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Vegan Coconut Tsampa

Vegan Coconut Tsampa

Tsampa is a type of roasted flour, usually made from barley. According to sources compiled by the Whole Grains Council, barley is particularly beneficial at regulating blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Tsampa is a staple in Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. Like oats, tsampa can be prepared as a breakfast porridge - just like this vegan coconut tsampa recipe.

How To Make A Smoothie Bowl

How To Make A Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls always look picture-perfect - but how on Earth are they made? This video tutorial by PumpUp member @rawincollege demonstrates how to layer all kinds of fruity toppings onto your blended creations. The trick is to arrange everything in concentric circles. To make a smoothie bowl, blend your smoothie ingredients together, spoon it out into a bowl, and level the surface of your smoothie with the back of a spoon. Slice up your fruits and arrange your toppings on the outer edge of the bowl first, before placing another 'circle' of toppings within that circle.

Vegan Power Smoothie

Vegan Power Smoothie

Most New Year's resolutions involve healthy eating in some way or another. This vegan power smoothie couldn't be healthier (if I had to say so myself)! It will provide all of the energy that you need to kick some butt in 2016. These ingredients will keep you full, helping you to stay away from sugary and salty snacks.

3 Healthy & Vegan Snacks : Raw Guacamole, Caramel Apples, & Banana Bars

3 Healthy & Vegan Snacks : Raw Guacamole, Caramel Apples, & Banana Bars

If you're swearing off chips and cookies at the start of the new year, these healthy and vegan snacks will keep you satisfied and on the right track. All three recipes can be made in a cinch. They use a handful of natural ingredients, they're preservative-free, and they're perfect for sharing. Watch the video above to learn more about how PumpUp member @rawincollege prepared her raw guacamole, caramel apple slices, and vegan banana bars.

This Healthy Candy Cane Will Blow Your Mind

This Healthy Candy Cane Will Blow Your Mind

You'll only need two ingredients for this healthy candy cane: bananas and strawberries. Slice them up into coins and arrange them carefully into a cane-like shape. Make sure that the slices are roughly the same width so that everything is proportionate. When you're arranging the curve of the healthy candy cane, it's best to leave one full strawberry intact. Just slice off the stem and angle the strawberry between two banana slices. This is all you need to make one of the simplest and cutest desserts on the planet. Although bananas and strawberries work best for the classic candy cane colour combination, feel free to experiment with other fruits and berries. This healthy candy cane is refined sugar-free and bursting with fibre, potassium, and antioxidants.

Vegan Juice Recipes for Weight Loss and Clear Skin

Vegan Juice Recipes for Weight Loss and Clear Skin

Everybody goes on a feasting frenzy from time to time, and especially during the holiday season. Never guilt yourself for overeating. Make healthy choices on a daily basis - it'll be easier to fall back into wholesome and balanced eating habits. PumpUp member @rawincollege prepared these vegan juice recipes for weight loss, clear skin, increased energy, and improved digestion. They have no added sugar - just fruits and vegetables!

How To Tell If A Diet Is Dangerous

How To Tell If A Diet Is Dangerous

I’m no skinny-minnie, but after years serial dieting, I found that I just couldn't join the diet train. I don’t have the self-control, and I don’t have the determination for it. Instead, I found ways of tricking myself into the habits I wanted to have. I also learned how to vet the diets that crossed my path. I believe that raw fruits and vegetables are healthy for you - if any diet involves cutting them out, it’s probably not a healthy one. 

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.

Make This Healthy Vegan Burrito For Lunch

Make This Healthy Vegan Burrito For Lunch

A healthy vegan burrito is the perfect way to eat your vegetables! It's both fun and satisfying, too. Just take two big leaves of collard greens. This vegetable tastes a bit like spinach and romaine mixed together. What I love about collard greens is that they have a lot of surface area - this is perfect for wrapping veggies. In this recipe, the cherry tomatoes add just the right amount of sweetness to complement the other ingredients. Cutting the veggies finely makes it delicious and easy to wrap. I also added some cilantro and arugula - these are optional, but I like the flavors that each of these herbs bring to the vegan burrito. They add just the right kick!

Healthy Raw Vegan Cereal Recipe

Healthy Raw Vegan Cereal Recipe

A lot of people struggle with what to have for breakfast during the fall and winter months. It may even be too cold for banana 'nice' cream.  This raw vegan cereal is the perfect substitution for sugar-laden breakfast cereals and pre-packaged oatmeal.

Take the Leap: 5 Tips For Going Vegan

Take the Leap: 5 Tips For Going Vegan

Thinking about becoming a vegan? This lifestyle has its fair share of challenges and rewards. Stay accountable to yourself and your goals. After maintaining a raw lifestyle for over 1 year, PumpUp member @rawincollege shared her best tips for going vegan.

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.

5 ingredients or less: healthy vegan weight loss smoothies

5 ingredients or less: healthy vegan weight loss smoothies

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtXzP-xRG50 Step up your smoothie game with five ingredients or less! All of these vegan weight loss smoothies don't need any milk at all. Use cold water to speed up the blending process and have plenty of frozen bananas, chopped tropical fruit, and frozen berries on hand so that you can make any smoothie in a flash.

These vegan weight loss smoothies are the perfect breakfast if you're trying to eat more fruit. They'll help you to cut down on processed breakfast food and you'll feel energized for hours on end. Check out PumpUp member @rawincollege's YouTube channel for more recipe ideas.

Make these healthy vegan smoothies for weight  loss with 5 ingredients or less!  // The PumpUp Blog

Berry Cherry Smoothie

Packed with antioxidants, this berry cherry smoothie is guaranteed to energize you and fend of sickness // Vegan weight loss smoothies with 5 ingredients or less - The PumpUp Blog

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen cherries
  • 1 cup of water

Glowing Green Smoothie

Get your greens in the morning with this glowing green smoothie // Vegan weight loss smoothies with 5 ingredients or less - The PumpUp Blog

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1 cup sliced pineapple
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of water

Watermelon Lime Smoothie

This refreshing watermelon lime smoothie is the only recipe you need to end off the summer // Vegan weight loss smoothies with 5 ingredients or less - The PumpUp Blog

  • 2-3 cups sliced frozen watermelon
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

These vegan weight loss smoothies were created by PumpUp member @rawincollege. Follow her YouTube channel for more healthy eating inspiration!

Banana Nice Cream Peach Parfait - Vegan ice cream for breakfast

Banana Nice Cream Peach Parfait - Vegan ice cream for breakfast

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Parfaits are a perfect way to kick-start your morning if you have a sweet tooth. This back-to-school recipe will make your 6 A.M. (and 7 A.M.) alarms a lot less bleak. Siphon the dreaded morning sorrows away:  as long as you have a great blender and plenty of frozen, ripe bananas ready to rumble, you can make this vegan ice cream peach parfait in just 5 minutes. Vegan ice cream is a great option if you're trying to avoid dairy. Yes, you can have ice cream for breakfast. Yes, vegan ice cream still tastes delicious. Frozen bananas take on the same consistency as frozen yogurt when pulsed and blended in a food processor. To speed up prep time, make thin banana slices before blending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s4ORL2Y8Sc

Banana Ice Cream Peach Parfait

Servings: 1 | Prep time : 5-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 ripe peach
  • Dried mulberries

Directions

  1. Peel and slice frozen banana. Slice peach into 1/2 inch wedges and set aside.
  2. Pulse and blend in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Take a jar or a glass container and layer banana ice cream, peach slices, and mulberries on top of each other.
  4. Serve immediately!

A healthy breakfast has never been so fun to prepare. This yummy raw vegan ice cream parfait recipe will certainly do the trick ! // The PumpUp Blog

This vegan ice cream banana peach parfait recipe was created by PumpUp member @rawincollege. Follow her YouTube channel for more healthy eating inspiration!

Creamy Raw Peanut Butter Pie

Creamy Raw Peanut Butter Pie

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One of the first ‘clean’ dessert recipes I ever tried was something similar to this raw peanut butter pie. After one bite, I was completely hooked. I tried that first pie over a year ago. Recently, I decided that I’d make my own version of it. This raw peanut butter pie has way fewer ingredients than the original recipe, but it’s equally as delicious!You know the drill: it’s simple, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugar. All good stuff! We'll be using some of our old favorites: bananas and peanut butter (best combo ever, I know) for the filling. Next, we’ll use dates, almonds and cacao powder for the crust. We'll also be making my cacao drizzle to decorate the pie.

Easy creamy and raw peanut butter pie - The only dessert recipe you need! // The PumpUp Blog

Raw Peanut Butter Pie

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea or himalayan salt

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well combined. The mixture should have a sticky consistency. Press the mixture into a pie pan (I used a 9" non-stick pan).

Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas (can be fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Pinch of sea or himalayan salt

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Pour the filling into the pan and smoothen it out evenly with a spoon or spatula.

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cacao/unsweetened cocoa powder

Easy creamy and raw peanut butter pie - The only dessert recipe you need! // The PumpUp Blog

Mix coconut oil and cocoa powder together and drizzle on top of the pie. Put the pie in the freezer for at least an hour until it's ready to cut into slices. Enjoy, and don't forget to share with your loved ones (Only if you want to... or eat the whole thing by yourself, I won't judge!)

This recipe for creamy raw peanut butter pie was created by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

5 tips to stop belly bloating

5 tips to stop belly bloating

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Whether you feel like you’ve gained five pounds in the past few days, made some poor food choices, or you just feel constant discomfort—there’s definitely a reason for your belly bloating AND there’s many solutions for it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJPkc_vva9o&feature=youtu.be

Here are my top 5 tips to STOP belly bloating

1. Eat slowly

As I talked about in one of my previous articles, eating slowly is essential to proper digestion of your food! In order for your brain to tell you when you’re full, it needs up to 20 minutes to send you the signal to stop eating!

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2. Decrease your intake of processed food

Processed sugars, saturated fats, dairy, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners are the most commonly found sources of an upset stomach and belly bloating. INCREASE your intake of whole fruits and veggies, especially those with a high water content!

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3. Chill out

RELAX! Stress hormones disrupt the digestive system! Always try your best to take time out of your day to FOCUS ON YOU, even if it’s just a ten-minute walk around the block. Along with relaxation comes a good night’s sleep! A lack of sleep distorts your perception of hunger and appetite, often leading you to overeat highly processed foods which can make you bloated!

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4. Up your fiber intake

Choose unprocessed, whole foods that are high in fiber to decrease bloating and improve your digestive system! Fruits and veggies such as watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, cucumbers, grapes, berries, avocado, pears, oranges, bananas, celery, and leafy greens are a great way to nourish your body AND fight off belly bloating while flushing out toxins.

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5. Stop, drop, and chug water

A lack of water and an excess of sodium in your diet can lead to discomfort and unwanted bloating. From my experience, I have found that starting my day with about 32 ounces of water (that’s a liter!) helps to jump start my digestion and wake up my body early in the morning! DRINK MORE WATER!

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Starving, fasting, and using laxatives are NOT the answer to your belly bloating!! Whole fruits and veggies, water, exercise, and sleep will put you on on the road to success and will help you achieve your flat tummy!

These tips to stop belly bloating were written by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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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!

How I became a raw vegan

How I became a raw vegan

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxDoBWDdbMU&feature=youtu.be

Almost two years ago, I decided to become a vegetarian (lacto-ovo to be exact.) This decision was a long time coming for me… I had wanted to officially call myself a vegetarian for many years preceeding this diet change in the beginning of 2013. Since I was still growing and my parents did not know much about the vegetarian lifestyle, they thought it was best for me to wait until I was truly “done” growing so I could have what they considered to be “proper nutrition” (consisting of various animal products such as chicken breast, fish, seafood, and rarely red meat.)

After lots of research and watching various documentaries, I was done growing and ready to become a vegetarian—for health, ethical, and personal reasons. If you want to change anything in your life, you need to have support along the way. Once I decided to make this lifestyle change, my family and friends were extremely encouraging and that made the transition even more exciting for me. I was looking forward to beginning a new journey of achieving my optimum health and becoming my best ‘self.’

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Now fast forward to about 6 months ago when I came upon the raw foods lifestyle.  I have always been extremely interested in nutrition, so I would naturally research the newest “fad diets” and I always wanted to be up to date with the health and wellness world. Given the endless resources on the internet, there is almost too much information for an individual to process if they are looking for a easy solution to get healthy. I do not believe in restriction, counting calories, or living to eat…

Food should be a source of nutrition, happiness, and it should create a healthy relationship within yourself and the people around you.

So there I was, searching the internet, when I found FullyRaw Kristina—an incredibly inspiring young woman who adopted the raw foods lifestyle 8 years ago. I have never felt more connected to my body and what I put in it than I do now…This raw vegan lifestyle has affected me in all aspects of my life. Not only has my perspective changed on how to nourish myself, but it has influenced the people around me and the relationships I share with them in ways I could have never imagined. That's how I became a raw vegan.

The power of food and the power of raw veganism is truly incredible.

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Why am I here?…Well, I am here because I cannot keep this lifestyle to myself. It has affected me so positively that it would be a crime not to put it out there and continue to share it with the world. I know that I am not going to convert everyone into a raw vegan, but I want to share my experiences and my lifestyle with you—even if it means you just have one extra banana every day—it makes a difference.

Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege) 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

This post was updated on July 10, 2015. 

This is the one secret you need to travel healthy

This is the one secret you need to travel healthy

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0P08YXLUZI Be prepared and bring snacks. This is my #1 tip for you if you're looking to travel healthy! Packing snacks for yourself ensures that you will be much less likely to give into unhealthy temptations. What's more, it will prevent you from spending money on overpriced airport and rest stop food.

The one secret to travelling healthy // rawincollege for the PumpUp Blog

Stone fruits like peaches and plums are easy to grab and go. Fresh berries can be packed away without much preparation. 

How to travel healthy

Cut up some veggies and fruit, put them in some plastic tupperware, take a few handfuls of nuts and dried fruit in a Ziploc, and you’re good to go!! ALWAYS hydrate while you are traveling—you will not only be pushing toxins out of your body, but you will also keep your immune system strong while you are surrounded by new environments and people.

The one secret to travelling healthy // rawincollege for the PumpUp Blog

 

It's pretty straightforward and do-able. If you fail to plan, prepare to fail :) // The PumpUp Blog

Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege) 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