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: 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 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.

Gut Healing: Cacao Chai Tahini Smoothie

In addition to eliminating the inflammatory foods in your diet, healing the gut lining and rebalancing your microbiome my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program now also includes suggestions and recipes for SIBO and low FODMAP diets, and this warming, soothing Cacao Chai Tahini Smoothie is one of my favourite new recipes !

Cacao Chai Tahini Smoothie

  • 20g collagen protein powder (unflavored, chocolate or vanilla)

  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder

  • Chai spice blend (1/4 teaspoon cinnamon + pinch of nutmeg, cardamom, cloves and ginger)

  • 1 tablespoon tahini

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1/2 zucchini, chopped

  • 1 handful spinach

  • 1.5 cups almond or coconut milk

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

My 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program is currently 40% off, which is the largest discount that will be available before the January 14th start. To reserve your spot and take the first steps to your healthiest new year ever head to:

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

Eat Beautiful: Sweet Potato Toasts

Avocado Toast on GF bread? So 2017.

Whilst breakfast for me during the week is usually a smoothie or bircher muesli, I love to take a little more time on weekends to create some healthy and delicious alternative breakfast options for Husband Hanway and I - and these sweet potato toasts have become a firm favourite!

Typically gluten free bread does not have a ton of health benefits, so switching out the typical bread base on your avocado toast for our superstar sweet potato means you are getting a ton of gut healing and detoxification boosting fibre, energy and immune system boosting B Vitamins and Vitamin C, and skin loving beta carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. I see a lot of mineral deficiencies in the lab work of my clients, and sweet potatoes are a great source of much needed iron, calcium and selenium.

And you can use your sweet potato toasts for way more than just avocado! I love to experiment with different toppings, including protein rich hummus and hemp seeds, or go for a sweet but still blood sugar friendly combo of almond butter and pomegranate seed!

Super Simple Sweet Potato Toasts

Always choose organic sweet potato and wash throughly before cooking.

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

  • Top and tail (slice the ends off) the sweet potatoes, then cut lengthwise into slices approximately 1/2 inch thick.

  • Place the sweet potato slices on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and bake for around 20 minutes, or until soft.

  • Top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!



Gut Healing: Perfectly Balanced Matcha Latte

I love a great Matcha Latte (who doesn’t), but whilst it is a great morning pick me up, it is not a balanced breakfast.

I love to add healing collagen powder for hunger hormone balance and a little great fat in the form of coconut butter to make this an easy ‘throw and go’ gut healing breakfast for when time is tight!

Perfectly Balanced Matcha Latte

  • 1.5 cups of coconut milk

  • 1 scoop collagen powder

  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter

  • ½ teaspoon matcha powder

  • 2 drops organic stevia


Place all ingredients in a pan and warm gently until the coconut butter has melted. Whisk thoroughly or blend gently for a few seconds.

This recipe is taken from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program, which launches again in January 2019. For early bird pricing head to:

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




Live Well: Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl with New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster 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!

A healthy breakfast that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream? Yes please!

Sometimes it’s just the simplest of swaps that make the biggest difference, and I’ve added just a touch of peppermint extract and 1 serving of New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder to my usual green smoothie recipe for a thick and creamy flavor packed breakfast with added mood, stress and memory support. Who doesn’t want that at the beginning of a long day?

I love anything that will simplify my morning routine, and this Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder lives on my kitchen countertop, ready to be easily added to my morning smoothies or matcha lattes.

It contains a mood boosting blend of Non GMO, USDA Certified Organic Nigella, Lion’s Mane, Turmeric, Aloe, Peppermint, Coriander, Cardamom and Artichoke. Fermenting these amazing herbs with beneficial probiotics ensures the nutrients are easily digestible and available for the body to absorb. As a Holistic Nutritionist and Gut Health Expert I frequently remind my clients you aren’t what you eat, but what you absorb!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl with New Chapter’s Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder

  • 20g vanilla protein powder (hemp, pea, rice or collagen)

  • 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder

  • 1 cup organic frozen greens (spinach or kale)

  • ¼ avocado

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • 1.5 cups plant based milk

  • 3-4 drops peppermint extract

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao nibs

Place all the ingredients in a blender (except the cacao nibs) and blend until smooth. Top with the cacao nibs and enjoy!




Eat Beautiful: Double Chocolate Chip Collagen Cookies

Hold on to your hats people - I'm suggesting chocolate for breakfast! 

In honor of National Chocolate Day I've partnered with Lilys’s Sweets to create a Gut Healing, Eat Beautiful, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Low Carb, Keto Friendly, Protein Packed Double Chocolate Chip Cookie that is healthy enough to be eaten for breakfast! 

In my opinion, chocolate is a true beauty food, due to the incredible amounts of skin loving antioxidants and phytochemicals found in cacao powder, including the powerful epicatechin that can prevent wrinkle formation.

It is also high in the miracle mineral magnesium, which is needed for over 300 metabolic processes in the body, and is especially important during times of stress, and cacao contains compounds that boost the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine- our feel good (feel great) hormones!

For maximum beauty benefits ensure your chocolate has a high percentage of cacao, and is sugar free and dairy free, just like the Lily’s Chocolate I've used in this recipe! 

Double Chocolate Chip Collagen Cookies

(makes 8 cookies)

  • 1.5 cups almond flour

  • 30g vanilla collagen powder

  • 2 x flaxseed eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons warm water)

  • 2 x 1/4 cup Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

  • 2 tablespoons grass fed ghee

  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

  • Pinch Himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the flaxseed egg by combining the flaxseed and water in a small bowl and mixing thoroughly. Set aside to thicken.

Place all the ghee, almond butter and 1 of the 1/4 cups of chocolate chips in a small pan on a low heat and melt gently, stirring throughout.

Place the almond flour, collagen powder, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl with the flaxseed eggs

Pour the melted chocolate, almond butter and ghee into the bowl, and mix thoroughly. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then fold in the remaining chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, divide the cookie mixture into 8 equal portions, then roll into balls and place on the baking sheet, flattening slightly.

Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave to cool as this will help get that crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside perfect cookie texture!

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If you liked this healthy cookie recipe you’ll love my Gut Healing Pumpkin Collagen Cookies, one of the most loved recipes from my 28 Day Guided Gut Healing Program!



Eat Beautiful: Warm Fig and Vanilla Chia Pudding

I’ve never been a huge fan of cold chia puddings, but this Warm Vanilla Chia Pudding with Walnuts and Figs has become one of my go-to breakfast as the temperatures drop (well, rise and fall) here in Massachusetts.

I limit fruit intake to around 1/2 a cup a day to ensure stable blood sugar levels, prevent fat storage and ensure a healthy insulin response, which means that I choose fruits with as much nutrient density or ‘bang for my buck’ as possible. Choosing locally grown fruits is also a great way of getting in touch with the ayurvedic principle of eating seasonally which can aid digestion, boost the immune system, and ensure we are getting the micronutrients our bodies need to cope with the changing seasons.

Not only are they ridiculously delicious, figs are high in amino acids, fiber, and a lot of essential minerals that our modern day diets lack, including stress relieving magnesium, manganese, bone health boosting calcium, copper, and potassium as well as Vitamin K (essential for Vitamin D and calcium absorption and Vitamin B (essential for efficient energy production).

Vanilla collagen powder provides cellular healing for the skin and gut, chia seeds provide beauty boosting and inflammation lower omega 3 fats and fiber to keep hunger at bay, and my favourite health boosting spice, cinnamon.

Clinical studies have proven cinnamon to significantly improve insulin sensitivity, helping shuttle carbohydrates into the muscle cell instead of storing them as fat. It is so powerful it is even being looked into as replacement for medication in Type 2 Diabetics!

I love this breakfast dish warm, but you can make a big batch to keep in the refrigerator for busy mornings - either eat cold or reheat in a pan with a little extra almond milk....

Warm Fig and Vanilla Chia Pudding

makes 1 serving

  • 20g vanilla collagen powder

  • 1/2 zucchini, finely grated⠀

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh figs

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds⠀

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence⠀

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (to top)

Place the all the ingredients except the collagen and walnuts in a pan, and heat through gently until its starts to thicken. Remove from the heat, leave to cool for a few minutes and then stir through the collagen powder. Top with the chopped walnuts and enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love my Gut Healing Pumpkin Spice Collagen Cookies:

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.

Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com