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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The New Plant Based Protein Powder I Can't Live Without!

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, 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!

For years I have struggled with recommending a plant-based protein powder to my clients. With soy protein isolates potentially lowering healthy estrogen metabolism, and pea and hemp proteins being difficult to digest and causing GI distress, there were not many options that I felt comfortable in recommending.

Whilst some plant-based protein powders are not complete proteins, New Chapter’s Organic Plant Protein+ powder contains a complete amino acid profile for both vegans and non-vegans alike. To maintain a healthy p.H balance (too much animal protein can cause acidic conditions in the blood) I encourage all of my clients to include plant-based proteins in their diet, and Plant Protein+ is a super easy (and delicious) way to incorporate them on a regular basis.

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The mung bean and brown rice blend, combined with ProHydrolase, a clinically studied digestive enzyme, means the protein is easily broken down in the digestive process, to prevent bloating, and enable the proteins to be efficiently absorbed by the body, aiding in muscle growth and repair.

 Providing 20g of protein, 0g of sugar and just 2-3g of carbs, with turmeric for a healthy inflammation response and 10 high antioxidant fruits I will be recommending this incredible new product to my clients and adding it to my morning breakfast smoothie on a regular basis!


Smoothies are a great go-to when time is tight in the morning, but you want an energising, blood sugar balancing breakfast that will keep you fuelled and satiated for hours. I find they are gentle on the digestion for my clients that have gut health challenges and can be a great vehicle for packing in nutrients, great fats and even 2-3 servings of vegetables (I recommend 7-9 servings a day) before even leaving the house! You can also make them in minutes and take them to go to sip on your morning commute!

To add even further digestive health and alkalising benefits to your breakfast smoothie, I recommend the following formula

  • 1 serving New Chapter’s Organic Plant Protein+ (chocolate or vanilla)

  • 1.5 cups plant-based milk - choose almond, coconut, hazelnut, cashew, or oat which are easy to digest and less inflammatory than dairy.

  • 1 tablespoon fat to balance hunger hormones, increase satiety and to help move food through the digestive tract - I love avocado or almond butter which are both great sources of antioxidants and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and manganese.

  • 2 tablespoons fibre to help balance blood sugar and to ensure effective elimination of food waste and toxins - my favorites are ground flaxseed to help eliminate or chia seeds.

  • 2 handfuls leafy greens, fresh or frozen - leafy greens feed our gut bacteria, boost our fibre intake, provide us with an abundance of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and are essential for maintaining alkaline balance in the body.

  • 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Booster Powder - I love to add energy boosting Maca or inflammation balancing Turmeric to my morning smoothie, and New Chapter's patented fermentation process both boosts my digestive health and makes these herbs easily digestible.

Whilst I love creating delicious smoothie recipes with all the ingredients, most mornings time is of the essence, and I stick to the simple recipe below! And quite honestly, both the vanilla and the chocolate flavors of New Chapter’s Organic Plant Protein+ are so smooth and delicious that I don’t need to add anything else!


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Jenny's Go-To Morning Smoothie

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

You can find all New Chapter products mentioned in this post on their website and at Whole Foods, CVS, Amazon and your local health food store. 

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with New Chapter's Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, 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!

Soothing, nourishing and inflammation calming Golden Milk is a staple for me in the winter, but as the seasons change and temperatures increase (thank goodness), I wanted to find a way to switch up one of my favourite wellness recipes to give it a seasonal twist. This Golden Milk Chia Pudding with New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder is the perfect solution, and its works as a delicious breakfast or mini meal for the Spring and Summer.

I love New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder as it gives me all the inflammation supporting benefits of Turmeric, whilst their patented fermentation process unlocks and activates the full nutrient benefits. Remember, it’s not what you eat, but what you absorb!

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder⠀

• 1 cup almond milk⠀
• 1 tablespoon coconut butter⠀
• 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder⠀
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon⠀
• ½ teaspoon fresh ginger⠀
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract⠀
• 5 drops organic stevia or ¼ teaspoon raw honey ⠀
• Pinch of freshly ground black pepper⠀
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds ⠀

Topping: hemp seeds, shredded coconut and grated apple.⠀

Gently warm the almond milk and coconut butter in a pan until the coconut butter is fully melted. Transfer to a blender and add the remainder of the ingredients except the chia seeds. ⠀

Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and pour over the golden milk. Place in the refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 3 hours. ⠀

Top with hemp seeds, grated apple and shredded coconut.

This recipe is perfect for those following my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program and my Lean and Clean Program!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Live Well: What Your Calcium Supplement Should Contain - And What It Shouldn’t!

What Your Calcium Supplement Should Contain - And What It Shouldn’t!

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!

The majority of my clients are women in their mid-twenties through to their early fifties, and I often hear that they have been recommended by their doctor to take a calcium supplement, though they are unsure how to choose one that is beneficial for their health needs.

Until the age of around thirty women are still able to develop new bone mass, however after the age of thirty bone density breakdown overtakes bone build up, which can cause a gradual loss of bone mass, with women over the age of fifty being at most risk for osteoporosis.

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Taking the right calcium supplement is a great way of increasing bone density and reducing bone breakdown, and in addition to this there are some other simple and easy healthy habits that I recommend you add into your wellness routine (at thirty eight I do these on a daily basis) for strong bones and healthy joint function:

●       Perform weight bearing exercises - this can be anything that makes your muscles work against the force of gravity, and includes using barbells, dumbbells or your body weight whilst performing movements such as squats, lunges, push-ups and planks, or simply, walking, jogging, hiking and running.

●       Consume foods that are naturally high in calcium - plant based options include almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts, beans and lentils, dark green vegetables such as kale, cabbage, spinach and fruits such as figs and rhubarb.

It is imperative to understand that no vitamin or mineral works alone in the body, they have a synergistic effect that must be taken into consideration when choosing your daily supplements. Just as we need fat to absorb certain vitamins, we need a smart combination of vitamins and minerals to ensure they are effective in the body.

 When a client asks me to suggest a calcium supplement I always recommend New Chapter’s Bone Strength Take Care (I also take this supplement everyday as part of my morning wellness routine). I recommend this supplement as it is carefully formulated by New Chapter to include Vitamins K2 and D3, which are essential when ensuring that the calcium is absorbed efficiently and directed to the bones.* It also helps to support joint flexibility and maintain heart health, which are all essential components of optimum health and wellbeing.*

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The calcium complex in New Chapter’s Bone Strength Take Care is derived from a natural plant form of Red Marine Algae (all of New Chapter’s products are whole foods based), and does not contain any limestone, chalk, synthetic fillers or binders or animal byproducts, making it suitable for vegetarian diets (it is also Non-GMO project verified, Kosher and Gluten Free). I recommend a whole foods based, minimally processed diet to all of my clients, and I love that New Chapter offers targeted supplement solutions that emulate that high standard.

*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:

National Institute on Aging. Health Information. Publications. Age Page. Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief

 

Eat Well: Superfood Hot Chocolate with New Chapter Fermented Black Seed 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!

This is was the first year that Tim and I spent the holidays at home together and I loved sharing some of my family’s traditions, and creating some of our own together. Whilst some traditions should stay just for the holidays, I’m bringing some of my favourites into the new year with me, namely a delicious bedtime hot chocolate!

Christmas Eve as a child for me always held the following - the hanging of my stocking, leaving a mince pie for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph, and reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore, whilst drinking a delicious hot chocolate.

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This winter, I’ve taken the classic hot chocolate recipe and given it a superfood twist, whilst still keeping it creamy, comforting, and definitely delicious.

Cacao powder is packed full of antioxidants and polyphenols, and is rich in calming magnesium and mood-boosting theobromine, and can even raise levels of our feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. No wonder we feel great after chocolate in any form!

Coconut butter gives this recipe a wonderful richness whilst boosting good fats, honey gives a touch of nutrient-dense, gut-soothing sweetness, and vanilla and cinnamon boost flavour whilst helping to stabilize blood sugar levels and balance hunger hormones.

I’ve added New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder as its blend of fermented herbs is wonderful for mitigating any holiday induced stress, and the fermentation process ensures all of those wonderful phytonutrients are easy for my body to digest and absorb*. Its slightly spicy and minty flavour also lends itself perfectly to this recipe!

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Superfood Hot Chocolate with New Chapter Fermented Black Seed Powder

●      1.5 cups almond milk

●      1 teaspoon coconut butter

●      ½ teaspoon honey

●      1 tablespoon cacao powder

●      ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

●      ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

●      ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

●      1 serving New Chapter Fermented Black Seed Powder

Place the almond milk, coconut butter and honey in a pan, and heat through gently until the coconut butter has melted. Place in a blender with the cacao powder, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, cinnamon and New Chapter Fermented Black Seed Powder and pulse until frothy!

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*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.












Gut Healing: Gingerbread Latte Superfood Smoothie

I cannot wait to make this Gingerbread Latte Superfood Smoothie for Husband Hanway and I on Christmas morning (its our first Christmas at home and I’m super excited)!

I love this recipe as it feels super indulgent and is so filling, but is actually a light, bright, balancing and digestion boosting way to start the day, be it the holidays or any day.

Cellular matrix healing collagen powder is blended with skin smoothing, hunger hormone balancing great fats, and zucchini, apple and flaxseed provide a ton of nutrients and blood sugar balancing, GI loving fibre.

And the blend of gingerbread spices are not just there for holiday flavor - fresh ginger is wonderful for digestion (perfect if you will be eating a heavier meal later), cinnamon is incredible for balancing blood sugar and insulin levels, and nutmeg, clove and allspice lend warming depth to keep this smoothie in season and in line with Ayurvedic principles.

Gingerbread Latte Superfood Smoothie

  • 20g vanilla collagen or hemp/pea/rice protein powder

  • 1/2 apple, chopped

  • 1/4 zucchini, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • Pinch ground nutmeg

  • Pinch ground cloves

  • 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Maca Booster Powder (optional)

  • 1.5 cups almond milk

    Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Live Well: Give Yourself the Gift of Less Stress and Better Sleep

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 use everyday, and I’m so excited to share these with you!

The best holiday gift you can give yourself this year? Restful, restorative sleep!

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health Index of 2014 just 12 % of Americans reported “excellent” sleep, with 35% of Americans reporting their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair”. Achieving consistent, restful and restorative sleep is incredibly important for our overall health, with most people needing between 7-9 hours a night for optimum health. Lack of sleep, or impaired quality of sleep can have a hugely negative impact on our health and wellbeing, and can result in hypertension, activation of the sympathetic nervous system, impairment of glucose control, and increased inflammation.

One of the most popular topics I am asked to speak on is managing stress and improving sleep, and the (much underestimated) link between the two. The key to consistent, great quality sleep is not what we do in the two hours before bed, or just before we fall asleep (often referred to as ‘sleep hygiene), but the daily holistic health habits we practice from the moment we wake up.

Normalising your circadian rhythm (think of this as the conductor of your body’s orchestra) and managing your cortisol levels (your stress and energy hormone) throughout the day (the two are inextricably interlinked) is the key to managing stress and achieving a restful night of sleep. High levels of stress resulting in the constant activation of our central nervous system (our fight or flight mode) can also be terribly damaging, and can negatively affect our immune function, hormonal balance, insulin sensitivity and cognitive function.

When we experience stress our adrenal glands release cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that can up-regulate body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, which are useful strategies for when we are in real danger and have to fight for our lives. However, our body cannot recognise the difference between a life-threatening situation, and an email from our boss, losing our phones or that last minute holiday gift shopping just before the stores close!

 Thankfully, implementing some super simple holistic health habits throughout the day can help regulate our circadian rhythm, boost cortisol metabolism, and help you get that longed for 8 hours of sleep:

 Consider a natural alarm clock, instead of emitting a sharp piercing noise that spike cortisol levels (cortisol should gradually rise in the morning) these work as the light activates the pineal gland (one of the main regulators of our circadian rhythm) and suppressing melatonin (one of our sleep hormones) and waking us up naturally and gradually.

 Continue the light exposure by opening your blinds and curtains to get as much natural light as possible. Working out outside in the morning can be of double benefit by getting you in to the natural light, and gives you an exercise induced boost of energy raising cortisol when levels are supposed to be high (working out in the morning gives cortisol levels time to lower by the evening).

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Ensure breakfast is a blood sugar stabilising balance of quality protein, fibre packed veggies and low GI fruits, and healthy fats. Blood sugar swings can also lead to cortisol spikes, and leave us hungry and bad tempered (aka hangry) meaning we reach for the closest high sugar, highly processed treats that can be found everywhere at this time of year!

Following breakfast, I take my New Chapter Perfect Calm Multivitamin – this is my go-to multivitamin at times of stress and a busy schedule, i.e. the holidays! I love this multivitamin as it does double duty as my daily multi and it provides stress supporting vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts such as Holy Basil, Lemon Balm and Chamomile. Vitamin C supports our hard-working adrenal glands and helps promote a healthy stress response (so important at this time of year), and New Chapter’s patented fermentation process ensures each nutrient is available for your body to absorb and utilise (remember, you are not what you eat, but what you absorb)! *

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Throughout the day being conscious of your breathing patterns can be a super simple but incredibly effective way to manage your stress and cortisol levels. Simply by ensuring your exhale is slightly longer than your inhale you can up-regulate your parasympathetic nervous system (your ‘rest and digest’ mode) and down regulate your sympathetic nervous system (your ‘fight or flight’ mode). A simple Box Breathing exercise can be performed anywhere, and is a great tool to use when you may not have time for yoga or mediation, such as in line for groceries the day before holidays, or when about to face another holiday party that you would just rather skip!

To perform the Box Breathing exercise inhale for a count of 4 (through the nose), hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4 (through the nose), and hold for a count of 4.

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 Following these steps throughout the day will help ensure that your cortisol levels start to drop in the late afternoon and evening, preparing you for much needed deep and healing sleep. However, there are a few extra strategies that I love to employ in the evenings that can help even further, and prioritising sleep quality is essential when low on sleep quantity:

  • Finish eating at least two hours before going to bed so your body has finished the bulk of digestion before sleep. This can also be hugely beneficial for gut health and body composition.

  • Minimise electric light at home and blue light exposure from devices two hours before bedtime. As mentioned earlier light is one of the main regulators of circadian rhythm, and minimising exposure at night can help ensure the release of melatonin (a naturally occurring sleep hormone) from our pineal gland.

  • Your bedroom should be cool, not cold, ideally 65 degrees for deep sleep and efficient repair of all body systems.

  • A great eye mask and ear plugs are essential, especially if you live on a busy street, or you go to bed earlier than the rest of the family. 

  • Block all light in the room including ambient light from outside, and any light from electrical devices. We have light sensors in our skin cells that when activated can disrupt sleep.

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About an hour before I go to sleep I love to take New Chapter’s Turmeric Force Nighttime – a blend of antioxidant packed Ginger and Turmeric that helps support a healthy inflammatory response, and Chamomile, Hops, Valerian Root, and Lemon Balm that naturally promote restful sleep.* We keep ours in our bathroom cabinet next to the floss and toothpaste to make it an easy to remember part of our nightly routine.

For all New Chapter products (including my must haves) head to: www.newchapter.com/products

*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.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-health-index-2014-highlights

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15133379

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279390/



 

 

 

 

 

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