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3 Smoothie Recipes for Spring | Get Healthy With Valentina

3 Smoothie Recipes for Spring | Get Healthy With Valentina

We know that fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins and minerals, yet we don't seem to eat enough of them. Celebrate these food groups now that spring is here. There is a great variety available, as well as several ways to prepare, cook, and serve them. This month, I've included three smoothie recipes, as well as one recipe for vegan pasta sauce.

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.

4 Darn-Delicious Healthy Halloween Recipes | Get Healthy with Valentina

4 Darn-Delicious Healthy Halloween Recipes | Get Healthy with Valentina

October is a month that is full of beautiful and bright colours. It's one of my favorite and most beloved months.  I just love seeing my surroundings decorated with vibrant tones of orange, red, and yellow. It's so romantic!October is also pumpkin season. It's a time for pumpkin lovers to make everything from lattes to muffins and healthy halloween recipes.  We must always remember that eating healthy has its benefits and, yes, eating pumpkin is healthy because it's high in fibre, potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. So why not try a new pumpkin dish? 

Satisfy Your Hunger: Vegan Pesto Zoodles and Papaya Fruit Salad

Satisfy Your Hunger: Vegan Pesto Zoodles and Papaya Fruit Salad

Eating healthy is all about finding what works for you. Learn from others, but always remember to listen to your body. Abundance is the key to a happy and healthy lifestyle. @rawincollege's papaya salad and vegan pesto zoodles will bring you joy, comfort, and satisfaction. The fruit salad is made with sweet and juicy papaya, crisp green grapes, and creamy banana slices. It's the perfect way to kick-start your morning with natural sugar and carbohydrates, giving you plenty of energy to tackle whatever is ahead of you.

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.

Gluten Free Chicken Burger Patties

Gluten Free Chicken Burger Patties

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When my Mom was over two weeks ago, she bought me staple foods and things for my freezer, which was pretty amazing. She got us a ton of rice, quinoa, oats, etc., and also four different kinds of chicken cuts, including ground chicken. Usually, I love making spaghetti sauce with ground chicken, but with 30 degree + weather, I did NOT want to be slaving over the stove for hours. That’s when I thought: why not make burgers? To be fair, I know most of my recipes are vegetarian or vegan friendly, but I’m only a part-time vegetarian, and my sous-chef is a carnivore, so I can’t always force her to eat what I like. Making chicken burgers is apparently easy when you can eat eggs and gluten, because you can either use breadcrumbs or eggs to make the patties stick. But when you can’t have either, it gets complicated. I do have a solution for you: gluten free chicken burger patties. Breton recently came out with gluten-free options for their cracker line, with four flavours to date: regular with flax, regular with garlic, black bean with garlic and onion, and white bean with salt and pepper. I’ve tried all four, and by far my favourite is the black bean type. This is great because I was starting to get tired of the rice crackers I was eating.

Why do I mention the crackers? Well breadcrumbs and crackers are similar, as in both dry, crumbly and coarse when crushed, so why not attempt to replace breadcrumbs by gluten-free crackers? It worked! These gluten free chicken burger patties were surprisingly delicious and so easy to make!

Gluten free egg free chicken burgers - Perfect for summer BBQ season! // The PumpUp Blog

Gluten Free Egg Free Chicken Burger Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 box of gluten-free Breton crackers (regular with flax), 2 cups crushed, divided
  • ¼ of a white onion, grated
  • ½ cup skim or 1% milk
  • Spices of your liking
  • 1 pack of ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil

Gluten free egg free chicken burgers - Perfect for summer BBQ season! // The PumpUp Blog

Instructions

Start by crushing your crackers in a mixing bowl, aiming for a breadcrumb consistency. Since these are crackers, they will go to dust quickly, so don’t be too hard on them. Set 1 1/2 cup of the crushed crackers aside.

Get a clean plate out for your burger patties, as you want to have everything on hand and ready.

In your mixing bowl, mix in your onion, milk, spices, ½ cup of crushed crackers and chicken. It will be quite soupy, but deal with it!

Once everything is combined, form the mixture into patties, and coat them with the leftover cracker crumbs, then place them on your plate. You may need another plate, or a plater to place everything on it, depending on the size of your patties.

Heat up a frying pan on medium heat, and add your olive oil. Fry your patties about 5 minutes per side, until they are completely cooked through. Place the cooked patties on a different plate, so you don’t transfer bacteria.

There you have it! Moist, delicious egg free and gluten free chicken burger patties! Freeze the rest for a quick lunch or dinner option.

This gluten free chicken burger recipe is part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp (@zoedesborough) and on her blog

5 Ingredient Raw Brownies

5 Ingredient Raw Brownies

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

 

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

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


Raw vegan brownies // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

5 ingredient raw brownies

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

26 healthy recipes for BBQ season | The ultimate guide to healthy summer potlucks

26 healthy recipes for BBQ season | The ultimate guide to healthy summer potlucks

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Brace yourselves: barbecue season is upon us. This summer, be prepared to light up your grill like nobody else. We put together a handy guide to help you find the best healthy recipes for BBQ season. No more scrolling (and scrolling) through Pinterest, Tumblr, and Food Gawker. No more scrambling for potluck ideas on a whim. Our ultimate guide has you covered, regardless of what tickles your fancy. Marvellous Mains The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season - Marvelous Mains // PumpUp Blog Favorites

Best Burgers The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season - Best Burgers // PumpUp Blog Favorites

Not-so-sad Salads The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season - Not so sad Salads // PumpUp Blog Favorites

Scrumptious Sides The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season - Scrumptious Sides // PumpUp Blog Favorites

Grilled Desserts The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season - Grilled Desserts // PumpUp Blog Favorites

These healthy recipes for BBQ season can't be beat. This is our ultimate guide of tried and true creations that are celebrated and beloved by wellness aficionados all over the globe.

Marvellous Mains

Seafood Skewers
Grilled Salmon Kebabs
Grilled salmon kebabs from skinnytaste // PumpUp Blog Favorites - the best healthy recipes for summer bbq season
Boost your BBQ with heart-healthy omega-3s! Carefully fold thin slices of lemon between each salmon piece to infuse your kebabs with a juicy, citrusy flavor. Get the recipe.

Grilled Pork Blueberry Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Blueberry Grilled Pork Tenderloin // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season
We know what you're thinking, but it's not so weird: if you maple bacon is great, why shouldn't blueberry pork tenderloin be? This combination simply 'blue' our minds. It's gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and damn delicious. Get the recipe.

Grilled Chicken Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken

Grilled honey balsamic chicken from the Recipe Critic // Best recipes for BBQ season - PumpUp Blog Favorites

See the sheen on that glaze? It means something wonderful. This grilled chicken recipe uses honey, rather than the straight-up brown sugar that most recipes call for. There's tons of lycopene in this glaze thanks to the ketchup, but be sure to use a homemade version if possible (here's our favorite sugar free recipe).  The chicken will be tender and juicy, never bland. Get the recipe.

Grilled Beef Brazilian Grilled Flank Steak

Brazilian Flank Steak from My Mans Belly // The best healthy recipes for BBQ season - PumpUp Blog Favorites
Nobody wants their steak to taste like leather. Visions of tough and flavourless steak will no longer haunt your sleep thanks to this bold, lean, and juicy recipe. The key is to marinate the flank steak overnight, then to flash grill the meat on high, allowing it to sit quietly in its own juices before serving. Get the recipe.

Grilled veggies Fuss-free Cauliflower Steaks

Fuss free cauliflower steaks // The best healthy summer BBQ season recipes from the PumpUp Blog

These are the answer to your vegetarian barbeque dreams. Cauliflower is thick and hearty enough to withstand a bit of grilling and roasting with pantry staples: salt, pepper, olive oil, and chili pepper. Get the recipe.

Grilled veggies Grilled Graffiti Eggplant
Grilled Eggplant from A Family Feast // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best summer recipes for BBQ season
Eggplants will quell your deepest vegetarian desires. Grilled eggplant is warm, garlicky, full of fiber, and vitamin B1. A smattering of freshly grated Parmesan cheese will make this dish an instant crowd pleaser. Get the recipe.

Healthy Burgers

Best Sweet Potato Burger

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger 
10 ingredient sweet potato black bean burger from the Minimalist Baker // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy burgers for summer BBQ season
Did you make a little noise as soon as you scrolled down and saw this picture? Because that's what we did when we stumbled upon the Minimalist Baker's latest and greatest creation. This is a burger with a big capital “B”. It’s a mixture of a dizzying array of flavours: sweet, savoury, spiced, and smoky. Get the recipe.

 

Best Mushroom Burger
Black rice & Mushroom Burgers with Cucumber Garlic Yogurt
Black rice and mushroom burgers from the Gouda Life // PumpUp Blog favorites - The best healthy burger recipes for BBQ season
It's different from a plain old slab of portobello mushroom. Nutty and earthy flavours make this burger a fibre-filled and protein-packed winner. It’s a fancy without any fluff. Get the recipe.

 

Best Shrimp Burger
Shrimp Burger with Wakame Slaw
Shrimp burger with wakame slaw from the Kitchy Kitchen // Best healthy burger recipes for summer BBQ season - PumpUp Blog Favorites
Filled with spunky herbs and summery flavours that taste anything but fishy, this shrimp burger will transform summertime sadness into pure and unadulterated joy. Get the recipe.

 

Best all-around veggie burger
The ultimate veggie burger
The ultimate veggie burger from the Awesome Green // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy burger recipes for BBQ season
True to it’s name, the ultimate veggie burger doesn’t disappoint. Roasted beets and sweet potatoes dance with quinoa to create a bold, yummy (and darn-good-for-you) burger. Get the recipe.

 

Best chicken burger
Paleo Jalapeno Chicken Burgers
Paleo Jalapeno Chicken Burgers from Once a Month Meals // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy burger recipes for BBQ season
This chicken burger is anything but bland. Jalapeño and red pepper flakes kick the heat up a little more than a notch. You can freeze these burgers ahead of time and play with the recipe by subbing the chicken for ground turkey. Get the recipe.

 

Best green burger
California fusion walnut burgers
California Fusion Walnut Burger // The best healthy summer BBQ burger recipes - PumpUp Blog Favorites
Being green has never been so easy. Edamame and walnut make surprising and delicious burger partners in crime. Full of healthy fat and protein, you’ll want to make these easy burgers long past the 4th of July. Get the recipe.

Not-so-sad salads 

Best chopped salad
Healthy chicken chopped salad
Chicken chopped salad from Ambitious Kitchen // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best summer salad recipes for BBQ season
There isn’t anything wrong with sharing this delicious and filling salad, but it’s okay to hog it all to yourself for dinner too. Toss together chickpeas, cooked chicken breast, and any vegetables in your kitchen and you have a sensational salad in your midst. Get the recipe.

 

Best bean salad

Easy-peasy Mixed Bean Salad

Mixed bean salad // Healthy allergy-friendly BBQ season recipes from the PumpUp Blog
You won’t be-leaf how delicious leafless salads can be. If you’re in a bind for your next barbecue, this fresh, crunchy, and healthy bean salad will be the talk of the party. Whip it up in an instant and thank us later. Get the recipe.

 

Best rainbow salad
Rad rainbow pad thai salad
Rad rainbow pad thai salad by Oh She Glows // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy salad recipes for BBQ season
Eat the rainbow quite literally. There really isn’t anything on the Earth quite like this rad rainbow pad thai salad. Filled with veggies and seeds and topped with a punchy dressing, this salad is the answer as to where somewhere over the rainbow is. Get the recipe.

 

Best dressing
Deb’s Kale salad with apple, cranberries, and pecans
Deb's Kale Salad with Apple and Cranberries c/o Cookie + Kate // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy salads for BBQ season
We're more than in love with the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. The dressing for this kale salad is one that you’ll want to make again and again. Crunchy apples and sweet cranberries help to offset the bitterness of the kale. Get the recipe.

 

Best slaw
Broccoli Slaw
Broccoli Slaw from the Healthy Maven // Life altering healthy BBQ recipes
If you’ve never made the Smitten Kitchen’s broccoli slaw, drop everything right now, pick up a leafy head of broccoli, and get chopping. This slaw is life-altering. Make it lighter with 0% fat greek yogurt instead of mayo. Get the recipe.

 

Best pasta salad
Sun-dried tomato pesto pasta salad with kale and artichokes
Gluten Free Sun dried tomato pesto pasta from the Healthy Maven // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season
Sweat over the weather, and not over your pasta salad. This recipe from PumpUp blogger The Healthy Maven will dispel any misgivings and preconceptions that you have about bringing pasta to an allergy-sensitive barbecue, because these noodles are delicious and made entirely of gluten-free whole grains. Get the recipe.

Scrumptious Sides

Best Skewers Alton Brown's Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Alton Brown's Grilled Brussels Sprouts  // PumpUp Blog favorites - The best healthy grilled desserts from summer BBQ season
Brussels sprouts get an unfairly bad rap. When roasted or grilled, they taste more like chips rather than bitter spheres of fury. So make skewers out of sprouts. We promise they'll deliver. For this recipe, you'll essentially need one ingredient (the brussels sprouts) plus a few items in your pantry. Get the recipe.

 

Best Baked Potatoes
Paleo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Paleo stuffed sweet potatoes from Civilized Caveman Cooking // PumpUp Blog Favorites  - The best healthy sides for summer BBQ season
Stuff your face with all things good for you. These paleo sweet potato pockets are loaded with a mix of sweet and savory: cranberries, bell peppers, apples, spinach, red onion, and bacon. If you're not a meat eater, feel free to omit the pork and opt for the substitute of your choice. Get the recipe.

 

Best chip and dip combo
Avocado hummus with crispy sea salt pita chips
Avocado hummus with whole wheat pita chips from Savor Home // Best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season from the PumpUp blog
Hello, avocado. We love you more than words can describe. If the tangy taste of guacamole gives you grief, cleanse your palette with this creamy and healthy avocado hummus instead. Toast up some whole wheat pita wedges in the oven, and you'll be able to dig deep into the smooth green sea of avocado abundance. Get the recipe.

 

Best Bite-Sized Snacks
Curry Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups
Curry grilled zucchini roll-ups from Edible Perspective // PumpUp Blog Favorites - best healthy recipes for summer BBQ season
Like pinwheel sandwiches, but better. Little as these zucchini roll ups may be, they are fierce with flavour. Colourful spices adorn these adorable vegetable treats with a smokiness that is quickly offset by subtle, creamy goat cheese.  Get the recipe.

Grilled Desserts

Grilled Pineapple
Grilled pineapple from Wine and Glue  // PumpUp Blog favorites:  best healthy grilled desserts
Once you go grilled fruit, you never go back. It will change you. Most grilled pineapple recipes call for a bit of brown sugar and butter, but that's not good for you. Take a pineapple, hack it up, and grill it over medium before drizzling it with a bit of cinnamon and honey. It's that simple. Get the recipe.

 

Grilled watermelon
Grilled Watermelon from My Recipes // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The best grilled healthy desserts
Yeah, we went there. Watermelons aren't only for drinking, after all. Grilling your watermelon is an out-of-body experience. If you can believe it, grilled watermelon tastes even sweeter. With a touch of balsamic and a bit of fresh basil and crumbed blue cheese, you won't be able to rest until you definitively cross grilled watermelon off of your priority list. Get the recipe.

 

Grilled peaches
Grilled peaches from the Framed Table // PumpUp Blog Favorites - The Best Grilled Healthy Desserts
You've committed to healthy eating. Practice what you peach without compromising on flavour. Gorgeous grilled peaches don't need an elaborate preparation ritual to be nutritious and delicious. Rosemary, oil, and balsamic: that's all you need. Get the recipe.

 

Grilled bananas
Grilled bananas from Nadia Lim // PumpUp Blog favorites : best grilled healthy desserts
Can that happen? Really? If there is a will, and a grill, there is a way. Halved bananas drizzled with a bit of maple syrup and cinnamon will caramelize nicely under the intense flame of the grill. It'll bubble and burst until a tasty banana baby is born right before your eyes. Get the recipe.

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.

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.

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

Edamame and kale fried quinoa - edamame recipes for your inspiration

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!

Triple-Layered Vegan and Gluten free Berry Banana Bread

Triple-Layered Vegan and Gluten free Berry Banana Bread

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A couple days ago I got the chance to go to the “Strawberry Festival” that’s held here in Costa Rica each year to help our local berry growers and farmers from a zone that was damaged by an earthquake back in 2009. Now, strawberries are my favorite fruit so you can guess I came back home with around 3kg of strawberries, and not only that, but also 1kg of blackberries. Naturally I had to find a way to use up all of that fruit, so I came up with a fantastic layered banana bread recipe for you guys! I’m bringing all of my favorites for this: oats, bananas and berries. And of course: it can be modified to fit everyone’s dietary needs; I got you on that one!

How to make triple-layered gluten free berry banana bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (oat or almond)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups applesauce (or two eggs)
  • 4-5 big strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries (or blueberries)

vegan gluten free triple layered banana bread

Mix all ingredients together except for the strawberries and blackberries until well combined. You can use a food processor or do it by hand. Separate the mixture into three equal parts; these will be the base for your layers.

First layer: It’s done! You don’t have to add anything else, so go ahead and pour it into your loaf pan.

Second layer: Mash your strawberries until a purée is formed and mix in with the banana bread base. You can use your food processor for all of this to make it WAY easier. Once the mixture gets pink, pour it into your loaf pan. Your middle layer’s all done!

Third layer: Again, mash your blackberries or blueberries until puréed and mix in with the base until it gets purple, pour into your loaf pan. Done!

Now you can decorate with more berries, or simply place it in the oven (at 370°F) for around 40-50 minutes, keep checking on it. It’s done when a toothpick comes out clean. Once you get it out of the oven, hide it from your friends and family because we all know you don’t want to share this beauty, do you? (Just kidding, sharing is caring). Enjoy!

This triple-layered berry gluten free berry banana bread is a recipe by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

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Rice with salmon and vegetables

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Rice with salmon, eggs and vegetables

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

It’s February and I could not any happier to start fresh again. You want to rock the beach this summer. I want to rock the beach this summer. I love Asian food so much and because of that I became inspired to create this dish. You can eat it for lunch and/or dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Rice (the Chinese type one)
  • 1 small broccoli
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red pepper or any color you want
  • 1 small red cabbage
  • Soy sauce
  • 2-3 slices of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of salmon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and all of the spices you want

Directions

1. Wash the rice well. For every cup of rice add 4 cups of water. 

2. Put the water in a pot, add some salt and let it boil then add the rice and two small drops of olive oil so the rice will not stick to the pot. Let it cook for about 15 minutes (or as it said on the package/or until there is no water left)

3. Cut the carrot the red pepper and the cabbage into small, thin, long slices. Cut stems off broccoli so that you’re left with florets. 

4. Melt butter in a pan. Add the pepper and carrot and let them cook for about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and wait for another 2 or 3 minutes, depending on whether you prefer the vegetables more cooked or not. Now you can add cabbage and about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and season as you like, stir for 2-3 times and turn off the heat.

5. Wash the salmon and make sure it has no fish bones left. Take a pan, spray some olive oil and then place the salmon. Let it cook on both sides for about 5-7 minutes /each side. You should see when it’s ready because it gets a beautiful brown color. After it is done, put it on a cutting table and make small parts of it.

6.  In another pan, spray some olive oil let it heat then and the 2 eggs together and stir like you are making some kind of omelet (or scrambled eggs)

7. Now you are ready and you can put all the things together. Take a bowl, put one layer of rice, the scrambled eggs, the salmon the vegetables mixture and you are ready to eat an amazing, tasty, healthy meal.

You can also find me on my blog : https://amariiaa.wordpress.com

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

Make-Ahead Gluten Free Pancakes

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Can Pancake Day be all day, everyday? (In short, yes)

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

In honor of Pancake Day, I’m sharing with you my foolproof pancake recipe so that you too can make delicious and healthy pancakes! This recipe is great, and very easy to double the batch so that you can make a ton of them then store them in the freezer for those lazy mornings, or the mornings that you’re running late!

I had someone tell me the other day that if I was eating healthy, I shouldn’t actually eat pancakes because they aren’t “clean”. Well I’ve got a secret that I’d like to share. What that person said is a big fat lie and I’ll tell you why. Eating clean doesn’t imply that you have to cut out anything and everything. It just means that you should limit or reduce your intake of processed foods and focus on healthier alternatives.

I work out for my mental health just as much as my physical health, so I can feel great about my body, no matter what shape or size it is. I eat very healthily, with my weekly treats (nachos on Thursday pub nights, and a few glasses of wine with my girlfriend). Otherwise, I eat all my veggies and fruits, and limit my intake of fish and chicken for ethical and personal reasons. Making pancakes from gluten free flour, coconut oil, soy milk and a bit of sugar doesn’t mean I don’t eat “clean” or that it’s a “cheat meal”. It only means that I love myself enough to to treat myself with foods that make me happy and that are good for me.

Your fitness journey should be a personal thing, and the goals you set yourself should be your own. Personal behaviour modification only takes place when you yourself actually want to make a change for yourself and not for someone else’s sake (sorry, I’m a Psychology major). If you love yourself enough to change your behaviours for healthier ones, make sure that the decisions you take are for your own good and not someone else’s happiness.

In honor of self-love and acceptance, I challenge you to make yourself a batch of these pancakes and caramelized apples this weekend, and tell yourself “I’m worth it”. Don’t feel guilty; feel happy and free to be eating something so delicious!

First off, really simple pancakes! You can easily double this recipe to make more pancakes and freeze them for when you want something a little sweeter throughout the week.

Ingredients: Gluten-Free Pancakes

  • 1 cup buttermilk (milk and 1 tbsp of lemon juice works perfectly well)
  • 1 cup of gluten free flour (rice flour works just as well)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted butter or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt
  • squirt of vanilla extract (if your yogurt is flavored, you can omit it)

Whisk all your ingredients together, but not too much so your pancakes don’t get tough, but enough so that most of the lumps are gone.

In a hot pan with a dab of coconut oil, cook your pancakes like you would any pancakes. If it’s your first time, your first pancake will be a flop, so don’t worry too much. Cook it until it starts bubbling and the edges are cooked, and then flip it over for another minute or two, until the inside is cooked. Gluten free and egg free pancakes don’t rise as much as “regular” pancakes, so expect them to be more like crêpes.

Now, for that extra bit of love, you’re going to want to top these bad boys with caramelized apples.

Ingredients :  Caramelized Apples 

  • 2 apples, thinly sliced (you can remove the peel if you want)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

You can use the same pan as the pancakes to make the apples once the pancakes are done. Melt your brown sugar and butter together for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in your apples and caramelize them over high heat for about 5 minutes. Just watch out that you don’t get butter splatter on you, since that stuff burns.

There you have it! Serve your loved one pancakes topped with caramelized apples, a sprinkle of shredded unsweetened coconut, some fresh fruits and maple syrup, along with a nice coffee or latte!

Try this Jamba Juice Pink Starburst Smoothie

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Jamba Juice’s Pink Starburst Smoothie

Recipe by PumpUp member emilykfitness

Make your own smoothies instead of buying them elsewhere! Not only will you save a bit of money in the long term, you’ll know exactly what’s going into your smoothie. Store-bought smoothies often use fruit juice rather than just fruit: you’ll end up drinking a tsunami of sugar!

Breathe. Blend. Enjoy this smoothie:

  • 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen pineapples
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds (optional) 

Check out the pumpupapp blog for more recipes!

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.

Heart Shaped Falafel Patties

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This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

This month I prepared an easy recipe that is perfect to share with someone you love. I ended up eating it with a close friend of mine who taught me how to make this dish! It consists of two heart-shaped spicy falafel patties on top of some fresh salad.

Heart shaped falafel patties

  • 4 cups of raw chickpeas
  • 1/2 scallion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Parsley
  • Black pepper
  • Curry
  • Hot paprika
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. concentrated tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce

First, stir fry the previously diced scallion and garlic on a frying pan with little olive oil. Once the scallion is translucent and the garlic is a little bit toasted, put the raw chickpeas, the parsley, the garlic and the scallion into a blender and blend it until it has a thick consistency. Now add black pepper, curry and hot paprika as desired and pour the soy sauce and concentrated tomato sauce (do not add more than 3 tablespoons because we don’t want the mixture to be too liquid or else it won’t hold its shape). Blend the mixture again for a few seconds and place the paste on a tray. Make as many heart-shaped patties as you can and place them in the fridge for a few hours. (You can skip this step if you are in a hurry, but they will not hold their shape so well). 

After that, preheat in a frying pan 1 glass of olive oil and once it is hot, fry both sides of the patties until they’re brown. Take them out of the frying pan and lay them on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. (Against frying? Bake them in the oven at 375F, turning them over halfway through).

What I did after that was preparing a salad with lettuce, tomato, carrot and sweet corn.

This dish is very fun to make, it is really tasty, vegan friendly and very filling. It is also packed with nutrients such as slow-burning carbohydrates, vitamin B, C, E and K, and has a great amount of fiber, so it will make you feel full much more easily. I genuinely loved it and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it too.

I hope you like this idea! Let me know!

Cheers,

Sara

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

Healthy No-Guilt Pizza

Why Pizza will forever be the only love triangle we want

It’s national pizza day and we’re taking more than a moment to revel in the glory of this unctuous, hunger-abating dish. Living well isn’t about perfection: it’s about trying and doing your best. And today, it’s about great, better-for-you pizza. You don’t have to quit pizza if you’re living a healthy lifestyle because pizza isn’t quitting on you. 

Embrace Crust Alternatives

Not big on thick, doughy crusts full of white flour? No problem. It’s fun to play around with your pizza base!

  • Toasted, whole wheat tortillas and pita breads are painless thin-crust pizza bases, especially if you’re preparing individual servings. It’s so painless, in fact, that we suggest you make one right this second.
  • Doing the low-carb thing? Vegetable crusts will be the Ryan Gosling to your Eva Mendes. Most recipes follow this basic formula: shredded or finely chopped vegetable (food processors are your best friend for this), almond flour (for extra padding), cheese (because, well, cheese), and herbs (for extra oomph).
    • This cauliflower crust is our personal favourite. It holds its shape, isn’t soggy, and retains as much (if not more) flavour than white-flour pizza dough.
    • This zucchini crust is one that you can pick up with your hands, bears the weight of toppings admirably, and bakes super fast
    • You know how spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta? The same holds true for pizza crust. Here’s one A+ recipe that won’t fail you.

Top it with ALL the vegetables

Think of your pizza as a canvas upon which you sculpt and roast several different vegetables in order to form a neat, complete, and tasty whole. Here are our personal favourite garnishes:

  • Kale - If you like kale chips, you’ll LOVE kale on your pizza. It’ll crisp up nicely in the oven if you broil it.
  • Avocado - (Technically a fruit) full of healthy fat, avocados impart a subtle, velvety texture to offset the crunchiness of ingredients that toast up
  • Shaved asparagus- Not only will these green ribbons make your pizza perfectly pretty, they won’t get soggy! Pairs well with lighter, creamy cheeses like ricotta.
  • Roasted Sweet Potato- Cut your sweet potatoes into thin medallions and scallop them over your crust.  Pairs well with herbs and imparts a nice, caramel-like flavour to your pizza.