How did I make that delicious looking, creamy, raw vegan nut milk? I’ll tell ya! It’s Pili Hemp Nut Milk and my new go-to for nut milk. It’s fantastic for many reasons:
Pili nuts, hemp seeds, and salt
Creamy! The pili nuts… They damn near melt in your mouth when you eat them on their own. Heck, blend them and wowza.
Easy! This is because no soaking (or straining) required! Hemp seeds and pili nuts are naturally soft and blend easily. What a time saver. And when it comes to hemp seeds, stock up. I operate under the philosophy of “go big or go home” and I buy in bulk. They are versatile and soooo healthy.
Delightful Flavor!Pili nuts have a fairly neutral flavor which is great for plant strong milks, raw vegan cheeses, dips, and even raw vegan cheesecakes! (They are amazing in cheesecakes for both flavor and texture because they firm up when cold – I digress though. This is a nut milk post after all.) Hemp seeds, on the other hand, can be a little strong in flavor, but they’re huge on nutrition (essential fatty acids and a complete protein), so I try to continuously have them in my life. By blending the softly flavored pili nuts with the extra nutritious hemp seeds, you get a mild raw vegan nut milk that is perfect for use in any situation needing milk. I will say, though, that pili nuts rightly boast some excellent nutrition. They’re extremely high in their oil content (great as a beautifying food, as well as high amounts vitamin E and magnesium).
Pili Nuts. Not usually inexpensive, so I stock up when they’re on sale.
And, here’s a peak at our current snack bar bowl (she also loves playing with them… taking them out and putting them back into the bowl). She’s especially fond of the Boku bars and she knaws on Go Raw bars like they’re teething biscuits. Although she only eats a few bites at a time, I love sharing my healthy snack bars with her.
Here are some other favorite Kamea foods: apple, guacamole, sauerkraut, red and orange bell peppers, smoothies and shakes, nut butter, sprouted whole grain bread, hemp seeds, blueberries (she can pack these away like there’s no tomorrow!), hummus, coconut milk, grapes, raw onion bread, black beans, chickpeas, and quite frankly, whatever we’re eating she’s game to try.
I just threw together a delicious combo of ingredients that basically make up a trail mix… all vegan, all organic, part raw. I couldn’t decide on a name because the mixture seemed ideal for serving at a party, as dessert, during a movie, or on the trail. So, I put those all in the name. I like making things in BIG batches so I only have to do it once in a while. No amounts given, I didn’t measure… that makes it part of the fun! Here are the ingredients…
Party Dessert Movie Trail Mix By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield approximately 2 quarts
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 Solvehere)
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
1 cup blueberries 1 cup blackberries 1 mango, peeled and pitted 2 large handfuls spinach 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 1 teaspoon raw sunflower lecithin 1 teaspoon raw agave nectar 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1 serving probiotic powder
Blend these nutritious ingredients up and enjoy! *Update: It was brought to my attention that I didn’t list water as an ingredient. Oops. My bad. I don’t remember now, but I suspect I had a cup of water in there.
A day’s high raw, all vegan, all organic food plan – giving little Kamea lots of nutrition!
Breakfast: Ummm… 1 bite of organic dark chocolate :)
3 cups calorie packed green smoothie water, ice, spinach, lucuma powder, hemp protein powder, hemp seeds, vanilla, bananas, Sun Warrior Ormus Supergreens(update: I have read that parsley can dry up a mom’s milk supply so I’ll hold off on using too much of this; that means more for my husband and he likes it!)
1st Lunch: Curried lentils n rice n sweet potato I made red lentils with rice and sweet potato and seasoned it with curry powder and soy-free miso
2nd Lunch: Huge salad romaine, spinach, apple, cucumber, avocado, red bell pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt
I’m still pregnant and still loving it. I had my non-stress test yesterday with my midwife, and my baby is happy and healthy. Last night we met up with our friends Malynda (vegan fitness goddess) and Robert Cheeke (vegan body builder). You can read about it over on my Green Mommy Blog.
Here are my awesome eats for today. (The shake recipe below is so amazing. So delicious. One of my summer favorites now for sure!)
Magnesium powder in hot water As you can read on the Green Mommy Blog link posted above, I was in need of some magnesium today. My calf is still sore as I write this, but I’m taking it easy.
Cukes on Ice I juiced 2 fresh organic cucumbers using my Breville juicer and served it on ice. Delish!
Chipotle Veggie Bowl My husband brought me lunch so that I could take some time off from the kitchen. I had the veggie bowl, but it’s done up “Kristen semi-raw style.” I have them put a tiny amount of rice in the bowl, topped with two scoops of black beans (getting my protein), and that is topped with guacamole (healthy raw fats and nutrients). I usually skip their salsas since they’re loaded with sodium. Instead, I add my own fresh chopped organic romaine lettuce (and organic tomatoes if I have them), and I sometimes add a little bit of vegan Daiya cheddar cheese. By loading on the guacamole, lettuce, and tomatoes, it gives this dish a nice “raw” edge to it.
Organic Blueberries (6 oz) Watermelon and blueberries are my favorite fruits. They are both things that I can eat all day long (not together, of course… gotta pay attention to that important food combining rule of not mixing melons with anything else. That’s usually the only food combining rule I follow. ;)
Wakame chugged down with water I keep a supply of this wakame and every few days or so I take a spoonful of it with water. I quite enjoy it this way… salty without having me experience much fishy-ness since I don’t chew it.
According to Navitas Naturals’ website:
One of the most hearty vegetables of the sea, wakame is in fact an algae that is amongst the oldest living species on Earth. This sea green has been used extensively in traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisine as an important health food and key component of Eastern medicine for centuries.
Wakame’s salty taste is not simply “salt” – rather, it is a balanced combination of essential organic minerals including iron, calcium, and magnesium, alongside valuable trace minerals as well. Additionally, wakame well known for its detoxifying antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids (in the form of Eicospentaenoic acid), and body-building vegetable proteins. Wakame also provides many vitamins like vitamin C and much of the B spectrum, and serves as an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie (3 cups) This smoothie is mega super duper massively delicious. I can’t say enough about it. I’m in love! The recipe yields a quart, but I only had 3 cups of it because I saved some for Greg. He loved it, too! The smoothie is filled with huge antioxidants, fiber, protein, and all things good for the body. If you’re looking for an awesome protein smoothie that is brimming with nutrition, then THIS is the answer.
Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com Yield 1 quart
Blend it all up and enjoy. * I am loving Body Ecology’s RAW ORGANIC young Thai coconut water that I get in the freezer section from Whole Foods Market. It’s delicious, convenient, and healthy! You can read a little more about it here.
Organic Watermelon (lots)
Mulberry Kiwi Kale Salad I made a simple massaged kale salad topped with hemp seeds, mulberries, and kiwi (the vitamin C in the mulberries and kiwi helps my body absorb the iron in the kale much more efficiently).
If I’m up late tonight and find that I’m hungry, I’m sure I’ll raid the refrigerator for more watermelon or other fruit (I have apples and bananas that need eating).
I woke up today with my food planned. Sometimes when I can’t fall asleep (like last night – we bought a new vacuum, and I HAD TO VACUUM! I have the nesting bug and was cleaning until about 3am) – anyway… sometimes when I can’t sleep, I like to take the time to plan out my EATS for the following day. I know it might sound corny, but I love doing it. I actually get excited about all the healthy food I have planned for the next day. It motivates me.
My first meal? A wonderfully spicy green smoothie to get my day going. As I’m writing this, and drinking the smoothie, I feel some movement in my belly from baby. I guess the spice is going to wake us both up. The spice in my smoothie comes from black pepper, ginger, and cayenne. I decided to add a healthy dose of cayenne last minute because I recalled reading this good article on the awesomeness of cayenne recently. In the article they list ten reasons to add cayenne to your diet such as: cayenne aids digestion, cayenne kills prostate cancer cells and shrinks tumors, cayenne shrinks hemorrhoids, cayenne increases blood flow, and more. Bring on the cayenne.
The result? The smoothie is delicious so I wanted to share it with you. Here you go!
Cayenne Spiced Green Smoothie Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com Yield 1 quart
1 cup filtered water 1-2 cups ice 2 medium-large bananas, peeled 2 large handfuls spinach 1 tablespoon hemp seeds 2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder small knob fresh ginger squeeze of fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper dash (about 1/8 teaspoon) black pepper
Blend everything together until smooth and enjoy this spicy delight as it brings buzzing energy to your gorgeous day!
I'm Kristen, and welcome to my blog. I'm a wife, mom, author, and I love to eat so food is usually the topic of my blog posts. I'm a former (almost decade long) vegan turned back omnivore who enjoys reading, rebounding, coffee, and dark chocolate. More...