Instagram vs Reality

Hey y’all!

It has been a MINUTE.  Wow I have a lot I want to say + this is going to be a very vulnerable post that I hope helps provide a little clarity on my 6 month silence.  First off, I do this whole thing for me, because I truly enjoy food + cooking + the foodie community, but my wish is that at least one person can take something away from Hangry Hannah – happiness, a new recipe to cook with a best friend/loved one/themselves, a new perspective on the health/wellness/foodie community, or maybe just a few minutes of escape from the every day hustle + bustle of life.  This post is most likely going to be a random assortment of my thoughts + recounts of what I’ve experienced + learned about myself.  I like to think of myself as a very organized person, but I’m letting that go for this post – just gonna write + get it all out.  So, here we go!  The past 6 months or so have been a whirlwind.  I learned a lot about myself + truly took the time to do what I needed for myself for the first time.  What a freakin’ game changer people.  If you take away one thing from this post I hope it is this: do what you need to do for you when you need to.  Y’all if you don’t take the time to take care of yourself + love yourself more than anything than you are not living.  This summer I interned at Southwest Airlines – an incredible experience that taught me a whole lot + brought some of the most amazing + inspiring people into my life.  However, it was a lot busier than I expected.  I commuted an hour there + back each day + traveled almost every weekend.  I loved every second of it, but I had an intention to grow + expand Hangry Hannah – that (obviously) just did not happen.  Rather I stepped away + only posted a couple of times on Instagram – which is totally ok + I don’t regret spending my time elsewhere/doing other things.  Suddenly senior year of college started + I found myself in a busy AF semester (20 hours – yikes!), trying to work part time, have somewhat of a social life, + try not to think about post-grad life 24/7.  It is safe to say that mentally, I was unwell.  Thankfully, I have some pretty kick ass people in my life that encouraged me to clear my plate off a little + take time for myself.  Half way through the semester, I decided to quit my job + focus on school/friends.  A little weight was lifted off my shoulder.  But that didn’t get me back to feeling like myself as I thought it would.  I would go from class to homework to job searching to crying on the phone with my mom telling her how much I missed home feeling like a 12 year old at summer camp for the first time.  For sure not what I thought senior year of college was gonna be like!  Ok I want to take a moment to say that I am realllllly lucky to be getting a college education, have two very supportive parents, an encouraging boyfriend, genuine friends, etc.  I don’t want it to seem like my life was terrible/I didn’t feel gratitude towards all I’ve been blessed with.  With that being said, I was struggling + I needed help.  So I swallowed my pride + called a therapist.  It felt so damn good to shamelessly get all my feelings off my chest + listen to a professional outside perspective.  Turns out I was experiencing some anxiety about my final year in school + what the future held (which is totally normal!!).  My therapist equipped me with practices to help relieve my anxiety, love on myself more, live in the moment + stop worrying, as well as reminded me that I was OK + I just needed to slow down + take a deep breath.  I honestly believe that every single person can benefit from counseling/therapy.  No feeling is too small.  Mental health is important.  Loving yourself is important.  Not feeling shame or guilt about how you feel is important.  We need to take time for ourselves + not feel bad about it.  Starting that semester I wanted to dive right back into this blog + had alllll these ideas of what I wanted to post + write about.  That didn’t happen, + at first it really bummed me out.  Looking back though, I am beyond thankful that I stepped back + took the time to learn about myself + what I can do to love on myself + help me feel good.  During that semester, I struggled with gut issues/trying to eat well/exercise/do well in school/etc/etc/etc.  Turns out I was putting so much stress on myself that I was physical hurting.  I was in a constant state of stress + my tummy didn’t like it.  Once I took time for me + not put so much pressure on myself + let go of trying to find the perfect job/eat the perfect meal/get perfect grades, I felt good.  Finally!!!!!!  During this time, I started practicing yoga again + completely fell in love.  Yoga reminded me to breath, to respond rather than react, to challenge myself while loving myself, to be vulnerable in my community, to clear my mind, to try new things.  It may not be for everyone, but I’m obsessed with yoga + encourage anyone to give it a shot (it changed my life!) + hope to share more about my practice on this site.  Christmas break came along + I took FULL advantage of having a whole month to do just chill.  It was so freakin’ awesome + restful.  I’m entering this new year feeling recharged + ready to take on whatever comes my way.  My goal is get back into Hangry Hannah – sharing recipes/tips, life experiences, fav food spots, + more.  I’m excited + nervous, but I’m choosing not to put any pressure on myself.  I’m leaving perfectionism in 2018 + continuing to learn to love more, chill out, be ok with whatever happens.  Ok whoa that was lot hahaha but it feels really good to put into existence what has been going on in my brain for quite a while.  I would love to hear y’alls thoughts, so please reach out to share, questions, suggest, etc.

 

Stay hangry + happy + don’t forget to love yourself today!

-Hangry Hannah

It’s All About Balance

balance

[bal-uh ns] • noun

  1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
  2. something used to produce equilibrium, counterpoise.
  3. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgement, etc.

 

Hey, what’s up, hello people!!!! I am freaking back and super duper pumped about it!  Before I jump right back into all things foodie, I wanted to take the time to share why I took a break, what I’ve learned these past 3 months, and how the above have helped me grow so much.

 

Ok, first thing’s first: it really is all about balance.  I’ve heard it a million times, but I finally learned it this past semester.  I was in 19 school hours, turning 21, making time for my long distance relationship, practicing self care as much as possible, the list goes on.  As you can see, I reeeaaalllyyyy needed to learn how to implement balance into my life.  Unfortunately, that meant stepping away from Hangry Hannah to focus of figuring out how to manage my time and priorities, have fun, be successful, and maintain friendships.  But I’m so, so glad I did!!  I was able excel in my classes, celebrate mine and friends’ 21st birthdays, land my dream internship, take time to relax, and spend some good QT with my boyfriend.  It doesn’t happen over night, but if you dedicate the time and focus on figuring out how to balance it all, life really works out.

 

Not only did I learn balance in my every day life, but I learned balance in my diet (not diet in the sense of a restricted food plan, diet as in what I eat on an every day basis) – something I didn’t know I needed but I really, really did.  The Instagram foodie communities are so cool and supportive and fun and helpful, but they also can be pressure inducing.  I constantly felt like I either had to be eating super healthy/pretty food or crazy junk food that would make for a perfect picture.  Seems silly but I just didn’t know how to balance what I ate.  Taking the time to step away from sharing all my meals and truly discover a diet that made me feel good was so worth it.  Not what looked cool or was trending at the moment, but what made ME feel good.  I hope that sharing this and sharing my meals will help others find true balance in their diets as well.  To reiterate, it’s all about balance!!!!  I love fueling my body with good, real food, but I also love sharing meals with loved ones and baking, and learning to balance it all (and not feeling guilty about eating this or not eating that) has made me a happier, better version of myself.  Don’t let food inhibit you from growing your friendships or exploring new places – realize what is important, eat what makes you feel good, and know that what food makes you feel good is going to be different than what food makes others feel good (which is totally normal, we are all different!).

 

Balance is so important and I cannot stress that enough.  Learn what things and people you want to prioritize and change your life accordingly.  Learn what food makes you feel good and implement those changes, even if its scary (“healthy” is a personal term – what is healthy for you is different than what is healthy for your best friend, again we are all different).  I’m super excited to dive back into Hangry Hannah this summer.  I’ll be sharing how I pack my work lunches, cooking dinner most nights, and on the weekends (I am lucky to be able to travel a lot this summer) I’ll be sharing my fav food spots from everywhere I go (and will also be asking for lots of suggestions so be prepared!).

 

Stay hangry!!!

-Hangry Hannah

Rollin’ n Bowlin’

Good people, great vibes, and even better food? Count me the heck in!! If you love enjoying a beautiful + sunny day, refreshing smoothies + bowls, and a good slice of avocado toast, you best be getting your booty to the Rollin’ n Bowlin’ truck!!!!

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Y’all – today it finally felt like January in Texas – I went on a run outside on the Trinity River Trails, drove with my windows down + sunroof open, and soaked in allllllll the sunshine.  I love to take my Saturdays and Sundays to prioritize self care and a do lil “treat yo self” action, so I decided to take myself to lunch.  Feeling something refreshing + filling post-run, I headed over to Rollin’ n Bowlin’ for an açaí bowl.  After contemplating the menu for what seemed like forever (I’m way too indecisive + everything looked amazing) I decided to go with one of their new bowls – the Coco Loco which is loaded with açaí, mixed berries, banana, pb, cacao, and almond milk + topped with granola, strawberries, banana, coconut, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and honey!!! Y’all – this bowl was TO DIE FOR (I devoured!!) and it kept me full all afternoon!

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Not only was the bowl insanely delicious + nutritious, the service was second to none. Owners (recent TCU grads!) Austin and Sophia are welcoming, helpful, and run a customer-oriented business.  So many restaurants/business these days are in such a rush to make money, get to the next customer, create the latest and greatest product that they forget the importance and value of customer service.  That is NOT the case with the people at Rollin’ n Bowlin’!!!!

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If you are a TCU student or located in the Fort Worth area and love a yummy, friendly, local place to eat, you really need to take a trip to the Rollin’ n Bowlin’ truck – I promise you’ll become instantly obsessed!!  I’ll definitely be back to try more of their menu items (avo toast, açaí and pitaya bowls, pb toast, smoothies), plus they have a loyalty punch card where after you buy 9 bowls or smoothies, your 10th is free!

I’ll see you at the Rollin’ n Bowlin’ truck located off University and Collinsworth! You can also follow them on Insta @rollinnbowlin.

-Hangry Hannah

Grocery Shopping: College Style

College is busy. Like really, really, really busy.  Hence why I took basically a semester long break from Hangry Hannah, buuuuut I’m back with TONS of exciting things coming your way (and I’m pumped to say the least)!!

Did I mention college was busy? Because it is.  Between classes, extracurriculars, trying to have a social life, squeezing in a lil self care, working out, staying in contact with your family + friends back home, getting some sleep here and there… it seems never ending.  And on top of all the chaos, we’re supposed to feed ourselves, grocery shop, and cook for one?!  I know, I know, it seems damn near impossible to shop for healthy foods for one person that will last more than a few days while also ballin’ on a budget.  It definitely takes some experimenting because our taste buds and favorite stores are all different, but I’ve come up with some tips that have really helped me maintain a healthy diet, not go broke, and make minimal trips to the grocery store – check em out below!

 

  1. My breakfast staples that last and that you can find cheap:
    • Eggs – these babies are SO versatile (scrambled, omelettes, sunny side up on some avo toast) plus packed with nutrients (protein, iron, vitamins, minerals, and more) and they last in the fridge up to 5 weeks.
    • Cereal/Granola – a childhood favorite that will simply never go out of style (plus it’ll last in the pantry for up to 6 months)! I love throwing my go-to’s (any and all of the Purely Elizabeth granolas, Trader Joe’s Purple Maize Flakes, and Barbara’s Pumpkin Puffins (seasonal))  in a bowl with a banana or blueberries and some nut butter.
    • Oats – another pantry staple of mine that lasts up to 2 YEARS!  I love classic oatmeal on a chilly, rainy morning (always make with almond milk instead of water for a creamier experience) or basic overnight oats on warmer days – simply put a 1/2 cup of oats + 1/2 almond milk (can vary depending on how thick/thin you like it) + 2 tbps of nut butter + whatever toppings you fancy (cinnamon, cacao nibs, all-natural cocoa powder, chia/hemp/flax seeds, any fruit), shake it all up in a leftover nut butter jar and store in the fridge overnight.
  2. Frozen produce: it’s cheaper, lasts foreva, and has so many different uses (smoothies, bowls, frozen veggies are an easy side).  Frozen produce items that are always on my list include mixed berries, brussels sprouts, spinach, coconut, pineapple, and mango.  Most frozen produce lasts up to 10 months.
  3. Freeze dat bread!! No matter what, when unloading my groceries I always pop my bread in the freezer – I don’t know when will I’m going to use it or how much and unfrozen bread molds way too easily.  Plus, most toasters have a defrost button which makes for quick toast or sandwich prep.  Putting your loaf in the freezer changes it’s shelf life from 1 week to 6 months.
  4. When possible, buy in bulk.  For foods that you love so much you eat once a day or multiple times a week (for me: sweet potatoes which last up to 2 weeks, avos which can last up to 1 week when placed in the fridge, bell peppers which last up to 2 weeks) buy a big pack, just make sure these are foods that won’t go bad too fast.
  5. Always buy frozen meet + fish.  This is a no brainer: meat goes bad fast and let’s be honest, you’re probs not baking a fresh chicken breast every single night of the week.  Plus, frozen protein is usually cheaper and lasts up to 4 months.  You’ll want to make sure you thaw your fish or meat before cooking (8-10 hours in the fridge).  For me, frozen meat + fish go hand in hand with meal prep: thaw + cook the whole package or enough for dinner each night of the week.
  6. Grab some grains! Quinoa is a huge staple in my diet – it’s so versatile (bowls, as a side with a veggie + meat/fish, breakfast bowls), it’s so easy to make (put 2 parts water + 1 part quinoa (1/3 cup) in a pot and bring to a boil, once boiling reduce to a simmer and let it simmer for ~15 minutes), and it lasts for up to 1 year in the pantry.  Other yummy grains to try if quinoa isn’t your thing include brown rice, lentils, or farro.
  7. Pick snacks that last: nuts, dried fruit, bars (my favs include RX, Go Macro, and Perfect Bars when I need a quick meal replacement), and popcorn. These are simple grab and go’s that will last in the pantry for up to 3 months.
  8. Spice it up baby!! Spices are something to invest in once that will last you forever aka up to 4 years (my go to’s: Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Seasoning, Trader Joe’s Seasoning Salt, pumpkin pie spice (when in season), a good Italian blend, red pepper flakes, Himalayan pink salt, black pepper, cinnamon, and turmeric).  Spices add to coffee, matcha, meats + fish, roasted veggies, smoothies, eggs, toast, and so much more.

 

Well, there ya have it folks: a list of my tips + tricks to healthily grocery shop for one while not breakin’ the bank and not going to the store super often. Enjoy, comment, DM on Insta or Facebook, shoot me an email – I want to hear from YOU!

Stay hangry people!

-Hangry Hannah

Great Harvest Bread Co. FTW

I am so excited to be doing my first review!  And I’m even MORE excited that it’s on Great Harvest Bread Co. here in Fort Worth!!

Y’all this place is the BOMB.  First off, the owners, John and Andie, are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  They met at TCU, have stayed in Fort Worth, and just recently made their dreams of owning a bakery come true.  Secondly, Great Harvest is a “freedom franchise” which basically means that all of the recipes and menu items are unique to your local Great Harvest which I think is the absolute coolest!! And they are always changing up their menu and baking schedules.

I went in for lunch expecting a lot of sandwich options (I mean it’s a bread company lol), but was surprised at the variety of options on their menu: sandwiches, toasts, wraps, and gourmet salads.  After what seemed like an eternity of trying to decide what to order (SO many yummy options), I went with the Roasted Carrot Tahini Salad which was protein packed and loaded with so many goodies.  Once the (giant!) salad was brought to me, I practically turned into a vacuum and inhaled every last bite in like 0.5 seconds.  IT WAS DELICIOUS! Along with my salad I had a cup of their Cuppacraft cold brew (they are one of the only suppliers of the local coffee company on Magnolia street) which was so flavorful and energizing – the perfect afternoon pick me up!

 

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetRoasted Carrot Tahini Salad: spring mix greens, quinoa, sliced almonds, honey roasted carrots, golden raisins, roasted chick peas, and a tahini yogurt dressing.

 

Next I went for some sweets: their classic Savannah bar with raspberry (the flavor changes every day) and a coconut raspberry muffin.  Both were to die for – so fruity and the perfect amount of sweet! Lastly, I left with a fresh-baked loaf of their Dakota seed bread that I have been LOVING!

 

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetCoconut raspberry muffin and raspberry Savannah bar (cookie base with raspberries, oats, and cookie crumble).

 

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetDakota bread loaf loaded with tons of seeds including pumpkin and sunflower.

 

Overall, my visit to Great Harvest was the highlight of my week.  The food was phenomenal, the atmosphere was welcoming and comforting, and the people were so genuine and fun.  Great Harvest makes for the perfect study spot (they have wifi!!), lunch date, weekend breakfast, or a sweet afternoon study break! There are plenty of open spots and the lighting is so natural and homey – I sat at the bar and had a fun view of Magnolia Street. I look forward to many, many more visits to Great Harvest – especially since their fall bake schedule starts THIS week (hooray for pumpkin aka my fav!!).  Be sure to mention Hangry Hannah until the end of the day on Monday September 18th for a free baked goodie with your purchase!

 

Stay hangry people!

-Hangry Hannah