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Guess the secret ingredient in this chocolate berry smoothie bowl

Guess the secret ingredient in this chocolate berry smoothie bowl

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With the right ingredients, it isn't difficult to mask the taste of vegetables in most culinary creations. After all, not everybody particularly enjoys munching on leafy greens straight-up at the crack of dawn.  Stay energized in the morning by slurping on something that is tasty and good for you in equal measure. The secret is to overwhelm the flavour of cruciferous vegetables with a tango of other tastes: chocolate and vanilla protein. Nobody would ever be able to guess that there's spinach in your smoothie bowl. Packed with maca, avocado, spirulina, and protein powder, this chocolate berry smoothie bowl is packed with nutritious surprises.

Vegan chocolate berry smoothie bowl

  • 1 banana
  • Handful or two of spinach
  • Handful of frozen cherries and blueberries
  • 1 tbsp hemp chocolate protein
  • 1 tbsp raw vanilla protein
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1/4 a small avocado
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Vegan chocolate berry smoothie bowl - You'll hardly be able to taste the spinach in this. Don't be scared. Don't be intimidated. Chocolate is involved.

This vegan chocolate berry smoothie bowl recipe is courtesy of PumpUp member @veganyogi. Find more smoothie recipes from the PumpUp community here, and by searching the #smoothie tag on PumpUp. Have an amazing smoothie recipe to share with the PumpUp community? Let us know in the comments below or tag them on Instagram with #TeamPumpUp. 

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.

Supercharge 2015 with Superfoods

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By Gillian B

With a brand new year upon us, most of us are ready to press the reset button. Typically, this includes: setting some resolutions, getting a gym membership or even a trainer and going on an extreme diet. But what happens come Feburary?! Like clockwork, most of us have fallen off the health wagon and reverted back to our old ways…

In search of something more true to me, I started thinking ‘out of the box.’ Instead, I like to look at this time of the year as the end of a growth cycle and the beginning of the next wave of new experiences and opportunities.  Its time to let go, step out of the safety our comfort zone and allow for exciting (and scary) new things to come our way. With that said, I want to share some ancient secrets with you and challenge you to try something new! Are you ready?

Most of us already know that a big part of healthy living is making sure we are giving our bodies the best fuel we possibly can! Incorporating high quality ingredients into your meals will take you a long way to feeling good, but why not take it a step further and feel THE BEST EVER! Let me introduce you to your new best friends… Superfoods are a special food group found in nature that are ESPECIALLY beneficial for the body. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients - nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves.

While every superfood has it’s own strengths, generally they protect your body from disease, help your body manage stress, support healthy bones and tissues and even improve your memory!

Nearly every culture in the world has some sort of superfood, whether it’s the Goji Berries from China, Maca Root from Peru or Chaga mushroom from the forests of Siberia, these nutritional powerhouses have been used as medicine and touted for their healing properties for centuries!

Want to learn more? Good news!

At the end of March, 2015, I am hosting a Yoga + Superfood Retreat in beautiful San Marcos, Guatemala!! There we will be practicing yoga, hiking in the jungle, playing in the sun, swimming in the salt water and learning all about superfoods and how to incorporate them into your daily routine. 

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Never considered a retreat? Well, now is the time. Remember: try something new!

You will learn all about the healing powers of superfoods such as:

Goji Berries: are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth! Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, these little babies are a complete source of protein, are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, AND are high in fiber. POW!

Maca: Well known for it ability to boost energy, endurance and stamina, the Peruvian root, Maca has been used for centuries as a tonic for sexual function and hormone balancing.  It is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It creamy taste goes nicely in energy balls, coconut MACAroons, chocolate elixirs and smoothies!

Hemp Seeds: They are the most nutritious seed in the world! Hemp Seeds are also a complete protein and just the right balance of essential fatty acids. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits and are perfect to throw on top of salads, soups, in energy balls and smoothties!

Chia Seeds: Originally cultivated and used by the Mexica, chia seeds  are a complete source of easily digestible, plant-based protein. As well as a great source of essential fatty acids, a rich source of calcium, 3 X more iron than spinach, 15 X more magnesium than broccoli and 64 % more potassium than banana! The insoluble, gelatinous fibre aids digestion and cleanses the digestive tract. I use chia seeds everyday in my superfood elixirs or in my go-to breakfast of chia pudding!

On the retreat we will learn about more superfoods like:

  • spirulina
  • chlorella
  • medicinal mushrooms
  • ancient herbs
  • and MORE!

This retreat will be the perfect combination of relaxation, education and healing… I hope that you can join us! For more information click here and feel free to email me through the contact form on my site with any questions.

I can’t wait to share all my tips, tricks and creative recipes with you!

See you in the sunshine…

Gillian

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