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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

Asian Chopped Kale Salad

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Asian Chopped Kale Salad

Recipe originally posted on The Healthy Maven. Find her blog here. 

Happy New Year PumpUp readers! I’m back for another monthly blog post.

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably kicked off 2015 with a whole list of goals for the year. Thank goodness for this amazing PU community to keep us accountable, am I right?!

My list is surprisingly short this year. Instead of committing to finally stop biting my nails (unsuccessful 3 years in a row) or eating healthier I’m focusing on the positive things I can bring to my life to make it a little happier and brighter.

One of these things has been finding a workout that really motivates me to get active and doesn’t dread exercise. Thankfully, 2014 pulled through at the last minute and introduced me to an amazing workout called Barre3. I’ve committed to the Barre3 challenge in January and have found myself excited to hit the barre 4 days a week! 

Another positive addition to my life has been this Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing. I was on a mission to make salads interesting and delicious in 2015 and it’s safe to say I got off to a good start.

Today I challenge you to make your life a little happier and brighter. Focus on the positive and what you can add to your life rather than what needs to be removed. This is my mission for 2015 and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

-The Healthy Maven

For the full recipe check out The Healthy Maven