9 Questions with…Ivana!

Ivana Jansen

Today’s 9 Questions is with Ivana Jansen. Ivana works in the finance industry but is best known on social media for her amazingly inspirational health and fitness lifestyle and regimen which she shares with her followers!

Today we are getting to know Ivana a little bit more with our 9 questions series covering the areas of Fitness & Wellness.
#SpoilerAlert: she is even sharing one or two recipes in this post

Enjoy and get to know Ivana a little bit more below!

  1. Describe yourself in 3 words
    Energetic, Positive, Motivational
  2. What are the 3 things you can’t live without
    3 (F)s: Family, Food, Fitness
  3. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be?
    Jennifer Lopez
  4. What is one thing people don’t know about you?
    I absolutely LOVE grocery shopping, but really dislike shopping for clothes
  5. What’s your current favorite piece of clothing/accessory that you own? 
    Gym clothing: my two-piece royal-blue set from Brasilsul Aruba.
    Clothing: this hunter-green sequin mini dress from Fashion Nova.
    Accessory: these candy-red earrings from Moxie

  6. What is something that is essential in your daily health regimen/routine? 
    I would have to sum it up to three essential things that are health and wellness related, which include:
    • 1 hour of workout, meditation, yoga, or writing in my journal
    • Take my vitamins, minerals and use my essential oils
    • Take time to be by myself (breathe, note and synchronise thoughts and feelings from the day) or deep conversation with someone close
     
    1. Your favorite health dish or recipe or drink that readers must know about?
      My go-to morning tea: 
      • 8oz. Hot water boiled with one cinnamon stick
      • Add 1 squeezed lemon
      • Add 1 tsp. raw honey or agave
      • Add 1 tsp. coconut or mct oil

      → this combination is high in antioxidants, its loaded with vitamin C, it has both anti-inflammatory & anti-viral properties, and it promotes healthy skin, better digestion and aids in weight management.  


      8. One advice you would give to your 15-year-old-self?
      Time flies, so don’t try to rush through life. Savour each moment, for one day they will be memories. Know that you are your worst critic and at the same time – only you know your true potential, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn to love and be kind to yourself. For this also influences how you love and treat your close ones. 

      9. Favorite inspirational quote
      “The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of. Not the circumstances”.  “Don’t decrease the goal, increase the effort”. 

Ivana was kind enough to share one of her favorite recipes:
Nutter Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients
• 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2/3 cup almond flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder

Filling Ingredients
• 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
• 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions
PB Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Then add almond flour and baking powder. Roll dough into 1/2-1 inch balls and place two of them side by side on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Repeat until dough finishes. 
3. Use a fork to gently press down on each ball, then again 90 degrees the other direction, making criss-cross lines.
4. Bake cookies for 10-14 minutes, or until slightly turning golden brown at the edges.
5. Once done, let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Filling
1. Mix peanut butter and maple syrup.
2. Once cookies have cooled, spread one cookie with filling and press together with a second cookie.

Enjoy!

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