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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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

 

 

 

 

 

Adaptogens Part 1: Adaptawhat?

I’ve been a big fan of adaptogens ever since I was dealing with some cortisol imbalances and adrenal fatigue, and use them on a regular basis for both boosting my energy and  for relaxation and managing stress. Whilst that may sound like a contradiction the beauty of adaptogens is that they can do both - they adapt to what the body needs, hence the name! 

What is an Adaptogen?

An adaptogen is a compound from a herb or fungus that can both protect the body against the damaging effects of stress, whilst strengthening and boosting the body after prolonged periods of stress. 

The difference between adaptogens and stimulants such as caffeine is that stimulants provide a short term energy boost (you can almost think of it as 'false' energy), whereas adaptogens strengthen the bodies energy production systems whilst simultaneously helping the body manage stress, helping your body produce 'real' energy. 

Stimulants can often have negative side effects on the body too (such as extraneously raising cortisol levels), whereas because adaptogens give the body what it needs they have no side effects. 

Adaptogens have been used in Eastern medicine for centuries, and came into use in Western society in 1947 when the Soviet Union started using them on their soldiers to help strengthen and protect them! 

Some of the more common adaptogens you may have heard of are: 

  • Rhodiola

  • Holy Basil

  • Ashwagandha

  • Cordyceps

  • Schisandra

  • Ginseng

  • Reishi

  • Shiitake

  • Ginseng

  • Maca

As well as having an amazing balancing effect on the body, regularly including adaptogens in your diet can improve your immune system, blood sugar levels, and mood and cognitive function! 

So what are you waiting for?? Adaptogens can be amazing for your health without any downsides, and it is so easy to add them into your everyday diet and wellness routine. 

 Here is one of my favorite smoothie recipes featuring my favorite energizing adaptogen, Maca Root, that I first discovered in its raw form when hiking the Inca Trail in Peru - its really packs a punch! 

Maca and Cacao Smoothie

 

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