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.

Thursday
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

Friday
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

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

Herbal tea brewed in the sun

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

Grapefruit
Kiwi


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.

Monday
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…
Tuesday
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)
Wednesday
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)
Dinner:
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!
Saturday 
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

Grapefruit

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
Rawtella

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

2 dried apricots

Apple

Sun Warrior and Hemp protein shake

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

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

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

Apple
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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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Food Journal – All Raw Vegan Organic

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, green mommy blog
Thursday
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious

Supplements: Probiotic, E3-Live, vitamin D2, wheat grass tablets, vegan DHA, digestive enzymes

Green Juice: cucumber, kale, lime, broccoli, dandelion greens (dandelion greens are great for cleansing and nourishing your liver)

Green Smoothie: 1 large handful spinach, 2 bananas, 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon homemade curry, 1 1/2 cups coconut water (I LOVE this truly raw and ORGANIC coconut water. Pricey? Not to me when I compare it to my former addiction of enjoying daily coffee “drinks”… plus the fact that it’s good for you and an awesome treat!)

Mexican Crackers with raw almond butter 
2 small oranges

More Mexican Crackers with almond butter
Chia Pudding
1/2 KeVita

Green juice: cucumber, dandelion, kale, lime

Large serving zucchini pasta with an abundance of vegetables (pictured)

Chia Pudding
1 spoon of Rawtella

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

Supplements: Probiotic, E3-Live, vitamin D2, wheat grass tablets, vegan DHA, digestive enzymes

Water with fresh lime juice

Green juice: cucumber, grapefruit, dandelion, celery, kale

Green smoothie: spinach, orange, grapefruit, stevia (I don’t recommend this combo – ack)

Big Salad with tahini almond butter dressing loaded with nutrient dense veggies

Big bowl Go Raw Chocolate Granola with homemade raw almond milk

Pizza Bites (pictured)

2 spoons of Rawtella

Grapefruit

Herbal tea






By the way… I did comparison videos of baby wearing carriers over at my Green Mommy Blog. Check it out!

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Food Journal – The Last Week

I’ve been tracking my food intake for the past week. Here are all of our good eats!

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

2 pink grapefruits – fresh from my mom’s backyard (have you been following her blog lately?)
Red pear
1/2 KeVita

Shot of E3-Live
Quart of Green Juice

Large bowl of granola and almond milk

2 small collard green wraps
Apple
2 crackers

Large kale salad
Green Smoothie

Monday
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious
1 Banana
1 Grapefruit
2.5 cups Green Juice – cucumber, kale, zucchini, lemon, broccoli, ginger
1 Apple
Granola with almond milk
Purple Passion Smoothie (recipe in current email newsletter going out, sign up here if you haven’t already)
Thai Cole Slaw – this sounds better than it actually was – lol. Sometimes my recipes just don’t fly.
Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake – video and recipe here!
2oz Wheat grass while shopping at Whole Foods
Protein Shake – Sun Warrior protein, cinnamon, homemade curry powder
Pure Bar - I was up late and ended up getting hungry.
Tuesday
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious

Shot of E3-Live
Green Juice – kale, cucumber, celery, broccoli, mandarin orange

Green Smoothie – spinach, water, banana, orange

Kale Chips
3 prunes
1/2 KeVita

Granola with almond milk

Thai Cole Slaw

Apple
Lasagna

3 prunes

Banana Nut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream

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

3 cups Green juice: kale, celery, cucumber, lemon

Fruity Chard Smoothie: 2 cups almond milk, 1 orange, orange zest, 2 big leaves chard, 10oz bag frozen strawberries, stevia

1 Pink Grapefruit
3 Dried apricots
2 pieces dried papaya

2 cups Fresh Herb Green Soup: 1-2 cups water, 2 leaves rainbow chard, 1 apple (cored), juice from 1 orange, 1 zucchini, 2 teaspoons fresh chives, 1T miso, 4-5 romaine lettuce leaves, 1 avocado, 1 yellow bell pepper, handful of sprouts blended in and some more on top, 1T tamari, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/4 cup fresh basil, 1T fresh dill

Kale chips
Brownie

2 cups Soup (same as above)
Kale chips

Rawtella spoonful
Banana Chocolate Nut Butter ice cream

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

3 cups Green juice: cucumber, collard green, lemon, celery

2/3 Pink Grapefruit
Pure Trail Mix bar

3 cups smoothie: almond milk, 2 oranges, orange extract, orange zest, vanilla powder, collard green, 1 teaspoon Greener Grasses

Large Salad: 1 avo, coconut vinegar, herbamere, curry powder, basil, 2 olives, romaine, red bell pepper plus 3 dried apricots and 3 crackers

1 Spoonful Rawtella

La La Pasta: Zucchini noodles with red bell pepper, chives, basil, diced avocado, lemon juice, salt

Chocolate granola with raw almond milk

Protein shake

Friday
High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious
1/2 KeVita
Green Juice: cuke zuke celery collard lemon dill
Green Smoothie: 2 cups nettle tea, 5 oz frozen raspberries, pinch stevia, hefty handful spinach, small portion cilantro, 2 oranges
2 dried apricots
Large Salad with a fabulous Sweet Curry dressing and tomato, carrot, sprouts, and apple on top
The salad was so good that I had another one but this time it was just lettuce, dressing, and carrots

Spoonful Rawtella
Big bowl Chocolate granola
Salad with Sweet Curry dressing
(Cooked meal) Tempeh, with brown rice and baked/mashed butternut squash

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Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Food Journal – Weekend – All Raw Vegan Organic

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

We had a most delicious, super high energy, nutritious weekend filled with food that was…

ALL RAW – ALL VEGAN – ALL ORGANIC

Friday

3 cups Green juice made with my new juicer: spinach, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, lemon

Blueberries (1 container / 6 oz): I know what you might be thinking… fresh blueberries in the winter? Yes. Only, I won’t be doing it again. I ordered them through the company that delivers fresh organic produce to me weekly and I mistakenly presumed they were somewhat local (Mexico) and when they arrived I saw they were from Chile. Ugh. My bad. I typically don’t eat produce that is grown and flown that far away.

Pure Bar: Apple Cinnamon. Really good. I like all of their bars so I bought a couple of boxes of the variety pack via Amazon last week. Plus, the company was kind enough to send me some, too, after they heard I had blogged about them recently. I’m all stocked up now. These are great for taking on the go or when breastfeeding – lol.

3 cups Purple Passion Smoothie (recipe in my current email newsletter, sign up here if you’re not a subscriber)

1 cup Kristen Suzanne’s Harvest Soup: I decided to try it with tahini instead of oil and it was super fine (pictured right)! Original recipe here. My Harvest Soup is loaded with fresh veggies that blend together to make a balanced, nutritious experience. I prefer to blend it until it’s nice and warm (but not hot). Mmmmm…. delish.

1 bowl Go Raw’s Chocolate Granola with my homemade Raw Organic Almond Milk: I always have a raw nut milk in my fridge because it can be used so many ways. I love guzzling it down plain or drenching my raw cereal with it or mixing it into smoothies or protein shakes or using it in desserts like puddings… there are so many ways to use it and so many different flavors you can make!

Lately, for my raw milk of choice, I’ve been soaking a couple of cups of raw almonds (you can get raw almonds here), then I peel them (I love doing this, I know, strange right?), and then I blend it with a container of filtered water and 1/2 teaspoon of this vanilla powder by Divine Organics. Finally, I strain it with a nut milk bag so it’s super smooth (actually I use a paint strainer bag from the hardware store). Mega yum. (Glass mason jars are a great way to store raw soups, dressings, nut milks, and all of your raw goodies. It doesn’t leach icky toxins into your food and you can use a Sharpie on it to label it – easily scrubs off with a sponge and water. You can find glass mason jars at stores like Walmart or hardware stores or online at Amazon.)

And, as I wrote in my recent email newsletter, where I detailed two different ways to go raw with ease… having a stocked kitchen is mucho important to succeeding with the raw lifestyle. I have a few bags of raw cereal always in stock and Go Raw’s Granolas are some of my faves (and I usually have batches of my own recipes, too!). I also recently bought a case of their Granola Bars (pictured to the right).

2 cups Kristen Suzanne’s Harvest Soup with homegrown broccoli sprouts: I love eating raw soup with sprouts stirred in. They give it such a fun and unique texture.

1 bowl Go Raw’s Chocolate Granola with homemade almond milk: I was craving another bowl big time.

3 prunes

Saturday

3 cups Green juice: This recipe had broccoli, kale, cucumbers, celery, and lemon juice

1 shot of E3-Live: One thing I’ve neglected to write in my food journal posts are the supplements that I’m taking that day. I thought I’d start adding that. So, in addition to the E3-Live today, I also had probiotics, multi-vitamin, calcium, DHA, B12, wheat grass tablets, and chlorella.

2/3 Apple

1 Pink Grapefruit 

All-Star Collard Wrap: I love making wraps with collard greens. I feel so tribal and bad-ass eating my sandwich wrapped in a hard-core green. It had broccoli sprouts, Chili Cream Sauce, basil, shredded carrots, green leaf lettuce w/ coconut vinegar, olives, herbamere, chopped sea spaghetti, black pepper, and diced tomato. (I normally can’t stand sea veggies so I like to hide them in my food. Joanna from Sirova.com sent me some sea spaghetti to try, but I was really skeptical. After soaking them for 24-hours in water with a little lemon juice, I could still smell the stench that accompanies sea veggies. Ugh! I thought, how in the hell am I going to choke these down? I tried a bite with some sauce I made, but the slimy texture is just a little too much. I mean, if I gotta do it, I will, but I tried to think of another way to eat them. Light bulb moment – Chop them into pieces and put them in my wrap with a bunch of other stuff. Mmmm – perfecto! I couldn’t detect them at all. Thanks Sirova.com for sending them to me.)

KeVita: I stumbled upon this new kombucha-type drink, KeVita from Earth Source Organics, at Whole Foods the other day. The verdict? I really enjoy them. I slightly prefer the Mango over the Strawberry, but will continue to buy both. I haven’t tried the plain yet, it’s in my fridge. This isn’t something I’ll have daily in my diet, but it’s a sassy fun treat. KeVita is lightly sweetened with organic stevia and made with active probiotics. I hope my Whole Foods Market gets the other flavors in stock to try.

Large Protein shake: This satisfying beverage had Greener Grasses, 1.5 scoops Sun Warrior Protein powder, homemade curry, cinnamon, and homemade almond milk

1 Red Pear

Large Salad: Green leaf lettuce, blueberries, basil, tomato, sprouts, hemp seeds, olive oil, coconut vinegar, Himalayan crystal salt and fresh ground black pepper. I love giant fresh salads even if it’s just a big bowl of greens with a little dressing. There is something wonderful about the lightness, the pureness, and the simplicity that keeps me coming back for more.

Chia pudding: I think making chia pudding is fun, yet so simple. There are tons of variations that can be made (one of my most popular chia pudding recipes is found here)I made this with my homemade almond milk and chia seeds (I simply put 1 cup of almond milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds in a bowl and stirred. Then, waited 5 minutes and stirred again. Did that once more and then put in the fridge until ready to eat.) Greg and I split the final product.

2 Medjool Dates


4 oz Blueberries


3 Lydia’s Organics crackers with Chili Cream Sauce

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Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Food Journal – All Raw – Wednesday

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Quick blog post sharing my raw vegan food today…

All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
High Energy – Delicious – Healthy – Awesome

Herb Avocado Kelp Noodles

2 cups Green Juice (tomatoes, zucchini, celery, chard, lemon) made with my new Breville Ikon

3 cups Green Smoothie (banana, spinach, frozen blueberries)

Protein Shake (Sun Warrior protein powder blended with almond milk and cinnamon)

Carrots and Hummus

Cookie (nut butter base)

Grapefruit

2 oz wheat grass (while shopping at Whole Foods)

Go Raw Granola Bar (while shopping at Whole Foods)

Herb Avocado Kelp Noodles

Herb Avocado Kelp Noodles (2nd serving)

5 prunes

… If I’m still hungry I’ll make a green smoothie

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Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Updated Juicer Review – My Newest Juicer – Perfect For A Busy Mama

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, food journal, video

I have a lot of juicers. Norwalk (as of 2012), Hurom, Brevilles, and Green Star.  I blogged about them (with video) here. As a quick recap, based on the video I linked to above, I love the following things about my three juicers… (but watch the video for more details).

I update this post as I get new juicers, learn new things, or add videos… so be sure to read through it all.

1) Green Star – Quality juicer that is popular. Extremely durable (I’ve had mine for about 7-8 years now). It’s a pretty awesome piece of equipment. I can make juice and store it without it degrading too much in quality (for about 1-2 days maybe, and the way it’s stored is important. I fill a glass mason jar to to the top and make sure to use a lid that is BPA-Free). But, here are the drawbacks… it takes a while to juice and clean. It’s also a bit of a workout in that you have to really push down on certain veg as it’s going through. Good ab workout though!

Many times, things like apples and cucumbers just end up all mushy in the shoot as they struggle to get through the screen and juiced. That sucks! As a result, a trick to help this is alternating something hard like carrot, beet, or cabbage between pieces of cucumber or apple. And, make sure your cucumbers and apples are chopped in small pieces.

It produces foam (like many juicers) which means the juice is oxidizing apparently. I always have to strain the juice either once through a nut milk bag (or if I forgo the nut milk bag, I strain twice through a metal mesh strainer which doesn’t squeeze out all of the juice and can be wasteful but easier than a nut milk bag). As a busy new mama, this juicer is not ideal.

2) Breville – small model (I’m calling it “small” that’s not really it’s name). Not as high quality of juice as Green Star, but it’s lighting fast (also has a container to collect the juice that has a great lid for holding back foam when pouring into my glass – I find myself actually using this container to catch juice from my Hurom, which I then use to pour juice into a big bowl through a mesh strainer – I know, so much to do with juicing, but it helps.).

It collects the pulp in the bin as opposed to shooting it out into an external cup. Its chute at the top is large enough to fit a whole (small) apple or a whole cucumber so it saves on time since you don’t have to chop produce before using it.

Great for people making small batches of fast juice. Not super for juicing leafy greens, but I can usually do a decent job by the way I stuff them down the shoot. Also, again, this is for small batches of juice, for a single person perhaps. All of the pulp is collected inside the machine and would require emptying between batches if you want to make more. Speaking of pulp, Breville Juicers are notorious (as are most centrifuge style juicers) for leaving you with wet, mushy pulp (that’s a waste because there is juice to be had! However, you can use the pulp in raw crackers or on top of your salad for extra nutrition). Keep that in mind when you think you’re attracted to the cheaper price of a Breville, because you’ll be buying more produce to juice the same amount that you’d get with a Green Star or Hurom. It’s a great starter juicer though (read on to read another review about my second Breville juicer the Ikon).

3) Hurom – This juicer is like a hybrid of Green Star and Breville mentioned above. It’s a high quality juicer, easy to clean, and quite fast for that type of “slow” juicer (not as fast as the Breville, but, remember, you sacrifice quality of juice for speed when using the Breville). I’ve had my Hurom for awhile now and it’s great, although not without its own flaws. I had one of my screens crack but no biggie, the company quickly replaced it for free. And, there have been a couple of occasions where my cucumber or romaine got backed up in it and didn’t juice properly (this only happened twice from the many times I’ve used it). Plus, there is a lot of foam (and pulp which you typically don’t want with juice – as the point is to have it easy to digest and sans pulp!!) with this juicer (ugh), but I strain it with a nut milk bag for extra smoothness (or I strain twice using a metal mesh strainer, or dare I confuse you with how I actually do it these days… I use my large Breville pitcher from the Breville Ikon described below… to hold back most of the foam while I pour it through mesh strainer number one into a bowl. Then, I pour it through another strainer into another bowl – a process I tell ya, but it’s for a good cause. However, with my NEWEST juicer purchase, you’ll see this noted in the latest update below, I shouldn’t have any pulp, because I bought a Norwalk Juicer! Anway… back to Hurom…). Until I bought my Norwalk, I would use this juicer the most. While the Hurom requires straining and chopping food before juicing, it’s still a pretty fast juicer while making a higher quality juice that gives a decent yield (the pulp is dryer than what you get with the Breville juicers). If you’re not in the market for a Norwalk Juicer, I’d most likely recommend the Hurom over other juicers for most situations, but read on because different lifestyles can call for different juicers.

UPDATE (8/19/11): Since getting my Hurom, the screen with white plastic has broken twice. The first time, I didn’t think much of it because I thought it was a fluke. I contacted the company and they quickly sent me a replacement free of charge. However, I’ve since been using my Hurom the past month (although below this paragraph you’ll read why I love the Breville Ikon… However, I’m now in a position where I can take more time juicing, so I’m using my Hurom juicer)… the darn screen (the plastic part) broke again! I contacted Hurom and here is what they wrote back (after getting some info from me such as the serial number and when/where I purchased it):

Hello Kristen,

Your request has been processed and you have been issued an upgrade from the strainer you currently have. It will ship to you via UPS in 5-7 business days. The upgrade includes 1 clear yellow GE Ultem screen. This material is 8 times stronger than the former 2 strainers and performs the functions of both of the screens offered before. In addition you will receive a new main bowl which includes a wider pulp outtake chute. All of your other assembly
components are compatible. These upgraded parts should significantly improve your juicer’s performance. Enjoy your Hurom in good health!

Very exciting! It seems they’ve improved the juicer since I bought mine and their customer service continues to be excellent.

Update 2/22/12 Video showing the Hurom

So… why ANOTHER juicer? Well, as much as I love my Hurom (and other juicers), I’m finding that being a new mama is a very busy time for me. As a result, I’m turing to my small Breville more often than the Hurom right now. The problem with my small Breville is that I can’t juice a lot in one juice session because it’s the smaller model (perfect for single people, not so perfect for a High-Raw family who drinks a lot of juice). Therefore, I decided to buy this beauty from Breville and so far I am LOVING IT!

Here’s the low down on the variable speed Breville

  1. It’s MEGA fast. As a new mama making juice for my family daily, I need speed right now or I’m just not going to end up juicing as much.
  2. It’s super EASY to clean.
  3. It juices large quantities because it shoots the pulp out into an exterior container and has a large carafe for the juice (with a top that holds back foam so I don’t need to strain it). This way, I can make large servings for both Greg and myself.
  4. And, here is another cool feature. It has a knob for changing the speed of the juicer so I can turn it down for leafy greens and turn it up for harder fruits and veggies. It’s helpful because it juices greens better than the small Breville model as a result. I don’t know if it’s helping to reduce oxidation as well, but it might. Still, when I use any fast centrifuge model of juicer, which typically gives juice that isn’t as high quality like the slow juicers, I drink the juice within 15-20 minutes of making it to get optimal nutrition before too much oxidation takes place. This is a great juicer, just know that the pulp is mushy and the juice quality is not as high as with a slow juicer, but it’s fast as hell.
  5. Even though this juicer doesn’t give the best yield and even though it oxidizes quickly, I can’t help but sing my love for this juicer. She’s such a lovely bird… fast and easy. I really love it. But, I know better in that I need a juicer that doesn’t oxidize as fast and that gives a better yield.

Overall – I love all of my juicers for different reasons and I will use them all but at different stages of my life – so they’re definitely not going to waste. They all have pros and cons, but you have to decide what’s important to you at the time, and then go from there when selecting a model. The goal is to juice! So, which juicer is going to help you accomplish that goal the best? Now that I’m not using the small Breville, I’ll save it for traveling perhaps. I’ve heard of some people using it for that. Of course, it’s not super small, so I’ll have to sacrifice taking some other things, like shoes – but hey, juice is a priority for my family. We do what we gotta do!

I had a comment on my last blog post where I shared the details about the Raw food I had for the day and she wrote, “You look like such vibrant, happy mother! And you totally smash that argument of ‘I’m too busy to eat healthy!’ I have a little sister, so I can say for a fact that nothing’s busier than mom duty!”

Mimi, your comment was awesome and really struck me. And, you’re right. I am busy as a new mom, but I make it work so that my family is eating as healthy as possible. One of the ways I accomplish this is using a juicer that juices fast and is easy to clean.

 

Update! We went all out…. we bought a Norwalk Juicer. The ultimate in juicing(!).

May 2012 … after having this a few months… here is a video from my five part video series sharing our experience with our beauty.


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