Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Recipes: Turmeric Almond Milk and Pumpkin Spice Curcumin Chia Pudding (Raw Vegan)

Curcumin Almond Milk - Anti-inflammatory goodness

Turmeric Almond Milk – Anti-inflammatory goodness

I recently shared a popular almond milk I made using lavender and rose. Check it out.

I was inspired to take my raw almond milk in another direction…

Turmeric Almond Milk.

Turmeric has some amazing health benefits from being anti-inflammatory to boosting your overall health. (My husband has an injured shoulder and I’ve been giving him a decently high dosage of curcumin (in supplement form), plus all the turmeric I douse our food with… and it’s helping immensely.)

Turmeric Almond Milk is easy to make and delicious. I like to drink it by the glass usually, but I also use it in soups, smoothies, and chia pudding (see picture below for that recipe).

And, let’s be real… I make fresh homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have any of the risky preservatives or emulsifiers. (<– yuck.) So, remember, natural almond milk will separate and you need to simply give it a shake before using.

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Recipe: Lavender Rose Almond Milk (Raw Vegan)

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

I was inspired to make this beautiful floral almond milk.

It was so simple… I had some almonds soaking to make a raw vegan almond milk. I grabbed my jars of organic dried lavender and rose petals. (I bought the lavender and rose from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

It was really easy.

I soaked the raw organic almonds overnight, and then let them sprout a bit the next day.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

I put them in my Vita-Mix high-speed blender with a bunch of my favorite spring water, Castle Rock Water. It was my first time using spring water in my nut milk. I also added a pinch of sea salt.

At this point I added a couple hefty 3-finger pinches of the lavender and then of the rose petals.

I blended this beautiful concoction for about a minute.

I strained out the milk.

Now… I’m enjoying it.

Where's my coffee and gluten free granola?

Where’s my coffee and gluten free granola?


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Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie. I Love Fat.

A "healthy" green smoothie.

A “healthy” green smoothie.

This delightfully fatty and low carb smoothie is a regular in my life. Who would’ve guessed that people would start going all gaga over fat?

The day has come. Fat is a star (healthy fats, of course).

You should make this smoothie.

It’s amped with nutrition… check it out.

  • Broccoli sprouts. Those are powerful.
  • Ginger —> anti-inflammatory.
  • Avocado is fiber, fat, nutrients, and helps us absorb the other nutrients in the smoothie.
  • Spring water is a no-brainer for me these days. I finally bought into that whole thing. Literally. I ordered a pallet of it.
  • Cucumber is hydrating and good for the skin.
  • Celery is tasty and has potassium and folate.
  • Lime is fun. (vitamin c, bioflavonoids, etc)

Go make one!

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie

  • 1 to 1/2 cups spring water (I like Castle Rock)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Lime (peel and all)
  • Avocado (no peel… or pit)
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli Sprouts!

Blend it up in a Vita-mix (<– A Vita-mix is worth the hefty price tag – I’ve had mine forever).

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Surviving the Holidays. Seriously Good Tips. Plus Recipes.

A 2014 Drambuie Christmas Toast with my husband.

Drambuie would “not” be in the healthy category (I don’t think). “BUT IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!”


I’m sharing with you some key holiday survival tips. What do I mean survive?

Well, basically, some tips to help feel well during the holidays by not eating too crappy. It’s easy to succumb to the excuse “It’s the holidays” and make it a free-for-all, right? (Guilty.) But when we let our hair down too many times and go crackers (that’s another way to say “cray-cray”) then, sadly, we welcome a weaker immune system and lower energy. Sigh. Am I a buzz kill already?

No! I’m not! I promise.

We still need to have fun. After all, “It’s the holidays!”

Here are few tips to help you survive.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

My Kid Eats Frozen Food, But Only When I Do This…

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed butter, kamea, recipe
Some damn tasty frozen food that I doctored.

Some tasty frozen food that I doctored.

My kids eats frozen food.

You probably wouldn’t expect me to admit that, but here I am… admitting that. Frozen food? Ewww. But, yeah.

Here’s the short of it.

I’m a mom. I make most things from scratch three times a day. I’m effin’ tired. The end.

There, see? I need a break and I need something at least somewhat decent to feed my kid because she’s just not into green smoothies or protein shakes that much (<– those are quick things that’s why I mention them).

Enter: Amy’s Frozen Mushroom Risotto

Frozen. Food.

Frozen. Food.

Here’s the thing. It doesn’t have any canola oil in it. (<– you know how hard it is to find frozen food without canola?). And, although this particular frozen food has a cheese in it that is probably not grass-fed, I’m not freaking out about it.

Here’s how I make Amy’s more acceptable. I add things to it, like grass-fed butter, and I don’t microwave it.

I get a little soup / sauce pot. (I adore that little pot. I use it to heat water for tea, make sauces, and, well, as you can see, I use it to warm up frozen food from the store.)

Isn't it adorbs?

Isn’t it adorbs?

I add a few splashes of homemade bone broth and a couple tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter. The bone broth adds nutrition and helps it cook in the pot, and the butter adds good fat and nutrition.

–> Learn how to easily make your own awesome bone broth here. <–


Small pot. Bone broth. Butter.

Small pot. Bone broth. Butter.


Frozen food puck. I try not to cringe when I see it.

Frozen food puck.

Ooh. Idea. I could add Amy’s frozen foods to my camping list I wrote about here.


Nifty glass lid on cute little pot on induction hot plate. Love induction.

Nifty glass lid on cute little pot on induction hot plate. Love induction.

I should note that I cook this thing over low heat. (BTW induction hot plates are great. I transformed my kitchen with them.)


Ta-Da. Frozen boxed food made partially acceptable with butter and broth.

Frozen food made more acceptable with butter and broth.


PS. There seem to be some decent frozen options out there these days, with grass-fed meats, no canola oil, etc. I haven’t tried them but it’s interesting to see the options coming to market.

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Lightbulb Moment: Making Bulletproof Coffee™ With My Bulletproof Cubes

Golden Bulletproof Coffee made with fat pods.

“Golden” Bulletproof Coffee made with Bulletproof cubes.

I sound like a broken record by frequently blogging recipes and variations for how I drink Bulletproof Coffee™.

For those of you who don’t know, Dave Asprey created Bulletproof Coffee, which is coffee blended with butter and MCT oil. Or, more specifically, his recipe calls for using his Upgraded (mold-free) coffee beans to brew the coffee, which is then blended with grass-fed unsalted butter and his Brain Octane (a special amped up version of MCT oil that is supposed to give more brain power).

Here’s Dave making his delicious Bulletproof Coffee in a video.


I love Bulletproof Coffee and find myself making it in different variations to increase the nutrition, as most of you have seen over the years.

Anti-inflammatory coffee recipe.

Anti-inflammatory coffee recipe. It’s Golden.



My one complaint about my process is that adding the extra nutrition boosters…. takes extra time. Before I know it, I have 6 or 7 jars on my counter with spices, fats, etc. It can be messy and time consuming.

I had a lightbulb moment.

I thought, “What if I mixed the ingredients together, including all those extras I add… and froze them?”


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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The LAZY Food and HELPFUL Stuff I Pack For Camping (Gluten-Free Mostly Paleo)

A family who camps together stays together.

A family who camps together stays together.

We’d like to call ourselves a camping family, but I’m not quite there yet.

Greg has a history of camping since he was a kid. (He’s slept on pyramids in the jungle in Guatemala, so a Coleman tent is a bit Four Seasons to him.) I, on the other hand, only have a few trips under my belt so I’m still working on my camping legs. We’re really enjoying ourselves though, in spite of the uncomfortable sleeping, cold weather, dirty everything, yadda yadda yadda… cuz… it’s NATURE! Feels so good.

Check out our sleeping quarters in the picture below. Air mattresses supposedly make it more comfy. Our 8-person instant tent is not really instant… or for eight people. I’d like to see that happen. Wait, no I wouldn’t.

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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Bulletproof-style Matcha – Perfect for Meditation, Zen Energy, Nutrition, and Yoga


Bulletproof-style Matcha - afternoon energy

Bulletproof -style Matcha – afternoon energy time

I know I know.

I make a lot of beverages in the style of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof goodness. Guilty. When something is good and works, why wouldn’t I? The Bulletproof -style drinks I make add more energy to my day, fuel my brain and body, are quickly made, and they get me through the early part of my morning.


Today, I’m sharing an organic matcha tea that is created Bulletproof -style. Matcha tea is green tea, where the leaves are ground and consumed whole. It’s a beautiful drink, and the lush color reminds me of my recent trip to Kauai (more on that another day).

Verdant Kauai, Hawaii.

verdant Kauai, Hawaii

 Tea is liquid wisdom. 

Matcha is the Japanese tea ceremony beverage. I’ve been drawn to organic matcha for many months now, and I did a lot of research before selecting the brand I chose. I felt the highest quality would be from Yuuki-Cha because of their standards and my ability to pinpoint from exactly what region of Japan I wanted my organic matcha. This company addressed potential issues of Fukushima Daichi radiation and shared a helpful map to assist my selection. I trust them as a result.

Helpful Japanese Tea Region Map

Helpful Japanese Tea Region Map

I selected two kinds: Organic Yame Matcha (from Fukuoka region) and Organic Kirishima Matcha (from Kagoshima) because of their harvest locations and review of tastes on Yuuki-cha’s website.

When I bought my matcha I ordered small sizes and chose two (each hailing from a different place in Japan). I opted not to get the whisk or special drinking bowl because, honestly, I didn’t know if I’d like it so why invest in all of that. Matcha has a reputation where sometimes it’s grassy in flavor, which I’m not craving.

Quality organic matcha: Yame and Kirishima

Quality organic matcha: Yame and Kirishima


I was elated with the result of the Organic Yame Matcha. My first sip I knew I’d be drinking matcha for the rest of my life, and I didn’t even make it the classic way with the bamboo whisk since I didn’t buy those (yet). Instead, I heated my spring water on my induction hot plate, used an instant read thermometer to achieve 175 degrees F, poured the hot water into my blender, added the Organic Yame Matcha, and blended it. I’m eager to try the whisk, being all proper about it, as I yearn to experience “the froth of green jade.”

I haven’t tried my Kirishima matcha yet, but have confidence it’ll be bliss. UPDATE: I just tried the Organic Kirishima Matcha and it’s fabulous. I heated my spring water to 175 degrees F and then blended the hot water with 1/2 teaspoon of the matcha powder. AWESOME.

I chose to start basic by drinking the matcha plain, as in hot water and matcha to see if I liked the flavor. As noted above, it was wonderful. That said, I knew there were plenty of options for making matcha tasty in the event of grassiness. For example, I knew I could soften the matcha by making it Bulletproof with grass-fed butter and Brain Octane MCT oil. I also have some wonderful stevia extract in my arsenal. And, I knew I could always add it to my green smoothie in the event that drinking it as a tea wasn’t awesome.

Oh, and drinking matcha green tea iced can help make it more refreshing and less grass-like. I simply blended my spring water (175 degrees F) with 1 teaspoon organic green matcha tea. Then, I poured it over ice.

Iced Matcha Green Tea

Iced organic matcha green tea. Feeeeeel good drink.

Iced organic matcha green tea. Feeeeeel good drink.

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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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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Guacamole: “This Shit Is TOO Easy!” (Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, flax, gluten free, MCT oil, paleo, recipe, vegan
Guacamole - such an easy lunch.

Guacamole – such an easy lunch.

I whipped up some organic guacamole on Sunday for lunch. As I was making it with lightening speed I was reminded of the funny movie White Men Can’t Jump where they’re running around exclaiming, “This shit is too easy!”

Guacamole is that for me. Easy.

My guacamole always includes some garlic powder because it adds depth. <– That’s one of my guacamole secrets. 

I also use cilantro (super healthy and flavorful – sometimes I even add one drop of coriander essential oil from the one and only Living Libations).

I also add organic ground coriander (I prefer it’s brightening floral-ness over cumin).

Of course there is chopped organic green onion, diced celery, sea salt, superfood vinegar, and I usually add some Brain Octane to energize my brain and lubricate it up nicely (lube up the guacamole, that is).

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