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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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

Matcha recipe round up from the PumpUp Blog

Coconut-Lime Matcha Cooler

Coconut lime matcha cooler from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

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

Directions 

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

Matcha Muffins

Matcha muffin recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Dairy-Free Matcha Latte

Dairy free matcha latte recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

Matcha Yogurt

Matcha yogurt recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients:

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

Directions

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

With Love,

Valentina

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

Drop everything: Try this Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Mousse

Drop everything: Try this Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Mousse

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Hey there! I hope you all enjoyed that pancake recipe from last month! It has become a weekly routine to make these on either Saturday or Sunday mornings, and enjoy them in bed with a nice coffee and a movie… Reading this over, it’s making me feel like such an old lady! I guess that I like my little routines. Speaking of routines, my girlfriend and I make a point of making weekly/bi-weekly dinners with some of our friends. It’s a great way to get together, enjoy healthy foods and not break the bank. I’m usually the one cooking the main meal (mostly because of all of my allergies), but everybody pitches in and brings ingredients or snacks/desserts. Last weekend, we had some friends over for an amazing Indian feast (see my blog about Rogan Josh), and for dessert, I thought about making an amazing, guilt-free chocolate and raspberry mousse.

Making a dessert that will please everyone AND is healthy AND relatively inexpensive is always a hard thing, especially when one of your guests, or yourself, has allergies or restrictions. I have a solution for you! If you’re looking for something sweet, but not overly sweet, that is timeless/season-less, and healthy, check this out!

How to make a Vegan Raspberry Chocolate mousse

You will need

  • 12 oz. package of silken tofu (either the boxed kind found in the Asian section of the grocery store, or the regular silken/smooth tofu in the cold section of the grocery store)
  • 1 small container of fresh raspberries (or about a cup and a half of frozen raspberries, thawed)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or any chocolate that you and your guests can all eat), melted according to packaging

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To begin with, melt your chocolate chips according to the packaging, either in the microwave or on the stove-top. Once it’s melted and smooth, set it aside.

In a large blender, food processor, or anything that blends, blend together your silken tofu, raspberries, melted chocolate, confectioner’s sugar and maple syrup. If your blender is small, feel free to do this in batches.

There you have it. That wasn’t hard, was it? Pour your mix into cups, molds, bowls, parfait glasses, etc. and let it sit in the cold (freezer, fridge, or outside if cold enough), until ready to serve. I suggest letting it sit for at least an hour and a half, until it sets.

The raspberries in the recipe cut the sweetness from the chocolate, making it light, just sweet enough, and creamy smooth. It’s a healthier alternative to regular chocolate mousse, and those die-hard chocolate fans will never notice it’s made with tofu!

You can always make fudge pops with this recipe as well! We replaced the raspberries with a cup of soy milk and made fudge pops too (see my blog for the recipe!)

A neat trick with this vegan raspberry chocolate mousse is that you can also use it to make a cheese-less cheese cake! Use firm tofu instead, and it will give you a nice thick consistency. Place it over a cheese cake crust (I usually go for rolled oats, quinoa flakes, crumbled gluten-free/egg -free/nut- free cookies, and a bit of melted butter, baked for 15 mins in a shallow baking pan), let it set in the freezer, and serve it cold.

This post is part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp ( @zoedesborough) and on her blog

4 healthy treats that will teach you a lot about self-love

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Learn to love yourself with these 4 healthy, sweet and savory treats - Get Healthy with Valentina

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

  • Quinoa Egg muffins
  • Quinoa-cacao truffles
  • Raw strawberry pie
  • Double layer protein pudding

Ah, romance. Just what everyone needs…right? February is undeniably a month of love: a month when we’re encouraged to express it to others by giving gifts such as candy and flowers. If you’re loath to the idea of February in general (it’s cold, it’s slushy, it’s wet, it’s not quite spring yet, and maybe you feel a bit lonely), I feel you.  But this month has plenty other good qualities that are worth highlighting. Love should also flow inwards, not just outwards. 

The purpose of life is to live, so start living, and start falling in love with you. You are the only person you know you can receive love from, whenever you need it. You are the only person who can give yourself permission to see the beauty of the world. Stop worrying about other people’s opinions. All what really matters is how you feel. Give yourself a chance to learn more about yourself and love yourself no matter what. You are the only person who decides how to nourish your body. The best part about choosing wholesome food is that you know that you’re eating something good for your health, and that by default means that you’re doing something great for yourself.  

So having all that said… Here are some recipe ideas so you can try to find Self-Love through Food! Don’t forget to give you the opportunity to fall in love with your soul and your body!

Quinoa Egg Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 + 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3 tbsp. ground flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. onion (garlic) powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 handfuls spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, place cupcake liners into a 12 muffin tin and spray generously with cooking spray.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites for 30 seconds. Add flax/chia seeds, feta cheese, onion (garlic) powder, salt, pepper and whisk to combine. Add quinoa, spinach, bell pepper and mix. Fill each muffin with egg mixture 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the egg muffins from the muffin tin and slide onto a platter. Serve hot and enjoy!

Quinoa Cacao Truffles

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 ½ cup puffed quinoa

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients (except the puffed quinoa) in a big bowl until well-combined. Mix in the puffed quinoa. Spoon into small muffin lines. Refrigerate until set.

Raw strawberry pie

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup (packed) pitted dates
  • ¼ tsp (scant) sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Filling

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries (measured whole if small, or cut in half if large; these are for filling, you will need extra for garnishing if desired)
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3-4 tbsp raw agave
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Couple pinches sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (stir in after pureeing)

Directions

Lightly oil a pie plate with coconut oil. Prepare the crust: Place all the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse briefly until crumbly and the mixture will hold together when pressed with your fingers. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pie plate, pressing it evenly into the pan.  Prepare the filling: Place all the filling ingredients, except the lemon zest (and starting with 3 tablespoons of the agave nectar), in a high-powered blender .Puree for a minute or so at medium-high speed until completely smooth and no texture of the cashews remains. Taste, and add the remaining tablespoon of agave, if needed, to sweeten, and puree again.

2-layer protein pudding

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Layer 1: Chia pudding with raspberries

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 ½ cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of quark
  • ½. cup of raspberries.

Directions

Mix together chia seeds and milk the night before, or one-two hours before you eat it. Mix the quark and berries with the chia pudding when the mixture has gotten a jelly like consistency. Done!

Layer 2: Casein Pudding

Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Casein protein powder with chocolate flavour

Directions

Mix together casein powder with an optional amount of milk into a loose paste. Place batter in a glass and let it stand in the refrigerator until it has gotten a pudding consistency. It is best if it can be refrigerated over the night.  The next morning put the chia mix on top of the casein pudding.  Enjoy!

With Love,

Valentina

Protein-Packed Cookie Dough Dip

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Protein-packed Cookie Dough Dip

This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @carolinewaters35. Follow her blog, the G-free RD, here

This protein-rich recipe is really easy to make and tastes amazing. You do need a food processor, but trust me: food processors are worth investing in as they make it easy to prepare tons of healthy recipes! 

The protein in this recipes comes from the greek yogurt-like product called Elli Quark. It’s lower calorie and higher protein than greek yogurt and its technically a cheese, but its amazing and tastes exactly like greek yogurt! If this product is hard to find, you can just sub in regular vanilla greek yogurt. The other source of protein comes from the chickpeas. These give it a cookie dough-esque flavor as well as a smooth finish with TONS of good quality, plant-based protein. Flax also supplies essential omega-3s, a good source of essential fatty acids that help keep your brain stay strong and healthy! Oats are an amazing source of complex carbs, whole grains, and fiber to help keep you full. I used gluten free oats since I have a gluten intolerance, however normal oats work fine too! Next time you’re craving cookie dough, whip up this healthy alternative instead! Perfect for dipping graham crackers and fresh fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups chickpeas, drained and patted dry
  • ¼ cup flax
  • ¼ cup gluten free oats
  • 1 container vanilla Elli Quark (can be found online, at the Fresh Market, or Whole Foods)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon to your liking
  • 1 TBSP raw cacao powder (optional)
  • ⅛ cup sweetener of choice (I used truvia)
  • 1 TBSP agave nectar
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil, liquid
  • 2 TBSP PB2 powder (or ¼ cup nut butter of choice…I just didn’t have any on hand…shocker I know!)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients except chocolate chips into a food processor and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Add in chocolate chips and stir to mix well.
  3. Dip away! Graham crackers, apple slices, pita bread, pretzels, bananas, strawberries, whatever floats your boat! Or use as a topping on oatmeal, muffins, toast, etc.

Healthy Black Bean Lava Cakes

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This is a post by The Healthy Maven. Find the recipe on her blog here.  

Hello my lovely PumpUp readers! After a nice long January detox, it feels good to be back this month with a sweet treat :) 

But just because we committed to a clean eating in January doesn’t mean February is about throwing all of those health goals out the window. I truly believe that healthy living is about finding the balance between kale and cupcakes. Or in this case, lava cakes.  

But what if you could have them both? You could have that cake AND eat it too. 

I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true.   

These Lava Cakes are ooey and gooey and taste like a decadent sweet treat but instead of flour, they’re made from black beans! Not exactly kale, but pretty darn close. 

I’m sharing these with you today because I think they make the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating with your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/partner, your best friend, or even your cat (not judging!) why not indulge a little while secretly nourishing your body and upping your protein game?! 

Grab your forks and get ready to dig in. I can’t promise that you won’t get jealous when your Valentine falls in love with these Black Bean Lava Cakes… 

-The Healthy Maven