Breakfast: Herbal tea blend (nettles, raspberry leaf, lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint) and raw chocolate. Yup, I eat raw chocolate for breakfast often, err, I mean, sometimes. I followed that with a Sun Warrior protein shake (my new go-to flavor mix that I’ll blog about soon).
Snack: 2 cups Green Smoothie: kale, pili hemp milk, apple, banana, and celery
Lunch: 1 quart Green Protein Smoothie: spinach, apple, banana, water, ice, and protein powders
Dinner: beans, brown rice, and veggies with more herbal tea to drink
Kamea is taking a nap and I’m feeling energized so I thought I’d share a quick blog post of my food for today. It was a Raw Vegan Day – high energy, nutrient dense, and EASY PEASY for this busy mama.
Before that though, I have FOUR things I want to cover:
1) How many of you have tried Living Fuel products? I’m intrigued. I realize some have vitamin D3, not vegan, but other than that… has anyone tried? Thoughts? I found these two reviews on them. Natural News and Evolving Wellness (she also did a 12-day challenge with it and blogged about it, be sure to check that out too. Lots of good details).
I get asked a lot about my skin care regime. While it changes as I try new products, there are a few things that stay the same (eating clean and using clean products). I recently uploaded a video showing you my skin care routine as of late. Check it out below!
Some beauty goodies in my bathroom.
Clean Food - What I eat makes a difference in how my skin behaves, and I firmly believe in keeping skin firm (ehem… minimal aging) with lots of hydrating, phytonutrient / antioxidant rich, and pure organic foods. We are what we eat.
Enema - Although I’m new to these (read how I do them here), I’ve heard from many people who swear that enemas helped their skin conditions. Let the fun begin! Sparkle everywhere!
Treatments – Irish moss gel mask, fruit peel mask, and fresh cut aloe. I dabble in some treatment masks from various companies from time to time, but I love the simplicity of homemade goodies. They’re so fresh and potent!
I also dry skin brush on my body a couple of times a week.
The days of animal based milks are so passé, right? At least in my opinion they are. I mean, did you hear? The number of vegans has doubled since 2009 (that’s a huge jump!) and that’s just vegans. Stats also show a decrease in animal consumption, increase in demand for vegetarian / vegan meals by omnivores overall, and plant based milks are doing great (the dairy industry is shakin’ in their boots). Check out more in this great article here.
When it comes to my milk consumption, although I only occasionally buy plant based milk at the store, the overwhelming majority of the time I make my own.. and it’s RAW! Super FRESH! And…. awesome, of course. Once you start drinking raw vegan nut milks, you will want them in your refrigerator all the time. Why? Because they taste delicious, there’s lots of variety in the nuts or seeds you can use to make them, and they can be used in so many ways…
Earthbound Brazil Nut Milk
Drinking it plain – as in a tall glass o’ raw vegan nut milk (add a handful of ice for extra refreshment… mmmm so good).
Use in place of water for creamy flavorful raw soups.
Super used in fruit or green smoothies. Bonus: it mellows out greens which means you can use less fruit, if desired.
Make your next protein shake with raw milk and get an extra boost of performance enhancing nutrients and protein.
Use on raw granola or any cereal of choice, whether raw or not.
Add to coffee and tea.
The down side to keeping a ready-to-use stash of raw nut milk is that it generally means a routine of soaking, blending, and the dreaded straining in order to make it. Not anymore though! Here is a great way to make raw nut milks that is easy and fast. No straining! So… guess what that means? No excuses!
I’ve really gotten into the video mood, can you tell? Are you enjoying them? Are they useful? I hope so!
In this video I decide to totally wing it and make a dressing I’ve never made, while doing it on camera. My plan was to post the video no matter what because I figured 1) we’d all learn something anyway (I learn a lot from failed recipes) and 2) it’d be kind of funny if the dressing sucked seeing as I was doing it on camera. I still don’t have the ingredients written down so I can’t add them here to the post yet, but I remember… water, oranges, grape tomatoes, garlic, salt, raw almond butter, basil??? I think those are the ingredients. When I find time, I’ll come back and add the ingredient list.
Spoiler alert...Turns out, it was so good! Easy to throw together as you’ll see… and mega fresh. I loved it on fresh lettuce and I also gobbled it up on cauliflower. If a dressing makes you enjoy raw cauliflower, then you know it’s darn good.
Enjoy the show! (By the way, as you know by now I’m still in a video making mode – I suspect I will be for a long time – so check out my popular Cinnamon Brownies post I wrote a while back because I put up a video showing you how easy they are to make here!)
Wow! That’s all I can say! Well, not true… I can say more and I will. :) The valley here in Arizona is exploding with juice maniacs! Let’s just say I’m a tad excited. In the past month I’ve learned about 4 companies that are offering (or will offer) organic raw fresh pressed juice – delivered to your door (and some are planning on store fronts, too). We are one juicy city and I can’t help but take a moment and think about what all of this means? It means something to be sure… times are a changin’. Add to that, Starbucks is planning on offering juice in their coffee bars as well. From what I’ve heard, the juice will be flash pasteurized which is a deal breaker for me, BUT, it’s great to see people taking note of how popular juice is.
So… on to my food journals and speaking of juice delivery…
I recently uploaded this video to Youtube where I bring you into my home to see my kitchen (and beyond). You’ll see that I use all of the space I can to make living a raw food life easier. I recently put a bunch of nails in the wall so I can hang my Norwalk Juicing screens for easy access (by the way… Norwalk posts and videos coming SOON!)
Here are some other pictures of my raw food living area over the years…
I’ve eaten quite a bit of this delicious pesto over the past many years. It’s absolutely scrumptiously awesome. In fact, it’s on my list of 7 Must-Make Recipes. Serve it with kelp noodles, veggie pasta, veggie crudite, as a dressing (toss it really well on the salad – maybe water it down a smidge), stuffed into bell peppers, and just outta of the food processor with a fork.
Enjoy the show!
Food Journal 2/27/12 Mostly Raw
Quart Spicy Veggie Juice
Apple …. Raw Vegan Core Defender Meal bar …. Raw coconut water …. Supplements
Here’s a great recipe for the brave hearted. It’s got some mega kickin’ heat and it’s super duper delicious! (If you must, you can tone down the heat by omitting the habanero or using only a bit of it, same goes for the cayenne pepper). This recipe is great for romaine salads, veggie salads, zucchini or kelp pasta, and I recently used it over cabbage for an awesome slaw. I’ll bet it’d be fun dehydrated on kale for spicy kale chips.
You’ll see that I use cashews in the recipe instead of olive oil which my original recipe calls for… not only was I out of olive oil, but thought it’s a great way to share how you can swap them in some recipes. This recipe, and many other super raw salad and dressings, can be found in my book, Easy Raw Vegan Salads & Dressings. Enjoy :) (Updated food journal post below video)
Food Journal 2/26/12 (Mostly Raw)
Spicy Veggie Juice: romaine, parsnip, brussel sprouts, dill, basil, celery, carrots, beet, spicy purple radish sprouts, zucchini, cucumbers, red bell pepper, kale, dandelion root, and habanero pepper! Whew! This bowl made about a gallon of juice with our Norwalk Juicer.
Pint green juice …. 3 cups green smoothie (water, apple, sunflower sprouts) …. Tea
Kale salad …. Sandwich …. Tea
2 brazil nuts …. Raw choc mint pie
Nettles blend tea (this stuff is super great for helping allergies… interesting story... my allergies have been non existent this season so far, but Greg’s and mom’s have been pretty bad. I just counted my lucky stars. However, I had a sandwich as you see above and it had two slices of bread, hummus, and tempeh on it. Although the rest of my diet is still basically raw, that was the first meal I had where something was cooked in it. Guess what? Within an hour my allergies kicked in and I was sneezing. I wonder if the stellar raw diet was keep them at bay? Anyway, nettles tea is great for helping them.)
I'm Kristen, and welcome to my blog. I'm a wife, mom, author, and I love to eat so food is usually the topic of my blog posts. I'm a former (almost decade long) vegan turned back omnivore who enjoys reading, rebounding, coffee, and dark chocolate. More...