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Broccoli and Kale Garlic Noodles

Broccoli and Kale Garlic Noodles

if you’re a busy mom/person, or you have a child/adult-child who still refuses to eat their greens, I definitely suggest giving these garlic noodles a try! You can always tell them that it's a new type of green pesto. With all the garlic and parmesan in it, you could barely tell the difference! Just a friendly FYI… be aware that this isn’t an appropriate lunch when you have to give a really important meeting, or if you’re going on a date. Unless your date eats these garlic noodles, too. Garlic breath is a silent but smelly killer.

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.

4 green spirulina recipes that will blow your mind - Get healthy with Valentina!

4 green spirulina recipes that will blow your mind - Get healthy with Valentina!

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It's spring! Finally, the sunshine gleams so beautifully bright and it warms my hearts. Blossoming flowers, to me, signify that it's a time for new beginnings. It's time to spring into action.  As the wind blows the winter away, we too can blow all of our regrets away and prepare ourselves to really reach our goals before summer. In light of new beginnings, I thought it would be nice to try new healthy ingredients in my recipes. I was so inspired by all the green trees and plants surrounding me that I thought it would be nice to eat green food for a change. The special ingredient in these four recipes is Spirulina. Over the past few weeks, I read that Spirulina is used to treat a range of metabolism and heart health issues, including weight loss, diabetes and high cholesterol. Enjoy these spirulina recipes and let me know how you get creative with your food!

After-Eight Nice Cream - A healthy ice cream recipe that tastes just like after eight chocolate. Made with bananas, spirulina powder, and more. Find the recipe on the Pump Blog!

After-eight 'nice' cream | Healthy ice cream

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe, frozen bananas
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Burst Chlorella Powder
  • 1 tsp Spirulina powder
  • 2-3 drops peppermint extract
  • Raw dark chocolate or cacao nibs for garnish

Directions

At least 5 hours prior to making the ice cream (preferably overnight), peel and chop your bananas into small pieces, place them in a zip lock bag and store in your freezer until you’re ready to make the ice cream. Remove the bananas from the freezer, place them in your food processor and blend.

Scrape down the sides a few times until everything is incorporated. Be patient with this, as it takes a while for the bananas to become a smooth, ice cream-like consistency. Feel free to add milk if you need. Once the bananas have smoothed out slightly, add the chlorella powder, spirulina powder and peppermint extract, then process again until the ice cream has become green. Scoop into a bowl and top with raw dark chocolate or cacao nibs, and enjoy!

Creamy green hummus recipe made with spirulina powder . Use a blender for best results. Find the recipe on the PumpUp Blog courtesy of Valentina M.

Green hummus

Ingredients

  •  3 garlic cloves, minced, more if you like
  • 1⁄4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (19 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder

Directions Combine everything (except the spirulina powder) in blender or food processor and process until smooth. The blender gave me the best result for this.  Add a bit more yogurt if you prefer a less viscous consistency. Chill and then sprinkle with the spirulina on the top and enjoy!

Make a different kind of pesto: spirulina pesto. Find the recipe on the PumpUp Blog!

Spriulina-Pesto

Ingredients

  • 3 c fresh basil
  • ¾ c whole raw almonds
  • 1 Tbsp spirulina powder
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions Pulse basil, almonds, spirulina, garlic, and ½ tsp sea salt in food processor to combine. Add oil gradually, processing until mixture is finely chopped, about 1 minute. Pulse in lemon juice. Serve and enjoy!

A popcorn packed with green superfood: it's possible. Find this green superfood popcorn recipe on the PumpUp Blog

Super green popcorn

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • Dash cayenne
  • Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • ½ cup organic corn kernels
  • Coconut oil

Directions In a bowl, combine the olive, nutritional yeast, spirulina, garlic powder, turmeric, onion powder, curry powder, basil, cayenne, and some salt. Mix well and set aside. Pour coconut oil into a large, deep pot. The oil should cover the bottom of the pot. Drop 3 kernels into the pot, cover, and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the kernels have popped, add the rest of the kernels and remove from heat to shake and coat all kernels in the coconut oil.Return the pot to the stove, over medium-high heat. Once the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot vigorously with the lid ajar until the pops start to slow (a couple of minutes). Turn off the heat and pour the spirulina mixture over the popcorn. Mix well until the popcorn is evenly coated. Taste and add more salt as needed. And Enjoy!

With Love, Valentina

4 healthy recipes using spirulina powder : After eight nice cream (healthy banana ice cream), green hummus, spirulina pesto, and green superfood popcorn. Find all of these green recipes on the PumpUp Blog

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

Zucchini Basil Mint Pesto

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This sautéed Zucchini with homemade “knife pesto” will quell your vegetarian cravings

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

Let’s talk about zucchini. For most people, this word may conjure nothing but good memories. You may even begin to visualize an entire cookbook’s worth of recipes that include them. That wasn’t the case for me. I tried to avoid zucchini as much as I could until I decided not to eat meat anymore. One day my mom called me and announced that I had to cook dinner that day. While I like LOVE to cook (a lot), she said that I had to cook “Zucchini”.  It was quite the challenge for me, but I began to read a little bit from here and there and with a splash of my own imagination something amazing was born.

Ingredients

2 or 3 zucchini
Basil
Mint
Garlic cloves
Capers (I didn’t have any so you can skip adding them)
Olive oil
A splash of vinegar
Pine nuts or cashew
Salt and pepper
A pan
A bowl
It is up to your choice how many basil/mint leaves, garlic and capers you want to mince as you can make more if you choose to increase the number of zucchini.

Instructions
For the knife pesto : mince together basil, mint, garlic and capers and let it aside.
Toast the pine nuts (or cashew) until they get a nice color.
Cut the zucchini in ½ -inch rounds and brown them in olive oil in a pan. What is important in this step is not to salt the zucchini until the very end because they might let a lot of water and they will not get a beautiful brown color.
After the rounds turned out brown put the “knife pesto” over them and stir slowly one or two times. Let them cook for maximum 3-4 minutes then add salt, pepper and a splash of vinegar.

Optional:
If you want, you can serve them with some ricotta cheese and bread – but only if you are not on a diet.

About me: Hi! My name is Anna and my healthy lifestyle journey is long and full with ups and downs. But apart from all the bad days, I learned that you can do anything if you believe in yourself. I also own a blog : http://amariiaa.wordpress.com so fell free to follow me there as well.