Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Drawn to Raw

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

I’m feeling that pull again. It happens at least a few times a year where I want to be all raw. It pulls at me. Draws me in. I’m feeling it again now. Actually I’ve been feeling it during this past month, during which I did a small all-raw stint. Then, I added some cooked back in. But. I’m feeling like hitting it up again.

What’s drawing me to it? The need for clarity, cleansing, purity, and light. My diet is quite excellent as is, but it’s heavy and I am feeling a draw to lightness at the moment. At least I think that’s it. To be honest, I frequently find myself going back and forth between a desire for all raw and high raw, which is fine. I just follow my body even if it’s for a day or a week or a month.

I’m not going to give up my raw chocolates or nuts, but I think I’ll eat fewer of them. I think. ;)

Today, I ate mostly raw… Fresh picked oranges, bars, garlic cream dip, veggies, water with green powder, dates, nori snack, and a cooked vegan burrito which still had some raw in it (guacamole, pico, and lettuce).

I’m also feeling drawn to something else that I’ve never wanted to do. More on that later…

PS. I’m writing this from my iPhone. If all goes well with posting then look for more blog posts in the future.

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Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Kamea’s Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, kamea

I get asked repeatedly about the foods Kamea eats. It’s hard to post, because it’s forever changing. What she eats a lot of one week, she might not even touch the following week.

She’s been teething molars lately so it’s TONS of mama snuggle time while she breastfeeds and she’s backing off the solids as a result. So, it always, always changes.

Past faves? For awhile she was really into dried fruits (Bija goji berries were eaten by the handful). Another period she took to black beans. Another period it was a lot of protein shakes, smoothies, and apples. One day it was oranges, since then she hasn’t wanted any. For a few days, she enjoyed Nana’s homemade soup. There was a time she liked tofu, but she turns her nose up to it now. She doesn’t want avocado. Ever. And, she shakes her head “no” to bananas, but she likes them in smoothies… when she’s in the mood for a smoothie.

Always changing. So. Basically, I make available all kinds of organic, mostly raw / some cooked foods and she either eats or she doesn’t. And, she’s always loading up on mama’s milk. :) I enjoy following her lead. She’s mega healthy, happy, and doing wonderfully.

One thing she’s taking a liking to this week: chlorella tablets.

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Simple Raw Food Ideas – My List

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Lately I’ve been eating all raw. I’ve had the urge and attraction to simple, easy, fresh, and clean raw foods. Because I wanted to stick with this for awhile, I decided to write a list of raw food ideas that I can keep on my iPhone, as well as a print out on my kitchen cupboard. This way, I’m always aware of many options and I don’t get distracted with cooked foods.

And… it’s working! After I made the list, I went grocery shopping and really loaded up.

Here is my list. These are clean raw foods that, to me, are easy and accessible. I’m not looking for gourmet options… the idea here is simplicity.

Liquid & Blended Nourishment options… I like lots of these because they’re high energy
  • Green powder mixed in filtered water or coconut water
  • Greeeeeen juice (make 2-3 quarts at a time with my Hurom and store for the day)
  • Smoothies of all kinds – There are so many options! Green smoothies, fruit smoothies (fresh or frozen), nut milk smoothies, add flavors/spices for extra variety. I also love light, bright, non-sweet fruit smoothies like the one I blended the other day with filtered water, cucumber, lemon, and a smidge of Sea Clear fermented miso chlorella & kelp. Another time I threw in a handful of fresh mint in place of the Sea Clear. It’s a GREAT way to consume cucumbers which are instrumental in giving my skin a delicious glow)
  • Protein shakes (I keep a variety of raw protein powders on hand like Sun Warrior, Vega, Hemp)
  • Nut milk (freshly made almond milk is my favorite… I make 1-2 quarts at a time and each quart lasts about 2-3 days)
  • Coconut water
  • Kombucha
  • Zesty drink with: ACV, lemon, raw coconut nectar, and cayenne spice! (kind of like a master cleanse beverage… yum)
  • Creamy raw soups made with avocado or nut butters
  • Fresh fruit (doesn’t get easier than this!)
  • Sprouted, dehydrated seeds and nuts (crunch crunch!)
  • Sprouted quinoa or buckwheat with seasonings added
  • Huge Salads (make simple or gourmet raw dressings)
  • Granola with nut milk
  • Superfoods (gobble up goji berries, cacao, etc)
  • Zucchini or cucumber pasta topped with pesto or cream sauce. I make multiple batches of my Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (friggin’ AMAZING STUFF) and I freeze it. This way, I always have it on hand and it’s perfect for dipping with veggies, using on veg pasta, and makes a delicious salad dressing. We made it for Thanksgiving this year, but tossed gently steamed green beans with it. OMG we were all jumping up and down in our seats at how mega delicious it was!!!!!!! I am not exaggerating!
  • Brownies
  • Dates
  • Raw cheese dips for carrots, celery, romaine leaves, etc

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011

A Day of Food in My Life

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
  • Organic jasmine green tea (2 cups)
  • Cleansing Organic Green juice (Made 1 quart, split with Greg) – carrots, celery, kale, cucumber, romaine, lemon juice. I made this with my little Breville juicer.
  • Goji berries, dried blueberries, apple
  • Power Anti Aging Organic Smoothie (Made about 5 cups, split with Greg) – I used mom’s Blendtec and loaded it up with filtered water, 2 leaves kale, 3 tablespoons Udo’s oil, 1 cup coconut milk, 3 persian cucumbers, 4 to 5 fresh mint leaves, 6 oz fresh raspberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, ice, 2 teaspoons maquis powder (huge source of antioxidants), 1 teaspoon camu camu powder (tons of vitamin C – extra good for this time of year with flu season), 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, 1 serving vega performance protein powder (vanilla), 2 servings Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 3 tablespoons hemp protein powder. Now, let me just say… I am not drinking this shake for flavor. I am loading all of those goodies up in it so I can get it all in.
  • Supplements: Jigsaw magnesium, vegan DHA, vitamin D, vitamin B12, wheatgrass tablets, vitamin k2, chlorella 
  • Organic decaf coffee with a piece of raw chocolate (new recipe I made!)
  • Light n Fresh Organic Raw LunchMesquite Red Bell Pepper Dip with raw broccolini, whole romaine lettuce leaves, apple, and cucumber crudité. I also had a kombucha (addicted to these lately… I love all the flavors but I’m partial to Trilogy and Guava as of late)… and I had to test (again) my new raw chocolate recipe. :)
  • Fun n Hearty Vegan Dinner – Gardein chicken nuggets, organic jasmine brown rice with organic peas stirred in, and topped with my own daiya cheese sauce. Ummm had to have dessert so I went crazy on some peanut butter chocolate coconut ice cream topped with… um… raw chocolate. :)
  • Supplements: Jigsaw magnesium, vegan DHA, vitamin D, vitamin B12, wheatgrass tablets, chlorella

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Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Food Journal – Tuesday’s Good Stuff!

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

I’m almost finished with my next email newsletter… sharing with you tons of great tips and recipes for navigating the holidays with ease. Be sure to sign up, if you haven’t already! I’m only sending this email newsletter out for a limited time.

Here are Tuesday’s eats.

Organic decaf coffee w coconut milk and a couple of Winter Solstice Cranberry Cashew Nuggets. Truth be told, these are usually a dessert, but sometimes I eat a raw dessert for my breakfast! Um, and I had three, but only two are showing. That’s part of the beauty of raw. The foods are so darn healthy you can often gobble up dessert for breakfast. That puts a little extra joy in your day, eh? And, I know… my picture shows halloween fun with “winter solstice” nuggets… oh well. :) Note: this delicious recipe will be shared in the email newsletter I mentioned above.)

Large protein shake with two scoops Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, Udo’s oil, Vega protein performance powder (vanilla), water, a hunk of Organic Raw Fudge with Raisins, frozen raspberries, and Navitas Naturals camu camu powder.

Organic Sun Tea (nettle, red raspberry leaf, mint) I get a 1/2 gallon glass mason jar and put 2 bags of red raspberry leaf tea in it along with two each of the nettle and either a mint or green jasmine tea). I drink this throughout the day and Kamea loves it!
Organic Apple. Organic Tofu.

Lettuce cups with Mesquite Red Bell Pepper Sauce. Yum – this sauce was deliciously unique spiced with mesquite from Navitas Naturals. Kamea couldn’t get enough of it either… she kept dipping her spoon in and licking it up. Oh, how that warms this mama’s heart to see my baby girl eating so much organic raw goodness. After my lettuce cups I had Organic Raw Fudge with Raisins (homemade) and an Organic Apple.

Pure Bar (chocolate) – While we were shopping at Trader Joe’s I was hungry so I grabbed one of these and ate it while shopping.
Organic Apple.

Protein shake – similar to the one above but minus the Udo’s oil/Vega, and made with coconut milk instead.

For those of you wondering… yes, I’m still breastfeeding. Some days I load up on calories and some days they’re average (depends on my hunger and exercise, which I haven’t done a lot of lately but carrying my baby around all day counts, eh?). My smoothies are usually large and with the oils or seeds or whatever else I add, they’re usually high calorie. So, yes, I’m eating enough. :)

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Monday was filled with lots of nutritious foods… here’s the breakdown.

  • Organic Superfoodie Smoothie – This bad boy had frozen blueberries, spinach, Sun Warrior chocolate protein, Udo’s DHA oil, goji berries, and homemade raw almond milk
  • Large Organic Apple 
  • Large Organic Salad – (romaine, bell pepper, handful of sprouted tofu cubes, carrot, soaked/dehydrated sunflower and pumpkin seeds). The salad was dressed with Himalayan crystal salt and balsamic vinegar.
  • Ants On A Log. Why don’t I eat those more often (for those of you who don’t know… organic celery stuffed with organic nut butter and topped with organic raisins)? They’re so friggin’ yummy! Seriously, I have a feeling that you’ll see a lot more of these in my food journals. Yum!
  • Navitas Naturals snacks – Have you had these? Man, I’m really liking them. Navitas Naturals sent me a bag of each to sample and I like the blueberry and chocolate ones. Perfect for snack attacks, going to the movies, on road trips, or airplane rides. Oh! And, Kamea was very fond of them herself. :) (Turns out we polished off two bags in one day. Oops.)
  • Organic Cauliflower with Hot Mama Mango Sauce
  • Organic Green lentils (cooked with thyme, mushrooms, onion, garlic, carrot) – large serving
  • Organic Raw Chocolate Mint Mousse - you know the drill… avocado, raw chocolate powder, raw agave nectar, etc. – large serving

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

It’s been a while since I posted a day’s eats here but I have been frequently sharing food deets on my facebook page here.

Today, I decided I want to start having my heavier (typically carb loaded) meals in the earlier part of the day and trying to eat lighter at night. It’s something I’ve never been good at doing, but I’ll give it a deliberate go today. The goal is to have light digestion at night which is better for sleep as well as being effective for weight loss and possibly anti-aging. No, I’m not in the market for weight loss, but this should also help me maintain my weight (I’m cool with that).

As for the anti-aging, well, the story goes that by reducing carbs late at night, it enables better release of growth hormone (eating carbs late at night results in insulin being released, which could compete with the growth hormone you should be releasing, and you’d miss out on that. Boohoo.). Growth hormone is reputed as amazing for anti aging, muscle growth, and weight loss. (Another way to release growth hormone is through exercise.) However, there are some competing sources who say growth hormone does nilly willy for anti aging. We’ll see about that. And, be sure that I’m not promoting the idea of getting growth hormone injected! I’m just talking about ways to improve your own body’s ability to enhance it’s natural surge. Geez, this is supposed to be a post on what I’m eating for the day. I’m a bit passionate about the topic of longevity and anti aging…

On to the food for today!

  • Black organic decaf coffee w coconut milk (2 cups)
  • Organic, locally grown, apple
  • 3 cups Organic Green Smoothie (raw almond milk, bananas, cinnamon, ice, goji berries, vega chocolate protein powder, Romaine/chard, Udo’s DHA oil).
  • Blue Mountain Organic’s Cheezy Nutty Kale Chips
  • Large organic salad with 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing, heirloom tomato, cucumber, purple cabbage, celery, apple, and olives.
  • Big ol’ serving of gently steamed organic broccoli and moderate serving of diced organic tofu
  • Large Green Juice (cukes, celery, carrots, cabbage, broccoli stalks, chard, lemon juice) made with my Hurom juicer
Not a particularly large amount of food, but I haven’t been getting to the gym regularly, so my calorie needs are a bit lower.
So… what are you eating today?!

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Monday, August 15th, 2011

Food Journal – Sunday

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Here is my high-ish raw, all organic food for Sunday.

Breakfast: I’m excited to share that I actually went to the movies yesterday morning!!!! The first movie I’ve seen in well over a year. My mom took me to see The Help. We both read (and LOVED) the book, so we couldn’t wait to see it once it came to theaters. Let me tell ya… it did NOT disappoint. As my friend said, and I wholeheartedly agree, it’s one of the best book to film adaptations ever. Soo… about my breakfast… I was in a hurry so I whipped up a quick protein shake and grabbed a Boku bar. Read More »

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Friday, July 15th, 2011

Food Journal – Wednesday

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Here is my food journal from Wednesday.

Pre workout fuel: 2 scoops Sun Warrior protein powder, 1 banana, ice, and water blended. Plus I ate 1 1/2 cups blueberries

Post workout fuel: Boku bar, 1 apple, krautwich (2 sprouted pieces of bread, gently toasted, with sauerkraut stuffed between them)

Lunch: Large salad of romaine lettuce, apple, cucumber and topped with my delicious 4-Ingredient Magic dressing

Dinner: Double serving of my Cheezy Corkscrew Macaroni (my popular, part cooked, part raw recipe transition recipe from my book, Kristen Suzanne’s Easy Raw Vegan Transition Recipes). My step-dad begs me to make this every time I visit. For this batch, I made double the raw sauce so I could keep some for veggie dipping later. The cooked part was noodles, broccoli, onions, and black beans.

Dessert: Two big 5-Minute Walnut Brownies (a new recipe that will be featured in my upcoming book with Chronicle Books)


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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Food Journal – Friday and Saturday

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Two days of food journaling… As usual, keep in mind that I’m breastfeeding and exercising daily so I eat a lot! :)

Oh, and by the way… we celebrated Kamea’s first birthday last weekend. You can read about it here

Friday (Mostly Raw)

Pre workout fuel: Shake made of 2 scoops SunWarrior, 1 1/2 c raw coconut water, 1 banana, 1/8t cardamom. 1 cup of decaf organic coffee.

Post workout fuel: 2T pistachios, 2 dates, Vega Sport Performance Shake

Lunch: 1 Grapefruit. Sauerkraut (will share my review on this new brand I’m trying next week!) on Light Onion Bread (my newest recipe that I’ll share next week – super yum!). The Unexpectedly Delicious Salad: I call it The Unexpectedly Delicious Salad because when I threw it together I figured it’d be pretty good, but I didn’t know it was going to be super delicious! I ended up eating two bowls of it! And had a big bowl of it for dinner. The trick is the salad dressing more so than the veg ingredients, but I’ll still be making this exact recipe again this week. Here is what it had: 1 can chickpeas (not raw), 2 cucumbers, 2 carrots, 1/2 zucchini, 1 celery and the dressing: 1/2c raw coconut water, 2T lemon juice, 2 pitted medjool dates, 1 t garlic powder, 1/4c Almond Cashew Butter*, 1/4t Himalayan crystal salt, 2T fresh basil. *I made a nut butter combo with cashews and almonds and it’s my new go-to nut butter. Simply put 1 1/2 cups each of raw cashews and raw almonds (do not soak them unless you plan on soaking AND DEHYDRATING them – you do not want to make a nut butter from wet nuts) in your food processor and process it until it turns into a butter. Took me about 4-5 minutes and I had to stop and scrape the sides down a couple of times.

Snack: watermelon, 1/2 papaya eaten about 20 minutes after having the melon

Dinner: Large serving of The Unexpectedly Delicious Salad, Light Onion Bread topped with raw sauerkraut, and I also had cherries, a Boku bar, a Vega Shake & G0 shake, Light Onion Bread topped with hummus (not raw), grapes. WEIRD dinner, eh? I was just so munchy.

Saturday (Mostly Raw)

Pre workout fuel: Smoothie of coconut milk (not raw), water, 1 banana, raspberries, romaine, ice. Decaf organic Coffee.

Post workout fuel: 3T pistachios, 3 dates

Lunch: cherries, Large kale salad with creamy nut butter dressing that was a combination of thai and mexican flavors, topped with halved black grapes and a few raisins. The kale was gorgeous, I used 1 bunch of green and 1 bunch of purple for this recipe. I also had 1/2 Go Raw granola bar.

Snack: 2 cups blueberries and blackberries (I went shopping at Whole Foods Friday and loaded up on berries. They were all so fresh and delicious looking… raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and blueberries! YUM! I love summer produce.)

Snack: Huge serving of the kale salad. I was like a mad woman! I couldn’t stop eating the stuff!

Dinner: Raw Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Tomato Marinara and kombucha (it is on sale at my Whole Foods for 2 bucks a bottle now!)

Dessert: 2 Raw Chocolate Nut Butter Balls

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