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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Eat Beautiful: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter Vitamins.

As an adopted New Englander I love everything Fall has to offer: crisp sunny days, apple picking, cute cosy clothes, and of course, pumpkin spice! 

Whilst not a fan of the super sugary and chemical laden pumpkin spice lattes, shakes, and baked goods available at the big chain coffee shops, I do love pumpkin for its amazing health boosting benefits. 

Pumpkin falls pretty high up on my 'Carbohydrate Hierarchy'; that is for a small number of carbs (20g in a cup), it is packed full of fiber and beta carotene (which provides it vibrant color), giving a real beauty boost to your hair, skin and nails. Beta carotene either converts into Vitamin A (Retinol) or acts as an anti inflammatory agent in the body and can be found in vegetables from the Carotenoid family such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes and squashes. 

Every meal I create always follows the PFF Formula (Protein, Fat, Fibre) to ensure balanced hunger hormones (insulin, leptin and grehlin) and the fat in this smoothie comes from the delicious cashew milk and cashew cream. I do like to rotate my plant based milks as it helps ensure you are getting a wide range of micronutrients in your diet, and can prevent food sensitivities.

Grass fed collagen is my go to protein powder of choice, as it contains amino acids that are wonderful for healing the cellular matrix of both the gut and the skin, and is easily digested and absorbed (remember, we are what we absorb)!

Cauliflower is one of the only white foods I recommend! Don’t let its pale appearance fool you, cauliflower contains the potent oxidant sulforaphane that activates liver enzymes essential for efficient detoxification. Store bought cauliflower rice (always buy organic) has been blanched and then frozen, so is perfect for my gut healthy rule of never eating raw cruciferous veggies.

A true pumpkin spice blend does not contain and blood sugar spiking, fat storing sugars or chemical sweeteners, but instead is a powerhouse blend of insulin lowering cinnamon, anti inflammatory ginger, and warming and digestion boosting nutmeg, allspice and cloves. I make my own pumpkin spice blend at home so I know that it is clean, and then use it in smoothies, lattes and chia puddings.

Maca is my go-to morning energy boosting adaptogen, and this New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder has been on my kitchen counter top and in pretty much every smoothie I’ve made since discovering it last year. New Chapter Fermented Booster Powders are fermented with beneficial probiotics and herbs, which makes them easily digestible, and unlocks the phytochemical beta glucan which is wonderful for health.*

Gut Healing Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or cooked pumpkin

  • 20g vanilla collagen powder

  • 1.5 cups cashew milk

  • 1 serving New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder

  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice

  • 2 tablespoons cashew cream (soak cashews overnight, drain and blend with a little water)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend

Place all the ingredients in the blender and been until smooth. Top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

This recipe (and over 50 others) comes from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program - you can join us anytime and enliven your lightest, brightest you here:

https://www.jenniferhanway.com/28-day-gut-healing-plan/

*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.

Fat Loss: Chicken and Zucchini Skewers with Raw Cashew Satay Sauce

I've given one of my favourite recipes a gut healing makeover for my 28 Day Gut Healing Program and I have to say I think its even better this time round! 

Chicken and Zucchini Cashew Satay Skewers

Makes 2 servings

For the skewers

2 x chicken breasts

  • 1 large zucchini

  • 1 large bell pepper

For the marinade

  • 2 tablespoons tamari

  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger

  • 1 clove finely minced garlic

For the satay sauce

  • 4 tablespoons cashew nut butter

  • ½ cup coconut yoghurt

  • 1 teaspoon tamari

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon finely chopped red chili

 Mix all marinade ingredients in large bowl. Cut the chicken into cubes and place in marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes

Make the satay sauce by placing all ingredients in a food processor and mixing until smooth.

Slice zucchini and peppers into cubes, then slide onto skewers alternating with marinated tofu or chicken cubes.

Grill skewers for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly

Serve with the satay sauce and a green salad.

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Tigernut Protein Smoothie Bar

A busy week ahead mean a little preparation today - I'll be whipping up a batch of these super easy to make Organic Gemini Tigernut Smoothie Bars and storing them in the freezer ready for breakfast or a snack on the go when things get a little hectic! ⠀

Tigernuts are my favorite source of prebiotics or resistant starch - the fibre that feeds the bacteria in our digestive system. Our modern day diets are woefully low in this type of fibre, so I try and have at least one serving every day. 


TigerNut Smoothie Bars ⠀
(makes 10 bars)⠀

  • 2 scoops vanilla vegan protein powder⠀(I like @truenutrition) 
  • 1 cup gluten free oats⠀
  • 1/2 cup TigerNut Flour (or almond flour)⠀
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut ⠀
  • 1/4 cup almond butter⠀
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon⠀
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt⠀
  • 2 cups almond milk ⠀

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Line a glass dish with parchment paper, and pour in mixture. Replace the lid on the dish, and place in the freezer. Leave to freeze for at least 2 hours, then cut into bars, and return to the freezer. Remove the each bar from the freezer at least 20 minutes before you wish to eat. ⠀

 

Meal Prepping 101

One of the biggest challenges my clients have is meal prepping, from what to prep, to how much to make to how to store it. 

In my opinion meal prep is one of the most important things you can do to help you stick to a healthy diet, especially if you have a busy schedule and are following any kind of special diet (vegan, gluten free, paleo, low carb, etc). It will also save you a ton of money, help you eat locally and seasonally and keep a connection to the food you eat on a daily basis.

It is also a life saver for Husband Hanway and I, as at least 95% (maybe more) of the food we eat is made at home, we both have busy schedules, and he doesn't have a lot of time to cook during the week (and he eats a lot)! 

I suggest setting aside about 90 minutes on a Sunday to meal prep for the week (if you work a Monday to Friday), or find a day and time that works for you. Make a list of what you are going to prep and the order that it needs to be cooked in, and have your storage containers ready. Ensure you have cleared space in the fridge, freezer or pantry for storage. Finally, put on your favorite music or a good podcast, and instead of thinking of it as a chore, reframe your thinking to know you are taking time out to nourish yourself and fuel yourself for the week ahead. 

Getting Prepped for Meal Prep

You don't have to have a lot of fancy kitchen equipment to meal prep for the week, but I do recommend getting a few good basic items to make the process easier. My essentials include: 

Storage

  • Glass food storage containers with lids - varying sizes, and these can be used for both cooking and storage. Amazon has a lot of great inexpensive options.
  • Mason jars with plastic lids - swapping out the metal lids for plastic on my mason jars has been a game changer (thanks to my MIL for the tip). They only cost a couple of dollars for 10 lids, and are easier to use and don't rust. 
  • Ziplock bags - I try and avoid plastic as much as I can and favor reusable items, but ziplock bags are great for freezer storage when you don't have a lot of room
  • Unbleached parchment paper - to use in place of aluminum foil

Preparation

  • One good chef's knife
  • A chopping board
  • Veggie peeler
  • Measuring cups 
  • Blender or food processor (not essential, but there are now a number of good inexpensive blenders on the market). 

Cooking

  • 1 cast iron skillet (not essential, but definitely a good investment) or a frying pan 
  • 1 ceramic saucepan 
  • Slow cooker or crock pot 

What to Prep

This is going to be different for everyone depending on your diet, how much you eat and what you like to eat, but here are some options or ideas. I start with the items that need to go in the oven, then prep the rest as they are cooking to save time. Remember you don't have to prep all of the options below, and we certainly don't do all of these every week! 

Roast in Oven

I usually roast chicken breasts or chicken thighs in the oven, and keep it simple by using coconut oil and salt and pepper. This is delicious on its own, but also means I can add different flavorings during the week to mix it up. Cook, cool, then place in a glass storage dish in the refrigerator. 

We also roast a big batch of winter veggies in coconut oil - its very easy to do, and they keep well in the refrigerator. Its also a great way to eat seasonally, and in the winter I'd rather eat some beautiful, nutritious root veggies than a salad! What I cook changes each week with whats good from local farms, but at the moment includes carrots (of all colors), squashes, celeriac and kohlrabi. I peel and cube these, coat them in coconut oil, and roast with salt and pepper, and a couple of garlic cloves. Cook, cool, then place in a glass storage dish in the refrigerator.  If I have extra I can use these to blend into a soup too. 

I'll also cook up one egg based breakfast dish such as a frittata or egg muffins as they can easily be made into individual portions and kept in the refrigerator or freezer (see Turkey Bacon Egg Muffins)

Cook on the Hob

Here I will cook some kind of patties or pancake that I know will be good cold and last well in the refrigerator. Options include Turkey Meatballs, Cashew and Rosemary Patties, or TigerNut and Oat Savory Pancakes.

I will also cook at least one gluten free grain, such as quinoa, buckwheat or brown rice, in some Bare Bones Broth or veggie stock for added flavor. 

You can also make a vegan curry or stew on the hob for my plant based eaters, and for this who are trying to get more veggies in your diet (i.e. everyone)! My Chickpea and Quinoa Curry is perfect for this. 

Slow Cooker

Throwing a chili in the slow cooker and letting it cook overnight is so easy, and a great option in the winter. Try my Hearty Cacao Chili for a super nutritious option. 

I also use my slow cooker for cooking sweet potatoes - just wash and pierce the skin, and set on high for 4-6 hours depending on how big the potatoes are. I use these either in meals for the week, or freeze and use in my Gut Friendly Sweet Potato Smoothie.

No Cook Breakfast Options

Depending on my schedule for the week I may grab my mason jars and ziplock bags for some no cook breakfasts and snacks - I'll prepare some simple Overnight Oats or Chia Puddings in my mason jars and put in the fridge, and if its a super busy week then I'll portion out all the ingredients for my morning Superfood Smoothies and put into individual ziplock bags and but in the freezer. This is amazing for when I have to eat breakfast at 5.30am in the morning to get to my early clients, and don't have time (or the brain power at that time of the morning) to measure out all of my Maca, Collagen, Spirulina! I also now swear by my Organic Living Superfoods Designer Smoothie Blends as all of the hard work is done for you! 

Super Supplements

The one other prep I do at the weekends is to organize my supplements for the week, as even I need some help to remember to take them every day. I'll put the supplements I take each day in a small container, and then put them in the fridge next to my almond milk (essential for my morning coffee) so I cant fail to see them! 

By following these guidelines it should enable you to have great grab and go options throughout the week. All of the dishes mentioned here last about 5 days in the refrigerator, and you can either portion out all of the meals ready to go for the week, or (what I do) is make a list on the front of the fridge of what we have in there, then mix and match all of the dishes to keep variety during the week. 

All of my online plans include what to prep and how to prep for the coming week, grocery lists and recipes. My 28 Day Lean and Clean Plan is perfect if you are looking to clean up your diet and re-energize your training and nutrition regime (or are looking to start one)! 

28 Day Lean and Clean Plan

I'd love to hear your healthy meal prep hacks! What are your go-to dishes that you prep for the week? 

 

 

 

Grilled Orange and Cranberry Salad

Today's Meatfree Monday comes courtesy of a warm salad, which is a route I love to take in the winter as you reap all the benefits of a fiber packed, nutrient dense salad whilst satisfying the need for warm, hearty foods that we feel in the winter. It also allows us to stay true to the Ayurvedic principle of eating seasonally, which is so important for our immune systems, digestion and overall wellbeing. 

Today's recipe is a cinch to make, and like the majority of my recipes I suggest making a big batch and using the leftovers to help with meals in a hurry during the week. The salad is hearty enough to be served on its own, but it is also delicious with some roasted root veggies for bigger appetites! 

Grilled Orange and Cranberry Salad
(serves 2 as a main course)

*1 cup quinoa
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1.5 cups veggie stock
*1 orange
*1/2 cup cranberries
*4 big leaves chard (or other green leafy such as kale or cavolo nero)
*Salt and Pepper
*Toasted pumpkin seeds

Cook the quinoa by covering with the stock, bringing to the boil and simmering until all the stick has been absorbed, and the quinoa has 'opened up' (usually 8-10 minutes). Leave to sit with the lid on for another 5 minutes. 

Melt two big tablespoons of coconut oil in a cast iron or griddle pan, and grill the orange slices until they are slightly golden on both sides (2-3 minutes each side). Turn off the heat, remove the orange slices and set to one side. Add the cranberries to the pan but do not turn the heat on, you want the cranberries to be warmed through and some may burst, but overcooking will turn them to mush! 

Remove the cranberries and set to one side. Chiffonade (cut into thin 'ribbons') the greens, season with the salt and pepper, and sauté in the same pan for 2-3 minutes, adding extra coconut oil if needed. 

Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mix well, and serve topped with the toasted pumpkin seeds. 


 

Cranberry Cleanser Super Veggie Smoothie

I hope like me you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - filled with family, friends, and of course, lots of delicious food! 

However, if you had a little too much gluten free stuffing and pumpkin pie yesterday you might want to start the day with something light, refreshing, nutrient packed and soothing to the digestive system. 

Cranberries are not just the perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner, they are a nutritional powerhouse, containing one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in any fruit. They are also anti-inflammatory, low GI, and high in Vitamin C. 

I've combined them with sweet, skin loving, fiber rich apples and mineral packed zucchini, and a touch of fresh grated ginger is great for soothing and cleansing the digestive system. 

Cranberry Cleanser

1 cup fresh cranberries
1 apple, roughly chopped
1/2 zucchini, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1.5 cups filtered water

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Cashew and Pumpkin Seed Patty

I love working with my vegan and vegetarian clients as it means I can spend time in the kitchen developing more plant based recipes (and then eating them)!

These Cashew and Pumpkin Seed Patties are so easy to make, and take no time at all to cook. You can prep them in advance, and keep them refrigerated for a few days to cook when you wish, or cook up a batch and use them for meals during the week. 

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tigernut oil (or melted coconut)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until combined. Press into patties, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before lightly frying in coconut oil. 

I'll be serving these tonight with roasted sweet potato and a big green salad, but they would also be delicious with my Fennel and Cucumber Salad! You can check out the recipe here...

 

 

Endless Energy Bites!

My favorite recipes involve grabbing a bunch of super nutritious ingredients, throwing them in a bowl and smushing them into bite size pieces...these Endless Energy Bites fit that bill perfectly! Like most people these days, a good proportion of my snacking and meals happen on the go. As a result of this we want to make sure we get as much 'bang for your buck' nutrition as possible, in a way that is easy to digest and accessible to the body.

These Endless Energy Bites are packed full of energy boosting superfoods and are easy to make, easy to grab and go and easy to eat on the run (not literally, thats dangerous)! 

Maca: an ancient super food known for increasing energy and stamina, balancing hormones, and is said to help raise libido...

TigerNut Flour: the world's number one source for resistant starch (the food for the good bacteria in our stomachs), tigernut flour is also packed full of vitamins and minerals and has a delicious sweet taste.

Cacao Nibs: Natures chocolate, cacao has the highest concentration of antioxidants than any other known food, raises levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine (that make us feel great) and has gentle levels of caffeine to give us a little boost!

Endless Energy Bites

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1 cup tigernut flour

  • 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder

  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed

  • 2 tablespoons chia seed

  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut

  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

  • 1 tablespoon maca powder

Mash avocado and banana together until smooth (can use a food processor). Add in all the dry ingredients and mix well together (can use a food processor). At this stage I like to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help the mixture to solidify, but this step can be skipped if pushed for time. Roll into balls, about 1 heaped teaspoon of mixture per bite. Refrigerate, will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.

 

Zucchini and Sundried Tomato Meatloaf Muffins

My breakfast of choice for all my clients (and myself) is a combination of high quality protein, good fats and veggies. This is going to guarantee a great start to the day, ensuring high energy, stable blood sugar levels and a revved up metabolism!

These Zucchini and Sundried Tomato Meatloaf Muffins contain some amazing macro and micro nutrients as well as being a great way to get an extra portion of veggies into your day without even realizing it!

The grass-fed beef is not only a great source of protein that will keep you satiated for hours, but contains the following health boosters:

  • Taurine - an amino acid that helps to lower the stress hormone cortisol (it facilitates the production of the neurotransmitter GABA, in turn helping your body to manage anxiety), encourages the body to metabolize fat so you can use it as an energy source (vital for a lean physique) and it protects the heart and lowers blood pressure.
  • Omega 3's and CLA - the 'good' fats found in grass-fed beef (not cereal fed), Both of these fats offer properties that can reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, help prevent CVD and high blood pressure and improve body composition.

Zucchini contains a high amount of potassium, a mineral essential for a healthy heart. It also has significant amounts  Vitamin A and beta-carotene, and the lesser known lutein and zeaxanthin, micronutrients essential for eye health!

A fun fact about tomatoes, botanically speaking they are a fruit, technically they are a berry, and legally they are a vegetable! Whatever you call them, when they are cooked they are the ultimate source of lycopene, a compound that has shown to both prevent prostate cancer and reduce the severity in sufferers. Research shows lycopene can also protect against other cancers, and has been shown to lower blood pressure.

Finally, regular readers will know about my love for tigernuts due to their fiber rich, gut friendly properties. Tigernuts are the number one source for prebiotic fiber, the fiber that feeds the probiotic fibre in the gut.

Best of all, these meatloaf muffins are not only super good for you, but they are easy to make, keep well in the refrigerator or freezer, and are portable so make a great breakfast or snack on the go. And they are delicious too!

Ingredients

  • 1lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (squeeze out moisture)
  • 1 egg (or flaxseed egg)
  • 1/4 cup tigernut flour (almond or coconut flour is fine too)
  • 1/4 sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a food processor or large mixing bowl (I use my hands)!
  • Separate into 8 equally sized balls and put into muffin tin.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until brown on top.

 

My Top Five: Tips for Clean Eating on a Budget (Part Two)

Thank you so much for the wonderful response to last week's 'My Top Five: Tips for Tip for Eating Clean on a Budget (Part One)'. Here is part two, I hope you find it just as helpful!

1.Price Per Pound is Paramount

This was such an eye opener for me and my husband when we first started to reduce our food costs. It's very easy to just look at the price on the ticket, and not what I would now consider the 'real' price, which you will usually find on the bottom left of the sticker.

This will really help you to compare prices between stores, as most products come in differing sizes, so the price per lb is your metric when it comes to working out which options, and indeed which grocery stores are cheaper.

For example, feta cheese was $ $14.84 per lb in Star Market, 9.89 per lb in Trader Joes, and just $5.70 per lb in BJ's! 

Price per lb
Price per lb

2.Learn Which Cuts of Meat are the Cheapest

This is a continuation of last week's 'Convenience Cost' tip - but is vitally important when it comes to cuts of meat. For example, I can buy a whole chicken for $1.99 per pound, but if I want just the chicken breasts, neatly divided and put into individual bags, that will cost me $4.49 per lb!

Honestly, I cant say that I don't buy the prepackaged cuts, because I do, but I try to buy a selection of cuts because of cost, and because different cuts of meats contain different micronutrients (variety is key for a healthy diet).

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3.Join a Wholesale Membership Club

Okay, I'll admit, I was pretty skeptical about this one myself until we tried it! We are now proud members of BJ's Wholesale Club, and I truly think this is the number onereason we have managed to reduce our grocery bill so significantly.

So what do we buy from BJ's? I estimate around 60-70% of our groceries come from BJ's. This includes (but is not limited to), organic fruit and vegetables, both fresh and frozen (look for the Wellesley Farms brand),organic and hormone free meat, both fresh and frozen (look for Harvestland or Perdue brands) and eggs, feta cheese, nuts, pasta sauce, Himalayan salt, coconut flour and all our gluten free grains (a 20lb bag works out to be just $1.20 a lb, and you can use it for square) all come from BJ's too.

Every time we shop there I see more 'clean eating' options, and their coupons also feature more healthy foods too week by week - yes, I clip coupons too!

BJ's offer a free one day membership so you can try it before you commit to a year. A year's membership usually costs $50, but I often see special offers from both BJ's and on sites such as Groupon for memberships starting at $25 a year. For more information on membership, click here.

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4.Hold a Clean Eating Supper Club

This is definitely one of the more fun tips on this list! Round up a bunch of friends who also have an interest in clean eating, and once a month hold a supper club, at which you all bring a healthy, nutritious, delicious dish to share.

This option is way cheaper than eating out a restaurant, and will introduce you to new ideas and recipes for clean eating. Each guest will also bring the recipe for his/her dish, so you will leave not only having eaten a great meal, but with a bunch of new recipes to try at home too. And don't forget to bring an extra empty dish so you can take home your share of leftovers!

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5.Cute Clean Eating Gadgets

Last week I highlighted some of the gadgets I use for food preparation at home, this week I will feature some of my absolute favorite money savers that I use when I'm out and about!

Mini Crock Pot

My mini crock pot has been an absolute life saver in these cold winter months in Boston! I hate eating cold food on cold days, so I found an option in which I could safely reheat my leftovers when I was at work. Enter Baby Crockpot! This mini crockpot holds up to 20 ounces of my leftovers, and gently reheats them for an hour or so, meaning I can eat a hot, nutritious, budget friendly lunch every day! Its perfect for reheating chili, soups, stews (all of the options from last week's food prep tip), and I use it for making oatmeal too.

Travel French Press

Those of you who know me personally, or are regulars know I am very particular about my coffee, and I shun the big chains such as Starbucks and Dunkin for may reasons (business ethics, price, quality of coffee). So what do I do when I want a coffee on the go? I make my own! About a month I bought my travel french press from Bodum, and I now I cant be without it!

All you do is put one scoop of freshly ground coffee in it before you leave the house, and then fill it up with freshly boiled water when you want a piping hot coffee on the go (we have a water heater at work, but most eateries will give you hot water for free, or for a nominal price)! It may seem like an investment to start, but will definitely save you money in the long term...

Water Filter Bottle

I have just switched up my old glass water bottle to this version from Brita that is not only BPA free but filters my water too. This now means I can drink safely and cleanly from any water source, saving not just money but also helping the environment too (Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.'s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year).

The title of this post is 'Five Top Tips', but permit me to add in one extra, one tip that may be more important than the prior ten. This one is 'Give Back'.If clean eating is on our agenda, it means we are in a very prividliged postion to be able to pick and choose what we eat every day. In 2014 8.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. In light of this fact my chosen charity, both personally and for my business is The Greater Boston Food Bank, who do amazing work for the food insecure in Boston. For every $1 they receive they provide 3 meals for those in need.

Donate to The Greater Boston Food Bank

So consider donating the price of one of those Starbucks coffees a week, the money you save onto buying bottled water, or anything you can afford. If donating money is a challenge for you, consider donating food to one of the wonderful food pantries in MA, even if it is just one or two items (a list can be found here).

In the spirit of full disclosure, some of these are affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything.  I only recommend products and services that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands!

What am I missing? I'm sure you have your own tips, and I would love for you to share them with me and my readers!

Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com