Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Food Journal – High Raw, All Vegan

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
Tuesday’s Food Journal
High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic

3 cups Cucumber Cayenne Green Juice – cucumber juice with a dash of cayenne served on ice. I would’ve liked more cayenne in it, but thought I’d play it safe since I’m breastfeeding.

Cheezy Kale chips from Blue Mountain Organics… while I worked on taxes. I ate almost the whole bag.

Tomato Salad
Chocolate Crunch Frosty

Gigantic(!) Salad with 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing – romaine, red bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, raisins, broccoli sprouts, yellow cauliflower, and cucumber
Chocolate Mint Icee

I thought I was done eating for the day… but I thought again. ;)
2-3 cups popcorn
1 Choco lot Kookie

Exciting Kamea news… today she crawled to me saying “Mama Mama Mama” —>>> heart melts :)

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
Wednesday’s Food Journal 
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic

Homemade granola with homemade almond milk – I recently read an article detailing the increase in non-dairy sales. That’s very exciting. Apparently, almond milk is getting a lot of favor from consumers. I’d have to agree, although I’d add that making my own raw vegan almond milk is the best and most nutritious way to go.

1 large salad of red leaf lettuce topped with red bell pepper, raisins, orange, and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (recipe here)
Cheezy Kale Chips

1 locally grown yellow grapefruit
2 locally grown small oranges
2 locally grown small apples

3 cups green juice – It’s been a week or so since I’ve had green juice. I like to take little breaks from time to time. It was such a welcome treat today. Yum! 2 cucumbers, 1/3 bunch celery, and 1 large collard green leaf

2 scoops Sun Warrior Chocolate protein shake with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a shake of nutmeg

Wizard’s Broccoli (new recipe for my next book)
Chocolate Crunch Frosty

PS. Kamea crawled for the first time! She took two wobbly crawling “steps” yesterday, but here she is today doing it full blown. Talk about exciting!

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Thursday – All Raw

Protein shake (2 scoops Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 t cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, 2 cups filtered water)

2 small locally grown apples

1 grapefruit (from my mom-in-law’s yard)

Kale chips while breastfeeding. This was not an easy task. In bed nursing Kamea and trying to quietly eat crunchy kale chips. It worked though. She didn’t wake up, although I did get kale chip crumbs on her head.

Granola, raw almond milk, and brownie - So, I was really hungry and went for a bowl of GoRaw’s granola and my homemade raw almond milk. As I was leaving the kitchen, I decided I wanted something else in it. So, I grabbed one of Blue Mountain Organic’s chocolate brownies and added it to the bowl. Yum! Their brownies are very dense and rich, and a little dry sometimes, so by adding it to the bowl with the milk. Yum! Perfecto!

Salad - romaine, red bell pepper, blueberries and avocado dressing
Kelp noodles with veggies and cream sauce (new recipe I’m working on for my next book)

2 cups Vanilla Blackberry Frosty

Small bowl granola with almond milk

Friday – All Raw

Organic Coconut water (available in the bottle, raw and organic, in freezer section of Whole Foods)

Pure bar

Salad with carrot avocado lemon salt and pepper
Brownie with almond milk (I used my idea from yesterday, only this time I left the granola out. Instead I just crumbled up the Blue Mountain Organic brownie in a bowl and drenched it with raw almond milk – good!)

4 prunes
1 Apple
2 kiwi

Kelp noodles with cream n veggies
Vanilla Blackberry Frosty

Chocolate protein shake with 2 scoops Sun Warrior protein 

Saturday – Mostly Raw

Vegan French Toast and Sweet Potato Hash and decaf coffee – I was stoked to find a restaurant, Scramble, serving some vegan options including vegan french toast and vegan scrambles (organic tofu) using mostly locally sourced fresh ingredients. (I found it using my iPhone app VegOut, powered by Happy Cow.) I had to try! It’s been YEARS since I had french toast. It did not disappoint. It was delicious – everything. But, I admit, on the drive home I lapsed into a food hangover – lol. Whew! Cooked food like that can take its toll on me. Next time I’ll get a healthier option, like a tofu and veggie scramble. But, this time, I had to have the french toast. At least once, right?! Drenched in maple syrup! Om nom nom.

The rest of the day I’m EAGER to run back to raw though. That’s how it happens for me. I indulge a little, have a treat, and my body says, “OK, get back to raw girl!”

So, the plan for the rest of Saturday is:
Giant Salad topped with avocado, lime juice, Himalayan crystal salt, and fresh ground black pepper

Granola with raw almond milk

Apple Pear Sauce

Broccoli Cauliflower Dish (new recipe I’m working on for my next book)
Protein Shake

And, a trip to the gym! 
Oh, and Kamea is 8 months now. So exciting. Her first tooth is coming, too. :) I think we’ll start solids very soon.

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Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Food Journal and Vitamin D Test Results

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Today, I learned that my vitamin D levels went up! Yay! I had my blood tested back in July and the result was 41. I increased my vitamin D2 supplement intake so that not only would that number go up for my body and health, but also so I would have plenty in my breastmilk. This week my number was 80.8. Excellent – and especially happy to report that this was done using vitamin D2 (vegan), which is just as effective (clearly) as D3.

Here is today’s food journal – Mostly Raw…
6 oz blueberries
1 kiwi

GoRaw Apple Granola with raw almond milk
Cheezy Kale chips

Veg burrito (flour tortilla, black beans, tomato salsa, guacamole, romaine lettuce – this meal was part cooked, part raw)

Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake (I blended 2 cups frozen strawberries with 2 cups raw almond milk, plus a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some vanilla extract – Greg and I split it)

Salad with green leaf lettuce, blueberries, carrots, and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (that recipe will be posted on the 20th so be sure to check back!)

Protein shake (2 scoops Sun Warrior Chocolate)

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Food Journal – All Raw Vegan Organic

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic 
All Nutritious – All Delicious

3 cups Lemon Lime Broccoli Juice – 2 lemons, 2 limes, 1 cucumber, celery, 2 heads broccoli florets

Sun Warrior Protein shake (2 scoops)

2 cups Vitamin C Green Smoothie – 1 mango, 2c Brazil nut milk, 2 kiwi, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 cup frozen raspberries, dash stevia (yield = 1 quart that I split with Greg)

Granola with raw Brazil nut milk

Cole slaw
Cheezy kale chips

Collard Green Wrap
Garlic Cauliflower Soup

2 chocolate nut butter balls

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Here are my eats on Valentine’s Day… a day of mostly raw food, all vegan, all organic.

3 cups Green Juice: 1 cucumber, 1/2 bunch dandelion leaves, 1 bunch bok choy, 1/3 bunch celery, lime

1 quart Smooth Green Smoothie: 1 1/2 cups raw almond milk, 1 cup ice, 1 spoonful Rawtella, 1 handful spinach, 1 1/2 bananas (smooth and creamy!)

2 bowls raw vegan cole slaw
1/2 Kevita

Then, I saved my appetite for dinner, a vegan organic cooked dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, Calistro Bistro. I had a plate of roasted veggies for an appetizer and then had their vegan loaf (served with two sauces and more roasted veggies). Dessert was vegan coconut rice pudding.

We had dinner early, so I was hungry later on. I ended up having some more Rawtella, home made kale chips, and munched on some veggies.

I bought Greg an organic long sleeve black t-shirt for Valentine’s Day. :) Speaking of eco-fashion, did you see my latest Green Mommy Blog post?

Tuesday’s food was all raw, all vegan, all organic….
2 bananas
1 bowl granola with raw homemade Brazil Nut Milk

1 apple with raw almond butter

1 large bowl of cole slaw with raw crackers

Collard green wraps stuffed with cashew miso spread, sprouts, lettuce, veggies, and seasoning
2 kiwi

Raw soft serve ice cream

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Friday, February 11th, 2011

Thursday’s Food Journal – Lunch With Rock Star Karen Knowler!

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
Thursday’s Food
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious
Today was EXTRA exciting. Karen Knowler… THE raw food coach from the UK is visiting Arizona and today we met up for lunch (Greg and Kamea came, too!). Details on our eats below.
3 cups Green Juice: cucumber, rainbow chard, zucchini, celery, dandelion greens
1/2 Kevita
Lunch with Karen Knowler – we took her to Chakra4Herbs (one of my fave places in the valley… they even have a breastfeeding friendly sticker on their door so I felt right at home nursing Kamea as you see in the picture). I had a big kale wrapped sandwich (except they were out of kale leaves for the wrap so they gave me purple cabbage), small salad, and a piece of chocolate pie for dessert. Karen had a kale salad and nori rolls. Greg had the same sandwich that I had except his was wrapped in a spinach tortilla. It was big fun meeting up with Karen. We gabbed about all kinds of great stuff… dating, kids, babies, work, raw food, marketing, and more.
1 quart nettles tea with rosehips
1 bowl of granola with homemade almond milk
LARGE Salad: romaine, red bell pepper, orange, chives, 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (I’ve had this on every salad for the past 2 weeks I think – it’s that good!)
Protein shake – 2 scoops of Sun Warrior Chocolate protein powder mixed with water, garam masala and fenugreek. I know, weird, right?
This won’t be all I eat for the day (I don’t think), but I’m not sure what else to add here at the moment. I’m posting this before the day is done, but I suspect if I’m hungry I’ll have a raw snack… maybe an apple or a Pure bar. 

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Before I begin this food journal that I tracked for the past several days, I wanted to take a moment and let you know that it’s not just me who eats this way in my family. When I started the raw journey I was a sassy single gal, but it wasn’t long before I met my boyfriend (via eHarmony – deets here on how he was an omnivore when we met but converted to an herbivore after 8 months) who later became my husband. So, for the most part, when I post these food journals, my husband is eating along with me. He doesn’t usually eat the single pieces of fruit as much or the granola for example (although he does take bites of mine – lol); rather he gets his “snacks” in the form of protein grenades.

High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Nutritious – All Delicious

Supplements: same as usual… vitamin D2, digestive enzymes, chlorella, wheat grass tablets, probiotics, calcium,vitamin B12, vegan DHA

Green juice: broccoli, lime, celery, cucumber, zucchini

Cooked oat groats with raisins and raw almond milk

Sprouted Protein Bar (recipe will be posted soon on my facebook fan page – exclusive to fans only!)
Large Salad loaded with homegrown sprouts, red bell pepper, minneola, romaine, and an awesome 4-ingredient dressing I’m now calling 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing because it’s so magical it’ll make anyone you give salad to LOVE IT!

1 quart Purple Passion Smoothie with a twist. Frozen blueberries, 2 oranges, 3 purple kale leaves, almond milk, stevia, chia powder

Cooked oat groats with raisins and raw almond milk

Part of a small decaf soy latte (we met up at Starbucks with my former doula and had a blast!) It’s NOT my habit to get a drink at Starbucks when we go there, not so much because it’s “cooked” but because it’s not organic coffee. I rarely drink coffee these days, but on occasion when I brew it at home, I use organic and fair trade coffee. Read how to kick the caffeine addiction here.

Salad: romaine, broccoli, red bell pepper, sprouts, apple, carrot, 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing

1 Apple
1 small spoonful Rawtella (Read my praising review of Rawtella here)

Protein shake: Sun Warrior (this link takes you to the Natural flavor, but I also love the chocolate!), hemp protein powder, homemade curry powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, water

High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Nutritious – All Delicious

Green Juice: bok choy, celery, zucchini, cucumber, basil, romaine

Cooked oat groats with raw almond milk and raisins

1 quart Purple Passion Smoothie with a twist. Frozen blueberries, 2 oranges, 3 purple kale leaves, raw almond milk, stevia, chia powder

Giant Salad: romaine, orange bell pepper, tomato, apple, sprouts, olives, and you know the dressing… 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing

Raw granola cereal with raw almond milk

Cooked Tempeh
1 Apple
Cheezy Kale chips

Green Juice – I made the same recipe as I made in the morning

All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Nutritious – All Delicious

Herbal tea brewed in the sun

Green juice – broccoli, kale, celery, cucumber, zucchini, pear


Pure Bar – Trail Mix flavor

2 kiwi
Cheezy Kale chips (I buy Blue Mountain Organics – read about my love for them here along with directions on how to make your own!)

Giant salad with sprouts, romaine, cabbage, carrots, tomato, raisins, green onion and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (this dressing makes you WANT TO EAT SALAD!)

Banana Blueberry Chocolate Nut Butter Soft Serve (Mmmm big ol’ bowl)

Protein shake (1 serving Sun Warrior and 1 serving hemp) with cinnamon, plus 1T hemp seeds, and 2t Greener Grasses) with 1.5 cups almond milk. At the end of drinking this and I had one gulp left, I added about 1/2t dulse granules.

Grapefruit – I had this in the middle of the night. I couldn’t sleep. Too much energy from the all raw diet! I went downstairs, had a pink grapefruit (rich with lycopene by the way), and watched Jon Stewart.

Sunday’s food was all raw, too, but I forgot to write it all down.

All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Nutritious – All Delicious

Red raspberry leaf tea
Sprouted Protein Bar with raw almond butter and sliced banana

1 kiwi

Quart green juice: kale, cucumber, celery, kiwi

2 giant salads: I loved it so much that I at two of them back to back. It had my 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing… Will share recipe soon! Romaine, red bell pepper, purple cabbage, and a few raisins. I had my step-dad taste the recipe and he asked if he could just eat it like a soup he loved it so much – lol. Mom and Greg are raving fans, too.

Blue Mountain Organics Cacao Crunch Brownie

1 quart Green Smoothie: 2 small bananas, raw almond milk, 2 big leaves red rainbow chard, 1 small orange, 1 serving hemp protein powder

Dinner: I haven’t eaten yet, but I’m going to make raw pizza. I made the crusts a couple of days ago and made the cheese Saturday night. I’m going to also top them with fresh sliced tomatoes and basil. Yum!

Dessert: Banana soft serve!

PS. Check out my Green Mommy Blog’s latest post about Cognitive Development and Homeschooling. :)

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Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Food Journal – Raw Vegan Organic

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
So glad many of you are fanning up the new Facebook page. :) Thank you! Even though I don’t have the “recipe” tab done yet that I mentioned in this blog post, I did go ahead and post that deliciously yummy Cinnamon Yam Soup on the main page just now. 
For those of you following my food journal, here are a couple of more days…
High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Nutritious – All Delicious
1 Banana
Sprouted Protein Bar (will share recipe on my Facebook fan page soon – it looks like these are offering about 7 grams of healthy, raw, easily assimilated, sprouted protein in each bar)
1 Orange bell pepper (I eat these just like I eat apples)
Chia pudding

Large Green juice: cucumber, zucchini, celery, kale, orange
Giant Salad: romaine, 1/2 avocado, carrots, lime juice, orange, dill, sprouts, Herbamere, and splash of brown rice vinegar ( this stuff really livens up a salad – yum – back in my body building days it was a life saver for making my salads yummy when I wasn’t consuming fat or oil).
Granola with almond milk (I took a bag of Go Raw’s Chocolate granola and mixed it with a couple of cups of my own dehydrated buckies – it makes the overall granola a bit lighter to do that). Then, I transfered it all to a big glass mason jar.
Cinnamon Yam Soup (just posted this recipe on my Facebook fan page)
1 Mango (loaded with vitamin C)
Sun Warrior and Hemp Protein shake with raw sunflower lecithin, curry powder, and cinnamon 
1/2 Sprouted Protein Bar (I was up late and had the munchies)
Oh – supplements were the same as I had on this day. (minus the wheat grass tablets and chlorella)
High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Nutritious – All Delicious
I’ll be doing “High Raw” for a few days here and there, while I add some cooked organic oats to my diet (although I’m enjoying them with raw almond milk and raisins). Oats are reputed for building milk supply and I’m now sharing some of my breastmilk with a friend of mine in Texas for her baby boy.

Supplements were the same as usual: Vitamin D2, Vegan DHA, probiotics, E3-Live, Digestive Enzymes

I started the day with a protein shake that had 2 scoops of Sun Warrior Protein and a bunch of cinnamon :) I usually start with green juice, but today I wanted to shake things up a bit.
Big Ol’ Green Juice: broccoli, cucumber, celery, zucchini, lemon, dill – I made this with my new Breville Ikon that I’m quite giddy about still. It’s fun to use and the clean up is a snap!
Blended Salad: So, I’ve always been one to cringe a bit when people say they are having a blended salad. It just sounds pretty gross. But, I wanted a nice salad like I had yesterday, however, sometimes it’s hard to eat a big salad with Kamea. She doesn’t always give me the time to sit and eat something like that, which traditionally takes a lot of time to chew. So… I decided I’d take the plunge and blend it all up. Still thinking – ewww gross, I tossed the following into my Vita-Mix: few cups of romaine, an orange bell pepper, 1/2 avocado, 1 orange, 2 sm-med carrots, fresh dill and a couple of splashes of brown rice vinegar. Ummm – YUM! It was fun and super tasty. So weird that it tasted just like the salad I had yesterday only this time I was drinking it. I kept it slightly chunky so that I could still chew it a bit. The overall verdict? Very cool and useful for a mama with her hands full. Drinking my meals makes life much easier.
Cheezy Kale Chips
Granola with almond milk
Cooked oats (like I mentioned above – with raw almond milk and raisins)
Zucchini Veggie Pasta
Tropical Ice Cream

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Monday, January 24th, 2011

Cinnamon Banana Bread Squares – Raw Vegan Recipe W/ Almond Milk Pulp (and Food Journal)

In my recent post where I showed you how to make your own homemade raw vegan almond milk, I mentioned that I’d also share with you a recipe that uses the leftover almond nut pulp. There are a number of things you can do with nut pulp from dehydrating it and grinding it into flour to using it in homemade raw vegan bars to cakes to cookies, etc. Today, I’m showing you how to make Cinnamon Banana Bread Squares.

You’ll need the pulp from the almond milk recipe as well as:
4 bananas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
water to process

Put bananas and almond pulp in your food processor.

Add cinnamon and any other flavors you want. Then, process (add a little water if needed)

Put mixture on a dehydrator tray fitted with a non-stick ParaFlexx sheet.

Using an offset spatula (my best friend in the kitchen) spread the mixture.
Put in your dehydrator at 130-140 degrees F and dehydrate for about an hour. 

Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees F and dehydrate for 6-8 hours.
Flip onto a dehydrator tray without the non-stick sheet (shown above).
Your house will smell like fresh baked banana bread.

Score into squares. Continue dehydrating until you reach desired dryness.
The longer you dehydrate, the harder they’ll become so if you want them like soft
banana bread, don’t be afraid to cut the drying time short. 

This picture shows the two sides of the bread. One side is shiny and the other is flat.
These are sooooo good!
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious

Supplements: vitamin D2, digestive enzymes, chlorella, wheat grass tablets, probiotics, calcium, vitamin B12, vegan DHA


Pure Bar

Large bowl granola mixed with chia pudding plus almond milk

Green juice: cucumber, celery, baby peppers, collard greens, bok choy, lime

Big Mama Collard Green Wrap: garlic shallot cheese spread, home grown sprouts (directions for growing sprouts here), fresh basil, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped romaine, minced olives, and julienned orange bell pepper

Chia pudding

Pure bar (brownie flavor) with Rawtella on top – umm… yum!

2 dried apricots


Sun Warrior and Hemp protein shake

Exercise: 25 minutes on elliptical and 10 minutes going up and down the stairs wearing Kamea ;)

Mostly Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious

Green juice: cucumber, zucchini, celery, lime, collard greens, tomato, basil

Carrots with Tahini Almond Butter Sauce

Purple Passion Smoothie

Small Salad and steamed vegetables at Calistro Bistro. We went to a local restaurant where they have some vegan options and everything is organic. We sat outside… here is Kamea playing with a packet of sugar and her book.

Cinnamon Yam Soup (this is a part raw / part cooked recipe – super easy and super delish. Who wants the recipe?)
Large romaine salad with carrots, tomato, basil, and Tahini Almond Butter Sauce as the dressing

Blue Mountain Organics Carob Crunch Bar. Pretty good… If you like carob. ;)

I also made my own raw protein bars today. They’re in the dehydrator now. I tell ya… I’ve been using my dehydrator non-stop for weeks! Love it!

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