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Protein Packed Peppermint Mocha Pancakes

Protein Packed Peppermint Mocha Pancakes

Get your morning off to a great and protein-packed start with these peppermint mocha pancakes. They're infused with the flavours of the holidays and they'll satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your diet.

For this recipe, it's important to heat up your pan or skillet before you start anything else. That way, when you're finished mixing your pancake batter, your pan will be at the perfect temperature.

Protein-Packed S'mores Pancakes

Protein-Packed S'mores Pancakes

Love S'mores? Eat them as pancakes! This healthy recipe is packed with tons of protein. You'll be full and satisfied throughout your morning and you won't be undermining any of your hard work at the gym! Just in case you're tracking your macros, we've added that information at the bottom of our S'mores Pancakes recipe.

A Kale Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie and Coffee-Raisin Protein Bites

A Kale Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie and Coffee-Raisin Protein Bites

A few weeks ago, I finally found a way control my passion for peanut butter without having to eliminate it from my diet altogether. Rather than consuming the condiment by itself, I've been incorporating it into smoothies and energy balls. I add a bit of protein powder to the mix so that I immediately feel full and stay that way. This definitely keeps cravings at bay and it has trained me to eat when I'm actually hungry, instead of bingeing when I encounter the slightest bit of stress.

The Lazy Student's Lonely Lentil Salad

The Lazy Student's Lonely Lentil Salad

Not too long ago, I discovered this salad from the Salad Samurai cookbook, and I’ve been hooked. I make it twice a week, and it’s packed with healthy fats and protein, as well as spice and flavour. I thought I would share it with you, since you know, I’m just that nice and all. I call this the Lazy Student’s Lonely Lentil Salad.

The Easiest No Bake Protein Bar

The Easiest No Bake Protein Bar

Protein bars are awfully convenient. There's a catch: most of them are full of sugar and additives, comparable to a candy bar! I came up with a no bake protein bar recipe that uses five ingredients. You probably already have these in your kitchen, too. Use this recipe as a base for your no bake protein bar and add the extra ingredients of your choice if you want to play around with the flavour and texture. These protein bars are incredibly easy to make, completely customizable, and can be made vegan-friendly.

This protein-packed rice salad won't disappoint

This protein-packed rice salad won't disappoint

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Sometimes, you want your salad to be more than just lettuce. When you finish a workout, there's no better recovery meal than an easy, healthy, and affordable protein-packed rice salad. PumpUp members @tysa and @tyler_bacc made a super-simple salad with ingredients that you can find in your pantry. If you've already prepared a batch rice ahead of time, this recipe will only take mere minutes to assemble. Prep the salad in the morning and make double portions as needed— you'll have this healthy meal at your disposal for the rest of the week! Maximize the fibre content of this recipe by opting for whole-grain rice. Although the recipe calls for peas and chopped carrots, feel free to incorporate any of the vegetables you have on hand. This protein-packed rice salad would be awesome with shaved & roasted brussels sprouts.

Protein-Packed Rice Salad

This protein-packed salad is the perfect post-workout meal! It's easy, healthy, and affordable. // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1/2-1 cup peas
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • A can of tuna, drained

Directions:

Cook the rice and let it cool for 10 min.

While the rice is cooking, cut vegetables into small pieces and boil them. Blanch vegetables to preserve nutrients and set aside in a large bowl. Dice the hard-boiled eggs into similarly-sized cubes and toss them with the cooked vegetables. Add in the tuna and the rice. Toss salad until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Loved learning about this protein-packed salad recipe? This was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried it in the comments below! 

These homemade protein bars are the perfect pre-workout snack

These homemade protein bars are the perfect pre-workout snack

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You probably have many (or all) of these ingredients in your pantry. These delicious homemade protein bars make the perfect snack before your workout. It's sweetened with natural jam, honey, bananas, and cranberries. Oatmeal and coconut flakes give it a bit of body and texture.The only tricky part is smoothing the top of the mixture as you lay it flat in a rectangular baking tin. Otherwise, it's a fuss-free recipe you're going to want to make again and again! Ingredients (for 4 bars):

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoon of coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of natural strawberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon of protein powder

Fuss-free no bake protein bars - perfect as a pre workout snack // The PumpUp Blog

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients and put the mixture in a rectangular shape on a baking tin. Cook it at 360° degrees for 15-20 minutes and then cut it into bars.

Fuss-free homemade protein bars - perfect as a pre workout snack // The PumpUp Blog

Loved these healthy homemade protein bars? This recipe was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried the recipes in the comments below! 

Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie

Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie

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Oh, red velvet. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways: it's chocolatey, but not overwhelmingly bitter. It's eye-catching, but not ostentatious. It's a creamy and delicious flavour that needn't only be reserved for the likes of cupcakes and cookies. You too can drink a delightfully decadent red velvet smoothie for your pre-workout without regrets, just happiness. In this recipe by PumpUp member xxzxcuzx_me, ripe bananas and coconut milk creamer lend a thick and creamy texture to the drink while chocolate hemp protein powder imparts a distinctly velvety flavour. You can have your cake and eat it too.

Red velvet smoothie

  • ripe bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • Splash of vanilla coconut milk creamer
  • 4 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder

Have your cake and eat it too with this red velvet chocolate protein smoothie

If you loved this red velvet smoothie or if you have great pre-workout smoothie recipes to share with the PumpUp community, let us know in the comments below!

Where do raw vegans get their protein from?

Where do raw vegans get their protein from?

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As soon as you tell someone you’re raw, vegan, or some category of a vegetarian, everybody around you suddenly becomes a qualified nutritionist. They will become very concerned about where raw vegans get their protein from! Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds sneakily have a lot of protein and it’s substantial when consumed in large quantities. Vegetables contain 20% protein, fruit has 5% protein, and nuts and seeds have 15% protein.

When adopting this lifestyle, you are expected to eat in an abundance in order to nourish yourself properly.

With that said, if you are eating a well balanced diet with these three components, you will be getting just the right amount of protein! Fruit does not only contain some of the protein we need, but it also has all nine essential amino acids. Green vegetables such as kale, spinach or any other dark leafy green can contain as much as 14-20 grams of protein if you eat two bunches a day! That may sound like a lot to some of you, so the best way to get in all of your greens on a daily basis is to blend them up in a smoothie or have them in a big salad! Nuts and seeds are full of protein in small amounts, such as an ounce of cashews with 5g, 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds with 7.3g, and a tablespoon of flax seeds with 2g.

Where do raw vegans get their protein from? If you're curious about the raw vegan lifestyle, this post is definitely worth checking out if you're concerned about where raw vegans get their protein.

In today’s world, the notion of how much protein we should be consuming on a daily basis is misconstrued.  From protein bars to protein powders, most people are on a protein overload. For those of you concerned about losing muscle mass—if you are consuming the adequate amount of minerals, protein, and vitamins for your body—muscle building will be the same regardless of where your protein comes from (not animal products, in this case). Following a raw vegan diet with the proper balance of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will undoubtedly meet the protein recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the World Health Organization. Through a raw vegan diet, the body receives all of the essential amino acids that it needs in addition to consuming an abundance of minerals, chlorophyll and fiber. So that is where raw vegans get their protein from (myself included).

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

Whole Grain Protein Banana Bread

Whole Grain Protein Banana Bread

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You dream of whole grain protein banana bread. You're looking for a way to sneak more vegetables into your diet. You don't want any sugar or flour in  your bread either. Is this possible? Can this dream be made into a reality? Luckily for you, the answer is a resounding yes. This flavourful protein banana bread is moistened with unsweetened apple sauce and is packed with good-for-you vegetables like carrot and zucchini. Peanuts and walnuts boost every slice with a protein-packed punch and tons of rich flavour. This protein banana bread is basically the stuff of dreams. Once you make it, you'll never go back.

  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1-2 medium ripe bananas (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oatmeal cereal
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup finely shredded carrot or zucchini
  • ¼ cup walnut
  • ¼ cup peanut
  • ½-1 cup assorted fruits
  1. Add the apple sauce, banana(s) and eggs to the food processor and blend until you get a creamy mixture.
  2. Then add the oatmeal cereal and wheat germ.  Blend for about one minute.
  3. Add the cinnamon, vanilla, coconut oil, shredded carrot or zucchini, walnut and peanuts to the food processor.  Pulse for a few times.
  4. Pour the batter into a baking dish.
  5. After boiling, steam on medium high heat for 45 minutes (steaming the bread gives it a nice extra moisture).
  6. Let it cool for 15 to 30 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fruits and enjoy!

This is a post written by PumpUp member countrygirl4ever. Follow her on PumpUp to let her know your thoughts about this recipe! Have a great recipe for protein banana bread as well? We want to hear from you!  Write down your suggestions in the comments below.

6 tips to eat your way to clear skin

6 tips to eat your way to clear skin

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Want to eat your way to a fabulous complexion? Check out these six dietary tips that will have your skin looking and feeling as radiant as you are already.

1. Eat dark berries

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Berries are brimming with skin clearing antioxidants. Blackberries, in particular, are fantastic for your skin. This vibrant fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and has been known to help fight free radicals. Furthermore, Vitamin C helps to encourage cell turnover and collagen production, helping skin maintain firmness and luminosity.

When applied topically, blackberry and fruit extracts in cleansers helps to remove dead skin cells and curb excess oil production. To incorporate blackberries into your diet, make yourself a berry, kale, and yogurt smoothie, eat them as a snack, or throw them into a spinach salad.

2. Get your tomato on

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Tomatoes, especially the cooked variety, definitely need to be on your menu this Spring and Summer. Why? Lycopene, the chemical compound found in tomatoes that give them their color, also helps to neutralize and even repair sun damage/ exposure. Although lycopene is present in raw tomatoes, the fruit releases more of the skin-saving compound when cooked.

Thinking about indulging in a slice of pizza? That isn’t such a bad idea. The tomato paste is actually good for you. Now you can snack on pasta guilt free? And if you’re on a low-carb diet, never fear. Simply eat a few spoonfuls of tomato paste after prolonged sun exposure. (But remember to wear sunscreen.)

3. Protein is your friend

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Getting enough protein is essential for ensuring the health of your hair, skin, and nails. Science Daily even suggests that the vitamins and minerals in protein could provide anti-aging benefits. So, if you’re a meat eater, feel free to load up on lean protein like chicken and fish. If you’re a vegetarian, opt for eggs and other high-protein foods.

4. Healthy Fats Give You That Glow

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Surely you’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating: healthy fats are great for the health of your hair and skin. Take nuts, for instance, which are packed with Omega-6 fatty acids. Feel free to snack on walnuts, almonds, and even avocados. Your skin will thank you.

5. Hydrate

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Stay hydrated, and skin will retain its moisture and flush out unwanted toxins that can irritate your body and your skin. Not a big fan of water? Try these tips.

  • When you’re out at a restaurant, opt for water whenever possible.
  • Drink one glass when you wake up in the morning. Make it hot water with lemon for extra detox benefits.
  • Infuse your water with fruit or cucumbers.
  • Buy a charcoal filter and keep it filled in your fridge.

6. Strong antioxidant tea

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There are so many fantastic antioxidant teas. Camomile helps to is a calming agent, great for soothing skin irritation. Mint has antibacterial properties. It can be used topically (diluted) as an astringent or in a essential oil form for bathtub relaxation. (Remember, stress can contribute to blemishes and skin flare ups.) Find the tea that’s right for you and your skin.

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What do you think? What diet tips help your skin glow? What foods should we avoid? Leave your comments in the space below.

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.

How to optimize your health with food combining — the right way

How to optimize your health with food combining — the right way

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What is food combining?

Food combining is the practice of pairing food based on what mechanisms are needed to properly digest nutrients, optimizing digestive energy consumption and waste production. Certain combinations of food groups will minimize digestive-based stress so that you can feel better and have more energy. The way that food combining works for your body is analogous to refurnishing your house with energy-efficient appliances, which reduces how much you pay for utilities.

I learned about Food Combining from my friend and mentor Nadya Andreeva. She wrote an amazing book on how to develop a healthy relationship with your body called Happy Belly. Highly recommended read!

Poor food combinations

  • Leave the body feeling heavy and sluggish
  • Are stressful for the body and make it work harder than it needs to
  • Are a main source of toxins entering the body
  • OK once and a while but not something you want to put your body through 3-5 times a day.

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Common Hard to Digest Food Combinations

  • Pizza
  • Pasta with Meat Sauce and Cheese
  • Sushi
  • Yogurt Parfaits with Granola and Fruit
  • Meat and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Eggs and Toast
  • Meat and Rice
  • Fruit after a meal

Good food combinations

  • Prevent grazing all day.
  • Make you less likely to overeat.
  • Prevent feeling bloated and gassy after a meal.
  • Are easier on digestive track, the liver and body as a whole.
  • Leave you with more energy to heal, detox and get on with your day.
  • Will help your body to come back into balance and maintain a healthy body weight.

Easy to Digest Food Combinations:

  • Meat/ Fish/ Eggs and Veggies
  • Spiced Oatmeal with dried fruit
  • Beans and Rice/ Grains
  • Quinoa and veggies
  • Soups such as bone broth with a little well cooked meat and veggies or Blended Vegetables
  • Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Millet Bread
  • Veggie Stir-fry or salad with Hemp Seeds and Avocado
  • Green Salad with pomegranate seeds

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Food Combining Take Away Points:

  1. Animal proteins don’t mix with starches like bread, pasta and potatoes but they do mix with good fats and green veggies.
  2. Fruit should be eaten alone, on an empty stomach and NOT for dessert
  3. Dairy (especially cheese) does not digest well with anything.

When it comes to a meal, the less different food groups the better! Keep it simple!

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Remember these are just guidelines, there should be NO hard and fast rules when it comes to food. If you eat a poorly combined meal, thats okay, don’t beat yourself up about it! There are thousands of more opportunities to make loving choices in this lifetime!

This is a post by Gillian B. Follow her on PumpUp @gillianb and connect with her on Facebook for more tips about health, wellness, and holistic living.

Meal prep idea: Quinoa with veggies and black beans

Meal prep idea: Quinoa with veggies and black beans

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I've heard a lot about black beans! One day, as I was doing my grocery shopping, I decided to buy a can and give them a try. Paired with vegetables and the nutty flavour of quinoa, what I came up with was tasty and super simple to make. Think of this recipe as a 'pantry' meal: something that you can easily whip up in a flash with simple, uncomplicated ingredients from your pantry. Feel free to substitute some of the veggies in the recipe with whatever you have on hand if that suits you better! Quinoa with veggies and black beans can be made in bulk by doubling the recipe; it's an easy way to meal prep.

What you need:

  • A handful of baby spinach
  • 3-4 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red or green pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • ½  garlic bulb
  • Olive oil
  • Some salt and pepper

How you do it:

  1.  In a saucepan put 3 cups of water (for a cup full of quinoa) and a little bit of salt and let is boil then add the quinoa (make sure the quinoa is rinsed well), cover it and let it cook until the quinoa absorb all the water
  2. Mince the garlic and the onion, cut the zucchini into squares and, the pepper and the carrot into strips
  3. In a pan put some olive oil and add the minced onion and garlic and let it cook for about 5 minutes
  4. Add the pepper, the carrot and the zucchini along with a glass or two of water and let it cook for about 15-20 min then add the black beans and let them cook until nice and soft – you can add more water if you like but you should have some water left in the pan at the end
  5. When it is almost done add the baby spinach, the quinoa and the tomato sauce and stir then let it cook for another 3-4 minutes

Post 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 Quinoa with Veggies and Black Beans in the comments below!

Give peas a chance on national bean day

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Give peas a chance on National Bean Day (and Tasty Tuesday)! Fun Fact: three quarters of a cup of peas contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter. PumpUp member @FitBodyGoal cooked her colourful peas along with 2 eggs, a bit of parmesan cheese, and peppers!

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Hummus is in the spotlight for this weeks #TastyTuesday. This dip, spread, or tasty snack is usually made up of chick peas, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Hummus is extremely rich in protein and is amazing at fighting those hunger cravings, while also balancing your blood sugar levels. Hummus comes in so many different flavours and the burst of energy you get from eating it may just have you working harder at the gym!