Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Kaleidoscope Juice: New Organic Cold-Pressed Juice Delivery & Store!

by Kristen Suzanne in arizona, green juice

I am super thrilled to announce that there is a new juice delivery (and store!) in town – Kaleidoscope Juice. And, the best part is… my near and dear gal pals opened it.

Alexandra and Andrea dressed up for Halloween.

Meet Andrea and Alexandra, a mom and daughter team who have two of the biggest hearts and coolest energy in town on the planet. Seriously. If you’re not making your own juice because you’re too busy or don’t have the proper juicing equipment, then let me tell ya… You want these women making your juice. Why? Because you won’t just get ordinary juice… you’ll get something along the lines of ethereally-magical juice. All organic. All fresh. All filled with mega love. They don’t get the nickname “Juice Angels”  for nothing.

Alexandra does look angelic. :) She’s a beauty inside and out. She fills her body with goodness and it shows.

They don’t just offer juice though. They have a whole menu! Check it out here. The first time I saw it, I was like, “Whoa. What am I going to get? Probably one of everything.” Almost. Here are some things I grabbed on my first visit to their little store.

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Monday, May 28th, 2012

Norwalk Juicer Video Tutorial

by Kristen Suzanne in green juice

Here are the promised Norwalk videos that I made, in case you haven’t seen them. There are five in all. This was a huge project I undertook, but I kept at it because I really wanted to share how we use our Norwalk. There aren’t a ton of videos out there on it and I was getting a lot of questions. I knew the best way to demystify this beautiful beast was to share every detail in video. I say it was a big production because it involved a lot of organizing everything, some technical difficulties, a number of times of starting over, trying to record in the middle of the night while Kamea slept, then after a couple of nights of that…. realizing it wasn’t working so we actually packed EVERYTHING up and recorded at mom’s. So, while the videos aren’t perfect, I hope you like them and they’re useful.

The Norwalk's Arrival

In the first video I mention that I’d share anything new I noticed since recording them. Everything is still the same pretty much, but I’ll say four things.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Juicing Delivery Exploding in the Valley! (Plus Food Journals)

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, green juice

Wow! That’s all I can say! Well, not true… I can say more and I will. :) The valley here in Arizona is exploding with juice maniacs! Let’s just say I’m a tad excited. In the past month I’ve learned about 4 companies that are offering (or will offer) organic raw fresh pressed juice – delivered to your door (and some are planning on store fronts, too). We are one juicy city and I can’t help but take a moment and think about what all of this means? It means something to be sure… times are a changin’. Add to that, Starbucks is planning on offering juice in their coffee bars as well. From what I’ve heard, the juice will be flash pasteurized which is a deal breaker for me, BUT, it’s great to see people taking note of how popular juice is.

So… on to my food journals and speaking of juice delivery…

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Thursday, May 12th, 2011

High Raw Food Journal and Nutritional Blood Analysis

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, green juice

Today I had a nutritional blood analysis and I’m really excited to get the results. I always get my routine blood analysis done yearly for things like B12, vitamin D, cholesterol, iron, etc. But, this is a unique panel that will tell me how the nutrient levels in my body are. It’s a micronutrient test for nutritional deficiencies which I think is extra important while breastfeeding. This is the image from SpectraCell’s website. I had the blood drawn at a facility called Any Lab Test Now.


Results will arrive in 10-14 days and I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Food Journal Time! I love that y’all are excited when I post what I’ve eaten for the day. Today is High Raw, Organic (vega is 65% organic), and Vegan. Supplements: B12, D, vegan DHA, chlorella, zinc, iron, probiotics. Read More »

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Food Journal – My Fitness Pal App for iPhone

I’m so glad to see the excitement surrounding the food combining app for iPhone that I blogged about here. Thanks for chiming in to let me know about your thoughts on it.

As many of you know, one of the ways I stay on track with my eating is to write it all down. I usually use my “notes” app on iPhone, but lately I’ve been tinkering with an app called My Fitness Pal. It’s great for tracking food and exercise, and it helps you count calories. I’m not a big calorie counter, as most raw fooders aren’t, but I do like to make sure I’m taking in enough while breastfeeding. I thought it was neat that the app had the calorie info for Boku bar! Turns out, users input data that’s not in there, so some other Boku bar loving person must have done that. I’ve also found Sun Warrior protein powder in there. :)

Today’s food intake list is big! I just felt hungry most of the day so I kept eating. :) It’s a High Raw, All Vegan, All Organic day

Breakfast: Teeccino with raw almond milk (recipe here). I waited about 20 minutes and then had a few cups of organic watermelon. I’m a total watermelon nut – so now that it’s in season, expect to see a lot of it in my food journal. About a half hour later, I had raw granola with raw almond milk.

Lunch: Watermelon. Waited a half hour and then had cucumber boats with brazil nut garlic cheese sauce and a Boku bar. Read More »

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Friday, February 18th, 2011

Is It Safe To Drink Green Juice While Pregnant? A Reader’s Question.

by Kristen Suzanne in green juice, pregnancy

I was emailed the following questions, and thought I’d share my response for everyone…

Hi Kristen!

I just found your blog after googling and I have a question I was hoping you could answer. I just found out I’m 5 weeks pregnant and my diet is mostly raw, no dairy, no meat, and I always start my day with  2-3 organic raw (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, and apple) green juices I buy from an organic juice press shop that uses the Norwalk press. I would like to know if it is safe to continue to drink my beloved juices daily and my Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens? Everyone says something differant and I’m confused. I would like to keep my mostly raw healthy lifestyle because it is what works best for me. I also was wondering which were the best supplement suggestions you can offer, … chorella, spirulina etc. Are these safe during pregnancy? Please help! All the best, G

Great question! For starters, you know I’m not a doctor or midwife. I’m a chef who reads a lot – lol – and has a passion for nutrition and health. That being written, here is how I handled the situation when I was pregnant.

There is indeed a risk of contamination when consuming raw foods while pregnant (well, anytime really, but for pregnancy it has its own dangerous implications). However, I wasn’t about to give up my raw foods. Therefore, while I was pregnant, I did not consume any fresh juices unless I made them myself (except on perhaps three or four different occasions while traveling). It wasn’t worth the risk in my opinion. In fact, even making them myself was not risk-free, but I believe it was greatly reduced because I thoroughly washed and scrubbed my ORGANIC produce. To wash them, I often used food grade hydrogen peroxide (this is the not the stuff you buy in the drugstore). The same rules applied for salads and other fresh foods that I didn’t prepare. I had them on occasion at a restaurant, but I knew the possible risk of doing it, so I didn’t do it often. And, for the times I did do it, they were usually vegan or raw places that didn’t serve meat products which is helpful (exception  - the veg burritos with fresh salsa and guacamole from Chipotle – lol – I had those a few times).

Overall, my pregnancy was mostly high raw with some times that were all raw and some times that were moderately raw. I stayed away from green powders because they (at the time) had an ingredient or two that just didn’t seem good to me in a pregnant state after researching all the ingredients. That being said, I have read about a number of women drinking green powders while pregnant. If I were to become pregnant again, I would probably consume Greener Grasses because that is a powder that seems both nourishing and gentle (I am drinking this now while breastfeeding and it’s wonderful). Again though, this is just how I would do it. There are many others who might differ in their successful and healthy pregnant experiences.

As for supplements, I wrote about them in a previous blog post here. I can’t claim their safety because as you’ll notice they probably have labels warning against taking while pregnant or lactating. However, I was excited to take chlorella because of its recognized ability to take toxins out of breastmilk according to one study (details here). I also took wheat grass tablets, probiotics, prenatal, and others. My most important supplement suggestion would be to take Vitamin D. I encourage you to get your levels tested. I would read The Vitamin D Solution for recommendations on how much to take while pregnant. The amount in your prenatal are not enough in many professionals’ opinions. (I highly recommend that book to everyone reading this post.)

Thanks for your question!

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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!

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
2 crackers

Large kale salad
Green Smoothie

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.
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


3 prunes

Banana Nut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream

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

2 cups Soup (same as above)
Kale chips

Rawtella spoonful
Banana Chocolate Nut Butter ice cream

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

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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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Food Journal – Tuesday’s High-Raw Eats

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, green juice
Here is my food plan for today.  I can’t wait!

  • 1 Quart Green Juice: Romaine. Carrots. Spinach. Lime.

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Rainbow Juice

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, carrots, green juice

I just made this batch of gorgeous, vibrant juice with my Breville juicer. The pulp and juice looks like a rainbow… so pretty! And… so healthy, too. My Rainbow Juice had 2 green apples, 2 carrots, 1 beet, and 1 cucumber. Delish!

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Monday, June 21st, 2010

Organic Green Juice – Refreshing, Hydrating, Delicious!

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, green juice

I made a splendid batch of fresh organic green juice. Yum! It’s probably my favorite way to start the day because it really gives my body and digestion a clean energy boost. Ever since finding the raw life and including lots of green juice on a regular basis, I’m never sluggish in the morning. I wake up refreshed and raring to go. That’s the way to live! 

Drink fresh green juice and you can experience the following, too: Alkalizing, hydrating, delicious, refreshing, nourishing, and cleansing.

This batch made one quart and had:
2 large cucumbers
5 stalks celery
1 head romaine hearts
1 kiwi
1 small knob of ginger

I used my Breville because I knew I’d drink it right away and extra fast speed was important. I generally like to use my Hurom juicer (that’s my favorite), but today’s desire for speed trumped anything else. If you’d like to see a video where I discuss the three juicers I have (Green Star, Breville, Hurom), then check it out here.

Hhmm… isn’t that beautiful, vibrant and full of life? You know that will make my cells dance for joy! I tell ya… I cannot live life without fresh green juice. Can you imagine if everyone drank fresh organic green juice on a weekly (or daily!) basis!? Whoo Whee! The buzz of life and energy that we would all experience. That would be awesome. (If you’re wondering why my Blendtec container is there, it’s because when my Breville container runs out of room, I transfer it to my blender and then continue juicing with the Breville.)

For more great juice recipes, check out my raw vegan recipe ebook (print book also available!), Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks.

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