Fashion, Featured, My life

Interview With Off Duty Model/On Duty Citizen

November 27, 2018
My Interview With Off Duty Model/On Duty Citizen

Check out my recent interview with Off Duty Model/On Duty Citizen below.


OFF DUTY MODELS WHO CARE

HANNAH LARSON

1) What are some “big kid” activities you love to do that keeps you youthful?

I was a ballet dancer for fifteen years, so I’ve long associated the act of movement and expression with childhood joy. While I no longer dance, I try to implement some type of physical activity into my daily life. In addition, I love to paint and create beautiful content and imagery for my blog.

2) Beyond modeling, what are some cool projects, hobbies or side hustles you’re working on?

The Healthful Model is my blog where I communicate my passion for living well with a specific focus of food, fitness, travel and mental health. I place a strong emphasis on sharing information that’s backed by science and not by trends or brands. The advice I share is designed to be accessible, inspiring and inclusive to all.

Website: www.hannahblarson.com
Instagram: @thehealthfulmodel 
Facebook: Hannah Larson – The Healthful Model 
Twitter: @HealthfulModel 

3) Part of what’s so great about being a model is having a following on social media. What are some important messages you try to pass on to your followers?

In the early stages of planning my blog, I spent a great deal of time brainstorming the most important qualities I wanted the messaging and branding of my blog to transmit. Of those qualities, authenticity kept popping up.

My belief is that social media and digital platforms like blogging also come with a responsibility. When I share something with my community, I want them to sense my honesty and vulnerability. On our social feeds, we’re exposed to an endless stream of filtered, edited and contrived content. I’m trying swim in the opposite direction by sharing the truest version of myself in every post. In turn, this allows me to reach my readers in a deeper and more rewarding way; a human-like connection on a platform not initially designed for genuine connection.

4) You’re flying to a new city for a couple days of work. It’s a short trip- what are you packing?

  • Always a few pairs of high-wasted skinny jeans in different washes.
  • James Perse t-shirts and tanks.
  • A versatile jacket or blazer.
  • Leggings and sports bras for the gym.
  • A few scarves because they’re easy to pack and can completely upgrade a look.
  • 1 pair of neutral toned ballet flats, 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of athletic shoes.
  • My makeup bag filled with all my green beauty and skincare essentials.

 5) The fashion industry is quite wasteful, yet some companies and brands are trying to make a difference. Whether it’s a clean beauty brand or an ethical/sustainable company, do you have any favorites that stick out?

Beauty: W3ll People, Vapour Organic Beauty, Kosas Cosmetics, Acure and Coola.

Fashion: Vintage finds, Reformation and Rêve En Vert.

6) What are some of your go-to self-care rituals?

  • Exercise is always part of my daily ritual and usually comes in the form of a run. I have a love/hate relationship with running because I completely dread the act of lacing up my sneakers and getting outside, but always love the feeling afterwards. I also practice yoga either at home or at my local CorePower studio.
  • In addition, I choose to get my nutrition through whole-food sources rather than pills, supplements and potions, so fresh vegetables and fruits; fermented foods (like miso, kimchi or kraut) and plant-based protein are an essential part of my everyday self-care routine.
  • I also live with depression and anxiety. I choose the word live because I have learned to thrive with mental illness with the support of a psychiatrist and pharmaceuticals. Mental health is just as important as physical health and I have no shame in saying that these modalities play a crucial role in my self-care.
  • Lastly, sleep and meditation: 8 hours of sleep every night and 20 minutes of mediation or journaling to end the day. Nothing fancy.

All photos by Leo Lam

Dessert, Featured, Food

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

November 23, 2018
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are a crowd-pleasing, allergy-friendly addition to any gathering or social event. Don’t let the vegan and gluten-free label deter you. The most common feedback I get is a request for the recipe. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions:

    1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
    2. Melt the Earth Balance in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    3. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and coconut sugar and mix well.
    4. Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups.
    5. Combine the baking chocolate and almond milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
    6. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.
    7. Top with chopped nuts of choice and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes:

  • Store extra peanut butter cups in the fridge for up to 5 days. Leaving them at room temperature will cause them to melt.  
  • You can make this recipe using a mini muffin tin and liners (pictured above). Adjust recipe proportions to accommodate smaller sized tin.  
  • I’ve linked the products/brands I prefer in the ingredients above. All ingredients listed are vegan and gluten free. 
Dessert, Featured, Food

Danish Ginger Cookies

November 9, 2018
Danish Ginger Cookies

Danish Ginger Cookies (also known as brunkager) are a staple in households across Scandinavia during the holidays. They’re crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, loaded with tantalizing spice and finished with just the right amount of sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon gluten free, all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 10 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup molases
  • 1 egg (or equivalent egg replacer)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a kitchen mixer (or large bowl with electric mixer), beat the coconut sugar and Earth Balance on medium until fluffy. Add molasses, egg, and vanilla, beating until smooth. You can use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  3. With the mixer on a slow speed, slowly add dry ingredients, beating just until the dough is formed.
  4. Divide dough into two equal portions. Lay each portion of dough onto a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with additional flour. Sprinkle the top of the dough with more flour, and cover it with another piece of parchment paper. Roll each ball of dough out between the two sheets of parchment paper to a 1/4 inch thickness. Stack rolled pieces of dough on a tray or baking sheet, chilling until firm. (At least 1 hour)
  5. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare two baking sheets with silicone baking mats. (Parchment paper works too)
  6. Remove one portion of dough from the fridge and remove the top sheet of parchment paper. Cut out the cookies using cookie cutter(s) of choice. Place cookies on the cookie sheet using a spatula leaving multiple inches between cookies. You can form leftover dough scraps into a ball and roll them back out as instructed in step 4. Note: This dough softens quickly, so if it becomes too sticky to work with, place it back in the fridge until it hardens. Meanwhile, you can work with the chilled portion. 
  7. Bake cookies for 10 minutes. When the cookies are finished they will appear dry and fluffy. As the cool, they will flatten.
  8. Once done, remove the baking sheet from the oven, allowing cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool indefinitely. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 6 days.
  9. Lastly and most importantly, enjoy!
Danish Ginger Cookies

Danish Ginger Cookies

Featured, My life

I Am Struggling

October 9, 2018
I Am Struggling

As I sit here, reflecting on a particularly grueling news week last week, I have to wonder: What direction is the world heading? I’m finding it increasingly difficult to stay motivated and inspired to do good in a country where sexual assault victims are mocked by the highest levels of leadership and a concerted effort is still being made to deny climate change and the efficacy and safety of vaccines.

On Sunday, we watched as Brett Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court. After an FBI investigation in which the constraints were so tightly wound in his favor, he was deemed a fit candidate. Yesterday, President Trump apologized to Kavanaugh “on behalf of our nation” for the “terrible pain and suffering” he was “forced to endure” in the nomination process.

Through those words and their actions, the administration confirmed that ‘we’ as a nation, do not care about sexual assault survivors.

Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest report regarding the urgent and collective effort necessary to avoid a deleterious and irreversible increase in global temperature. Within the report, the prognosis for the planet was predictably grim. Headlines are pleading American leaders to take action. The political response thus far: predictably pathetic.

And as the #MeToo movement continues to grow expeditiously a year after it’s initial rise, antithetical hashtags including #IBelieveMen and #HimToo are beginning to surface across social media channels. These hashtags aren’t designed to be inclusive or empowering to male assault survivors (an equally vulnerable population), but instead, a counter weapon aimed to dilute the credibility of female victims. This is step backwards for survivors of all sexes.

Right now, it all feels like a lot and I am struggling.

I am struggling to adapt to a culture where empathy and compassion are desperately lacking.

I am struggling with the devastating level of willful ignorance that’s only being exacerbated with propagandic terms like ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ that empower imbecilic and detrimental ideologies.

I am struggling to understand how the opinions and feelings of privileged individuals now preponderate science-based medicine and irrefutable data.

I am struggling to grasp what it means to be a female in 2018. Not only do I have to fear for my safety as a woman, but I also have to fear for my credibility as a survivor.

I am struggling with the habituation of white-supremacists, police brutality, gun violence and hate in our headlines; action rarely taken, readers quickly apathetic – inured by the suffering due to the frequency of such events.

I am struggling to understand the world that I live in. Each year, I feel a piece of the somewhat idyllic place I thought this planet to be, fall away, revealing an even more complex, daunting and downright terrifying place.

At this point, my solutions are limited. My inclination has always been to solve life’s biggest dilemmas  using a combination of logic, data, practical reasoning and creativity – all while nourishing my insatiable desire to find the truth, learn more and share my knowledge.

So for now, that’s what I’ll continue to do.