Jennifer Hanway

Enliven Your Lightest, Brightest You

Jennifer Hanway is a Holistic Nutritionist, Bio Signature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer, originally from London but now living in Newton Centre and working in Back Bay, Boston.

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I'm Currently Loving Beam CBD for Gut Health. Here's Why...

This post is written in partnership with Beam, a Boston-based company who are passionate about producing the best possible CBD products for the wellness-minded community. However all opinions are my own and I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love and love to share with my clients.

You’ve probably heard the buzz about CBD, the wellness world’s newest darling, but did you know that it has benefits for those struggling with gut health? I’ve been using Beam CBD Oil for about 6 months, ever since a friend introduced me to the brand. I’d been looking for a CBD product I would feel confident recommending to my clients, and was delighted to discover Beam’s THC free CBD tinctures, salves and delicious protein bars.

I’m new to CBD. What's the tea on CBD and THC free?

Cannabidiol is one of at least 85 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and makes up to 40% of the plant’s total cannabinoid extract. It has the most widely studied applications for medical usage.

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the part of the cannabis plant that induces a euphoric state (i.e. gets you high). Typically most CBD oils and tinctures contain around 0.3% THC, but all of Beam’s CBD products are completely THC free, which is why I use it personally and with my clients in my wellness practices.

Why is CBD so popular in the wellness world?

Most people are familiar with the relaxing effects of CBD, and these are due to the down regulation of the HPA axis at times of stress (think of this as our bodies becoming more resilient and less reactive to stressful situations). CBD specifically reduces our production of cortisol (the stress hormone secreted by our adrenal glands), and it has also been shown to reduce anxiety and panic attacks. It also confers huge antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which is one of the reasons I love to use it with my gut health clients.

How does CBD specifically help with gut health?

One of the reasons great gut health is so intrinsic to overall health and prevention of chronic disease is it relationship to systemic inflammation. An imbalanced microbiome combined with a compromised cellular lining means that food particles and toxins can get into our bloodstream, alerting our immune system (70-80% of our immune system is housed in the gut) and setting off an inflammatory response. This can cause skin issues including acne, eczema and rosacea, hormone imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, joint pain, brain fog, low energy and lack of libido.

CBD has been shown to modulate both acute and systemic inflammation by preventing the production of cytokines and interleukins (the proteins that signal to our immune system to set off an inflammatory response), resulting in therapeutic benefits for those suffering with IBS, colitis, gas, bloating and damage to the gut lining.

It’s cortisol lowering benefits also help to prevent leaky gut or intestinal permeability. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, meaning it breaks down tissues in the body, and it has a hugely destructive effect on the one cell thick lining of our GI tract. Managing cortisol levels is one of the most important aspect of a well functioning digestive system.

Additionally, CBD has also been shown to regulate appetite, which can be helpful if you suffer from bloating due to eating too much or too frequently (I recommend a minimum of 3-4 hours between meals and snack for efficient digestion and optimum gastric clearance), or if you struggle to eat enough due to stress around food and gut health.

How to take Beam CBD Oil to optimize gut health:

1) Start with the lowest dose and work your way up. Try taking one serving of Beam CBD Oil in the early evening on a daily basis, and if you would like more you can try twice a day (I take mine mid-morning and early evening).

2) When you experience a flare-up. If you have eaten something that is causing cramps and bloating, or are having stress related symptoms then try 1 serving of Beam CBD Oil to help ease your symptoms.

I typically take my Beam sublingually (placing 1 serving underneath my tongue), holding it there for about a minute, swallowing, then chasing it with a glass of water. There are numerous capillaries under the tongue which means the active ingredients are absorbed straight into the bloodstream, and do not have to go through a possibly compromised GI system (negating a lot of the positive benefits). The mint flavor is perfect for sublingual use.

I also love to add Beam CBD to my morning coffee or afternoon matcha latte, and you can even add it to your smoothies if you wish!

Use code ‘jennyh’ for a 15% discount on all Beam products:

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If you are looking for science-based, doctor-approved recipes, supplements and lifestyle strategies combined with support, feedback and accountability from a holistic gut health expert and a like-minded community then my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program is for you! To save your spot for our 9/16 start (spaces are limited) head to:

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Gut Healthy Sweet Potato Breakfast Muffins

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, a Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!

As I’ve been delving into the updated research for my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program I came across some new findings on the benefits of sweet potato, and its use as a form of resistant starch as fuel for our gut bacteria. Now, the health benefits of sweet potato are widely known, and I often use sweet potatoes as an example to illustrate the concept of a ‘bang for your buck food (‘bang for your buck foods are those with high nutrient density - i.e. the fibre plus vitamin and mineral content vs. calorie content), but in addition to being a great source of Vitamin A and fibre, cooked and cooled sweet potatoes are one of the easiest, most effective (whilst still being gentle on the digestive system) and delicious forms of resistant starch available. 

Resistant Starch is called as such as it is not fully digested within our small intestines. Instead it remains virtually unchanged until it reaches our large intestine. It’s here where the magic happens - when resistant starch is fermented in the large intestine (our colons), it produces butyrate, a type of short chain fatty acid that is the ideal fuel for the colony of bacteria there. And in this recipe by cooking, freezing and gently baking the sweet potato muffins we create something called Retrograde Resistant Starch, meaning that it is still beneficial to our microbiome, even after cooking it for the second time. 

Another benefit of eating sweet potatoes once they have been cooked and cooled is that it lowers their ‘carb load’ or glycemic index. Essentially this process reduces the amount of glucose, therefore reducing the impact on your insulin levels. Adding resistant starch in this form can help nourish your gut bacteria and curb carb cravings, whilst still having a relatively low impact on blood sugar levels so it is a great option for those following a lower carbohydrate diet. 

In this recipe I’ve paired this sweet potato superstar with another gut friendly ingredient that I am currently loving, New Chapter’s Complete Organic Plant Protein+ Original. I’ve mentioned previously how for years I struggled to find a plant based protein that I loved and would feel happy to recommend to my clients, as most pea and soy protein powders can be incredibly hard to digest, and cause GI distress such as gas and bloating. 

New Chapter’s Complete Organic Plant Protein+ Original is the gut friendly perfect partner for this breakfast muffin recipe - not only is it’s blend of mung bean, brown rice, hemp, chia, flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds super easy to digest, it also includes the clinically studied Prohydrolase digestive enzymes to ensure proper protein breakdown and boost protein absorption (remember you are what you absorb)!

These Gut Healthy Sweet Potato Breakfast Muffins from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program are the perfect protein, fat and fibre packed grab and go option for mornings when time is tight, and are delicious straight up, or served slightly warm with a slathering of almond butter…

Gut Healthy Sweet Potato Breakfast Muffins

●      1 cup cooked and cooled sweet potato

●      1 serving New Chapter’s Complete Organic Plant Protein+ Original Vanilla 

●      1 tsp vanilla extract 

●      1 tsp cinnamon

●      1/3 cup nut butter

●      1/2 cup plain yogurt 

●      1/2 tsp baking powder

●      ¼ cup ground flaxseed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine well (you can also use a food processor for this). Separate into 8 equal portions, and place in a silicone muffin pan. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until firm to the touch. Because this recipe uses unprocessed ingredients keep the muffins in the refrigerator or even the freezer (defrost overnight if serving for breakfast) to keep them fresh and delicious!  

You can find  New Chapter’s Complete Organic Plant Protein+ Original  in your local health food store, Whole Foods, CVS, on Amazon, or at www.newchapter.com.

Are You Missing This Tiny But Mighty Key For All Day Energy?

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, a Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!

You work out every day, get 8 hours of sleep, meditate, walk outside and love your leafy greens - by rights you should be bursting with energy! But sometimes no matter how healthy your lifestyle you might feel like there is something missing, and maybe there is...

After my last trip back to the UK to visit friends and family I just couldn't get my energy levels to where I wanted them to be, and where they needed to be for me to thrive in all the areas of my busy life: running a business, being back at school, working out, seeing friends, and taking care of my loved ones. All those things that us busy, modern women do and make it look effortless, but that behind the scenes takes so much work.

I dialled in my diet, delegated business tasks, balanced my workouts and prioritized sleep and self care. But no matter how hard I tried I was exhausted by lunchtime every day, which is incredibly hard to admit for someone who is considered an expert in healthy living 

 So I jumped into the research to find out what I might be missing in my battle for all day energy - and I found that missing piece in the form of a tiny but mighty antioxidant called Coenzyme Q10, an essential element of our body’s energy production system. 

What exactly is Coenzyme Q10? 

Co-enzymes are essential compounds in the body that are neither vitamins or minerals, but that control and activate enzymatic processes. 

 Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) is an energy nutrient and antioxidant whose key role in the body is as a co-factor in the electron chain, to help our mitochondria (the ‘power plant’ housed in every cell of our body ) produce ATP, or our ‘energy currency’. It is a key nutrient for cardiovascular health as our hearts are one of the most metabolically active organs in the body - beating on average 115,200 times a day! 

It is also one of the most abundant lipid (fat soluble) antioxidants, and is important in combating the destructive effects of free radicals and the degeneration of our DNA.

Can I get Coenzyme Q10 from my diet? 

 The highest levels of CoQ10 are found in animal proteins, especially in organ meats such as heart and liver. Plant based sources of CoQ10 include extra virgin olive oil, peanuts, sesame seeds and pistachio nuts, but for those struggling with energy levels, or who wish to improve their cardiovascular and antioxidant health a great quality supplement such as New Chapter’s CoQ10+ Food Complex can be highly beneficial. 


Why should I choose New Chapter’s CoQ10+ Food Complex? 

 New Chapter’s CoQ10+ Food Complex uses whole food nutrients to combat oxidative stress and support cardiovascular health.* I only recommend supplements that have been clinically proven to be effective, so I love that its benefits have been scientifically proven by both human and in vitro testing, and its dual cultured CoQ10+ has been proven to provide superior antioxidant activity over its chemical isolate counterpart.* It also has 150% better absorption than typical CoQ10, and is naturally fermented with probiotics to enhance absorption. *

 And it’s easy to add into your already busy day - you only need to take it once daily, and it’s so gentle on the digestive system you can even take it on an empty stomach. 

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Where can I buyNew Chapter’s CoQ10+ Food Complex? 

You can find  New Chapter’s CoQ10+ Food Complex in your local health food store, Whole Foods, CVS, on Amazon, or at www.newchapter.com.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Do you struggle to get through the day, feel constantly stressed but tired? My new online program 24 Hours to Less Stress, More Sleep is a step by step guide to how I show up as my best self every day, and get 8 hours of deep sleep every night:

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Ask Jenny: How to Stay Lean and Clean When Eating Out

Hi Jenny - I completed your Lean and Clean program last year and loved it - I lost 11lbs! Thanks to my new found confidence I have started dating again and am eating out at least 1-2 times a week, but I don’t want this to derail the amazing changes I have made for my health and body composition. Help!

Kelsey, NYC

Hi Kelsey, and congratulations!

Firstly, let me reassure that eating out 1-2 times a week will not undo all of your hard work - my Lean and Clean Program fundamentally changes your metabolism and blood sugar balance so once you have finished the program your body will continue to use food for fuel rather than storing it as fat!

Eating out whilst staying Lean and Clean is simple to do, and trying new restaurants is one of mine and Husband Hanway’s favorite date nights. Below are some easy tips that can keep you feeling amazing whilst still enjoying evenings out with your new boo:

  • Ensure you are having mid-afternoon protein, fat and fibre based mini meal (small smoothie, hummus and veggie sticks) so you can make smart menu choices from a place of balanced blood sugar and stable hunger hormones.

  • Choose your location : types of restaurants that easily lend themselves to eating Lean and Clean include Sushi, Tapas, Greek, Mediterranean, Asian and Steakhouses, but by using the principles below you can dine out pretty much anywhere (pizza joints however may be a no-go.

  • Choose a sugar free soft drink (such as soda water and lime) if having a drink before the meal, or if you do want to have alcohol choose a glass or champagne or Prosecco.

  • Ask for the gluten free menu if they have one - most restaurants do.

  • When you sit down at the table skip the bread basket (I usually ask for some olives instead if they have them), and ask for some water or a soda water and lime rather than having an alcoholic drink straight away.

  • Choosing your appetizer: salad or soup helps boost fibre levels and help you not overeat at the rest of the meal.

  • Choosing your entree entree: select your favourite protein option from the menu then ask your server if you can swap out the carb for an extra serving of vegetable or a side salad.

  • Use the either or approach: choose an extra glass of wine (I recommend a max of 2 drinks total at any meal) OR a desert, not both!

  • A note about alcohol....

    I would love to say that alcohol does not have a negative impact on fat loss (quite honestly I love a glass of chilled prosecco or champagne and a great glass of red wine), but unfortunately it does.

    Our body will always burn any alcohol that is present first, so if you have a glass of wine (or three) on a Friday night then take a Soul Cycle class on a Saturday morning, you will have to burn through the alcohol first, then any stored carbs, then finally your might get to your stored body fat (but it’s doubtful)...

    Also alcohol is a source of empty calories and really has no nutrient value (there are some antioxidants in organic red wine), so choose when you have alcohol wisely.

    Should you wish to indulge better choices include, prosecco or champagne, clear spirits with club soda, or a polyphenol rich glass of organic red wine.

You can start my life changing Lean and Clean Program at any time - for more details click here.



Lean and Clean: Waldorf Salad

Sometimes the word ‘salad’ in a dish can be more than a little misleading - for example the carb laden, devoid of vegetables pasta salad or potato salad, or the high in fructose and inflammatory fat laden Waldorf salad!

But whilst pasta salads and potato salads are too high in carb for my Lean and Clean program I’ve taken the traditional Waldorf salad recipe and given it the Lean and Clean makeover, replacing apple for fibre laden, fructose free jicama, swapping out inflammatory fat and high cal, low nutrient mayo for gut health boosting plant based yoghurt, and adding in leafy greens and fresh herbs for blood sugar balance and extra micronutrients:

Lean and Clean Waldorf Salad 

Makes 2 servings 

• 2 grilled chicken breasts, diced (we buy all our meat from Butcher Box)

• 1 cup celery, chopped

• 1 cup jicama, cubed,

• 1 cup grapes, halved

• 1 cup spinach, chopped

• ½ cup walnuts, lightly toasted (we buy all our dry goods from Thrive Market)

• ¼ cup parsley, chopped

For the dressing 

• 1 cup unsweetened plant-based yogurt

• Juice of half a lemon

• Pinch of salt and pepper

Make the dressing by combing the yoghurt, lemon juice and seasonings. Place all other ingredients in a mixing bowl, cover with the dressing and mix until all ingredients are evenly covered. Serve of a bed of leafy greens. 

Find out more about my Lean and Clean Program here.


Ask Jenny: Staying Healthy on a Long Haul Flight

I’m traveling to Vietnam soon and want to make sure I am prepared for the long flight. Do you have any tips on how to prepare and what to bring?
— Jacquey, Boston

Hi Jacquey - how exciting! I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit some incredible places, and Vietnam is definitely on my bucket list. This trip would absolutely be considered long haul, but the majority of the advice below can be applied to both long haul and short haul flights:

1).  Fuelling on the Flight

You would be surprised what foodstuffs you can actually bring on a plane, and if I’m flying any longer than 4 hours I always pack a huge salad, with a ton of plants, some great protein (quite often plant based as it tends to travel well, such as chickpeas or lentils, and some healthy fats). I will pre-order the gluten free meals on the plane, but usually just pick out the fruit and salad.

I also pack small packs of nuts, often an avocado, small packets of collagen or plant protein powder, and protein bars such as Epic, Rx or Bulletproof Collagen Bars, and some herbal teas, and packets of Four Sigmatic Mushroom coffee (I buy most of these from Thrive Market). I’d much rather be over prepared than under prepared!

Intermittent Fasting can be helpful whilst flying, and if I am taking an overnight flight (which I avoid as much as possible) I certainly will not eat the meal served after take off, and will try and go straight to sleep. I have tried IF whilst taking a day flight from Boston to London, but personally I just find this too hard! If it is a shorter flight (anything under 4 hours) I try not to eat on the flight to help with digestion and gut health.


2) Supplements To Take On The Plane

Save room in your hand luggage by taking a minimum of supplements into the cabin with you - I put just my shelf stable probiotic (I love New Chapters Probiotic All-Flora) in my hand luggage, and check the rest.

The other supplement I like to travel with is a greens powder to stir into some water, or even chlorella or spirulina powder or tablets. Airplanes are one of the most toxic places on earth and flying creates a ton of oxidative stress in the body so giving your body an extra boost of antioxidants will help you feel more alert and energized post flying.

3) Sleep Aids and Accessories

I like to wear my blue blocking glasses on any flight longer than 4 hours (and especially long haul) to help protect me from all of the blue light on board that can mess with my circadian rhythm and sleep/wake cycle.

I never, ever take a long flight without my Bucky Eye Mask, and silicone ear plugs. I also like to take some lavender oil, or pop a few drops on my neck pillow before I travel. I personally don’t use compression socks, but if you feel more comfortable with them or have circulatory issues then they are definitely a good idea.

I do take melatonin on a long flight to help me sleep, and to help me on to the local time zone when I arrive. I find 5mg is too much for me (and most people), so I usually do half of one of this.


4) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This is probably a given, but staying hydrated on a long haul flight is a must. I usually buy two big bottles before I board, and refill my travel bottle. If your home airport doesn't have a water fountain with a built in filter then head to the Starbucks and ask them to fill it up as their water is triple filtered! I also like to travel with my Brita Water Filter Bottle so I can filter the water on the plane too.

5) Beating Jetlag

Jetlag really can be a killer, but there are some strategies you can implement to ease the pain! Get on the local time zone as soon as possible, expose yourself to as much daylight as your can, and try and earth yourself by standing barefoot on grass or sand as soon as you can after landing. Whilst exercise can feel like the last thing you want to do 30-40 minutes strength training can really help beat jetlag, but if this is impossible a brisk walk is also wonderful. Eat light, protein and veggie based meals throughout the day, with some carbs in your evening meal to help boost natural melatonin production.

This post does contain affiliate links but I only recommend products I love and use personally or with my clients!






The New Plant Based Protein Powder I Can't Live Without!

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!

For years I have struggled with recommending a plant-based protein powder to my clients. With soy protein isolates potentially lowering healthy estrogen metabolism, and pea and hemp proteins being difficult to digest and causing GI distress, there were not many options that I felt comfortable in recommending.

Whilst some plant-based protein powders are not complete proteins, New Chapter’s Organic Plant Protein+ powder contains a complete amino acid profile for both vegans and non-vegans alike. To maintain a healthy p.H balance (too much animal protein can cause acidic conditions in the blood) I encourage all of my clients to include plant-based proteins in their diet, and Plant Protein+ is a super easy (and delicious) way to incorporate them on a regular basis.

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The mung bean and brown rice blend, combined with ProHydrolase, a clinically studied digestive enzyme, means the protein is easily broken down in the digestive process, to prevent bloating, and enable the proteins to be efficiently absorbed by the body, aiding in muscle growth and repair.

 Providing 20g of protein, 0g of sugar and just 2-3g of carbs, with turmeric for a healthy inflammation response and 10 high antioxidant fruits I will be recommending this incredible new product to my clients and adding it to my morning breakfast smoothie on a regular basis!


Smoothies are a great go-to when time is tight in the morning, but you want an energising, blood sugar balancing breakfast that will keep you fuelled and satiated for hours. I find they are gentle on the digestion for my clients that have gut health challenges and can be a great vehicle for packing in nutrients, great fats and even 2-3 servings of vegetables (I recommend 7-9 servings a day) before even leaving the house! You can also make them in minutes and take them to go to sip on your morning commute!

To add even further digestive health and alkalising benefits to your breakfast smoothie, I recommend the following formula

  • 1 serving New Chapter’s Organic Plant Protein+ (chocolate or vanilla)

  • 1.5 cups plant-based milk - choose almond, coconut, hazelnut, cashew, or oat which are easy to digest and less inflammatory than dairy.

  • 1 tablespoon fat to balance hunger hormones, increase satiety and to help move food through the digestive tract - I love avocado or almond butter which are both great sources of antioxidants and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and manganese.

  • 2 tablespoons fibre to help balance blood sugar and to ensure effective elimination of food waste and toxins - my favorites are ground flaxseed to help eliminate or chia seeds.

  • 2 handfuls leafy greens, fresh or frozen - leafy greens feed our gut bacteria, boost our fibre intake, provide us with an abundance of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and are essential for maintaining alkaline balance in the body.

  • 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Booster Powder - I love to add energy boosting Maca or inflammation balancing Turmeric to my morning smoothie, and New Chapter's patented fermentation process both boosts my digestive health and makes these herbs easily digestible.

Whilst I love creating delicious smoothie recipes with all the ingredients, most mornings time is of the essence, and I stick to the simple recipe below! And quite honestly, both the vanilla and the chocolate flavors of New Chapter’s Organic Plant Protein+ are so smooth and delicious that I don’t need to add anything else!


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Jenny's Go-To Morning Smoothie

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

You can find all New Chapter products mentioned in this post on their website and at Whole Foods, CVS, Amazon and your local health food store. 

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with New Chapter's Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!

Soothing, nourishing and inflammation calming Golden Milk is a staple for me in the winter, but as the seasons change and temperatures increase (thank goodness), I wanted to find a way to switch up one of my favourite wellness recipes to give it a seasonal twist. This Golden Milk Chia Pudding with New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder is the perfect solution, and its works as a delicious breakfast or mini meal for the Spring and Summer.

I love New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder as it gives me all the inflammation supporting benefits of Turmeric, whilst their patented fermentation process unlocks and activates the full nutrient benefits. Remember, it’s not what you eat, but what you absorb!

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder⠀

• 1 cup almond milk⠀
• 1 tablespoon coconut butter⠀
• 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder⠀
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon⠀
• ½ teaspoon fresh ginger⠀
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract⠀
• 5 drops organic stevia or ¼ teaspoon raw honey ⠀
• Pinch of freshly ground black pepper⠀
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds ⠀

Topping: hemp seeds, shredded coconut and grated apple.⠀

Gently warm the almond milk and coconut butter in a pan until the coconut butter is fully melted. Transfer to a blender and add the remainder of the ingredients except the chia seeds. ⠀

Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and pour over the golden milk. Place in the refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 3 hours. ⠀

Top with hemp seeds, grated apple and shredded coconut.

This recipe is perfect for those following my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program and my Lean and Clean Program!

Summer Soothing Smoothie with New Chapter's Fermented Aloe Powder

 This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!

Hello summer! I love how light and bright this time of year makes me feel, and I love to reflect this in my nutrition and wellness practices to make the most of this health giving season. 

The more I learn about Ayurveda and seasonal eating the more I try to implement these practices into my daily regime. This does not involve huge, time consuming shifts of my normal routine, just slight tweaks and adjustments that feel like common sense and have me feeling more connected to both my body and the environment around me. 

One of my breakfast staples is a superfood smoothie, and whilst in the winter I crave the richness and warmth of ingredients such as cacao and cinnamon, in the summer I love to switch this up to include cooling, water rich, alkalising and detoxing plant based foods to help boost my digestion and liver function.  

I created this Summer Soothing Smoothie with New Chapter’s Fermented Aloe Booster Powder with all these principles in mind and every ingredient is carefully chosen for its summer health giving benefits (oh, and it tastes delicious too): 

Pineapple

Pineapple contains bromelain, a source of proteolytic enzymes that help to break down and digest food in the digestive tract. It’s also wonderful for reducing inflammation and speeding up wound healing, is packed full of fibre and is a rich source of manganese, a trace mineral that is essential for glowing skin and blood sugar balance. 

Cucumber

Water rich and cooling in the warmer months, cucumber is a great source of much needed minerals such as silicon, potassium and magnesium. Cucumber also confers anti-inflammatory and kidney cleansing properties, and I recommend buying organic so you can reap the benefits of eating the vitamin c rich skin. 

Baby Spinach 

This sweet tasting, vitamin packed leafy green is a wonderful source of fibre and is a natural source of glutathione, an antioxidant that is essential for upregulating our detoxification pathways.  

New Chapter’s Fermented Booster Aloe Booster

My go-to supplement for gentle detoxification and digestive support*, New Chapter’s Fermented Aloe Booster Powder (with its blend of organic fermented aloe, turmeric, peppermint, coriander, cardamom and artichoke) is so calming and soothing for my gut that I never travel without it. It is in my holistic health ‘first aid’ kit for when my gut health is compromised from eating something that doesn't work for me, or when I suffer from stress related gut issues. Whilst I love to add it to my morning smoothies I also enjoy it simply stirred into a glass of cool water for a refreshing drink in the summer months. 

Summer Soothing Smoothie

●     1 serving Vanilla Complete Organic Plant Protein+

●     ½ cup fresh pineapple

●     ½ cucumber

●     1 cup baby spinach

●     ¼ avocado 

●     1 tablespoon chia seeds

●     1 serving New Chapter Fermented Aloe Booster Powder 

●     1 cup almond milk

●     2-4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

You can find all New Chapter products mentioned in this post on their website, and at Whole Foods, CVS, Amazon and your local health food store. 

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.








Ask Jenny: Healthy Date Night Ideas

Hi Jenny (and Tim)!

I loved your IG Live about staying healthy as a couple, and wondered if you could post more details about what you do for date night? Thanks in advance!
— Claire, Boston

Hi Claire, and thanks for tuning in (Tim and I host a weekly IG/FB Live at 12pm EST)!

When setting our goals for 2019 Tim and I made a commitment to share a date night once a week. However, we knew that a weekly dinner in even the healthiest of restaurants would derail our health and wellness goals. It’s been a super fun challenge to come up with a weekly activity that we would both enjoy and still leave us feeling our best the next day, but we’ve had some great date ‘nights’ so far, and I’m excited to share them with you…

  • Workout and Brunch: typically we don't work out together due to our schedules, but when we have time we love to either strength train, or take a yoga class together. I love how it makes me feel like we are working together as a team , and gives me even more motivation to work harder as I want to impress Tim. And I’m not going to lie, working out next to a cute guy with great biceps always helps too - Tim and I actually officially became a couple during a training session 7 years ago, so it brings back great memories for us! We'll then head out for a healthy brunch (once a month I'll have one of those crazy blood sugar spiking, fruit filled smoothie or açaí bowls because they are just so delicious ), or we will even just grab a coffee somewhere (oat milk matcha latte for me, bulletproof coffee for him).

  • Head Out on a Picnic: one of our most favorite things to do when the weather allows is to pack up a picnic and head outside. We've had everything from grass fed steak tips and ghee sautéed green beans to a bunch of veggie sticks, flaxseed crackers, hummus and fruit. We will either head off on a seasonal adventure (berry picking in the Summer, apple picking in the Fall), or simply head to the lake near our house, and phones are not allowed!


  • Dave and Busters: honestly, this is probably my favorite date night! We are both pretty competitive, but don’t play video games in the house, so I love to head out to Dave and Busters and whoop Tim’s ass at table hockey, giant Connect 4, or Mario Olympics. Its also a pretty great workout too, as anyone who has ever played Just Dance can attest to..

  • Simple Lunch Date: if time is tight we will try not to over think things or get stressed out that we have to do something incredible, and will simply just grab a healthy #leanandclean lunch at our local Sweetgreen or Dig Inn. Its a great break in our day (we both work from home on a Friday) and its a very stress free and affordable way to spend some time together.


  • Healthy Cooking Class: this is actually on our schedules for the summer, and we are heading to The Kitchen at Boston Public Market for a sushi making class and a steak masterclass! Head to Eventbrite for healthy cooking classes in your area!

  • Dinner at Home: whilst we love to try and get out of the house for date night, sometimes its wonderful not to have to go anywhere and stay in in our comfy clothes! In this case we will prepare and cook a new #leanandclean dish together, enjoy a bottle of FitVine Wine, and round off our meal with some sugar free Lily’s Dark Chocolate.

You can catch Tim and I live on my Instagram and Facebook Page every Friday at 12pm EST, and we will be chatting all things nutrition, fitness, wellbeing, stress, sleep, performance and productivity, and answering all your questions!

Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com