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Drink This Tangy Tangerine Smoothie

Drink This Tangy Tangerine Smoothie

This minty and tangy tangerine smoothie is filled with tons of Vitamin A, Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Biotin and Vitamin E. Vitamin A and the Carotenes are essential for blood formation, and it also helps to keep our skin and eyes healthy. Avocado also contains a lot of unsaturated fats, which can lower our blood cholesterol levels. 

Weeknight Dinners: Zucchini Rissole and Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Weeknight Dinners: Zucchini Rissole and Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Dinner just got a little bit more tasty. These two recipes will keep you satisfied and full of energy for your next workout. The vegetarian zucchini rissole is similar to a croquette or a falafel - you can use the flour of your choice to make it suitable for a gluten-free diet. It adds just the right amount of crunch to any meal.

Next, fuel up on healthy fats with salmon and avocado salsa. You'll feel emboldened by all of the nutrients that your body needs to hit your next personal best.

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!

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.

Drop Everything and Make This Vegan Rainbow Summer Salad

Drop Everything and Make This Vegan Rainbow Summer Salad

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Last month, I shared the recipe for one of my staple vegan dishes: pancakes. I'm going to continue to share some of my favorite vegan staples with this rainbow summer salad recipe.  You might question this decision and start thinking, "A salad? That's nothing special." You're probably right. A salad is nothing special: anybody can make a salad by throwing a bunch of ingredients together. But as I've recreated salads over the past years, I began to identify a few must-have ingredients for one that is consistently yummy, energizing and hydrating. These ingredients happen to be perfect for the end summer. They're easy on your wallet and easy on the eyes. This vegan rainbow summer salad is packed with healthy and yummy ingredients // The PumpUp Blog

The dressing I created for this is very high in fat (oil). I personally wouldn't recommend consuming too much fat in one go, but I have yet to find a yummy low fat vegan dressing. If you know one, please let me know in the comments below. That's why balance is important. If you recreate this recipe, I recommend that you only use a very small amount of the dressing because it's quite rich.

I served the vegan rainbow summer salad with wraps this time around. Depending on how you end up eating the salad (or your level of hunger) adjust the proportions of the veggie ingredients as needed. Keep the same measurements for the dressing.

Vegan rainbow summer salad

This vegan rainbow summer salad is packed with healthy and yummy ingredients // The PumpUp Blog

Salad Ingredients

  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 5 mushrooms
  • About 2 handful cherry tomatoes
  • About 150 g canned corn, drained
  • A heaping handful of spinach
  • A few pine nuts

Dressing Ingredients

This vegan rainbow summer salad is packed with healthy and yummy ingredients // The PumpUp Blog

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp walnut oil
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp black balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fig balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • A pinch of salt, pepper and herbal salt

Directions

This vegan rainbow summer salad is packed with healthy and yummy ingredients // The PumpUp Blog

  1. Chop up the cucumber, bell peppers, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.
  2. Rinse and drain your corn. Place drained corn in a large bowl and add chopped vegetables.
  3. In a shallow pan on medium to low heat, roast your pine nuts gently. Turn down heat when slightly browned. Let them cool before adding them to the salad.
  4. For the dressing, add all ingredients into a resealable jar and shake until well combined.
  5. Add a bit of dressing to your salad, mix thoroughly and serve with wraps as a main dish or eat the salad as a side dish.
  6. Either way, enjoy!

This vegan rainbow summer salad is packed with healthy and yummy ingredients // The PumpUp Blog


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Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas : Sweet and Savoury

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas : Sweet and Savoury

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I decided to try something slightly different than usual — I made something savoury. But worry not, friends with sweet tooth syndrome.  You have the option to transform these crunchy roasted chickpeas into something sweet!This is a much healthier alternative to potato chips. The crunchy roasted chickpeas will for sure satisfy your cravings for something with a bit more bite. They require only two ingredients, in addition to whichever spices you prefer! They're super easy and better yet, they're sky-high in fiber and protein. These crunchy roasted chickpeas are the perfect snack for those on a plant-based diet.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - The perfect healthy snack. It can be made sweet or salty. Toss those potato chips and eat these instead! // The PumpUp Blog

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - Savoury Version

  • 300g can of chickpeas (drained)
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (feel free to omit if you can’t handle spicy food!)
  • Pinch of sea salt

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - Sweet Version

  • 300g can of chickpeas (drained)
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Rinse and drain chickpeas, place onto a parchment-lined cookie tray and dry with a paper towel.
  3. Bake the chickpeas in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and toss them in the oil and spices, coating them evenly.
  5. Place the tray back into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until crispy.
  6. Let them cool a bit before enjoying.

 

This recipe for crunchy roasted chickpeas was created by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

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!

Easy, Vegan, and Oil-Free Green Thai Curry

Easy, Vegan, and Oil-Free Green Thai Curry

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If it were down to food and people positivity, I'd be living in Thailand. If I had to eat only one meal a day, it would be an intense battle between pasta and green thai curry. Good curry not only tastes amazing, but it also gets your metabolism going, improves blood circulation and boosts your immune system.

Needless to say, I jump at every opportunity to eat at a Thai restaurant. But one thing has been bothering me: I just don't really know what ingredients go into my food, not to mention the quantities of processed vegetable oils or sugar. I tried for the longest time to recreate a decent traditional green thai curry at home that tastes exactly like the one I get at thai restaurants. I've always failed, until now.

I'd like to share my easy, vegan and oil-free Green Thai Curry Recipe.

Easy vegan and oil-free green thai curry // Shaynaraleonie for The PumpUp Blog

Easy, Vegan, and Oil-Free Green Thai Curry

Serves 1-2| Prep time: 20-30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Green Thai Curry paste (find a decent one with the least ingredients and no sugar/oil)
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp galangal
  • 1 tsp lemongrass
  • 1 tsp xylitol or rice mirin
  • 1 tbsp thai basil
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • fresh chili if not spicy enough, tamari sauce if not salty enough
  • fresh vegetables (anything you've got in the fridge: cucumber, chard, zucchini, green pepper, bok choy, broccoli)
  • Cooked rice, to serve with curry

Easy vegan and oil-free green thai curry // Shaynaraleonie for The PumpUp Blog

Instructions

  1. Throw the green thai curry paste in a pan and add half of the coconut milk on medium heat, let it bubble until it becomes fragrant for a minute.
  2. Add the galangal, lemongrass, xylitol, thai basil + lime juice and reduce to a low heat.
  3. Add the rest of the coconut milk and vegetables except your leafy greens as they tend to cook much quicker, let all simmer until your vegetables are tender.
  4. Add your leafy greens, give it a taste test and add chillies or tamari sauce, if it's not spicy/salty enough.
  5. Top with more thai basil, lime and spring onions.
  6. Enjoy it hot and spicy!

This Green Thai Curry recipe was created by PumpUp member @shanyaraleonie. Follow her blog at www.shanyaraleonie.com

Easy Sautéed Mushrooms with Parsley

Easy Sautéed Mushrooms with Parsley

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Mushrooms are one of my favourite vegetables to eat. I learned this recipe from my mother and I make it quite often because it's ready in an instant. Here's an easy side dish that you can prepare on any day of the week. These sautéed mushrooms are vegetarian friendly and pretty darn delicious.

Sautéed Mushrooms

  • 1kg or more of fresh mushrooms
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Some garlic (depends of your taste)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bundle of fresh parsley
Instructions
Easy Sauteed Mushrooms // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Scrub the skin off of the mushrooms and dice them into cubes. Try not to make the pieces too small, as mushrooms tend to lose a lot of water during the cooking process— this reduces their size.

Place the mushrooms in a shallow pot and pour about a cup or two of water over them. Add olive oil and a bit of salt, set the heat to medium and stir occasionally. Let the mixture boil until almost all the water is evaporated. Next, add the garlic, stir, and let the mushrooms cook for 5-7 minutes, making sure that they don't stick to the pan.

When the sautéed mushrooms are ready, cut the parsley into the mixture and cover the dish with a lid for a few minutes. Serve hot.

 This recipe was created by PumpUp member @annaaa_. Follow her blog to learn more about her. 

This gorgeous green smoothie bowl will change your morning

This gorgeous green smoothie bowl will change your morning

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Not a fan of protein powder or frozen fruit? This green smoothie bowl delivers. It's a perfect way to refuel after long morning walks or quick sprints. Make this into a DIY smoothie pack to kick off your day in a more seamless way. Just measure out all of the ingredients into freezer-safe bags, and stow them away when you're ready for them. If you like this green smoothie bowl to be a little less thick, add a touch of water or use the milk of your choice to loosen it up.

Gorgeous green smoothie bowl

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango

Toppings

  • Flaxseed
  • Raspberries
  • Banana slices

Gorgeous green smoothie bowl // The PumpUp Blog

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with flaxseed, raspberries, and banana slices. Use a straw to disperse the flaxseed more neatly over the surface of the green smoothie bowl.

What are your favourite ways to make this green smoothie bowl? Would you top this recipe differently? Let us know in the comments below! Share your best smoothie recipes with the #smoothie hashtag on PumpUp for a chance to be featured on our blog! This recipe was contributed by PumpUp member @learntobreathe

 

4 healthy allergy-friendly recipes for BBQ season

4 healthy allergy-friendly recipes for BBQ season

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Hey guys! If you missed me making a few healthy dips and recipes on the PumpupHQ Snapchat on Friday last week, here are the recipes that I made! They are perfect for BBQ season and super healthy, so you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in some yummy snacks! You guys already know my breakfast recipe, the Scrambled Tofu, because I’ve already blogged about it here on PumpUp, and on my own blog!

This yummy, healthy 10 minute tofu scramble recipe can be whipped up in a jiffy. You can eat it for any meal without having to worry about feeling all the feelings. Breakfast recipe from the PumpUp Blog.

As for the other recipes, I filmed myself making traditional Greek Tzaziki and a Black bean and corn dip.

Traditional Greek Tzaziki

Greek Tsatziki // Healthy allergy-friendly BBQ season recipes from the PumpUp Blog

This is my all-time favourite dip to make, because it’s so easy to make, and so delicious! It’s creamy, full of garlic, and it’s perfect for those hot summer days where you just want to cool off with a light snack.

To make it, you will need

  • 1 large tub of plain yogurt (1%, 2%, 3% MF)
  • Half of one cucumber
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves
  • Squirt of lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

To start, grab a bowl, a strainer/sieve, and a bunch of paper towels/paper coffee filters/cheese cloth (if you own one).

Line you’re your strainer/sieve with the paper towels or coffee filters, you’ll want about 4 to 5 layers so the yogurt doesn’t rip through. Place the whole yogurt container in it, and pop that into the fridge for 2 hours, or if you’ve really got time, overnight. This will strain out most of the water from your yogurt, leaving you with really creamy yogurt “cheese”. I was in a hurry this weekend so I just let it strain for 2h, but you can leave it for as long as you want.

Next, do the same with your cucumber! Cut your cucumber length-wise, scoop out all the seeds, then grate it finely with a cheese grater. Place all of the grated cucumber in a sieve lined with paper towels, or to save space, wrap your cucumber in paper towels, place it in a bowl, and put a something heavy over it to press the water out. Kind of like what you do with tofu.

Once the water has been extracted from both yogurt and cucumber, place them together in a large bowl. Chop up your garlic finely, and then stir it in with your lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is combined!

Black bean and corn dip

Black bean and corn dip // Healthy allergy-friendly BBQ season recipes from the PumpUp Blog

This is another crowd pleaser, great for nacho night too!

You will need

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 cup of frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, mash your black beans with a potato masher, until they are pretty creamy. You can also do this in a food processor to save time, but I find that with a potato masher, it saves you dishes.

Once the beans are smooshed, mix in your hot sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, chopped coriander and your cumin. Stir until everything is combined. Mix in your corn kernels and salt and pepper, and there you have it!

 

Mixed Bean Salad

Mixed bean salad // Healthy allergy-friendly BBQ season recipes from the PumpUp Blog

I also had a mixed bean salad I wanted to show you guys, but didn’t get the chance, so here it is now! It's one of my favourite salad recipes for BBQ season because it has a relatively neutral flavour and you can dress it up very easily with a few pantry staples!

For this bean salad you will need

  • 1 to 2 cans of mixed beans, or dried beans that you soak over night
  • 1 zucchini, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped in bite size pieces
  • Handful of green beans, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • Herbs
    • dried herbs: thyme, oregano, herbs de Provence
    • fresh: rosemary
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • splash of olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

In a large pan on medium heat, sauté your zucchini, bell peppers and green beans until they are slightly grilled.

Transfer them into a big serving dish when done. Add in all the other ingredients.

Rinse and strain your beans and add them to the veggie mix. Drizzle the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle the herbs. Toss and it's ready to serve!

We've done another variation of this salad, but instead of using fresh rosemary, we went with parsley, which gives it a completely different but tastes just as amazing!

These healthy allergy-friendly recipes for BBQ season are part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp (@zoedesborough) and on her blog

10 minute tofu scramble

10 minute tofu scramble

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Here's my new favourite dish that only takes 10 minutes! You know those days that seem to never end, and by the time you get home you just want to put some sweat pants on, watch a movie on Netflix and eat everything in sight? Well, instead of regretting that tub of ice cream and those ketchups chips tomorrow, here’s a really easy, simple and satisfying meal that can be eaten at any time of the day that will prevent you from feeling all the feelings tomorrow.

I’ve literally made this 10 minute tofu scramble 5 times this week, twice for breakfast, once for lunch and twice for dinner, and I haven’t gotten bored of it because it’s so versatile! You can have it for breakfast with sautéd veggies and shredded cheese, for lunch in a wrap with your favourite fillings, or for dinner instead of having rice or pasta!

10 minute tofu scramble from the PumpUp Blog

10 minute tofu scramble

  • A brick of extra firm tofu, shredded with a cheese grater (medium size shred)
  • ½ tsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

You can press your tofu to get the excess water out, but if you’re lazy like I am, never mind that step. Shred that tofu right into your pan, and drizzle 1 tbsp. of olive oil on it. Sprinkle your spices and add your pinch of salt and sauté that tofu until its warmed through.

It will go yellow because of the turmeric, so feel free to sneak some of this 10 minute tofu scramble into your next brunch with your family, and they will be surprised to see that they aren’t actually eating an egg scramble!

10 minute tofu scramble from the PumpUp Blog

Right before plating, taste it to see if the spices are right, and adjust to taste. You can play around with the spice mix as well to make it your own.

There’s the hardest part. Now, to actually make a meal out of it, you just need to either fry up some veggies to accompany it, stuff your wrap with other stuffing, or you know, just add more leftovers to the mix.

This yummy, healthy 10 minute tofu scramble recipe can be whipped up in a jiffy. You can eat it for any meal without having to worry about feeling all the feelings. Breakfast recipe from the PumpUp Blog.

This is definitely a new staple of mine, and such a time saver!

This 10 minute tofu scramble recipe is part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp (@zoedesborough) and on her blog

 

 

Cauliflower Steak : The Answer to Your Vegetarian BBQ Dreams

Cauliflower Steak : The Answer to Your Vegetarian BBQ Dreams

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Cauliflower used to be my worst nightmare. But, as I grew older and experimented with different preparation methods, I started to like it little by little.  Now that I'm a vegetarian, I find that cauliflower can be a godsend for its versatility. You can puree it into soup, turn it into rice, slice it into salad, use it as a pizza base, or even serve cauliflower steak. It's thick enough as a base and it roasts very well with simple garnishes: salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Cauliflower Steak

  • 1 small to medium cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small chilli pepper - optional
  • mayonnaise - optional
 Preparation Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F.
  2. Carefully peel away the leaves from the cauliflower and cut it in half. Make long slices that should roughly be the width of your thumb. Leave the stalk on and remove any additional leaves that remain.
  3. In a skillet that's safe to put into the oven, heat a bit of olive oil on medium and sauté the cauliflower slices until the edges become a soft brown color (5-7 mins max on each side).
  4. Season each side of the cauliflower with salt and pepper, then put the pan in the oven for 15 mins. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn't burn.
  5. Mince the red onion, tomato, garlic cloves, and chilli pepper (if using) and toss them into a small bowl with olive oil and a bit of salt.
  6. When the cauliflower is ready, plate it with the onion mixture and light mayonnaise (optional) to offset the onion taste.
  7. If you have cauliflower steak left over, turn it into cauliflower rice or chop it into a salad for the next day.

Cauliflower steak recipe | It's the answer to your vegetarian BBQ dreams, seriously.

This cauliflower steak recipe was created 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 cauliflower steak recipe in the comments below!

Recharge with this simple 3 ingredient green smoothie

Recharge with this simple 3 ingredient green smoothie

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For some, green smoothies seem like green monsters. They're daunting and downright unappealing. The odds of you actually enjoying a green smoothie can be ever in your favour when you sweeten it up with a bit of fruit rather than refined sugar. Add the juice of your favourite citrus sphere, add chunks of something sweet and tropical, and you, friend, have a 3 ingredient green smoothie. No fuss or worry necessary. Simple preparation leads to extraordinarily nutritious results.

3 ingredient green smoothie

  • The juice of 6 oranges
  • 1/2 a pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 100g of spinach

Blend and enjoy. Add water if necessary to make the smoothie's consistency less viscous.

3 ingredient green smoothie

Enjoyed this simple 3 ingredient green smoothie? What are your favourite smoothie combinations using 3 ingredients? Comment  below or tag your best smoothie recipes on the PumpUp app! Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @veganmetalhead.

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.

Savour this un-'beet'able gluten free apple and beet salad

Savour this un-'beet'able gluten free apple and beet salad

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I can’t believe spring is finally here, and here to stay! I’ve been waiting a long time for this, mostly because it means that my birthday is just around the corner (I'm smirking right now). Anyways! This month’s recipe is a pretty colorful one, which is bound to get you excited about everything! Not only is it flashy, but it adds a punch to your lunches or dinners! You can say it’s a pretty ‘upbeet’ recipe! Haha! Did you get that pun?! Yes, well if you did, you’ve guessed it, I’m using beets (beetroot) as a main vegetable in this recipe! Yeah, you know that gnarly thing that you’re not sure what to do with it, other than dye everything you own, accidentally of course, hot fuchsia. Other than making your obvious borscht (Ukrainian soup that is beet based), I thought of giving you a recipe that showcases this amazingly delicious and somewhat versatile root veg!

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Sorry, now that I have this out of my system (AREN'T THEY CUTE), I can actually start the recipe!

Ingredients | Gluten Free Apple Beet Salad

  • 2 cups of diced boiled beets (traditional red ones are excellent, but feel free to gran the heirloom ones, they come in yellow!)
  • 2-3 sticks of celery, finely minced
  • green apple, finely chopped (you can take the peel off, but I like keeping it for a punch of colour)
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 3 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar (regular, or white)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2-3 green onions, finely sliced
  • crumbled feta or goat’s cheese

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Before you do anything else, other than turn some music on to dance to while you’re making this, you’re going to want to prep your beets. Usually, beets are sold in bags, much like potatoes, and they need some scrubbing before you use them as well. With a vegetable brush, or a clean (unused) toothbrush that you can use for other vegetables, gently scrub the beets in water. This will dislodge any dirt or unwanted things off the beets before you boil them.

Next, place your beets in a large pot of water (enough water to cover them), and boil them until a fork goes through easily. You will possibly need to add water to the pot while they are boiling, and if the smell bothers you, you can always change up the water throughout. It took me about 1h to boil 6 medium beets.

Now, once they are ready, you want to plunge them in/rinse them in very cold water. This will stop them from cooking more (basically, blanch them). Be careful not to damage the skin. Once they are cool enough to handle, grab a paper towel, or clean dishcloth, and gently rub them. The skin will pretty much slide off on it’s own! No need for peeling.

Gluten free apple beet salad by Zoe Desborough for the PumpUp Blog

There you go, fool-proof way of boiling beets for any other of your needs. You can always bake them  (wrap them in foil and plop them in the oven), but that will alter their taste slightly.

Now chop them up in bite size pieces.

To make the salad, in a big serving dish, mix in your 2 cups of chopped beets, 1 cup of cooked quinoa (follow the package for cooking instructions, but I usually go with a 1 cup quinoa and 1 ¾ cup water ratio… same for my brown rice). Add in your chopped celery, apples, and feta/goat cheese. Follow with your green onions and vinaigrette ingredients (balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice). Season with some salt and pepper to taste and there you have it!

This vegan apple beet salad is excellent as a side, or as a main itself, and will definitely make your taste buds dance with joy.

I will be attempting to make a purple hummus (beet based of course) in the next few weeks on my personal blog, so keep an eye out!

This vegan apple beet salad recipe is part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp ( @zoedesborough) and on her blog

It's perfectly easy being green with this green smoothie

It's perfectly easy being green with this green smoothie

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It might not be easy being green for Kermit the frog, but it is definitely easy being green when we're sipping on this perfect green smoothie. Full of both fruits and vegetables, this green smoothie combination will give you the perfect energy boost to start your morning off on a healthy foot. Experiment with different mixtures of fruits and vegetables and share them as a collage with the new PumpUp photo editor. We can't wait to see what kinds of delicious smoothies you have in store for the PumpUp community.

Green Smoothie Ingredients

  • Handful spinach
  • 1 cup milk
  • oat flakes
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/2 banana or apple
  • 3 spoonfuls of greek yogurt

Blend it all together and sip through a wide straw, if possible.

Recipe contribution by PumpUp member @regretnothing

One of the most refreshing green smoothies that tastes anything but: handful of spinach, 1 cup milk, oat flakes, 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 banana or apple, 3 spoonfuls greek yogurt

Do you have an amazing green smoothie that you'd like to show off? List the ingredients in the comments below! We love to experiment with novel green smoothie combinations and share them with the PumpUp community!

3 Ingredient Gluten Free Breakfast Biscuits

3 Ingredient Gluten Free Breakfast Biscuits

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A few weeks ago I was really craving something sweet. I knew that I could quell my craving with some fruit. Though I managed to transcend my craving that night, I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't be tempted to reach for something sweet in the morning. I was inspired to bake 3 Ingredient Gluten Free Breakfast Biscuits: a simple and quick recipe so that I could wake up and satisfy my cravings with a healthy breakfast made of wholesome ingredients. Gluten Free Breakfast Biscuits

  • 2 cups of self rising flour (I used whole grain self rising flour)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (solid)
  • ¾ cup coconut milk or milk of your choice. Coconut milk from the can works as well.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  2. Add self-rising flour in a mixing bowl then add the coconut oil. With a fork, mix everything together until it resembles crumbs. Add the coconut milk and mix until it is fully combined as a dough.
  3. Put the dough on a cutting board sprinkled with flour. Roll it out flat till it's 1/2 inch thick, then use a tall glass or a biscuit cut the dough into circles
  4. Place biscuits on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 10 mins or until golden on top.

You can eat them right away or save them for breakfast and serve them with  peanut butter and fruits. They are not too sweet: you can eat them with coffee or you drizzle some honey and nuts on top of them.

Hope you like it!

These gluten free breakfast biscuits were created 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 3 ingredient gluten free breakfast biscuits in the comments below!

3- ingredient gluten free breakfast biscuits made with 2 cups of a gluten free self-rising flour mix, 1/4 cup solid coconut oil, and 3/4 of the milk of your choice

Drop everything and make this fiery sriracha no-cheese pizza

Drop everything and make this fiery sriracha no-cheese pizza

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A no cheese pizza? I know. You’re either totally into it, or just plain ready to run the other way. I, too, always thought that a pizza wasn’t a pizza without the cheese, but boy was I wrong. I tested this Fiery Sriracha No Cheese Hummus Pizza using a thin and crispy crust with this hot hummus, and it tasted something like heaven The catch is that you can’t make it with just any hummus. You’ve got to use a flavorful one that’ll create a gooey bed for your veggies to roast. I used the Tribe Hummus Fiery Sriracha flavor. I love Tribe, especially for their seasonal flavors and quality ingredients. This limited edition flavor has a special kick that gives this pizza a tang that’s irreplaceable!

Don’t let the idea of using hummus in place of cheese scare you away. It’s a simple method that’s sure to deliver tasty results. I spread a layer of a special hummus over the crust, then made a bed of veggies, and topped it off with dried herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. You can almost do it with your eyes closed. Enjoy!

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Fiery sriracha no-cheese hummus pizza

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes
A cheeseless pizza using fiery sriracha hummus, fresh vegetables, and dried herbs to create a mouthwatering pizza that'll have you dreaming about hummus.
Serves: 8 slices
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Pre-made Pizza Crust (I used Udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crust)
  • 4 oz Tribe Hummus Fiery Sriracha flavor (or other flavor)
  • 10 Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 Tomatoes, sliced (preferably juicy ones)
  • 2 Tbsp Capers
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp Dried or Fresh Basil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tbsp Olive Oil
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper place the pizza crust and spread the hummus over it evenly, leaving about ½ an inch from the edge of the crust.
  3. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, and capers over the hummus evenly.
  4. Season with the oregano, basil, and garlic powder.
  5. Drizzle with the olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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This is a recipe courtesy of PumpUp member Tara Milhelm @thewholetara. Follow her blog for more tips and recipes and add us on Snapchat: pumpupHQ to wish her a happy birthday! 

The only banana berry smoothie bowl you need in your life

The only banana berry smoothie bowl you need in your life

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Craving something sweet, filling, and good for you? This Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl is free of fat and processed sugars and I know you will absolutely LOVE it!! It is so delicious and easy to make…this recipe will take you under ten minutes and you only need a few ingredients! What you will need for the base:

  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1 medium ripe bananas
  • 1.5 cups of frozen mixed berries

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Place your frozen bananas in a food processor or a high speed blender until you achieve a creamy, ice cream consistency:

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Next, add your frozen berries and blend until it is smooth throughout:

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IMG_2654Pour your base into a big bowl and top it with fresh fruit of your choice! I also added some hemp seeds and crushed almonds for a little crunch! Enjoy your guilt free, delectable Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl!!

This banana berry smoothie bowl recipe was 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.