Jennifer Hanway

Helping You Live Your Best Life Through Nutrition, Fitness and Wellbeing

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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Lean and Clean: Coconut Protein Pancakes⠀

These Coconut Protein Pancakes are one of my absolute favorite recipes from my new 8 Week Lean and Clean Program, and they are perfect for a light and bright Spring Sunday brunch! I love to serve these with a side of fresh berries and a drizzle of yoghurt.

Coconut Protein Pancakes⠀

  • 1⁄4 cup of coconut flour⠀

  • 1⁄2 scoop vanilla vegan or collagen protein powder ⠀

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed⠀

  • 1 egg⠀

  • 3 egg whites⠀

  • 3/4 cup of almond milk⠀

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon⠀

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • Pinch of Himalayan salt⠀

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (for cooking)⠀

Mix all ingredients (except the coconut oil) in a large bowl. Heat the oil gently in a non stick pan. Pour in 1/4 cup of mixture, and cook on a medium heat until golden brown on both sides (about 3­ mins each side).

My 8 Week Lean and Clean Program is available in person and online, and you can save $100 if you sign up by 4/31!  Click HERE to learn more.

Ask Jenny: I Work Out at 5am, So When Should I Eat Breakfast?

I’m a mom of 2 kids and work a full-time job in Boston, so 5am is the only time I get work out during the week (at the weekend I can work out mid morning). This means I do not have time to eat breakfast unless I get up at 4am (which is just not happening). What should I do?

Anne - Newton, MA

Great question Anne, and congratulations for getting in your workouts with your busy schedule and time commitments!

Fasted workouts (working out on an empty stomach) can actually be a great tool for blood sugar regulation and helping you build metabolism boosting muscle, if you use them in the right way.

Your weekly workouts (you mentioned you work out 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday Friday), i.e. the ones you do fasted should be no more than 35-40 minutes long, and of a medium intensity (how hard you work). Good choices for these workouts could be 30 minutes of running, spinning, or a lighter weights sessions.

At the weekend, when you have eaten breakfast is the time for your more intense (harder) workouts, such as a heavier lifting session, Barry’s or Orange Theory, or a boxing workout. Just make sure you finishing eating at least an hour before working out!

The benefits of working out on an empty stomach (fasted), mean that your body has to tap into its stored carbohydrate, and then your body fat as sources of energy (your body will use the following for fuel in this order 1: alcohol, 2: stored carbs, 3: your body fat). So you will help balance your blood sugar, and get your body using fat for fuel. Hormonally you will also get a boost of growth hormone and testosterone, which is great for helping you build lean muscle.

However, fasted workouts can be challenging for your adrenal health and thyroid health, which is why I recommend only working out fasted at a medium intensity, and for those struggling with hormonal issues (high cortisol, irregular periods, adrenal fatigue) a yoga flow or brisk walk is a better option than the options listed above.

As part of my Lean and Clean Program you will receive workout suggestions personalized to your goals, schedule, available equipment and hormonal status. You can start anytime, from wherever you are in the world, and there is a $100 discount until 4/30! For more details head to:

https://www.jenniferhanway.com/leanandcleanprogram




Eat Well: PB and J Layered Smoothie

Yes, this is a superfood smoothie. Yes, you can eat this for breakfast. Yes, even if you are on my Lean and Clean Program. Yes, this will take away the combined agonies of tax return season and mercury in retrograde.

Happy #PeanutButterAndJellyDayEveryone! Whilst not a combination that is typical in the UK, I’ve been an adopted New Englander for almost 6 years, so I’m well versed in this ridiculously good salty/sweet combo that keeps you coming back for more. However, I’m not about nutrient barren, sugar and trans fat laden calorie/carb bomb white bread sandwiches, so I’ve taken this winning formula and created a #JennyApproved Superfood Smoothie that gives you all the fun of PB&J with none of the negatives.

This recipe combines a protein, fat and fibre packed smoothie with an easy to make, sugar free strawberry chia jam that will quickly become one of your meal prep staples.

For the Peanut Butter Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla collagen or plant based protein powder

  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice

  • 1 tablespoon sugar free peanut butter (@maranathanutbutters is my go to)

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch Himalayan salt

For the Strawberry Chia Jam

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen organic strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds


    Blend the strawberries and chia seed for 30 seconds. Place into a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat until it starts to bubble. Turn to low and simmer until the jam begins to thicken. Transfer to a sterilized mason jar, leave to cool, and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Now for the most important question. Crunchy or Smooth?

Meatfree Monday: Baked Falafel with Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce

I LOVE falafel, but it’s hard to find #jennyapproved stop bought options, so I as part of my 8 Week Fat Loss Program I developed this Baked Herby Falafel Recipe that uses only clean, nutritious ingredients (obvs), and skips the fat heavy frying process to bake in the oven.

I’ve also packed these guys with a ton of fresh herbs to up the nutrient and flavor content, and used digestion boosting flaxseed as the binder. The result? A light, bright, fibre and nutrient packed falafel that is great as part of a salad, in a veggie wrap, or even as a mini meal in the afternoons.

And I highly recommend making the zinc rich, probiotic Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce to accompany them!

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For the Baked Herby Falafel

  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • ¾ cup fresh parsley

  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon Himalyan salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until all the ingredients are broken down and start to combine. Shape the mixture into patties approx 2” round and 1⁄2” thick (will make 6-7 falafels). Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and oil lightly. Place the falafel on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until firm and crispy.

For the Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup plain coconut yoghurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • Pinch Himalayan salt and black pepper

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.


Jenny’s tip: I love to serve these falafels on a bed of cauliflower rice and chopped tomatoes, drizzled with the Yoghurt Tahini Dipping Sauce!

This recipe is from my 8 Week Lean and Clean Program, my new in-person or online program that uses science based methods to help you balance hunger hormones, burn stored body fat and boost your metabolism, whilst getting support and accountability from me throughout the program. For more information head to:

https://www.jenniferhanway.com/leanandcleanprogram


Blue Majik Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl

This new Blue Majik Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl is perfect for those following both my 8 Week Fat Loss Program and my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program! ⠀

Blue Majik or Blue Spirulina is a blue pigment derived from blue-green algae and is a nutritional powerhouse of plant based protein, minerals and energy boosting B Vitamins. It's one of the only food sources of C-phycocyanin, a biliprotein with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects (as shown in a 2016 study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine). ⠀

But don't fall foul of the maxim 'if some is good, more is better', start slow and use a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon in. your smoothies to start. And yes, the taste is slightly like licking the bottom of a fish tank, which is why it lends itself to smoothies and smoothie bowls such as this Blue Majik Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl:⠀

*1 scoop vanilla collagen or vanilla plant based protein powder⠀
*1/4 teaspoon Blue Majik or Blue Spirulina Powder⠀
*1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀
*1 tablespoon acacia fibre⠀
*1 tablespoon hemp seeds⠀
*1 tablespoon almond butter⠀
*1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice ⠀
*1/2 cup blueberries or blackberries⠀
*1.5 cups almond milk 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. ⠀

To find out more about my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program click here.

To find out more about my 8 Week Fat Loss Program click here.


Gut Healing: Veggie Packed Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s National Chicken Noodle Soup Day, and I’ve created a veggie packed, gut healing version for you that is perfect for lunch or a light evening meal. This recipe is perfect for those following my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program, as I’ve used my favorite Bare Bones Broth and replaced the arb heavy noodles with spaghetti squash to keep it low carb and packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. 

 

Gut Healing Chicken Noodle Soup

 makes 4 servings 

·     2 tablespoons coconut oil 

·     1 onion, finely chopped, 

·     4 carrots, diced

·     4 stalks celery, diced

·     ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt

·     ¼ teaspoon black pepper 

·     32oz Bare Bones Broth Chicken Bone Broth  (use code JHANWAY15 for a 15% discount)

·     2 cups cooked spaghetti squash

·     4 cups cooked shredded chicken 

·     2 bay leaves

·     2 tablespoons chopped parsley

·     1 tablespoon dried rosemary

·     1 tablespoon thyme

Heat the coconut oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven and sautéed the onion, carrots and celery for about 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Add in the chicken, bone broth, herbs and salt and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. 

This recipe is 100% compliant with my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program - find out more here!

28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program

Eat Beautiful: Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie

I'm naming today's breakfast my 'Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie' as it is packed full of polyphenols, the anti-antioxidants that help minimize free radical damage to your cells. 

These free radicals are one of the major causes of skin aging, and cause systemic inflammation, which as we know can effect everything from gut health, hormone balance and cognitive function. Polyphenols are also a great source of BDNF - Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a protein that helps you grow new brain cells. 

Polyphenols are mostly found in dark red, purple and brown foods, and blueberries and cacao have some of the highest amounts. Pair this smoothie with a cup of organic, low acid coffee for even more anti-oxidant action! 

Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie

* 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 
*1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
*1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)
*1 cup cauliflower rice (frozen)
*1 tablespoon cacao powder (I love @terrasoul) 
*1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
*1 tablespoon coconut cream
*1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
*1.5 cups coconut milk 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cacao nibs for some extra crunch!

Gut Healing: Morocan Baked Turkey Meatballs with Lemon and Dill Yoghurt Sauce

Moroccan Baked Turkey Meatballs with Lemon and Dill Sauce

This is one of my absolute favourite recipes to make at the moment - its light and bright but super filling, and I love to serve it over zucchini noodles (zoodles), or cauliflower rice.

I highly recommend making a double batch of meatballs as they are a great ‘grab and go’ option for when time is tight and can be served with a salad, soup or in a veggie wrap, and I love the sauce as a sneaky way to get the microbiome boosting probiotics in without even thinking about it!

Moroccan Baked Turkey Meatballs with Lemon and Dill Yoghurt Sauce

Makes 8-10 meatballs

  • 2 flaxseed ‘eggs’ (mix 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons warm water and leave to thicken)

  • 1 lb turkey mince

  • 2 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl or food processor. Shape into 8-10 meatballs.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with avocado oil, place meatballs on the sheet and bake meatballs for 20 minutes.

Lemon and Dill Yoghurt Sauce

  • 1 cup non dairy yoghurt

  • ¼ cup dill, finely chopped

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

  • Pinch Himalayan salt and black pepper

Mix all ingredients well and drizzle over the meatballs.  

This is one of the bonus recipes from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program, which contains over 50 delicious and easy to make recipes that have been specially designed to heal your gut and rebalance your microbiome. For more information head to:

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




Gut Healing Smoothie: Chocolate Chocolate Chip

I'm obsessed with the health benefits of cacao, and let's be real, who doesn't want to have chocolate for breakfast? 

Raw, organic cacao is packed full of antioxidants and polyphenols that can protect us from environmental toxins, contains flavonoids that reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, is rich in calming magnesium and mood-boosting theobromine, and can even raise levels of our feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. And as for gut health? Well, a recent study showed that eating cacao can even increase the number of good bacteria in our microbiome! 

I've paired organic cacao with blood sugar stabilizing cinnamon and a pinch of adrenal boosting Himalayan salt, which not only ramps up the health benefits of this smoothie but makes it taste incredible too...

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Gut Healing Smoothie 

  • 20g collagen powder

  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder

  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

  • 1 tablespoon crunchy almond butter

  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed

  • 1 cup spinach

  • ½ zucchini

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1.5 cups almond milk

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This smoothie, and over 50 more specifically designed gut healing recipes is from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program - to find out more about this life changing program head to:

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









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.

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