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Stop Slaving Over the Stove: 6 Healthy No-Cook Meals

Stop Slaving Over the Stove: 6 Healthy No-Cook Meals

Contrary to what people say, it is possible to prepare a healthy meal that requires no form of cooking. Healthy meals don't need to be full of complex ingredient lists. You shouldn't have to slave over the stove for hours every single day. Sometimes, all it takes is a handful of good-quality fresh ingredients and creativity. In no time, you'll have prepared amazing and healthy no-cook meals.

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats for your Inner Cookie Monster

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats for your Inner Cookie Monster

D'oh! Your inner cookie monster needs a bit of a reprieve. Instead of opting for cookies, wake up in the morning to cookie dough overnight oats instead. Make this the night before, leave it in your fridge, and be greeted with oatmeal and cookies. You'll have ten extra minutes to relax and enjoy your morning with a bit of mindfulness. Soak up the sun or walk on sunshine. Do both. The world is your oyster. @beamingvegan's cookie dough overnight oats is really the answer to all your woes. It's naturally sweetened with dates, it's creamy, and it has a bit of a bite. It's packed with tons of fibre, too.

Easy baked carrot fries + no-bake raspberry mug cake

Easy baked carrot fries + no-bake raspberry mug cake

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There's a certain je ne sais quoi about McDonald's fries that pulls at our heart strings. But with all the salt and hydrogenated oils that go into producing them, the popular side dish can very well send our hearts into a frenzied panic. McDonald's fries aren't only made with white potatoes, but with 18 other extra ingredients. Minimize the 'extra' by eating simply and well. You don't really need additives like dimethylpolysiloxane in your diet anyway. You won't need any hydrogenated oil for these easy baked carrot fries. Just 4-5 carrots, olive oil, and the seasoning of your choice. Go easy on the salt to make sure that your blood pressure doesn't spike.

Easy baked carrot fries

Easy healthy baked carrot fries // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Peel carrots, halve them, and slice them into rectangular wedges. Toss them in a large bowl with olive oil and seasonings. Bake in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 10 minutes. Flip or toss fries around and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden brown. They should be crunchy, fully cooked, and not too soft.

No-bake raspberry mug cake

Easy no bake raspberry mug cake // The PumpUp Blog

Not really into baking? Maybe you have a sweet tooth, but you don't have an oven. This mug cake can be put together in no time at all. It's one of the easiest breakfasts you'll ever make when you're rushing out the door.

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 80 g instant or quick-cooking oats
  • 30 g of raspberry or figs
  • 30 g of protein powder (we used chocolate protein powder)

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and you're done! Let it sit in the fridge for for 5-15 minutes if you want it to solidify. Eat this no-bake raspberry mug cake as is, or with a bit of almond milk.

Loved learning about these recipes? This post was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried the mug cake or the carrot fries in the comments below! 

 

3 Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

3 Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

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Dry skin can feel uncomfortable and irritating. If you’re tired of going through bottle after bottle of expensive remedies, give the following homemade recipes for dry skin a try. They’re sure to leave you feeling healthy, radiant, and budget-savvy!

Skin care recipes for dry skin

Recipes for Dry Skin | Oatmeal Moisturizer from the PumpUp Blog

Oatmeal Moisturizer

Oatmeal can provide fantastic relief from the irritation of dry skin and eczema, and turning it from a breakfast cereal into a world-class moisturizer is surprisingly easy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of oats
  • 5 drops of essential oil (lavender, frankincense, or thyme)
  • A small, lidded jar
  • Once you have all your ingredients ready, just follow these easy steps:
  1. Grind the oats in a food processor or coffee grinder
  2. Heat the coconut oil on the stove until it becomes completely liquified (this shouldn’t take long)
  3. Turn off the heat and mix the oats with the oil
  4. As the mixture thickens to a custard-like texture, pour it into a jar
  5. Once the cream has cooled completely, it’s ready to use! Simply apply as needed and feel the difference.

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Cocoa Butter Moisturizer  

This easy little recipe only has three components, but it’s sure to make you feel like a million bucks. To make this handy moisturizer, stop by your local co-op or farmer’s market and pick up the following natural all-natural ingredients:

  • 1 block of cocoa butter
  • 1 jar of coconut oil
  • 1 bottle of almond oil

You’ll need approximately ½ cup of cocoa butter, ½ cup of coconut oil, and ¼ cup of almond oil, so measure out your ingredients and then complete these simple steps:

  1. Place your ingredients in a heat-proof bowl
  2. Set the bowl on the stove over a pot of simmering water
  3. Stir until completely melted
  4. Place the bowl in the fridge or freezer until the mixture solidifies
  5. Using a mixer, whip the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy
  6. Store in an airtight container

Now that your homemade body butter is ready to use, give it a try. If you like the results but would prefer a more scented variety, try adding an essential oil such as lavender to your next jar.

Recipes for dry skin : grapefruit moisturizer

 

Photo via PumpUp member @thewholetara .

Red Grapefruit Lotion  

If it’s sun, sea, and sand that are drying your skin out, try this great summery lotion. It’s all-natural, easy to make, and it smells great. You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of coconut oil (coconut oil is the common denominator in all the best home skin care recipes, so try and keep some on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 drops of almond essential oil
  • 1 grapefruit (zest grapefruit before beginning)
  • 2 teaspoons of tapioca starch

Once your grapefruit is zested and you have all your ingredients measured and ready, simply implement the following steps:

  1. Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Whip ingredients with a high-powered mixer on medium setting for approximately 30 seconds
  3. Turn mixer onto high and whip for approximately 4 more minutes
  4. Once mixture is light and fluffy, add tapioca starch and mix for 30 more seconds
  5. Transfer mixture into a airtight jar

This moisturizer can only be stored at room temperature for about a month, so don’t be afraid to apply generously!

While homemade recipes for dry skin are great you experience moderate to mild irrtation, if you have a more intense skin problem you may want to combine natural treatments with an over-the-counter remedy. If the above recipes don’t work perfectly for you, don’t be afraid to experiment. Inventing your own moisturizing butters is fun, easy, and great for your skin. As you get better at creating your remedies, you can even give them as birthday, mother’s day, and Christmas gifts.

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.

Amazing slow cooker oatmeal

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Slow Cooker Spiced Oatmeal

This is a recipe by PumpUp member @dashdoze, an aspiring dietitian with a passion for healthy living. Find her blog here.

I don’t know about you, but for me preparing breakfast in the morning is too much effort! When I wake up I’m always feeling peckish and wish I could just snap my fingers and have my breakfast appear. Although I haven’t figured out how to master that trick yet, my trusty slow cooker is my life-saver for having my breakfast ready and waiting for me when I wake up.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp imitation vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (less or more if you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (less or more if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Method:

  1. If your slow cooker is not non-stick, spray now with cooking spray to cover the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Select your slow cooker setting and cook for 5 hours.
  5. In the morning, if any liquid remains, stir to combine. The longer the oatmeal sits, especially in a cold environment (fridge or freezer), the thicker it will become.
  6. Add toppings of your choice and enjoy! :)
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Recommended toppings:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts (e.g. almonds, pistachios)
  • Seeds (e.g. sunflower, pepitas)
  • Chia seeds
  • Muesli
  • Cereal (e.g. puffed rice or corn)
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Nut butter (e.g. peanut butter or almond butter)
  • Natural sweetener (e.g. maple syrup, honey, agave, rice malt syrup)
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What has the most fiber?

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#PumpUpSwag time! All you gotta do is answer this correctly: Can you rank the grains below in order of the highest fiber content to the lowest?
A. Barley
B. Brown rice
C. Quinoa
D. Oats
Bonus if you reblog the answer and include your PumpUp username so we know! You have till Monday. Photo cred: PumpUp member @sunflowerr