Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Simplicity from The Tao of Daily Life Inspires Watermelon and Ginger Essential Oil Elixir

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

In my search for a more calm life, I find myself immersed in books and teachings of the Tao.

While reading this week from the book The Tao of Daily Life (<— it’s so good), I came across the story of Empress Tz’u-hsi and the teaching of simplicity.

Essentially, the story told that if Empress Tz’u-hsi wished to experience the joy of simplicity, she had to reduce complexity in her life.

I took that to heart. So often I’m making recipes and adding a little of this and a little of that… then more of something else, and more of something like that. The result can be good, but the process elaborate and time intensive. And, sometimes, the individual simple flavors cease to shine as they become muddled and mixed with everything else.

I was inspired to make a watermelon elixir where I blended watermelon with only one other ingredient: Living Libations Ginger Root Essential Oil. (<— the best essential oils)

The result was a delicious marriage where I effortlessly experienced both flavors, two of my favorites: watermelon and ginger. The drink was beautifully pink and vibrantly refreshing. It taught me that, yes, some things (probably most, in fact) are better left simpler.

I’m eager to apply this to other areas of my life outside of the kitchen. It bears repeating that The Tao of Daily Life is great. It’s one of my favorite books right now.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

(Recipe) Carrot Ginger Blended Soup

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

I love soup. They’re (usually) easy to make, easy to digest, and fairly portable. I can carry my lunch around the house in a mug, while I get everything done. Multi-tasker extraordinaire here. (Though we really should be more mindful when we eat – relaxing, noticing the flavors and textures with each bite and swallow. Sigh, a girl can dream.)

Speaking of portability, you could make this soup on the road while traveling, if you travel with your blender and a cooler full of food like I do. :)

So, you might be wondering why I’d post a warm soup recipe like this in the summer, when it would clearly be awesome for the fall and winter. Well, besides calling me a planner so I’m already experimenting with fall-flavored soups, I knew I’d be drinking it again in spite of the hot weather. I plan on putting it in my travel coffee cup and sneaking it taking it into the theater so I can keep cozy and warm in the blasting air conditioned theater.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

(Recipe) Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Eating healthy is what I do.

It matters to me because, well, I like to feel good. Who doesn’t?

I want to live a looooong time, too. I still have a lot to do in life. I mean, like, have you seen my skills bucket list for bad-ass-ed-ness?

At the risk of being obvious I’ll state that a key to living a long time (and feeling well, too) is eating healthy (and exercising and meditating, but let’s keep this post focused on the food part or we’ll be here all day). One way to accomplish healthy eating is getting fresh organic produce in your diet.

Enter: Green Smoothies… with smart ingredients.

Today, I’m adding an ingredient that you might not have tried in your green smoothie.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

My Post-Barre Class Ginger Green Smoothie

Ginger Green Smoothie for after Barre Class.

Ginger Green Smoothie for after Barre Class.

This smoothie was so tasty that I wanted to share the recipe with you.

I enjoyed all four cups of it after my first barre class. Holy smokes was that class tough. Have you ever done a barre class? My hips, thighs, calves, and butt were on fiyaaaa! It’s all good though. I’m interested in shapely legs and a strong core. This class should do the trick.

And, let’s be honest. If you want to look good naked (in the light, let’s say), then you have to exercise (at least when you’re in your 30s and up), especially if you’ve birthed babies. Sure, a great diet can make you look good in clothes, but exercise is essential to looking really good sans clothing.

Anyway, let’s not waste any more time. Here’s a great smoothie that takes barely a minute to make.

Ginger Green Smoothie

Yield 1 quart

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 hefty knob ginger
  • pinch sea salt
Blend. Enjoy or pack it in a sassy cooler bag and take it with you to go. (I just love that bag. It’s the perfect size to fill with a big lunch or food for both Kamea and me.)

 

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Recipe: Golden Immunity – Fight The Flu!

Golden Immunity - Fight the Flu!

Golden Immunity – Fight the Flu!

Over the past few months I’ve been researching the topic of herbal antivirals and herbal antibacterials. I’ve learned a lot to say the least. My family’s supply of immune boosting tonics, tinctures, herbs, etc is damn impressive, and if our house ever caught on fire, I’d probably grab as much of those as I could instead of my laptop, etc. Ha! Seriously though, I feel empowered to kick anything’s ass that comes my family’s way.

Entered into our home: the flu.

We had the flu in our house with our little one recently, and in my determination to heal her in record speed (which she did), and preventing my husband and me from getting it, I created this crazy wonderful drink, Golden Immunity. It’s filled with everything the body needs to nip the flu virus in the bud or help you prevent getting it, if you’re around people with influenza.

I made the drink on the spicy edge so I didn’t give it to Kamea. For Kamea, I did a number of other things from probiotics to lyposome encapsulated vitamin C plus vitamin D3/K2 drops, various tinctures like this Cherry Bark, this Astragalus, and this Dr. Christopher’s Echinacea Angustifolia, and homemade elderberry syrup (plus more) multiple times a day. (If you don’t make your elderberry syrup you can buy it here.)

Making Golden Immunity is a 3 step process to make it, but beyond worth it. There are no amounts listed in my rough outlined recipe, but I made a batch with 3 cups which Greg and I shared. Just eyeball everything because as long as you’re getting the following ingredients in, it’s immensely beneficial.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Herbal Medicine: Turmeric n Ginger Tincture (How To)

by Kristen Suzanne in ginger, herbs, recipe, tinctures, vegan
Organic grated turmeric and ginger for a tincture. #HerbalMedicine

Organic grated turmeric and ginger for a tincture. #HerbalMedicine

Making tinctures is so easy it’s ridiculous. Jar. Herbs. Alcohol. Label. Wait. Strain. Ingest. For more detailed instructions see my How To on Tinctures here.

Turmeric n Ginger Tincture

Turmeric n Ginger Tincture

Today, I’m sharing a quickie mixture I made that can help so many things: brain health, digestion, inflammation, longevity, and more. I was at the farmers’ market and they had organic turmeric. I couldn’t resist. I bought a bunch and decided to make some awesome tinctures from it (and Longevity Bone Broth).

Turmeric n Ginger Tincture

  • Fresh organic turmeric root, grated
  • Fresh organic ginger root, grated
  • 80 to 100 proof alcohol

Place the ingredients in a glass mason jar. I’d say you’ll end up filling the jar no more than halfway with the turmeric and ginger. Add alcohol and fill to the top. Place a lid on it. Place a label on it with the ingredients and the date. Set it on your counter for 6 to 8 weeks, shaking it daily.

Strain off the liquid and toss the ginger and turmeric. Store the liquid elixir in glass tincture bottles (you can buy them here), or any bottle or jar, in a dark cool cupboard. These last for years.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Recipe Ginger Spice Carrot Cake Gluten Free Paleo Raw

Ginger Spice Carrot Cake Gluten Free Raw Paleo

Ginger Spice Carrot Cake Gluten Free Raw Paleo

I’m a sucker for carrot cake, which is why I created this recipe some years ago from my Raw Vegan Transitions book. It was a way for me to eat delicious carrot cake on a more regular basis without any guilt (because it’s actually healthy) or too much work.

This raw dessert recipe is one of my family’s favorites because it has a wonderful dense texture, decadent frosting, and a parade of delicious flavors. I’m sharing it with you today, with a small tweak to represent my current omnivore lifestyle (like I did when I shared my Vibrant Green Chia Pudding). Please enjoy, and tweet to me a picture of it when you make it.

Vanilla Ginger Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut spread or coconut butter (not coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

Recipe Ginger Cream Green Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in ginger, Green smoothie, recipe
Ginger Cream Green Smoothie

Ginger Cream Green Smoothie

Do you ever feel like you want more salad in your life but simply lack the motivation to get everything out, chop it up, make a dressing, and put it all together? I know I do, and that’s why I’m drawn to green smoothies, especially lately. By making green smoothies like the one I’m sharing with you today, I’m able to get light and fresh greens in my diet… and, it’s quick which is important to me. I’m a busy mama who home schools, reads, plays Words with Friends, socializes on play-dates at the park, and makes all of our meals from scratch. Oh and I clean the home on occasion. So, yeah. Busy.

Green smoothies are pretty regular in our house, but they’re probably not the same as the green smoothies you see so often on the web which are usually full of dark leafy greens like kale, chard, or even spinach. If I eat those, I cook them for proper nutrient import and export.

I also don’t feel drawn to a high sugar or carb-heavy diet these days, even if it is from fruits, so you won’t see many fruits in my smoothies. I do eat berries and some seasonal citrus, and I’m not opposed to fruit in general, but I find that I feel better if I’m not eating too much of it. So these days, I like to keep my smoothies sweet-fruit-free.

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Recipe Ginger Shallot Dressing: Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free

Fresh organic ginger

Fresh organic ginger

Making my own fresh organic dressings is the only way I consume salad. And since I like salad, I make a lot of fresh dressings. This is a 2.0 version of one I used to make, and it is one of my family’s favorites.

Ginger Shallot Dressing 2.0 (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

  • 5 tablespoons raw organic olive oil or macadamia nut oil
  • 3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey*
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1⁄2 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)

Blend everything up and dress your salad.

*It’s not vegan if you use honey, but you can use maple syrup to make it vegan.

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Monday, October 29th, 2012

Carrot Apple “Halloween” Soup (Raw Vegan)

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ginger, holidays, Motherhood, soup

The weather is ripe for enjoying warm raw soups. My inspiration today was from fall ingredients and the Halloween holiday. I whipped up this delightful and flavorful, raw vegan soup, garnished with black sesame seeds (a wonderful “jing” food – more on jing foods for future posts), and it screamed Halloween! It’s mega easy and only has 8 simple ingredients. Check it out…

Carrot and apple make this a perfect fall season soup.

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