Monday, January 19th, 2015

I Must Want to Live A Long Time… Sardine n Smoothie Lunch

Large smoothie and sardines cuz I want to live longer.

Lunch: Large smoothie and sardines cuz I want to live longer.

I’m sitting here eating my lunch after a Basic Yoga class.

I’m eating sardines and a large veggie smoothie. It’s soooooo not a fun lunch. I’d rather toast some of that organic 3-day fermented sourdough bread from my freezer and slather it with a butt-load of grass-fed butter. Yes sireeee that’s what I really want.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Top Gun Inspired Juicer Purchase: “I Feel The Need… The Need For Speed.”

Welcome to the family, Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Welcome to the family, Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Juicers are not a new topic on this blog. I’ve been using them and writing about them for years. There was a time I loved my twin gear Green Star back in the day when I was a newbie to raw food. Then, I moved to a cute n fast Breville because motherhood was taking most of my time (actually I’ve owned a couple of Breville juicers). I also fell for the Hurom single auger juicer in an attempt to up my quality of juice while keeping it easier than the Green Star. Finally, I topped out at the all time ultimate Norwalk Juicer thinking that it would save me money in the long long long long run, give me a superior juice never to be more superior, and offer me the option to juice big batches that can be stored for a few days so I wasn’t juicing every day. I wrote about these juicers, and I imagine when this post is done that the bottom “similar posts” links will feature them.

But, things change.

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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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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Recipe Cucumber Ice Smoothie (Vegan n Paleo)

Oftentimes my lunch consists of either a big salad or some kind of blended drink / smoothie. I usually load it up with fat and veggies so it’s highly nutritious (fat helps many nutrients get absorbed from foods) and satiating, not to mention easy and fast.

Cucumber Ice Smoothie

Cucumber Ice Smoothie

Cucumber Ice Smoothie (Vegan. Paleo.)

Yield 2 servings

  • 1 large organic cucumber, chopped
  • handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil
  • pinch fleur de sel salt
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup ice

Blend everything until smooth. I used my Vitamix and the accompanying plunger. If you don’t have one of these beauties, then you might need to add a bit of water to help get it blended.

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Saturday, March 17th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day (or Morning Mint) Green Smoothie (Raw Vegan Recipe, VIDEO, and Food Journal)

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, Green smoothie, video

A quick and DELICIOUS refreshing green smoothie that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day… or for any morning with its minty freshness.  Check it out (recipe details below)! :)

Morning Mint Green Smoothie (Yield 3 cups)

1.5 cups water
1 cup ice
10 organic mint leaves
1 hefty handful organic spinach
2 fairly hefty dollops organic raw cashew butter
1 T or more raw coconut nectar (or raw agave or 2 pitted dates)

Blend and enjoy!

Food Journal 3/14/12

  • Pint green juice from our precious Norwalk Juicer. YES! I’m working on my Norwalk videos next week :) YAY!
  • Water
  • Tea – Nettles n Raspberry Leaf
  • Sprout Smoothie
  • Large salad with veggies, raw dressing and some tofu (all organic, of course)
  • Chipotle football size vegan burrito with some raw fixings in it (pico, guacamole, romaine)
  • 2 cups Spring Power Applesauce
  • 3 cups fresh grapefruit juice …. Quart Green juice
  • Lightly cooked asparagus with raw dipping sauce …. Sprouted English muffin with but butter on both sides plus one side with jalapeño. The other side strawberry lavender preserves.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Ryan Seacrest and His Green Smoothie – AWESOME!

by Kristen Suzanne in Green smoothie

OK… I officially like Ryan now. Gotta LOVE this!!!!! Ryan Seacrest sharing his green smoothie (he calls it Brazilian Thunder – very cool) and talking about how it gives him the energy to take on his busy day. Go Ryan!

And, here’s a past post I wrote about 3 Problems Smoothies Solve. Green smoothies ROCK! I’m going to go make one now.

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Monday, October 25th, 2010

Monday’s Green Smoothie Breakfast

by Kristen Suzanne in goji berries, Green smoothie, hemp seeds

I LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES!!!! For all of you out there who are intimidated my raw food, or who don’t know where to begin… this is it! Whip up a blazing awesome green smoothie for your breakfast and TAKE ON THE WORLD! (Want to learn more? Read 3 Problems Smoothies Solve here)

Here is today’s all-organic concoction. It made about a quart. I loved it so much, I drank it all down in about a minute – lol.

Water
1 giant leaf of Swiss Chard (ended up being about 1 handful when torn into pieces)
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups pineapple
1 handful goji berries
1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Blend it up and voila! Energizing – Satiating – Fun Breakfast

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Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Green Smoothie w/ Sunflower Lecithin (video)

Recorded a quick video sharing today’s organic green smoothie. Enjoy!

Green Smoothie with Sunflower Lecithin
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart

1 1/2 cups filtered water
1-2 handfuls ice
2 cups mango, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 large handful spinach
1 scoop SunWarrior rice protein powder
1 spoonful Sunflower Lecithin
1 serving probiotic powder

Blend it up!


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Friday, August 6th, 2010

Quickie Green Protein Smoothie (Video)

by Kristen Suzanne in banana, Green smoothie, Hemp, video

Here’s a video with a quick green protein smoothie AND Kamea’s debut on video. :) Read why I love smoothies so much here.


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Saturday, June 26th, 2010

3 Problems Smoothies Solve! –> Plus: Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie (Raw, Vegan Recipe)

Hhmmm YUMMMY! I made another neat, unique, and awesome smoothie. It’s filled with mostly Caribbean flavors (how fun is that!). It was easy. It was delicious. And, I’m on fire with energy because of the nutrition it’s fueling into my cells. Uumm… I loved the color of it, too. It was pretty with lovely speckles of the colors red, green, and brown (I’m such a girl!). BUT! Before I dive into sharing this scrumptious recipe with you… let me share a few words on why smoothies and shakes friggin’ rock the house of diet and healthy eating goodness!

As you can see from the many smoothie and shake recipes I share on my blog, I’m obviously a raving fan of them. That’s mainly because…

Smoothies and shakes solve a few big problems that people encounter 
when dieting or trying to eat healthier: 
Lack of time
Lack of nutrition
Lack of diversity / excitement
No more excuses though! Smoothies to the rescue!

Lack of time in your life? No problem!
A fabulous, high energy, and mega nutritious and delicious smoothie (or shake) can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. (That can include clean up time!) And, you can make enough to enjoy it as a whole meal or make extra to save for a later meal or snack. Smoothies offer a 5-minute meal. Awesome!

Lack of nutrition in your life? No problem!
Fresh smoothies and shakes can be filled with the healthiest nutrition on the planet (all plant-powered, of course!)… from nutrient dense organic ingredients to alkalizing greens to high energy fruits to superhero superfoods to body building proteins. Plus – smoothies are blended which means your giving your body something that is easy to digest. That’s a great thing! Smoothies offer phenomenal nutrition and energy. Whoo hoo!

Bored with dieting or healthy eating? Lacking diversity? No problem!
The variations you can make with smoothies and shakes are literally endless. The flavor combos based on your cravings while you’re shopping, or simply what you have on hand in your kitchen, can vary with every single smoothie – making it an entirely different flavor explosion in your mouth with each creation. That’s exciting! Take the recipe I’m going to share with you below, for example. I thought up the flavors while falling asleep based on what I had in my cupboard and refrigerator. I knew I wanted to use my pineapple and bananas before they went bad… I had a bottle of raw coconut water thawing… I wanted alkalizing greens in it and I had romaine lettuce on hand… I’ve been on a ginger kick lately… goji berries are reputed for supporting healthy eyes… I love the pure raw vanilla powder I’ve been playing with (I bought it Whole Foods Market)… etc… and voila – I enjoyed an awesome smoothie full of unique and fun flavors! Smoothies offer massive variety so it’s impossible to get bored. Booyah!

Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart

1 cup young Thai coconut water
2 bananas, peeled
2 cups pineapple, diced (I include the core)
2 handfuls romaine lettuce
2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons goji berries
knob of ginger
1/4 teaspoon pure raw vanilla powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Blend all of the ingredients and enjoy!

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