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

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.♥️