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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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.

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.








Breakfast Smoothie: Layered Apple Pie

In honor of #NationalApplePieDay I’ve created this delicious Layered Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie suitable for both my Guided Gut Healing and Lean and Clean Programs!

My top tip is to make a double batch of the stewed apple mixture, and serve it with some coconut or almond yoghurt and a scoop of collagen for a quick breakfast later in the week…

For the stewed apple (makes 2 servings):

  • 1 medium apples

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Wash the apples and chop into small squares, and simmer in a small amount of water until soft (approx. 5 minutes) Drain, then mash and mix together with the cinnamon and coconut oil. Cool slightly before using in the smoothie.

For the vanilla smoothie

  • 20g vanilla collagen or plant based protein powder

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

  • 1 tablespoon chia seed

  • 1/2 zucchini, chopped

  • 1 cup almond milk

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Layer the smoothie in a glass by adding the stewed apples, pour on the vanilla smoothie, then topped with toasted mixed nuts.

We love Thrive Market for all our pantry staples!






Breakfast Smoothie: Pecan Pie

Happy National Pecan Pie Day!

Whilst I can't deny that Pecan Pie is delicious, its crazily high sugar content make it a little too decadent for an everyday treat. I've created this sweet, thick and creamy Pecan Pie Superfood Smoothie so you can enjoy the taste whilst keeping blood sugar stable and providing a ton of micronutrients.

Pecans are a great source of inflammation lowering, skin loving Omega 3 fatty acids, and are packed full of much needed minerals including magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper. 

Buy your pecans unsalted, and if they are roasted they should be dry roasted to avoid inflammatory fats. And just like all nuts and seeds once opened they should be stored in the freezer to prevent oxidation.

Pecan Pie Super Food Smoothie

  • 20g vanilla collagen or plant protein powder

  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice

  • 1/4 apple

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed 

  • 1 tablespoon pecan butter (I love @artisana organics) or 1 tablespoon chopped pecans 

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1.5 cups oat milk

Place all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Perfect for my Gut Healing and Lean and Clean Programs. 


Lean and Clean: Coconut Protein Pancakes⠀

These Coconut Protein Pancakes are one of my absolute favorite recipes from my new 8 Week Lean and Clean Program, and they are perfect for a light and bright Spring Sunday brunch! I love to serve these with a side of fresh berries and a drizzle of yoghurt.

Coconut Protein Pancakes⠀

  • 1⁄4 cup of coconut flour⠀

  • 1⁄2 scoop vanilla vegan or collagen protein powder ⠀

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed⠀

  • 1 egg⠀

  • 3 egg whites⠀

  • 3/4 cup of almond milk⠀

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon⠀

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • Pinch of Himalayan salt⠀

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (for cooking)⠀

Mix all ingredients (except the coconut oil) in a large bowl. Heat the oil gently in a non stick pan. Pour in 1/4 cup of mixture, and cook on a medium heat until golden brown on both sides (about 3­ mins each side).

My 8 Week Lean and Clean Program is available in person and online, and you can save $100 if you sign up by 4/31!  Click HERE to learn more.

Breakfast Smoothie: Layered PB and J

Yes, this is a superfood smoothie. Yes, you can eat this for breakfast. Yes, even if you are on my Lean and Clean Program. Yes, this will take away the combined agonies of tax return season and mercury in retrograde.

Happy #PeanutButterAndJellyDayEveryone! Whilst not a combination that is typical in the UK, I’ve been an adopted New Englander for almost 6 years, so I’m well versed in this ridiculously good salty/sweet combo that keeps you coming back for more. However, I’m not about nutrient barren, sugar and trans fat laden calorie/carb bomb white bread sandwiches, so I’ve taken this winning formula and created a #JennyApproved Superfood Smoothie that gives you all the fun of PB&J with none of the negatives.

This recipe combines a protein, fat and fibre packed smoothie with an easy to make, sugar free strawberry chia jam that will quickly become one of your meal prep staples.

For the Peanut Butter Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla collagen or plant based protein powder

  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice

  • 1 tablespoon sugar free peanut butter (@maranathanutbutters is my go to)

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch Himalayan salt

For the Strawberry Chia Jam

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen organic strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds


    Blend the strawberries and chia seed for 30 seconds. Place into a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat until it starts to bubble. Turn to low and simmer until the jam begins to thicken. Transfer to a sterilized mason jar, leave to cool, and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Now for the most important question. Crunchy or Smooth?

Blue Majik Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl

This new Blue Majik Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl is perfect for those following both my 8 Week Fat Loss Program and my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program! ⠀

Blue Majik or Blue Spirulina is a blue pigment derived from blue-green algae and is a nutritional powerhouse of plant based protein, minerals and energy boosting B Vitamins. It's one of the only food sources of C-phycocyanin, a biliprotein with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects (as shown in a 2016 study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine). ⠀

But don't fall foul of the maxim 'if some is good, more is better', start slow and use a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon in. your smoothies to start. And yes, the taste is slightly like licking the bottom of a fish tank, which is why it lends itself to smoothies and smoothie bowls such as this Blue Majik Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl:⠀

*1 scoop vanilla collagen or vanilla plant based protein powder⠀
*1/4 teaspoon Blue Majik or Blue Spirulina Powder⠀
*1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀
*1 tablespoon acacia fibre⠀
*1 tablespoon hemp seeds⠀
*1 tablespoon almond butter⠀
*1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice ⠀
*1/2 cup blueberries or blackberries⠀
*1.5 cups almond milk 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. ⠀

To find out more about my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program click here.

To find out more about my 8 Week Fat Loss Program click here.


Eat Beautiful: Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie

I'm naming today's breakfast my 'Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie' as it is packed full of polyphenols, the anti-antioxidants that help minimize free radical damage to your cells. 

These free radicals are one of the major causes of skin aging, and cause systemic inflammation, which as we know can effect everything from gut health, hormone balance and cognitive function. Polyphenols are also a great source of BDNF - Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a protein that helps you grow new brain cells. 

Polyphenols are mostly found in dark red, purple and brown foods, and blueberries and cacao have some of the highest amounts. Pair this smoothie with a cup of organic, low acid coffee for even more anti-oxidant action! 

Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie

* 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 
*1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
*1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)
*1 cup cauliflower rice (frozen)
*1 tablespoon cacao powder (I love @terrasoul) 
*1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
*1 tablespoon coconut cream
*1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
*1.5 cups coconut milk 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cacao nibs for some extra crunch!

Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com