Simply Healthy Fried Shrimp

I’m just going to come right out and say it – these are the best dang shrimp I’ve ever made in my life... like, I just finished my plate and immediately had to come write this because it’s so dang good the whole world needs to know about it!

Thankfully, it’s super simple and an affordable take on a fancy shrimp dinner out, too.

Ingredients:
– 1 lb bag frozen raw, shelled, deveined, tail off (saves so much time, worth the extra pennies)
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 1 egg
– 3 cups coconut flour
– garlic powder (to taste)
– cumin (to taste)
– ground ginger (just a little)
– Trader Joe’s Vegan Chicken-less Seasoning Salt (tastes like Ramen noodles seasoning)

Directions:
– place shrimp in strainer and run cold water over it until thawed
– microwave coconut oil until it becomes liquid (about 15 seconds)
– combine coconut oil with one egg
– in separate mixing bowl, combine coconut flour with seasonings
– dredge shrimp in egg wash, then flour mixture, then place into air fryer
– cook on 380 for 10 minutes, flipping once halfway
– enjoy!

Honestly, the only thing that’s missing from this recipe that would make these coconut shrimp is the coconut flakes. I didn’t have any and was too impatient to wait to make these, LOL, so I decided to make coconut-flavored shrimp (thanks coconut oil and coconut flour!)

One of the best parts of ordering coconut shrimp at a restaurant is banking on getting some sweet and tangy sauce to dip those bad boys in. I’m still working on perfecting a keto-friendly sweet chili sauce, but, what I made today is ah-mazing!

Sauce ingredients:
– Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise
– fish Sauce
– G Hughes Sugar Free BBQ sauce
– sriracha
– salt
– ground ginger
– garlic powder

I didn’t measure them…ended up using about two big spoonfuls of mayo, one big spoonful of BBQ, plenty of fish sauce and sriracha and minimal seasonings. I like to measure to taste and make adjustments throughout until it’s exactly what I’m going for.

If you can’t tell, I love to cook/bake based off of my mood. And if I’m out of an ingredient, I’ll improvise! Today was a good day for improvisation. I’m definitely making these air-fried shrimp again.

What else would you like to see me make? Drop a comment below!

xoxo,

HB

Shift Your Mindset, Elevate Your Lifestyle in 10 Days

Ten days. That’s all it takes to reset your mindset and shift into better living.

How? It’s simple! Join me in the 10 day challenge. Before I even get into the details, just look at my results from my latest 10 day challenge⤵️



I’ve been eating clean and exercising moderately for 10 months now. Between that and drinking pure therapeutic ketones for nearly 8 months of that time, I’ve lost 75 pounds. INSANITY, y’all!

You see, I’m a recovering athlete. I grew up playing traveling soccer and doing competitive cheerleading.

I’ve had my fair share of struggles… too low on the scale and far too high on the scale, too. Emotional attachments to food, you name it.

Injury after injury, I had to have knee surgery in high school and back surgery right after graduating college. On top of all of that, at the ripe age of 26, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and enough was enough. You can catch my full health journey timeline here.

Enter clean eating, easing into exercising and drinking ketones.

The 10-Day Challenge is the perfect way to jump into ketosis. Familiar with the ketogenic aka keto diet? Well, when you eat keto, your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis. Drinking one serving of Prüvit pure therapeutic ketones puts your body into a state of nutritional ketosis within one hour.

Your routine will be simple:

– Drink one serving of caffeinated ketones in the morning
– Fast until lunch (drinking coffee or tea is okay but only black or with 0g sugar cream)
– Eat a low carb meal (think meats and vegetables)
– Drink one serving of decaf ketones mid to late afternoon
– Eat another low carb meal for dinner

That’s it!

Shift your mindset and get your body ready for a healthier lifestyle in just 10 days. Yes – really!

Keep up with me on my Instagram @healthyhannahchristine for day to day activities.

xoxo,

HB

Put Yourself First

That’s truly what it boils down to: We need to put ourselves first in order to live our best lives. I know, I know, hear me out…

Who/what are you putting the most attention and energy toward? Your friends? Spouse? Kids? Parents? Do you wake up each morning and immediately think of their needs, but never seem to give a minute to yourself to address your own?

I know it’s hard. As a helper by nature, I’ve always wanted to help others, make them feel heard and seen and cared for. But we must first put ourselves as #1 priority, in order to share abundantly with our loved ones.

Personally, I’ve realized over the years (thank you, therapy) I was pouring too much love into others and not enough love into myself. I cared about their happiness first and foremost, and would sacrifice my own just to please them. NOT a healthy way to live, long-term.

If we don’t deal with our own demons, if we don’t take a minute to re-evaluate our true desires and needs in life, then we’ll never be able to be fully expressive. We’ll always feel repressed in some form or fashion.

My autoimmune diagnosis last summer was my wake up call. Enough was enough, Hannah had to put Hannah first. So I did, I have, and I do every day.

I read more, I write more, I pray more. I live intentionally.

You know what it’s brought me? Stronger relationships. More manifested encounters. A better work ethic. Not to mention, I have my health back.

Crazy what putting yourself first just might do for you. Why don’t you give it a try?

xoxo,

HB

Why I Drink Ketones Daily

Because they make me feel amazing.

Because they provide me with the cleanest fuel source.

Because they help keep me on track with my health & wellness goals.

Because they help tremendously with my mental health.

I’ve found they help calm my anxiety while giving me energy to combat my depression at the same time. I know…it sounds made up, but I can attest it is MY reality and my TRUTH. The mental clarity they provide me with helps me focus and block out all the “what if’s” my anxiety induces. The energy they provide me with makes me want to be active throughout the day.

Ketones are a tool to help you become the best version of yourself.

I mean….look at my journey thus far:

So, what’s the science behind it?

Pure therapeutic ketones are D-BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) isomer ketone salts that are bio-identical to what your liver produces when you’re in a state of nutritional ketosis.

“But Hannah, why would I want to be in ketosis?” I’m glad you asked!

Ketones are neuroprotective and higher circulating ketones calm neurons in your brain. Ketones have been shown to increase endurance in aerobic activity. Ketones are anti-inflammatory leading to less bloat & better gut health.

D-isomer BHB has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Less appetite = less cravings/unhealthy choices = staying on track = weight loss.

Additionally, ketones are typically very hard to produce naturally in the beginning stages of the ketogenic diet and production differs for each individual. Even keto-adapted people may find it hard to circulate high levels of ketones in the blood.

That’s why drinking pure exogenous therapeutic ketones is so great! Drinking one serving puts your body into a state of ketosis within the hour.

I start my day with a caffeinated dose of ketones, fast until lunch (coffee is okay! As long as there’s no sugar in it) and eat a low carb meal for lunch. Lather, rinse, repeat, and wait for the results to show!

If you’re new to the ketogenic diet in general, you may experience a bit of the “keto flu” at the beginning of your journey. Ketones will help with this! Trust me, just try them. You won’t regret it.

xoxo,

HB

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dairy-free keto

Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies?!

Growing up, I was so fortunate my mom was both a great cook and a great baker! We always had a delicious home-cooked meal on the table for supper and *almost* always had something for dessert, too. She’s also a dietician, so I had the best balance of eating all the yummy things, but staying within healthy boundaries.

Ever since the stay-at-home rule started in Dallas due to COVID-19, I’ve been eating everyyyything in my pantry. Snacks on snacks on snacks, y’all.

Thankfully, I’ve still kept those healthy boundaries I learned growing up, for the most part. C’mon, we’re all human!

Another reason I wanted to try out making cookies is because I’ve n e v e r done it before. I’ve only ever baked the tear apart ones! I know, I know. Fairly sad for a 27-year-old.

OKAY, OKAY now for the recipe.

Ingredients:
– 1 stick plant-based butter (I love the Country Crock avocado oil brand)
– 2.5 cups superfine blanched almond flour
– 1.5 cups erythritol (I love Swerve, granular)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– semi-sweet chocolate chips to taste (I used Lily’s brand to keep it keto)
– 1 egg

Directions:
– mix dry ingredients together thoroughly
– stir softened butter with vanilla extract
– combine wet and dry mixtures until smooth
– add egg
– fold in desired amount of choc chips
– scoop into small balls on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet
– bake at 375 for 9 – 11 min

Depending on the size of dough scoops you make, this should come out to about 2 dozen cookies.

I’m so glad I now have something sweet to reach for, and I don’t have to think twice because it’s still in line with my health goals! Staying keto and eating dairy free 95% of the time has not only helped me lose weight, it’s tremendously helped my autoimmune disease, hidradenitis suppurativa.

What kind of treats are you making these days? I’d love if you tried my recipe! Be sure to tag me @healthyhannahchristine on insta.

What’s in your health&wellness tool belt!?

You’ve heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet by now, I’m sure, and also have probably seen multiple think pieces or opinion articles on why it’s great for you or how it’s the worst diet of the decade (LOL personal experience really denying this one).

People are sharing their testimonies on losing 100+ pounds on keto, posting before-and-after photos that are honestly mind blowing.

Truth bomb: When I first heard of the keto diet, I didn’t think it was very sustainable. I was afraid of what would happen to my body when I stopped fueling it with what it’d been used to for YEARS, and started eating a higher fat content than ever before.

But, I kept seeing other people’s successes, and decided I wanted IN. And while I eat more of a low-carb than a true keto diet, simply because I don’t track my macros, I’ve reaped an insaaaane amount of benefits in the short months I’ve been on this path.

Left: June 2019; Right: Jan. 2020

Drinking exogenous ketones has played a huge role in my success. I truly don’t think I’d be where I am today without them, which is exactly why I’m telling the whole world allll about them!

I mean, look at my personal transformation…

Left: Nov. 2018; Right: Jan. 2020

Liiiike, 60 pounds less and feeling like a new person transformation!

Hit me with the facts, Hannah!

Pure therapeutic ketones are D-BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) isomer ketone salts that are bio-identical to what your liver produces when you’re in a state of nutritional ketosis. Typically, ketones are very hard to produce naturally in the beginning stages of the ketogenic diet and production differs for each individual. Even keto-adapted individuals may find it hard to circulate high levels of ketones in the blood.

Exogenous ketones are a powder supplement that you add to 16oz of water and drink within 15 min of mixing. They put you into a state of ketosis in under 1 hour.

*Exogenous = outside of the body, while endogenous = what your liver naturally produces*

Why would you want to be in ketosis?

D-isomer BHB has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Less appetite = less cravings/unhealthy choices = weight loss. Ketones are neuroprotective and higher circulating ketones calm neurons in your brain.

Ketones have been shown to increase endurance in aerobic activity.

Ketones are also anti-inflammatory, leading to less bloat & better gut health.

Additionally, C-med 100 is the only peer-reviewed supplement shown to aide in DNA repair and help immune function. (Since my HS diagnosis last summer, any immune help I can give myself is huge).

Lastly, why KETO//OS Nat over other ketone products?

Prüvit holds the only multipatented exogenous ketone on the market.

NAT ketones are the only naturally fermented pure and bio-identical ketones.

Other ketones are “racemic” aka mixed isomer ketones. Those ketones are not identical to what your body produces and can actually end up damaging the ketone receptors.

Think of trying to jam a key (ketone) into a lock (receptor) that isn’t compatible.

Everyone gets to reap the benefits of ketosis, even if you don’t want to eat keto!

You don’t have to eat keto. That’s the best part. These exogenous ketones were created so that everyone can benefit from ketosis without the strictness of a true ketogenic diet.

This was actually a big reason why I finally took the leap to try them – I’m your average woman, who has had her fair share of body image issues, eating disorders, emotional attachment to food, you name it. So when I decided it was time to take my health back into my own hands, I got nervous, because putting myself in any sort of “box” aka “diet”, meant restriction. Meant deprivation. Meant sacrifice. Meant the possibility of bad eating habits and overall nutritional health.

*Remember* that these are just one tool in my health&wellness tool belt, though. I still take daily walks, drink an insane amount of water, eat whole foods, don’t eat gluten or dairy (because of my autoimmune disease), etc. But these are by FAR the MOST IMPORTANT tool I’ve yet to find, and I don’t think it gets better.

Want to join me on the pursuit to B E T T E R? Message me!

xoxo,

HB

My Road to Health & Happiness

Yikes…making this side-by-side, finally weighing myself for the first time since starting this journey, coming to terms with reality. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.

But for the first time in years, I finally am starting to see Hannah in the mirror again✨
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➖ May 2014, injured my back
➖ Dec. 2015, had back surgery
➖ Jan. 2016, started therapy
➖ July 2019, diagnosed with skin disease
➖ July 2019, decide to TAKE MY LIFE BACK
⬆️ To say my health journey is unique, especially at the ripe age of 27, is an understatement. I’ll be sharing more and more about how and why I’ve made the changes I have.

Why, you may ask? Because I can see my goals right in front of me. They’re tangible. Because I can live my days out of the box I had put myself in. I’m motivated. I’m optimistic. So I’m sharing, because I want you to feel just as empowered and fulfilled as I do.

Realizing you are the one in the way of your own success is not easy, but once you make that step, the rest of the journey is just one foot in front of the other.

Since my HS diagnosis back in July, I’ve completely cut out gluten and dairy and follow a low-carb diet. This decision was based off of my personal research about autoimmune disease and how what we put into our bodies effects EVERYTHING.

Sure, I’ve lost 55 pounds. But what I’ve gained back is my optimism, my motivation, the ability to LIVE my life fully.🙌🏼 The girl on the left was hurting, inside and out, but chose she was worth it and put in the effort. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m sure as hell celebrating my success thus far!

before and after; side by side; weight loss; weight loss tips; weight loss goals; boss babe; keto; keto diet; autoimmune

This is really hard for me to post, but part of my healing and growth is accepting my past and overcoming. I’ve struggled with my body image since I was a kid. No, seriously. I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food or my body confidence. Teetering between too restrictive and overindulgent. Never letting myself have a bite of dessert, or letting myself eat three desserts. You get the picture.

Once you’re really far in one direction or the other, finding middle ground feels impossible. So you let yourself live in the extremes, further promoting unhealthy habits on both sides of the spectrum.

Well, I realized enough was enough. Living with mental health issues since elementary school, having had knee surgery at 17 and back surgery at 23, I’m no stranger to ailment. But getting diagnosed with a skin disease that stems from an autoimmune/auto-inflammatory disorder at 26, THAT was the straw that broke the camels back. Hearing my body is attacking itself was my wake up call. How could my own body betray me? Time to fix that!

Yet through these hardships, I chose to persevere. If I can do it, you can too. I promise you it will only make life better to choose yourself. Choose her every day.

Never give up on yourselves babes. You’re always worth it.♥️