cream is low-cal and so delicious during the hot summertime. You can add whichever toppings you like, and it's completely gluten free and vegan! You can even add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to add some protein (I was just in a rush so I didn't add any this time around). The consistency of vegan nice cream is just like ice cream and it tastes SO rich! It's filled with fiber and potassium from the bananas, anti-inflammatory properties from the cinnamon, and some protein from the nut milk. Creamy vegan nice cream - The G-Free RD

CREAMY VEGAN NICE CREAM

Ingredients:

Creamy vegan nice cream - The G-Free RD

Directions:

  1. Blend first 4 ingredients in a high powered food processor until blended well. Then, slowly add in almond milk TBSP by TBSP until mixture has reached a more smooth, yet still thick consistency (like ice cream :) )
  2. Blend until well blended, then spoon mixture into serving bowl.
  3. Top with granola and drizzle with date syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

Creamy vegan nice cream

Liked this creamy vegan nice cream? This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @fit_caroline. Follow her blog, the G-free RD, here.

7 healthy fried rice recipes that won't disappoint

7 healthy fried rice recipes that won't disappoint

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The thing about fried rice is that it's as versatile as versatile can be— even more than pizza (yes, we went there). With just a few pantry staples, healthy fried rice will meld an array of flavours and ingredients together in a matter of minutes.

3 keys to make your fried rice healthier (but still tasty)

  • Use leftover brown rice. Prepare as much brown rice as you can anticipate yourself eating ahead of time. A rice cooker is an easy way to prepare large quantities of rice without having to fuss over a bubbling pot every few minutes.  Refrigerate the rice in a large tupperware so that you have it ready to eat for any meal. Colder rice will separate easier, so that the grains will have a firmer texture after you cook it. Brown rice has more fiber than white rice, and it also stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Go easy on the sauce. Too much soy sauce in your fried rice will impart a very salty taste, over-saturating the flavours of your other ingredients. Vegetables tend to absorb liquid sauces easily. They'll lose their crunch and taste soggy and salty if eaten the next day. If you're using soy sauce, opt for a low-sodium variety.
  • Experiment with other bases. Not down with brown rice? Use alternatives such as quinoa and cauliflower. Both mix well with other ingredients and absorb light flavours without overwhelming the dish as a whole.

Three keys to healthier fried rice (it's simple): Stick with brown rice if possible, go easy on the sauce, embrace alternatives like cauliflower, quinoa, and farro.

Chicken Fried Rice

By PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa

  • 125 g brown rice
  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2-1 cup peas
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped carrots
  • Slices of lean ham
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce

Directions: Cook the brown rice in a rice cooker, or boil according to package instructions. Refrigerate overnight, then set 125 g aside for fried rice. Boil peas until it turns green and tender.  Cook carrots, chicken, and ham together with vegetable oil or sesame oil. Make an omelette in a separate pan with the 2 eggs, and cut it  into the carrot mixture. Mix in rice and peas, adding a bit of soy sauce to flavour the mixture.

 

20 minute indonesian fried rice

20 minute Indonesian fried rice

Recipe and photo courtesy of Vikalinka

Peanuts, lime, ginger, and tumeric are what make this healthy fried rice recipe distinctly special. This is a protein-packed recipe that can be made vegetarian without the fried egg on top. Add tons of vegetables to this Indonesian fried rice for an extra nutrient boost.

Caramelized sweet potato and kale fried wild rice

Caramelized sweet potato and kale fried wild rice

 Recipe and photo courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats

Put the casserole away this Thanksgiving and don't let overly rich dishes kale your vibe. This filling, sweet, and absolutely genius wild rice recipe from Iowa Girl Eats is just the dish you need to impress a crowd. Kale offsets most of the saccharine flavour, making everything in this healthy fried rice recipe a match made in foodie heaven.

Cauliflower fried rice from the recipe critic

Cauliflower fried rice

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Recipe Critic

If you're laying low on the carbs, cauliflower fried rice is for you. With the help of a food processor and a wok, magic will happen in your kitchen. This healthy fried rice recipe from the Recipe Critic uses very few ingredients, but feel free to toss whichever leftovers you have in your own pantry.

Quinoa fried rice recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Quinoa Fried Rice

Recipe and photo courtesy of Gimme Some Oven 

The vibrant colours in this healthy fried rice recipe make it too legit to quit. The best thing about quinoa is that it comes together more quickly than brown rice. Ali from Gimme Some Oven likes to cook it with vegetable stock and then spread it out on a baking sheet to hasten the cooling process before she places the quinoa in the refrigerator. When heated in a wok, quinoa takes on a toasty, nutty flavour that enhances the dish as a whole. Plus, one cooked 100g serving of quinoa contains as much as 4.4 grams of protein!

Honey ginger tofu farro fried rice

Honey Ginger Tofu Farro Fried Rice

Recipe and photo courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Farro is a much denser grain than rice is (albeit a bit more difficult to cook). One serving of farro fried rice will leave you considerably more full than one serving of white fried rice, without the sugar crash. The puffy farro will soak up all of the flavours from the honey ginger tofu marinade, leaving a medley of happy tastes in your mouth. One cup of cooked farro contains up to 10 g of fiber and tons of protein to abate any hunger that might induce midnight cravings.

Thai baked pineapple fried rice from leelalicious

Thai Baked Pineapple Fried Rice

Recipe and photo courtesy of Leelalicious

Got a sweet tooth on the loose? There's nothing more genius than this pineapple fried rice baked in a pineapple. It's not excessive, it's just extraordinary. Cooked with tumeric, coriander, unsalted cashews, coconut milk, and soy sauce, this healthy fried rice recipe is packed with rich flavours that don't won't bust your diet.

How do you prepare healthy fried rice? Tag your best fried rice combinations on the PumpUp app and share them with the PumpUp community using the #TastyTuesday hashtag. Loved these healthy fried rice recipes? Let us know in the comments below! 

10 minute tofu scramble

10 minute tofu scramble

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Here's my new favourite dish that only takes 10 minutes! You know those days that seem to never end, and by the time you get home you just want to put some sweat pants on, watch a movie on Netflix and eat everything in sight? Well, instead of regretting that tub of ice cream and those ketchups chips tomorrow, here’s a really easy, simple and satisfying meal that can be eaten at any time of the day that will prevent you from feeling all the feelings tomorrow.

I’ve literally made this 10 minute tofu scramble 5 times this week, twice for breakfast, once for lunch and twice for dinner, and I haven’t gotten bored of it because it’s so versatile! You can have it for breakfast with sautéd veggies and shredded cheese, for lunch in a wrap with your favourite fillings, or for dinner instead of having rice or pasta!

10 minute tofu scramble from the PumpUp Blog

10 minute tofu scramble

  • A brick of extra firm tofu, shredded with a cheese grater (medium size shred)
  • ½ tsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

You can press your tofu to get the excess water out, but if you’re lazy like I am, never mind that step. Shred that tofu right into your pan, and drizzle 1 tbsp. of olive oil on it. Sprinkle your spices and add your pinch of salt and sauté that tofu until its warmed through.

It will go yellow because of the turmeric, so feel free to sneak some of this 10 minute tofu scramble into your next brunch with your family, and they will be surprised to see that they aren’t actually eating an egg scramble!

10 minute tofu scramble from the PumpUp Blog

Right before plating, taste it to see if the spices are right, and adjust to taste. You can play around with the spice mix as well to make it your own.

There’s the hardest part. Now, to actually make a meal out of it, you just need to either fry up some veggies to accompany it, stuff your wrap with other stuffing, or you know, just add more leftovers to the mix.

This yummy, healthy 10 minute tofu scramble recipe can be whipped up in a jiffy. You can eat it for any meal without having to worry about feeling all the feelings. Breakfast recipe from the PumpUp Blog.

This is definitely a new staple of mine, and such a time saver!

This 10 minute tofu scramble recipe is part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp (@zoedesborough) and on her blog

 

 

Clean Grocery Shopping : What to get and what to avoid

Clean Grocery Shopping : What to get and what to avoid

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Endless possibilities await you at the grocery store. One simple trip can make or break your diet. If you're just starting to try clean grocery shopping and you're wondering what to get and what to avoid, these basic tips are definitely worth keeping in mind. Clean grocery shopping : What to get and what to avoid  - Mini infographic from the PumpUp Blog

Plan your grocery route

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A quick and easy rule to follow is to shop around the perimeters of the store for fresh and frozen products. Avoid the aisles that contain processed foods and junk food, especially if you're clean grocery shopping. Be familiar with what aisles have your staple products to avoid the tempting cookies and chips. Try to keep your shopping cart colorful because every color has a different source of vitamin and mineral in it.

Fresh vs. Frozen vs. Canned food

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Should you buy fresh, frozen or canned? Always buy fresh, if possible! What do I mean by if possible? Try only buying in-season fresh items. What’s in season? Easy! It’s usually the sale items in the fresh produce section! Purchase enough for one week as fresh produce can go bad pretty fast. If you have extra food, freeze it.(BUT: remember to blanch your vegetables before freezing them). Your next pick would be frozen food. Watch for the sodium content in frozen products! Last would be canned. Again, keep an eye out for the sodium content in canned food products when you're clean grocery shopping. Rinsing and draining cans may reduce the sodium content by as much as 40%. For canned fruits, try to find fruits canned in juice or light syrup. Avoid fruits canned in syrup or heavy syrup, as this will add a lot of unnecessary sugar to the sugar content. For canned meat, avoid getting oil-soaked meat and try to find meat soaked in water to reduce the fat content.

The grainy details about 'whole grain' food

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Fifty percent of your grains should come from whole grains, but be careful! Many items that are advertised as “whole grain” in the supermarket are actually made with enriched flour, which takes out a big chunk of nutrition out from the grains. Read the ingredients and the first word you should see is “whole.” If it’s not there, pick up something else and check.

Common culprits

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Watch for the fat content in dairy such as milk and cheese! For yogurt, read the amount of sugar it has in the nutrition label and the serving size! Fruit yogurt is usually loaded with sugar and artificial flavouring. A healthier alternative would be to buy nonfat plain yogurt and add fresh fruit to it. Not sweet enough? Add a touch of honey. Juice is another grocery item that you will want to watch for sugar on.   Always try to get unsweetened juice, not diet or juice sweetened with Splenda. How do you find out? Read the list of ingredients! If you have a great juicer at home, purchase your own fruits and vegetables and blend them yourself (you'll know exactly what's going into your juice). Last, but not least for my peanut butter lovers, keep an eye out for the sugar content contained in each jar! Natural peanut butter is a better bet.

These tips about clean grocery shopping were written by PumpUp member countrygirl4ever. Follow her on PumpUp to let her know your thoughts about this article! Do you have more great advice about clean grocery shopping? We want to hear from you!  Write down your suggestions in the comments below.

Cauliflower Steak : The Answer to Your Vegetarian BBQ Dreams

Cauliflower Steak : The Answer to Your Vegetarian BBQ Dreams

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Cauliflower used to be my worst nightmare. But, as I grew older and experimented with different preparation methods, I started to like it little by little.  Now that I'm a vegetarian, I find that cauliflower can be a godsend for its versatility. You can puree it into soup, turn it into rice, slice it into salad, use it as a pizza base, or even serve cauliflower steak. It's thick enough as a base and it roasts very well with simple garnishes: salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Cauliflower Steak

  • 1 small to medium cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small chilli pepper - optional
  • mayonnaise - optional
 Preparation Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F.
  2. Carefully peel away the leaves from the cauliflower and cut it in half. Make long slices that should roughly be the width of your thumb. Leave the stalk on and remove any additional leaves that remain.
  3. In a skillet that's safe to put into the oven, heat a bit of olive oil on medium and sauté the cauliflower slices until the edges become a soft brown color (5-7 mins max on each side).
  4. Season each side of the cauliflower with salt and pepper, then put the pan in the oven for 15 mins. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn't burn.
  5. Mince the red onion, tomato, garlic cloves, and chilli pepper (if using) and toss them into a small bowl with olive oil and a bit of salt.
  6. When the cauliflower is ready, plate it with the onion mixture and light mayonnaise (optional) to offset the onion taste.
  7. If you have cauliflower steak left over, turn it into cauliflower rice or chop it into a salad for the next day.

Cauliflower steak recipe | It's the answer to your vegetarian BBQ dreams, seriously.

This cauliflower steak recipe was 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 cauliflower steak recipe in the comments below!

Paradise-perfect tropical smoothie bowl

Paradise-perfect tropical smoothie bowl

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Dream of paradise, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain with this picture-perfect tropical smoothie bowl by PumpUp member alyssarhoades. It's vegan and requires no milk (not even milk substitutes)! Frozen bananas lend a creamy and thick texture, while mangoes and papaya add a distinctly sweet flavour reminiscent of sunnier times. Escape like Houdini to a different world and enjoy this vegan tropical smoothie bowl that is perfect for you to prepare for your fabulous mother and for yourself on Monther's Day

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 papaya
  • 1 whole mango
  • a few chunks organic pineapple

Toppings

  • Coconut flakes
  • Passion fruit
  • Banana slices
  • Raspberries
  • Chia Seeds

Blend 4 fruits together and magic happens. This paradise-perfect tropical smoothie bowl recipe from the PumpUp blog is as creamy as it is delicious. Frozen bananas add a nice velvety texture while mango, papaya, and pineapple chunks add distinctly sweet notes reminiscent of beach boardwalks and rolling waves. Make this healthy smoothie recipe for your next breakfast!

Find this tropical smoothie bowl recipe on the PumpUp community using the hashtag #smoothie and check out our other tasty and refreshing smoothie recipes. Have a slurp-worthy smoothie bowl recipe to share with the PumpUp Community? Share your photos on the app or tag your best recipes with #TeamPumpUp on Instagram.

4 ingredient healthy banana split

4 ingredient healthy banana split

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Craving a creamy, sweet, and fatty dessert? Aren't we always? Cool off without compromising on your diet this summer.  Try this 4 ingredient healthy banana split alternative by PumpUp members @tysa and @tyler_bacc. It's fast, easy, tasty, and requires fewer ingredients than you can count on one hand. Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 tbsp of sugar-free strawberry jam (or natural peanut butter)
  • Low fat whipped cream
  • Sliced strawberries, dark chocolate chips and/or coconut flakes (for topping)

4 ingredient healthy banana split

Directions:

Cut the banana in two long slices. Delicately peel the two pieces apart and spread the strawberry jam (or peanut butter) on the surface of the banana. Put again the banana into its peel. Then decorate it with some low fat whipped cream, strawberries and mini dark chocolate chips.

4 ingredient healthy banana split

Have a great recipe redux that you want to share with the PumpUp community? Tag your best healthy recipes with #FoodieFriday! Loved this 4 ingredient healthy banana split alternative? Let us know in the comments below! Pin the image below to share it on Pinterest

4 ingredient banana split recipe from the PumpUp Blog: 1 banana, low fat whipped cream, sugar-free jam or natural peanut butter, strawberries, dark chocolate chips, or coconut flakes to top.

What to eat before and after a workout

What to eat before and after a workout

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Running out of steam halfway into a training session ruins your whole workout. If you want to have better results from working up a sweat at the gym, you need to eat the right foods. It’s not just what you eat, though, but also when you eat it that will have you pushing on for longer. Follow this guide to fuel up the correct way before and after a workout session.

Dig into a Carb-Protein Blend

What to eat before and after your workout : dig into a carb-protein blend before your workout

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Although you always hear of the importance of protein when you want to build and repair muscles, pairing protein with carbs is a must.  It will give your body the energy it needs to complete your workout session. You want a mix of carbs: simple carbs that will burn quickly for a boost of energy and complex carbs that take longer to be released so that your energy can be sustained. Examples of adequate snacks are a whole-wheat bagel with jam or a protein shake with a banana.

Reach for coffee

What to eat before and after your workout: reach for coffee (yes, coffee!)

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Although you don’t want to have too much of it, one cup of coffee can improve your workout. It’s great to drink before you hit the gym because it will boost your energy. It also decreases muscle soreness after your session. However, coffee should never be a substitute for energy-filled meals before you hit the ground running as it won’t fill and fuel you up properly on its own.

Wind up your fitness clock

What to eat before and after your workout : Wind up your fitness clock

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Getting the right fuel for your workout is one thing, but you need to time your eating well so that your fuel works for you. It’s a bit like filling up your car with gas. You want to use the fuel instead of letting it go to waste because the car is running on idle. Try to eat within four hours of your workout, and then have a snack in the hour before you start. Base how much you should eat on how long your exercise session is going to last. If it’s longer than an hour, add in a bit more food to keep you going. Beans and lentils are great to help you achieve the slow-burn energy you need to fuel a longer workout, and they are high in complex carbs as well as protein.

Have a mid-session snack

What to eat before and after a workout: what could be more important than a little something to eat?

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Although it might seem strange to eat while you exercise, this is beneficial if you have a long and/or strenuous workout. A quick bite, in the form of carbs such as raisins or a banana, will help to fill your body with energy while helping you burn more calories. Protein consumption during exercise is a good thing as its amino acids are used during your session and need to be rebuilt, while carbs help to keep the body’s cortisol hormones low - when these are too high they break down muscle mass instead of helping to build it.

Replenish your body

What to eat before and after a workout: make sure to replenish your body immediately

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When your time at the gym has come to an end, don’t forget to top up on food again. Although you might think you don’t need the energy, the goal of eating after a workout is to replenish your body’s nutrients and reserves. You need to eat within an hour after exercise so that your body will use the food to recover and also store away energy. If you don’t eat within this window, your body will risk losing energy during your next workout - even if it’s the next day. It’s time to eat protein along with some carbs again, such as a salad with chickpeas and olive oil, a peanut butter sandwich, or a cup of quinoa with berries. Berries are also filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C that have many other health and skin benefits, too.

Eating after a workout also helps you continue with your day without experiencing energy slumps. And remember: if you feel good and energetic after your workout, instead of tired and drained, you’ll look forward to tomorrow’s workout much more.

Eating the right foods before, during and after a workout will help you maximize your gym sessions so you can get the toned and healthy body you’ve always wanted.

What to eat before and after your working: Healthy eating doesn't have to be too difficult. Refuel the right way by loading up on protein and a mix of carbs. Remember to time your eating well so that you can recover, without experiencing energy slumps. Learn more from the PumpUp blog!

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.

Recharge with this simple 3 ingredient green smoothie

Recharge with this simple 3 ingredient green smoothie

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For some, green smoothies seem like green monsters. They're daunting and downright unappealing. The odds of you actually enjoying a green smoothie can be ever in your favour when you sweeten it up with a bit of fruit rather than refined sugar. Add the juice of your favourite citrus sphere, add chunks of something sweet and tropical, and you, friend, have a 3 ingredient green smoothie. No fuss or worry necessary. Simple preparation leads to extraordinarily nutritious results.

3 ingredient green smoothie

  • The juice of 6 oranges
  • 1/2 a pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 100g of spinach

Blend and enjoy. Add water if necessary to make the smoothie's consistency less viscous.

3 ingredient green smoothie

Enjoyed this simple 3 ingredient green smoothie? What are your favourite smoothie combinations using 3 ingredients? Comment  below or tag your best smoothie recipes on the PumpUp app! Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @veganmetalhead.

Beat your cravings : it's simpler than you think

Beat your cravings : it's simpler than you think

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Beat your cravings with proper food

A craving is a thought or a feeling that you think you want to eat or drink something specific. You can eat a piece of cake without craving it, and you can crave a piece of cake without eating it. It’s all in perspective- one does not necessitate the other.

When you make a change in your diet, whether it’s becoming raw vegan or simply adopting a healthier lifestyle, you have to envision the outcome you are hoping for. Something that helped me when I started eating raw was to think about how I felt after I ate certain processed or cooked foods. For myself and the general population, these foods give us instant gratification when we eat them but the feeling that comes soon after can often leave us with stomach aches and lethargy. When your body is satisfied with the proper carbohydrates that it needs (lots of fruit!) you will not crave anything else- I’m telling you! It is proven that a craving typically lasts three minutes on average and it takes only 21 days to develop a new habit.

When you eat enough fruits, filled with simple sugars, your body will be fuelled and happy—fighting off any cravings of unhealthy processed or cooked foods.

Beat your cravings by changing your habits

Exercise is another wonderful way to beat your cravings—it gives you something positive to do for your mind and your body that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Even if you are just opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator every day, your body will thank you for it. Small changes can make a big difference in the long run! One of the best tips I can give you is to surround yourself with healthy options at all times—fill your home or your dorm room with an abundance of fresh raw fruits and veggies. You are what you surround yourself with! If there is nothing bad to choose from, your chances of ‘slipping up’ will decrease greatly! Most cravings are short-lived and you can let them pass. The more healthy foods that you eat, the more you body will crave healthy foods!

Did this post help you to beat your cravings? Learn more about the author, Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege). She is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

Vegan protein cookie dough bites

Vegan protein cookie dough bites

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How do I keep my body lean? I make homemade healthier versions of my favorite desserts! These are the BEST tasting cookie dough balls made from all pure, healthy ingredients. Free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy as well! These are super delicious fresh and only have about 140 calories for 2 balls. All you gotta do it throw the ingredients in a food processor and form into balls! Seriously though...once you try these you'll never want anything else! You could even warm them up for more deliciousness. These are snicker doodle flavored but you can always play around with different ingredients.

Vegan protein cookie dough bites

Ingredients:

raw vegan gluten free cookie dough bites

Instructions:
  1. Melt coconut butter in microwave.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a high powered food processor until blended well.
  3. Slowly add in 1 TBSP of water at a time, until forming a more dough-like consistency. (I ended up using 2 TBSP)
  4. Form individual golf ball-sized dough balls and place on a plate or tray.
  5. Eat at room temperature or let chill in fridge.
  6. ENJOY!

Liked these raw vegan cookie dough bites? This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @fit_caroline. Follow her blog, the G-free RD, here.

 

10 edamame recipes that won't disappoint

10 edamame recipes that won't disappoint

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Whether you identify as a vegetarian, a vegan, or neither, there's an easy way to incorporate more protein into your diet. The answer, friends, is edamame. These tiny green soy beans are packed with protein and fibre.  According to WebMD, just over 1 cup of shelled edamame contains as much fiber as 4 slices of whole wheat bread. What's more, a 1 cup serving of cooked edamame contains a whopping 17 grams of protein.  Pretty neat!  You're more likely to find the frozen variety available for purchase, which means that you won't have to worry about them expiring on you. Stock up on edamame and you won't be sorry (but limit yourself to one serving a day).  Though these legumes are perfectly delicious on their own, here are a few of the best edamame recipes from the Internet for your culinary inspiration.

Roasted edamame

Roasted edamame - a perfect snack that enhances the flavour of the nutrient-packed green soy beans

Boost the flavour of these green beans by roasting them. Toss them with olive oil, lemon zest, black pepper, and your favourite spices before popping them in the oven. (PureWow)

Edamame hummus

Ginger wasabe edamame hummus from Rachelcooks - Edamame recipes for your inspiration

You already know that chickpeas make a great dip base. Entertain with edamame and have your tastebuds hum with delight. We love this ginger wasabi edamame hummus from Gimme Some Oven, as it lends a novel, punchy flavour that'll have you coming back for more. (via RachelCooks)

Stir-fried edamame

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Instead of fried rice, try making this edamame and kale fried quinoa. You'll up your protein and fiber intake in one go. Plus, it's delicious so revel in excitement. (Fitness Magazine)

Edamame Soup

Edamame soup - edamame recipes for your inspiration

When simmered with zucchini and blended in a food processor, edamame instantly makes batches upon batches of comforting and creamy soup. (CircaHappy)

Edamame Stew

Comfort food and good-for-you ingredients in one bowl. Foodie heaven. Edamame stew : Edamame recipes for your inspiration

Warm comfort food and good-for-you ingredients in one bowl. Edamame stew is one that will not disappoint. (Oh She Glows)

Edamame Pho

Edamame pho - your next-level nutritious way to eat vietnamese food. Edamame recipes for your inspiration

Sometimes, you walk into a Vietnamese restaurant and all you want is pho noodle soup. Make it next-level nutritious by adding some edamame. (WhatsCookingGoodLooking)

Edamame Noodle Salad

Forget the late night microwave ramen. Use this recipe for meal prep and make some edamame crunchy noodle salad - Edamame recipes for your inspiration

Move over, late-night microwave ramen noodles. Make this crunchy asian ramen noodle salad on your designated meal-prep day and you'll have lunch for days. (Gimme Some Oven)

Edamame burgers

Edamame burgers with avocado mint dressing - edamame recipes for your inspiration

Packed with pistachios, mint, chickpeas, and edamame, this green burger is ultimate. Paired with avocado mint dressing, savour in the sheer glory of this edamame burger. (MilkingAlmonds)

Edamame quinoa collard wraps

Edamame quinoa collard wraps - Edamame recipes for your inspiration

Collard wraps are portable. Edamame is wonderful. Pair two and two together and you have a winning combo. (Eat Spin Run Repeat)

Edamame salad

10 edamame recipes for your inspiration - Find neat ideas to eat healthy with edamame ! From edamame burgers to edamame soup, the possibilities are endless.

This is one salad that you'll actually be happy to eat. PumpUp member @lentil adds carrot and zucchini noodles, arugula (rocket), quinoa, snap peas, radishes, and edamame beans.

Love edamame? Have great edamame recipes to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!

4 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy on a Crazy Schedule | Healthy living 101

4 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy on a Crazy Schedule | Healthy living 101

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1) Plan your meals Plan your meals and make sure that your fridge is stocked with healthy options

Bulk shop, cook and prep on the weekend so that at least your breakfast and lunches for the week are ready to go. Having the fridge stocked with healthy options that are available for you to just grab and hurtle out the door will ensure that you stay on track! Put aside 1-2 hours on the weekend to get this together and you will be so happy you did!

2) Pack your lunches

Plan your meals in advance if you know that you're going to have a busy week.

Not only does this save time and money but it's also hands-down the healthiest way to eat! You cooked it, so you know exactly what is in it. While this is a bit more work up-front, after the first week of adjusting to this new routine it will become second nature!

Don’t forget to pack snacks too, you never know when the munchies will hit. Apples, bananas, cut up veggies or trail mix are the perfect portable snacks!

3) Break out the Crock Pot

Crock pots help you save time and eat healthy when you're on a time constraint

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Whether you are single or feeding an army of children, the slow cooker is a lifesaver! You can prep all of the ingredients the night before, pop them in on your way out the door in the morning and viola! You come home to a perfectly cooked meal. It’s so easy, I like to start with onions and root veggies on the bottom, then a nice piece of grass-fed meat, or some beans, some broth or diced tomatoes! The best part is that you'll have lots of leftovers.

4) Lean on Liquid Meals

Green juice is the way to go if you're pressed on time. Juice from the Village Juicery works like a charm.

Not so keen on green juice? Experiment with it first. Try either a warm blended soup or a smoothie to start your day off, and see how you feel. Many of us aren’t hungry when we wake up and that's because it takes awhile for your digestive system to warm up. Starting off with a liquid meal is a great way to ease into the day. You can pre-make soups and stockpile them in your freezer or blend up a smoothie with some protein powder, berries and greens for a nutrient-dense breakfast that’s easy to digest. Liquid meals require less prep and cleanup but are just as satisfying and healthy as your traditional breakfast options.

I hope these tips and tricks help you to stay healthy when time is tight!

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Pro tip : Oats in your smoothies keep you fuller for longer

Pro tip : Oats in your smoothies keep you fuller for longer

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Maybe you love smoothies, but don't really love how hungry you feel an hour or so after you drink one. Make your smoothies oat-standing by adding oats to them. They won't be floating around helplessly like alphabet noodles in alphabet soup. Pulse them before you add them to your smoothies so that they disperse evenly throughout the drink. Adding oats in your smoothies is a fail-safe trick that will increase your fibre intake while making your smoothie thicker and equally as delicious. PumpUp member @wigart created a perfectly banana raspberry oat smoothie that will last you throughout the morning. You'll want to chop, blend, sip, repeat.

Banana raspberry oat smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 handfuls of frozen raspberries
  • 1 handful of steel cut oats
  • 2 spoonfuls of greek yogurt
  • 1 tiny dash of honey

Pulse oats in food processor first, then add all other ingredients to your blender or food processor.

Pro tip: add oats in your smoothies, it'll keep you fuller for longer. This summer smoothie recipe has bananas, raspberries, oats, honey, and greek yogurt in it. It's a perfect drink for breakfast and a great idea for a post-workout snack. Courtesy of the PumpUp Blog

Wondering how @wigart made her photo collage? Try the new PumpUp photo editor and choose from different layouts to showcase your best smoothie-making skills. Do you add oats in your smoothies? Show the PumpUp community your smoothies by tagging them on the app with #smoothie or #smoothieseries.