Jennifer Hanway

Helping You Live Your Best Life Through Nutrition, Fitness and Wellbeing

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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Lean and Clean: Pecan Pie Superfood Smoothie

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. 


Meatfree Monday: Baked Falafel with Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce

I LOVE falafel, but it’s hard to find #jennyapproved stop bought options, so I as part of my 8 Week Fat Loss Program I developed this Baked Herby Falafel Recipe that uses only clean, nutritious ingredients (obvs), and skips the fat heavy frying process to bake in the oven.

I’ve also packed these guys with a ton of fresh herbs to up the nutrient and flavor content, and used digestion boosting flaxseed as the binder. The result? A light, bright, fibre and nutrient packed falafel that is great as part of a salad, in a veggie wrap, or even as a mini meal in the afternoons.

And I highly recommend making the zinc rich, probiotic Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce to accompany them!

(all of the dry ingredients in this recipe were bought from my fave - Thrive Market. Click here to save 25% on your first order)

For the Baked Herby Falafel

  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • ¾ cup fresh parsley

  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon Himalyan salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until all the ingredients are broken down and start to combine. Shape the mixture into patties approx 2” round and 1⁄2” thick (will make 6-7 falafels). Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and oil lightly. Place the falafel on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until firm and crispy.

For the Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup plain coconut yoghurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • Pinch Himalayan salt and black pepper

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.


Jenny’s tip: I love to serve these falafels on a bed of cauliflower rice and chopped tomatoes, drizzled with the Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce!

This recipe is from my 8 Week Lean and Clean Program, my new in-person or online program that uses science based methods to help you balance hunger hormones, burn stored body fat and boost your metabolism, whilst getting support and accountability from me throughout the program. For more information head to:

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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!

Valentine’s Day Tahini and Goji Berry Bites with New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder

Not just for Valentine’s Day, these delicious Tahini and Goji Berry Bites with New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder are packed full of great fats, plant based protein and gut health boosting fibre, combined with the energy and vitality boosting benefits of my favorite New Chapter Fermented Maca Booster Powder.

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 They are so easy to make with no cooking required, and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, and the freezer for up to a month, although they get eaten within days (sometimes hours) in my house! This recipe is super flexible too and you can add chopped nuts, coconut butter and even cacao nibs depending on what you have in the pantry at home.

I love to use tahini as a great alternative to regular nut butter - in my opinion it is such an unsung superfood hero! It’s packed full of Omega 6 fatty acids, a group of essential fats that you can only get from dietary sources, that help ensure a healthy inflammatory response and keep your cell walls permeable for energy transfer and cellular communication. It is also an amazing source of some of the much-needed minerals that our western day diets are woefully lacking in, including zinc, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese and iron.

 Hemp seeds provide plant based protein and help to balance the higher fat content of this nutrient dense snack. Hemp seeds are an great source of Gamma Linoleic Acid or GLA, one of the active forms of Omega 6 fatty acids that is rarely found in other food sources. GLA is used by the body to produce prostaglandins that help regulate immune function, manage inflammation, and it can help to alleviate PMS and menopause symptoms.

 Ground flaxseed gives this superfood snack some crunch and texture, whilst helping boost digestion and detoxification thanks in part to its high concentration of lignans, compounds that act like a sponge whilst moving through the GI tract.

 Antioxidant and phytochemical rich goji berries add a pop of colour and sweetness whilst still keeping this recipe low in fructose and carbohydrates, and coconut oil adds satiating, energy rich medium chain triglycerides that help ensure a heathy cellular membrane.

 Rounding off this superstar line up of health boosting whole foods is New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder, which I keep on my countertop at all times to add to lattes, smoothies and healthy snacks such as this one.

 New Chapter’s patented fermentation process uses clinically studied probiotics that ensures my body can use and assimilate all of the energy, endurance and vitality boosting benefits of maca powder at a cellular level, whilst making this booster powder easily digestible and absorbable (remember, you are not what you eat, but what you absorb). *

 And as Maca was traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, it’s the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day recipe!

 Tahini and Goji Berry Bites with New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder

·       ½ cup coconut oil

·       ½ cup tahini

·       ¼ cup hemp seeds

·       ¼ cup ground flaxseed

·       10 drops stevia or 1 teaspoon raw honey

·       ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

·       ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

·       ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt

·       ¼ cup goji berries

·       1 serving New Chapter Fermented Maca Booster Powder

Boil 1 cup of water, and soak goji berries whilst preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Melt together the coconut oil and tahini in a pan on the stove top, and stir until fully combined. Stir in the hemp seeds, ground flaxseed, sweetener of choice, vanilla, cinnamon, Himalayan salt and New Chapter Fermented Maca Booster Powder, then drain the goji berries and stir these into the mixture too.


Line a freezer safe dish (I used an 8.1 x 5.9 x 11.9 inches) with parchment paper, or use an ice cube tray (like the cute heart shaped one I used in honour of Valentine’s Day), then pour in the mixture. Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours (if you can wait that long), then remove from the freezer and slice if needed.

 

 *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.

References:

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12472620

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16201847

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3033240/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30728882

 

 

 

 

 

Plant Based: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies

I'm going through a huge baking phase at the moment (Husband Hanway isn't mad at all), and cookies are my favourite quick and easy to make option as they really can be adapted to fit any healthy eating principle.

For Meatfree Monday this week I've made some Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies that are sugar free, grain free, low carb, high protein, high fibre, and packed full of pumpkin, our Fall seasonal superfood. And they are so good that Tim was hovering behind me as I was taking the picture so he could eat them the second I finished!

We store these in the freezer and defrost as needed, and they are the perfect mini meal to take to school or work - simply take them out of the freezer before leaving the house, wrap in a ziplock bag or parchment paper, and they will be a perfect' pick me up' for that mid afternoon energy slump...

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies

  • 40g vanilla plant based protein (hemp, pea, rice)

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 cup almond butter

  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

  • 2 x flaxseed eggs (3 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons warm water)

  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • pinch Himalayan salt

Preheat oven to 350. Make the flaxseed egg by combining the ground flaxseed and water in a bowl, and leave to thicken for a few minutes.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl or food processor and mix well. Cover bowl and leave in the refrigerator for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spoon out the mixture into ?? equal portions.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then leave to cool. The cookies will firm up a little more after baking!

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Eat Beautiful: Sweet Potato Toasts

Avocado Toast on GF bread? So 2017.

Whilst breakfast for me during the week is usually a smoothie or bircher muesli, I love to take a little more time on weekends to create some healthy and delicious alternative breakfast options for Husband Hanway and I - and these sweet potato toasts have become a firm favourite!

Typically gluten free bread does not have a ton of health benefits, so switching out the typical bread base on your avocado toast for our superstar sweet potato means you are getting a ton of gut healing and detoxification boosting fibre, energy and immune system boosting B Vitamins and Vitamin C, and skin loving beta carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. I see a lot of mineral deficiencies in the lab work of my clients, and sweet potatoes are a great source of much needed iron, calcium and selenium.

And you can use your sweet potato toasts for way more than just avocado! I love to experiment with different toppings, including protein rich hummus and hemp seeds, or go for a sweet but still blood sugar friendly combo of almond butter and pomegranate seed!

Super Simple Sweet Potato Toasts

Always choose organic sweet potato and wash throughly before cooking.

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

  • Top and tail (slice the ends off) the sweet potatoes, then cut lengthwise into slices approximately 1/2 inch thick.

  • Place the sweet potato slices on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and bake for around 20 minutes, or until soft.

  • Top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!



Live Well: Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl with New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, 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!

A healthy breakfast that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream? Yes please!

Sometimes it’s just the simplest of swaps that make the biggest difference, and I’ve added just a touch of peppermint extract and 1 serving of New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder to my usual green smoothie recipe for a thick and creamy flavor packed breakfast with added mood, stress and memory support. Who doesn’t want that at the beginning of a long day?

I love anything that will simplify my morning routine, and this Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder lives on my kitchen countertop, ready to be easily added to my morning smoothies or matcha lattes.

It contains a mood boosting blend of Non GMO, USDA Certified Organic Nigella, Lion’s Mane, Turmeric, Aloe, Peppermint, Coriander, Cardamom and Artichoke. Fermenting these amazing herbs with beneficial probiotics ensures the nutrients are easily digestible and available for the body to absorb. As a Holistic Nutritionist and Gut Health Expert I frequently remind my clients you aren’t what you eat, but what you absorb!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl with New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder

  • 20g vanilla protein powder (hemp, pea, rice or collagen)

  • 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder

  • 1 cup organic frozen greens (spinach or kale)

  • ¼ avocado

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • 1.5 cups plant based milk

  • 3-4 drops peppermint extract

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao nibs

Place all the ingredients in a blender (except the cacao nibs) and blend until smooth. Top with the cacao nibs and enjoy!




Plant Based: Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash with Coconut Butter and Pumpkin Seeds

Oh my goodness - this was one of those recipes that I though would be great in theory, but it turned out way more delicious than I could have ever expected! I’m amazed I even managed to get a picture of this as it was so good I just wanted to house the whole pan in one go…

Delicata Squash is my favourite of all the Fall vegetables - its super high in insulin stabilizing and digestive boosting fibre, is a great source energy boosting and bone building iron and calcium, and contains a ton of immune supporting Vitamin C and skin loving Vitamin A.

Oh, and its delicious! Its super sweet flesh is wonderful for when you want a healthy sweet treat, and whilst I usually use it in savory dishes I’ve given it a dessert style spin for this week’s Meatfree Monday! Mixing cinnamon into the coconut oil helps to bring out the sweetness of the squash whilst helping to regulate blood sugar spikes (essential for a healthy insulin response and to minimize fat storage), and adding just a touch of Himalayan Salt gives it that addictive salty/sweet taste that had earned this dish the moniker ‘crack squash’ in my house!

Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash with Coconut Butter and Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 delicata squash

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (plus 1 teaspoon for the drizzle)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the delicata squash (the skin is edible and packed full of nutrients), and slice into rings approximately 1/2 inch thick. Remove the seeds, rinse in a sieve, and pat dry. Place the squash rings in a large bowl.

Melt the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan, and stir in the cinnamon and salt. Pour this over the squash (holding just a tiny amount back) ensuring every piece is evenly covered. Place the rings on a baking tray. Take the squash seeds and cover these in the coconut and cinnamon mixture and place on the same baking tray - but do not sprinkle yet!

Roast the squash and the seeds for 20 minutes, turning once, or until they are soft and golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Place the coconut butter and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a double boiler, and melt gently. Pour this over the squash, then sprinkle with the squash seeds and pumpkin seeds. Leave to set in the refrigerator.

If you love this Fall inspired recipe then you will love my Gut Healing Pumpkin Collagen Cookies!

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