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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.

Vegan Orange Chocolate Bliss Balls

Vegan Orange Chocolate Bliss Balls

Ball is life. When you find yourself craving a Terry's Chocolate Orange, think of these orange chocolate bliss balls instead. They're simple to make and they don't require any laborious baking or melting. All you'll need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients. Rich, moist, and decadent, orange chocolate bliss balls are the perfect solution for the chocolate-fuelled athlete inside of you. Make them as snacks for yourself, or as gifts for your friends. Bliss balls are for sharing.

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.

4 Darn-Delicious Healthy Halloween Recipes | Get Healthy with Valentina

4 Darn-Delicious Healthy Halloween Recipes | Get Healthy with Valentina

October is a month that is full of beautiful and bright colours. It's one of my favorite and most beloved months.  I just love seeing my surroundings decorated with vibrant tones of orange, red, and yellow. It's so romantic!October is also pumpkin season. It's a time for pumpkin lovers to make everything from lattes to muffins and healthy halloween recipes.  We must always remember that eating healthy has its benefits and, yes, eating pumpkin is healthy because it's high in fibre, potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. So why not try a new pumpkin dish? 

Healthy Apple Cookies with No Refined Sugar

Healthy Apple Cookies with No Refined Sugar

Here's the thing about cookies. Although they're the perfect dessert to share with others, it's hard to resist eating just one cookie when you make them for yourself. With simple pantry ingredients and less refined sugar, cookies can still be moist, delicious, and reasonably good for you. Feel free to eat more than one — you earned it!

No-Bake Autumn Granola Bars

No-Bake Autumn Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars is a good idea. With the right amount of spices, your house will smell like autumn in an instant. But there's a catch to baking — it often requires time (and a lot of it). These no-bake autumn granola bars are here to the rescue. They will put you in a seasonal mood and they're perfect snacks that you can enjoy at home or at school with your friends. I've included the ingredients for the base of this recipe below. The add-ins are all optional. I encourage you to experiment with them and add different combinations of your favorite seeds and nuts into the no-bake autumn granola bars.

Treat Yourself Vegan Porridge

Treat Yourself Vegan Porridge

Last month, I was OBSESSED with porridge. I basically had the very same vegan porridge for breakfast every day. Not every other day, but EVERY day. I'm trying to wean myself off of oats — even if it's just for a little while. But let's be honest: a (vegan) human being cannot stay away from porridge.  I will probably be back on the oat train very soon. I thought that it was only fitting to share my Treat Yourself Vegan Porridge recipe with you.  It sums up this past month perfectly— and I even got a few requests for it.

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.

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats for your Inner Cookie Monster

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats for your Inner Cookie Monster

D'oh! Your inner cookie monster needs a bit of a reprieve. Instead of opting for cookies, wake up in the morning to cookie dough overnight oats instead. Make this the night before, leave it in your fridge, and be greeted with oatmeal and cookies. You'll have ten extra minutes to relax and enjoy your morning with a bit of mindfulness. Soak up the sun or walk on sunshine. Do both. The world is your oyster. @beamingvegan's cookie dough overnight oats is really the answer to all your woes. It's naturally sweetened with dates, it's creamy, and it has a bit of a bite. It's packed with tons of fibre, too.

4 Kid-Friendly Fall Desserts That Are Healthy, Too - Get Healthy With Valentina

4 Kid-Friendly Fall Desserts That Are Healthy, Too - Get Healthy With Valentina

After a long, hot and hopefully smashing summer season, the time has finally come to get our fitness schedule back in order! I read the other day that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness MonthAll of us can use this as a reminder show people how they can take steps toward a solution.  If you know a younger person, don't forget that you're a role model for them. Help them to stay on track by reminding them to balance their meals with physical activity.  Prepare these recipes for a child that you know and show him or her that healthier food can be delicious, too. 

Easy baked carrot fries + no-bake raspberry mug cake

Easy baked carrot fries + no-bake raspberry mug cake

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There's a certain je ne sais quoi about McDonald's fries that pulls at our heart strings. But with all the salt and hydrogenated oils that go into producing them, the popular side dish can very well send our hearts into a frenzied panic. McDonald's fries aren't only made with white potatoes, but with 18 other extra ingredients. Minimize the 'extra' by eating simply and well. You don't really need additives like dimethylpolysiloxane in your diet anyway. You won't need any hydrogenated oil for these easy baked carrot fries. Just 4-5 carrots, olive oil, and the seasoning of your choice. Go easy on the salt to make sure that your blood pressure doesn't spike.

Easy baked carrot fries

Easy healthy baked carrot fries // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Peel carrots, halve them, and slice them into rectangular wedges. Toss them in a large bowl with olive oil and seasonings. Bake in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 10 minutes. Flip or toss fries around and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden brown. They should be crunchy, fully cooked, and not too soft.

No-bake raspberry mug cake

Easy no bake raspberry mug cake // The PumpUp Blog

Not really into baking? Maybe you have a sweet tooth, but you don't have an oven. This mug cake can be put together in no time at all. It's one of the easiest breakfasts you'll ever make when you're rushing out the door.

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 80 g instant or quick-cooking oats
  • 30 g of raspberry or figs
  • 30 g of protein powder (we used chocolate protein powder)

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and you're done! Let it sit in the fridge for for 5-15 minutes if you want it to solidify. Eat this no-bake raspberry mug cake as is, or with a bit of almond milk.

Loved learning about these recipes? This post was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried the mug cake or the carrot fries in the comments below! 

 

4 healthy yellow recipes that will end your summer on the right foot - Get Healthy with Valentina

4 healthy yellow recipes that will end your summer on the right foot - Get Healthy with Valentina

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Hola Amigos! Did you know that without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength and ability to function well? Active living means including physical activity in your daily life. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to be an active person. Active living could mean just making small changes in your daily life, like walking to the store or to the gym, taking the stairs instead of the elevator at the mall etc. Any physical activity is proven to improve both mental and physical health. It tackles anxiety, depression and anger. #ActiveAugust is here to make you feel good and  improve your health. Be more active today! Fuel up with these healthy yellow recipes once you've finished your workout.

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy pumpkin seeds for late night snacking // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds or squash seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

Rinse pumpkin seeds in a colander. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and allow to dry for 1 hour or longer. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Toss the seeds in the chili powder and lime juice. Add salt if necessary. Place the seeds back on the baking sheet and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on a plate.

Coconut Popsicles

4 ingredient coconut popsicles - The perfect healthy treat that you never knew you needed. Make this recipe before the summer ends! // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 20-40 drops Stevia Extract (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. organic vanilla extract

Directions

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Mix well. Pour into stainless steel popsicle molds. Freeze for 5 hours or until solid.

Yellow Spicy Superfood Smoothie

Spicy superfood smoothie - You'll never guess which ingredients are in this healthy breakfast recipe // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 3  tablespoons  hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • sweetener, to taste (optional)

Directions

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

Curry Vegetable Dip

Curry dressing for vegetables - Perfect for late night snacking! // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste

Directions

Blend everything together using a whisk, and serve with vegetables.

With Love,

Valentina

These easy and healthy yellow recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

Hibiscus Tea - An All-Natural Agua de Jamaica Recipe

Hibiscus Tea - An All-Natural Agua de Jamaica Recipe

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Summer is almost coming to an end. The only possible way to cope is with a super refreshing drink: all-natural Agua de Jamaica! If you love lemonade, this tart— yet sweet—drink is just as thirst-quenching! It's also known as hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is a flower that is celebrated and widely-known in South America and some regions of Asia for its refreshing properties. There are wide variety of benefits that come with drinking a cup of earthy hibiscus tea:

Lower blood pressure

The Hibiscus flower has “anti-hypertensive properties” which helps lower blood pressure levels. Some studies found that drinking 2-3 cups of hibiscus tea can mitigate the effects of high blood pressure.

Antioxidants

Like berries and some leafy greens, this tea has tons and tons of antioxidants that protect us from chronic diseases like heart problems and cancer.

This drink doesn’t have to be made straight from dried flowers. Though the flavor won’t be the same, chilled hibiscus tea can also be made with 5 hibiscus tea bags and 10 cups of water. For this recipe, feel free to use the sweenter of your choice, such as stevia or agave nectar.

Agua de Jamaica

Chilled agua de jamaica - Hibiscus tea recipe // The PumpUp Blog

Makes 5-6 cups

Ingredients

  • 10 cups of water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • Juice of a lime.
  • 1 cup of ice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, boil all 10 cups of water
  2. Next, mix in the cup of hibiscus and let it bloom for 20 minutes (or steep for 20 minutes if you're using tea bags)
  3. After the set time has passed, strain the flower and let your tea cool for about 20 mins.
  4. When the tea is at room temperature, add the lime juice, sugar (or sweetener) and ice.
  5. Serve with some lime wedges and ice

Macros (per 1 cup)

  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
    • Fiber: 0g

About the author.

Valentina Selviz is a food and fitness blogger getting her degree in Nutrition, and a certification in Personal Training. Check her out on her social media accounts and her blog for macro friendly recipes and fitspo!

Instagram/ Pump Up: @valselviz

Blog: valselvizblog.com

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.

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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!

Need a healthy snack idea? Try these banana sushi bites

Need a healthy snack idea? Try these banana sushi bites

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You're hosting a party and you're running out of healthy snack and dessert options. That's okay. This banana sushi recipe is a crowd-pleaser that can feed a ton of people. It combines classic flavours into one delightfully bite-sized snack. Not only does it accommodate vegetarian and gluten free diets, it's also aesthetically pleasing and tasty. The key is to line the outer ring of each banana slice with a nut butter so that everything sticks together. Use natural peanut butter for the best results (it's better for you too!).  Feel free to top this with coconut flakes, a dash of cinnamon, or whatever your heart desires.

These banana sushi bites are the healthiest party snack you'll ever make // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 4-5 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

These banana sushi bites are the healthiest party snack you'll ever make // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Directions

Cut the banana into small slices and spread the peanut butter all over the sides of each banana slice.  Sprinkle coconut flakes or slivered almonds over the peanut butter layer.

Loved learning about these peanut butter banana sushi bites? This was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried it in the comments below! 

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes

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Pancakes are one of my staple breakfasts.  They're super easy to make, they load you up with carbs, and they can be made with very little fat. There are a million different ways to modify (and eat) vegan pancakes. This particular vegan chocolate cherry pancake recipe was inspired by cherry chocolate muffins that my mum used to make for me when I was a kid. One day, I was thinking about new ways to spice up my pancakes. Because we had cherries at home (...and because I am a total chocolate addict), I decided to turn my mum's muffins into vegan cherry chocolate pancakes. But are these pancakes healthy? In my opinion, they are. They're vegan: no hormones are swimming around the milk that I used. Make sure that you look for low-fat vegan milk. I'd recommend oat milk and good-quality vegan dark chocolate. Fun fact: The best quality chocolate is often vegan, even though it isn't certified as such. When you eat cacao (raw dark chocolate), there isn't any need for milk in your chocolate!

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes // The PumpUp Blog

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes

  • 100g (or ¾ cup) whole wheat flour
  • 170 ml (or at least ½ cup) of the vegan milk of your choice
  • 20g (or about 2 tbsp) agave nectar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 25g (or about 4 tbsp) chopped chocolate
  • About 15 chopped cherries (this is quite much you can use fewer if you want)
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional)

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes // The PumpUp Blog

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, milk, agave, vanilla, cinnamon, and optional cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Add in the chopped chocolate and mix again.
  3. Fold in chopped cherries and mix them in carefully.
  4. Heat a wide skillet for about two minutes on full power and then lower the heat to medium. My pan does not require the use of any oil but if your pan does, coat it lightly.
  5. Pour the pancake batter in the pan (1 tbsp per pancake) and flip them over when the batter begins to bubble and become firm at the top sides of the pancake.
  6. Repeat until all your batter has been used. Arrange your pancakes on a plate and top them whatever you desire. I used banana slices, melted vegan chocolate (told you, I'm an addict), chopped nuts and agave nectar.
  7. Enjoy!

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes // The PumpUp Blog

Vegan cherry chocolate pancakes // The PumpUp Blog

These vegan cherry chocolate pancakes were created by PumpUp member @_lis. Find Lis on Instagram @vegan_lis, on Tumblr, and on Snapchat @lis-ssy

 

 

Quick and Easy Homemade Nutella Recipe

Quick and Easy Homemade Nutella Recipe

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Sure, you could eat nutella by the tablespoon. But what good would that do for you? Try your hand at making homemade nutella instead. You'll know exactly what you're putting into your body and if you have all of the ingredients handy, you'll be able to whip it up in a cinch. Making homemade nutella isn't rocket science. You'll need a great food processor and a few other ingredients to make everything smooth and creamy.

Homemade Nutella

 Healthier Homemade Nutella Recipe // The PumpUp Blog
What do you need:
  • One cup of roasted unsalted hazelnuts
  • Half a cup of powdered sugar or if you are trying to avoid it, any sweetener that you like
  • Half a cup of cocoa powder
  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Non fat / almond / coconut milk
Directions

In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts until a paste forms. I like a rougher texture to my homemade nutella, so I left chunkier hazelnuts remain in my mixture.

Add the sugar, the cocoa powder, the salt, vanilla extract and the oil and blend again for a few seconds.

Add the milk gradually and blend until you reach the thickness that you like.
Put it in the fridge for a couple of minutes or serve immediately.

 

This homemade nutella recipe wascreated 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 homemade nutella in the comments below!

3 easy and healthy watermelon recipes for summer - Get Healthy with Valentina

3 easy and healthy watermelon recipes for summer - Get Healthy with Valentina

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Hola Amigos! The other day, I was tempted to hit the snooze button in the morning.  At the moment, I don’t have much time for working out and the only way that I can stay active is to wake up really early. Then I remembered that staying motivated requires an important change in your mind-set. Sure, a lot of you are on vacation mode. You'll probably want to lay out under the sun to chill out. That's a good plan, but try to make time for exercise so that you can stay fit and healthy. The bedrock of motivation is based on two things. The first is having a goal or target to aim for. The second is clearly understanding the positive effects that your actions will have on your life. Connect with these two forces and you will always be inspired.

Easy and Healthy Watermelon Recipes for Summer

Watermelon Green Tea

Watermelon Green Tea - Easy and healthy summer recipes // The PumpUp Blog

 

One of my favorite healthy watermelon recipes for summer. It's refreshing and great for you!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pureed watermelon (strained if you want)
  • 1 cup green tea
  • Sweetener of choice (I used honey)

Directions

Puree your watermelon and strain through a mess strainer until you have 1/4 cup of juice.  Add to 1 cup of green tea. Add honey to make it sweeter.  Stir and enjoy!

Sour watermelon homemade gummies

Watermelon Gelatin - Easy and healthy summer recipes // The PumpUp Blog

 

Slightly sour, chewy, and reminiscent of candy. These watermelon gummies are a tasty treat!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh watermelon (a perfectly ripe watermelon), cut into chunks (or 2 cups juice)
  • 6 tbsp grass fed gelatin
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Optional: ¼ cup raw honey or sweetener of choice

Directions

Add the fresh watermelon to a blender and liquify it. Strain the blended watermelon through a fine mesh sieve, discarding the pulp. You should have about 2 cups of juice. Skim the white foam from the top of the watermelon juice and discard. Divide the juice: add half to a small saucepan and the other half to a bowl.

Add grass-fed gelatin to the juice in the bowl by sprinkling it on the surface. Let it sit for a few minutes until it dissolves into the juice. Mixture will solidify. Gently heat the watermelon juice in the saucepan to warm it up. Do not bring it to a boil and do not let it simmer.

Add the gelatin and juice mixture to the juice that is sitting in the saucepan. Whisk or stir to combine until the liquid is smooth. Add the raw honey and lemon juice. Whisk until dissolved and combined. Pour gelatin mixture into molds or a refrigerator-safe pan. Chill until set, about 30 minutes, then remove the gelatin from the mold or slice it into pieces.

Pink watermelon smoothie

Watermelon smoothie Easy and healthy summer recipes // The PumpUp Blog

 

This smoothie is pretty and pink. It's one of the most healthy watermelon recipes for summer, in drink form.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup coconut water

Directions

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Bonus: Cacao Muffins

Cacao Muffins - Easy and healthy summer recipes // The PumpUp Blog

 

Not everything is about watermelons! These cacao muffins are rich, moist, and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, whisked*
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, applesauce, greek yogurt and raw honey. In another large mixing bowl, stir to combine the whole wheat flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Add the bowl with the  wet Ingredients to the bowl with dry Ingredients and gently mix just enough to combine. Do not over mix otherwise muffins won't rise properly. Distribute batter and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely.

With Love,

Valentina

These easy and healthy summer recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

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!