Author: Hannah

30-day Social Anxiety Action Plan

30-day Social Anxiety Action Plan

My social anxiety story Let me confess something. Social anxiety is something I have struggled with my entire life. From a young age I always felt anxious in social situations. I didn’t know social anxiety was a thing, I thought I was just weird, so […]

Confession: Why I quit blogging (and why I’ve returned)

Confession: Why I quit blogging (and why I’ve returned)

You may have noticed I’ve been AWOL. In fact this is the first blog I’ve posted on Hannah Gets Hench for a really long time. Have you missed me? In this post I’m going to explain why. And more importantly, why I’ve returned. (Don’t worry […]

4 delicious protein smoothies to keep you hydrated this summer

4 delicious protein smoothies to keep you hydrated this summer

Staying hydrated can be a challenge at the best of times, let alone in summer.

It’s no secret that drinking water is the key to staying hydrated, but sometimes it’s difficult to keep it interesting.

I’ve teamed up with Peak Body to put together four protein smoothies you can cooperate into your daily routine. They’ll satisfy your taste buds and keep you hydrated this summer.

Orange Creamsicle

This one’s for the sweet lovers out there – enjoy this delicious smoothie on a hot day.

Ingredients

2 scoops vanilla protein

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

3 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp honey

3-5 ice cubes

1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

Preparation

In a blender, mix until smooth.

Mango and Blueberry

Mangoes and Blueberries are arguably delicious in their own rights, but many people including myself think these tasty fruits are best served together.  Not only delicious, these fruits are also nutritious, mangoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants, while blueberries are full to the rim of phytonutrients, which help your body ward off diseases.

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen mango

2 scoops vanilla diet protein powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Preparation

In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth.

Kale Pineapple and Avocado

Get tropical this summer with a fruity cocktail of exotic fruits and nutritious vegetables. Although it doesn’t pack the same punch as your usual Pina Colada, this smoothie is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Ingredients

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 large hand-full of Kale

80g pineapple chunks

50g ripe avocado

1 scoop protein powder

3- 5 ice cubes

Preparation

In a blender, mix until smooth.

Peachy Green Smoothie

Start your day right with this tasty mix of peaches and kale.  Full to the rim of delicious vitamins and nutrition, this smoothie is a great way to keep energised throughout the day while keeping yourself hydrated in the heat.

 Ingredients

2 scoops vanilla protein

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen peaches

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 banana

2 cups kale

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Preparation

Add all ingredients to blender. Mix until smooth.

Italy travel blog: Rome, Florence and Pisa

Italy travel blog: Rome, Florence and Pisa

Italy has been on my ‘must-see’ destination list for such a long time; after all it’s the home of pizza, pasta and gelato! Earlier this month I finally got to visit and it completely surpassed my expectations.

The Northern Blog Awards 2017

The Northern Blog Awards 2017

It seems like the NBAs was only last weekend, but I’ve realised it was a few weekends ago now and I still haven’t written about it! Hosted by We Blog North, the artist formerly known as We Blog MCR, it was a night of glitz, […]

Autumn Makeup Masterclass with Space NK

Autumn Makeup Masterclass with Space NK

Autumn is my favourite season, hands down. The temperature drops and allows you to bring out the knitwear, you can chain drink brews without turning into a sweat monster, and best of all, the Halloween stuff comes out!

In addition to the above, I’m a big fan of Autumnal colours. As I have warm toned skin, brown hair and hazel eyes, brown, red, green and gold are my go to colours. Last week I was invited to a special makeup master class at the Space NK store in Manchester to learn about the new Autumn/Winter products and how to incorporate the AW catwalk trends into your look.

The makeup look

The techniques in the Masterclass were demonstrated on a lovely model named Holly and Jutheanne was the MUA, along with Grace Revington talking through the products used. I have included a links to the products they used to make it easy for anyone to find them (this is not a sponsored post though.)

Skincare

To kick start they prepped for makeup. 111 skin care pro Dean Dawson talked about the importance of using a gentle exfoliator a few times a week to dissolve dead skin cells which can clog pores and make the skin look dull. He recommended the Lift Off Exfoliating Cleanser because it is really gentle on the skin and contains ingredients which improve cell turnover to make your skin look fresher.

The base

After prepping the skin, pro team artist Jutheanne used an illuminating primer by Laura Mercier on Holly’s skin. She chose this specifically as it would make the skin look as though it was illuminated from within but you could use a non-illuminating primer if you wanted to have a more matte base. My sister swears by the standard Laura Mercier primer and I have used hers in the past and been really impressed by the results.

For foundation, she used the new Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion which is a long-wear foundation that promises a matte but not cakey finish. Apparently, the best way to apply this is to use a damp sponge or beauty blender. I tried this foundation afterwards on my hand and I was in love. It had such a soft and lightweight texture, I can’t wait to try it on my face.

Next up, Jutheanne used a Nars creamy concealer, aka the holy grail of makeup, to lighten up any darkness under the eyes (not that Holly had any) and then used a light setting powder to keep everything in place.

The vavavoom

Finally, onto the eyes and lips!

After priming the eyes, Jutheanne used a beautiful taupe colour to add some definition without looking to dramatic. She also applied eyeliner to the tightline (the line just below your top lashes under your eyelid) and very close to the lash line and finished by using a Keyvn Aucoin mascara to add volume and length to the lashes. I had never heard of this brand but apparently it is one of the best for eye makeup.

Finally, it was time for a bold red lip. Jutheanne used a Nars lip pencil to outline the lips and create a shape and then filled it in with one of the new Nars power matte lip pigments. These colours are amazing and are all named after famous rock songs, how cool is that?! To finish the entire look, she spritzed some setting spray and voila, Holly was an Autumnal babe!

I had a lovely evening at Space NK and learnt so much about the brands they sell and the correct techniques to achieve the best results with the makeup. The pro team were amazing, as were the staff who worked in the Manchester store; I will definitely be going in and asking their expertise on makeup in the future.

My journey into Intuitive Eating

My journey into Intuitive Eating

When I first heard about Intuitive Eating I was a little sceptical, doesn’t it just mean eating whatever you want all the time? Why does this need to be a ‘movement’? Surely there are some health implications for this? After some serious sarcastic eye rolls […]

Tampopo Manchester review

Tampopo Manchester review

If you’re from Manchester you may have heard of Tampopo, a group of restaurants that celebrates Pan-Asian cuisine and the flavours of South East Asia. Interestingly, Tampopo is also the name of a 1985 ‘ramen western’ film about the joys of Japanese food, but for […]

Amino acids, BCAAs & supplement review

Amino acids, BCAAs & supplement review

Think that only bodybuilders need to take amino acids? Think again! Amino acid supplements are a simple way to benefit from amino acids which are usually found in food and drink.

optimum nutrition watermelon

 

Let’s get scientific (puts science goggle on…) There are currently 500 amino acids that are known and classified, but only 23 are involved in the process of building proteins. This group is known as the proteinogenic amino acids, which combine into peptide chains (polypeptides) to form the building blocks of a vast array of proteins.

Nine of the 23 proteinogenic group are known as “essential” because your body cannot create them from other compounds. This means you need to consume these amino acids – phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine through your diet.

BCAAs stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids; this refers to the three amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Because BCAAs are the only amino acids not regulated by the stomach and liver, it means they head straight to the bloodstream and muscle tissue. Some studies have found that they lower lactate levels, making recovery faster and increase the release of growth hormone during exercise.

Although these occur naturally in certain foods, such as meat and eggs, supplementing your intake with sports nutrition can make it easier to improve muscle protein synthesis and boost recovery. To clarify, you don’t HAVE to take amino acid supplements to get the benefits, you can find these naturally in food, however supplements are a good choice if you cannot get enough from your diet.

Optimum Nutrition AmiN.O Energy Review

For the last month, I have been using Optimum Nutrition’s Essential AmiN.O. Energy supplement in the flavour watermelon, it contains both amino acids and caffeine so it’s the perfect pre-workout drink. I like to mix 2 scoops with a large bottle of water in the mornings before I work out because I find that it gives me an edge that a cup of tea just doesn’t have.

Here are some things I liked about it:

  • The powder form mixes well and doesn’t feel gritty or thick like others
  • It’s a sweet watermelon taste, but doesn’t taste sickly or too ‘fake’
  • It contains vitamin C
  • I could feel the effects after about 30 minutes, it gives great burst of energy for workouts (cardio and lifting)
  • However, due to the high caffeine content I can’t drink it after 3pm or I struggle to sleep (I’m very sensitive to caffeine)

Overall, I’ve noticed a difference in my energy levels on the days that I’ve drank this. I can do longer length sessions in the gym and don’t feel as ‘worn out’ as I usually do the next day.  I use it as a pre-workout for my morning workouts because once I drank it at 4pm and I couldn’t sleep for that evening.

So there you have it, if you’re looking for a new pre-workout I’d definitely recommend Optimum Nutrition’s Essential AmiN.O. Energy supplement. There are loads more flavours I want to try like Blue Raspberry, Strawberry lime and peach cranberry. Some protein powders contain BCAAs so definitely lookout for those too, you can read my review of one here. 

Do you use pre-workouts, I’d love some recommendations in the comments if you do!

 

*Product was gifted to me, however all opinions are my own*

Is Boomtown fair festival worth the hype?

Is Boomtown fair festival worth the hype?

I’ve heard many things about Boomtown festival, some good some bad, but mainly that it was unlike any other festival. Last week I put this to the test and experienced the madness that was Boomtown Chapter 9: Behind the Mask Located in Winchester, which is basically […]