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.

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. ⠀

 

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.

 

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