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

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