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

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