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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Live Well: Navigating Holiday Parties


I love the holiday period, and all the food, fun, and connection it brings - but the constant late nights, alcohol and eating off track can make me feel less than my usual lightest brightest self. I’m heading out to London for a week to celebrate with my friends and family there, so my social commitments feel like double this year (I’m not complaining)!

Below are the wellness strategies I’ll be using so I can show up for the holidays as my best, energized, vital and glowing self…

1) Stay consistent! Now is the time to really make sure you are sticking to the PRIME principles - eating your servings of 7-9 veggies a day, working out and staying hydrated. In the word for my very smart husband ‘control the controllables’, be this what you can eat for breakfast, getting your workout in, or how you manage your stress levels.

2) A holiday party has a set time frame - don’t let it creep out into the entire day! If anything double down on your healthy habits the day of the party so you show up feeling energized and able to get the most out of the occasion.

3) The day of the party have a protein, fat and fibre based breakfast (I’m on smoothie lockdown at this time of year), aim to get a workout in to increase insulin sensitivity and get you glowing, and get super hydrated too.

4) I always eat a mini meal before I leave to keep my blood sugar and energy levels stable, and so I am empowered (not hungry) to make smart drink and food choices. A mini smoothie, apple and nut butter or hummus and veggies are great options.

5) If my outfit of choice feels a little too snug around the middle I take a charcoal supplement to help rid me of any gas or bloating - my faves are these super affordable capsules from Bulletproof (they are also my go-to if I feel I might have accidentally been ‘glutened’):

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6) Choose your drinks wisely: low sugar options include prosecco, champagne and organic red wine (which can also contains health boosting antioxidants), and if harder options are your thing then clear spirits such as vodka and gin have less toxins and are less likely to cause a hangover. Pair with seltzer water rather than sugary sodas or chemically laden diet drinks.

7) To avoid dehydration, too many empty calories, and feeling terrible the next day always order a glass of water with your alcoholic drink. The added benefit is that if you have your alcoholic drink in one hand and your water in the other it's impossible to reach for the high calorie, low nutrient canapés that might be on offer.

8) The next day start with a large glass of alkalizing, digestion boosting, adrenal supporting warm water, Himalayan salt and lime juice. Leave the coffee until later in the day to give your liver time to process the alcohol and toxins from before. Workout, eat light, and dry and jump in an infrared sauna if you can - leaving you light and bright and party ready again!

Do you have any top tips for surviving holiday parties? Share the love and share them below…




Eat Beautiful: Double Chocolate Chip Collagen Cookies

Hold on to your hats people - I'm suggesting chocolate for breakfast! 

In honor of National Chocolate Day I've partnered with Lilys’s Sweets to create a Gut Healing, Eat Beautiful, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Low Carb, Keto Friendly, Protein Packed Double Chocolate Chip Cookie that is healthy enough to be eaten for breakfast! 

In my opinion, chocolate is a true beauty food, due to the incredible amounts of skin loving antioxidants and phytochemicals found in cacao powder, including the powerful epicatechin that can prevent wrinkle formation.

It is also high in the miracle mineral magnesium, which is needed for over 300 metabolic processes in the body, and is especially important during times of stress, and cacao contains compounds that boost the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine- our feel good (feel great) hormones!

For maximum beauty benefits ensure your chocolate has a high percentage of cacao, and is sugar free and dairy free, just like the Lily’s Chocolate I've used in this recipe! 

Double Chocolate Chip Collagen Cookies

(makes 8 cookies)

  • 1.5 cups almond flour

  • 30g vanilla collagen powder

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

  • 2 x 1/4 cup Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

  • 2 tablespoons grass fed ghee

  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

  • Pinch Himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the flaxseed egg by combining the flaxseed and water in a small bowl and mixing thoroughly. Set aside to thicken.

Place all the ghee, almond butter and 1 of the 1/4 cups of chocolate chips in a small pan on a low heat and melt gently, stirring throughout.

Place the almond flour, collagen powder, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl with the flaxseed eggs

Pour the melted chocolate, almond butter and ghee into the bowl, and mix thoroughly. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then fold in the remaining chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, divide the cookie mixture into 8 equal portions, then roll into balls and place on the baking sheet, flattening slightly.

Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave to cool as this will help get that crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside perfect cookie texture!

I bought all of the ingredients for this recipe from Thrive Market! You can save 25% off your first order (I would use that saving to but even more chocolate) by using the link below:

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If you liked this healthy cookie recipe you’ll love my Gut Healing Pumpkin Collagen Cookies, one of the most loved recipes from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program!



Eat Beautiful: Warm Fig and Vanilla Chia Pudding

I’ve never been a huge fan of cold chia puddings, but this Warm Vanilla Chia Pudding with Walnuts and Figs has become one of my go-to breakfast as the temperatures drop (well, rise and fall) here in Massachusetts.

I limit fruit intake to around 1/2 a cup a day to ensure stable blood sugar levels, prevent fat storage and ensure a healthy insulin response, which means that I choose fruits with as much nutrient density or ‘bang for my buck’ as possible. Choosing locally grown fruits is also a great way of getting in touch with the ayurvedic principle of eating seasonally which can aid digestion, boost the immune system, and ensure we are getting the micronutrients our bodies need to cope with the changing seasons.

Not only are they ridiculously delicious, figs are high in amino acids, fiber, and a lot of essential minerals that our modern day diets lack, including stress relieving magnesium, manganese, bone health boosting calcium, copper, and potassium as well as Vitamin K (essential for Vitamin D and calcium absorption and Vitamin B (essential for efficient energy production).

Vanilla collagen powder provides cellular healing for the skin and gut, chia seeds provide beauty boosting and inflammation lower omega 3 fats and fiber to keep hunger at bay, and my favourite health boosting spice, cinnamon.

Clinical studies have proven cinnamon to significantly improve insulin sensitivity, helping shuttle carbohydrates into the muscle cell instead of storing them as fat. It is so powerful it is even being looked into as replacement for medication in Type 2 Diabetics!

I love this breakfast dish warm, but you can make a big batch to keep in the refrigerator for busy mornings - either eat cold or reheat in a pan with a little extra almond milk....

Warm Fig and Vanilla Chia Pudding

makes 1 serving

  • 20g vanilla collagen powder

  • 1/2 zucchini, finely grated⠀

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh figs

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds⠀

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence⠀

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (to top)

Place the all the ingredients except the collagen and walnuts in a pan, and heat through gently until its starts to thicken. Remove from the heat, leave to cool for a few minutes and then stir through the collagen powder. Top with the chopped walnuts and enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love my Gut Healing Pumpkin Spice Collagen Cookies:

Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com