Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Minimalism Made Me Skinny

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, hemp seeds, Minimalism

Minimalism trimmed my waist.

 
An unexpected benefit occurred from my deeper dive into minimalism.
 
I lost a few pounds. Admittedly, I didn’t have much to lose, but I didn’t mind losing a couple.  I expect that if I had more to lose I would, because with minimalism on my mind for things and stuff, it’s seeping into my behavior with food. 
 
For starters, with minimalism (and saving money as a side effect!), I started buying less at the grocery store, kind of without even realizing it. Now, I wait until I’m actually out of something before I buy it again. In the past, I’d stock up on various foods – for what reason I really don’t know.
 
Not anymore though. I’m a new woman. So, yeah, my cupboards, on occasion, look like the apocalypse is happening now, but I love it!
 
I realize that in the past, if my cupboards were full, I ate more. By having less, I ration the foods better. I snack less. I’m not as hungry. 
 
That’s a win for me. 
 
So now when I grocery shop, I usually only get fresh organic produce and grass-fed full-fat yogurt(s)/butter. If the pantry isn’t out of stuff, then I hold off on adding to it. That means I’m also spending less overall. Yay.
 
The exception is when I load up on stuff from Costco. Cuz, well it’s Costco and I don’t have a choice. My favorite organic foods from Costco are:
  • fair-trade coffee
  • rice
  • raw sauerkraut
  • chia seeds and hemp seeds
  • bananas and apples
  • coconut oil
  • frozen berries
  • frozen wild-caught sockeye salmon
  • wild planet tuna in a can
 
My mindfulness attitude of consuming fewer things (clothes, toys, makeup, furniture, etc) transferred to my eating. Without even trying. 
 

Let’s dive in!

 
Funny thing… years ago we bought this giant bin of Survive Thrive food which included 40 days/nights of organic preparedness foods. It was sealed shut and stored away. The other day I told Greg, “Let’s open that up and eat through it!” 
 
It was funny (and cool) opening it up. Now we have a bunch of organic vacuum-sealed foods to eat through. 
 
*Update: My intention with this writing was to share how minimalism is changing other behaviors in my life, for the better, in my opinion. I’m not suggesting everyone needs to be *skinny* or even saying that *skinny* is the way to be. I’m actually lean vs skinny but somehow that didn’t read as well in my subject line. 
 

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Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Eating Extra Green Cabbage w My Instant Pot

Easy delicious cabbage from the Instant Pot

I talk a lot about my Instant Pot because I love it to bits. It’s been a life-changing kitchen appliance. 

The Instant Pot has made vegetables more prominent in our lives, because it’s so easy to use (i.e., fast!) and super delicious. 

Lately, I’m making a lot of organic green cabbage in my Instant Pot

Here’s how easy it is:

  • 1 head organic green cabbage, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Additional seasonings as desired (maybe turmeric? ground cumin?)
  • Squirt of mustard
  • 2 to 3 pats of grass-fed butter (or more hehe)
  • 1 cup water or broth (add extra if a soupy experience is desired)

Put everything in the Instant Pot and set it to LOW pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release. 

That’s it! Did you hear me? That’s it.

THIS is why I’m eating so many more vegetables … it’s too damn easy! 

With the Instant Pot and this basic recipe, delicious and healthy cabbage is ready in minutes… Ready to serve with a main-dish protein. 

Or, sometimes the cabbage dish is the main star and I toss in some Epic bacon pieces. 

I also jazz it up with Dr. Cowan’s veggie powders to amp up the veggie power. 

Veggie powders for the win.


Oh, and last night I added a 1/4 cup of hemp seeds. Fun texture. 

The possibilities of simply cabbage are endless. Yum Yum Yum!

Get an Instant Pot today and change your life for the better.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Recipe: The Lazy Flax Bars

The Lazy Flax Bar - Vegetarian treat.

The Lazy Flax Bar – Vegetarian treat.

I can’t say exactly why, but I’m drawn to flax seeds lately. More specifically, ground flax.

When an article offering me 70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed arrived in my inbox, I knew it was destiny: eat some flax.

As a result, I whipped up these bars and, well, they’re awesome. They’ll satisfy any sweet tooth, as well as make any momma proud to serve these to her family (after she gobbles up a couple of them herself, of course).

Why call them The Lazy Flax Bars? 

Well. I entered the kitchen to make these with crazy ambition to make Flax Balls. But, as I mixed up the recipe and saw the amount of “dough” being created, I quickly abandoned the idea of rolling out a gazillion balls. Read: I’m lazy.

Um, I quickly pressed them into a baking dish.

Therefore, these are ridiculously easy to make. They’ll freeze well if you want to save half for another day.

The Lazy Flax Bars are full of some good ingredients, including flax seeds. <– Good for your boobs.

(Tip: Buy flax seeds “whole” and grind them before using to receive the optimal nutrition.)

I also included Brain Octane oil, which is optional. <– Good for the brain.

I added dark chocolate chips. <– Good for the brain and heart, and let’s not forget our souls.)

Oh, there’s raw honey in there. <– Magical stuff. Nuff’ said.

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor, give her a whirl. Done.

Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.

Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.

The Lazy Flax Bars

Yield 8×8 glass dish (call it 16 + bars)

  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup dark, fair-trade chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons MCT oil, optional
  • Good pinch sea salt
  1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it is of a texture that holds together when you squeeze some with your fingers.
  2. Press into an 8X8 glass baking dish. Enjoy as is or with full-fat grass-fed yogurt or ice cream.

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

How to Have a Real Food Foodie Road Trip – What to Pack!

A mini-van almost packed to the gills, ready to roll.

A mini-van almost packed to the gills, ready to roll.

We are a family who loves to travel, and our most recent epic road trip took us to Michigan. But, travel can wreak havoc on anyone’s best attempts to eat healthy. Not always. Check out my post below where I show how we traveled across the country while (almost exclusively) staying on our Real Food Foodie Lifestyle (i.e., we ate really healthy in spite of being on the road). It meant extra work, which isn’t always the thing you want to do after a day of being in the car, but I’m simply not willing to eat crap food which is most often what’s served in restaurants.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Pesto Freezer Cups – Keep These On Hand For Amazing Meals

Frozen Pesto (#HerbalMedicine)

Frozen Pesto (#HerbalMedicine)

I never thought of pesto as herbal medicine, but indeed it is.

Pesto has earned a spot in my diet (and my freezer), fairly regularly as a result. I mean, think of it, it’s chock-full of herbs. Herbs are medicine. Pesto = Powerful Herbal Medicine.

The thing about pesto, for me at least, is that I don’t relish the making of it. I have to lug out my food processor and wash lots of herbs (I like to keep them varied for optimal nutrition). The other issue is that sometimes you don’t want a lot of pesto… you want just a little. Well, that’s not a problem when you’re smart and make pesto ahead of time.

When you realize you want (or need) some pesto, it’s great to have it on hand. It requires thawing, but I find that I usually know if I’ll need pesto a day in advance so I put it in the fridge to thaw overnight. I like to make a good sized batch and freeze it in jars of different sizes as shown in the pictures. I especially like these baby food storage jars because the amount frozen is perfect for adding a little of pesto flavor to any dish where you want herbal flare but not a pesto-heavy result.

Pesto (#HerbalMedicine) going into little cups for freezing.

Pesto (#HerbalMedicine) going into little cups for freezing.

When I go to the farmers’ market, I see what lovely fresh herbs the farmer has, and I buy a lot. I go home and get to making some pesto straight away so I can be done with it. It feels good to have a freezer stocked of different things that can quickly be thawed for food. If you haven’t seen my post on Real Food Fast Food, please check it out. I share lots of ways to make really fast meals that qualify as Real Food (healthy stuff).

Pesto goes wonderfully served over a grass-fed steak, grass-fed burgers (I buy from Alderspring), pasture-raised chicken (I buy from Good Earth Farms), wild-caught salmon (I buy from Vital Choice). It’s also delectable slathered over some fermented organic sourdough bread, drizzled over mochi, dumped on top of gluten-free pasta, and stirred into organic goat cheese for the best goat cheese ever. You can also add a spoonful of it to the next dressing you make. Holy moly, you’ll be licking the bowl and begging for more salad when you do.

See? Many ways to enjoy pesto, when you have it on hand. Don’t forget…

Pesto = Powerful Herbal Medicine.

Pesto is pretty easy to make even if it’s not my favorite thing to do. However, I am not going to give you much of a pesto recipe because it’s so forgiving. You only need fresh herbs and a couple of other ingredients. I list many herbs below and you can use one or a combination of many. I also prefer hemp seeds instead of other nuts because they’re nice and small, soft, and offer some better nutrition than many other nuts.

  • Fresh Organic Herbs: basil, oregano, dill, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint, dandelion, arugula
  • sea salt (to taste, but don’t be shy)
  • a few pressed cloves of garlic (more if you’re Italian) I love the Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher
  • 1/2 to 1-cup hemp seeds
  • hard raw cheese like parmesan (if vegan, omit the cheese and add extra hemp seeds)
  • 1/2 to 1-cup quality organic raw olive oil (or a mix of olive oil and Upgraded MCT oil for a brain boost)

Place the herbs in a food processor, like this one I have, fitted with the “S” blade, along with sea salt, garlic, hemp seeds, and cheese. Pulse it a bit until it’s nicely chopped. Turn on the food processor and add the olive oil in a steady stream until it’s incorporated. Set some aside to eat, if desired. Transfer the rest into glass storage cups of different sizes to be frozen. Be sure to label them with “Pesto” and the date.

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Recipe Vibrant Green Chia Pudding (Paleo Gluten Free Raw)

Vibrant Green Chia Pudding Raw Paleo Gluten Free

Here is a refreshing chia pudding recipe for the summer that can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or as an easy breakfast (make it the night before to enjoy the following morning). I pulled it from my Raw Vegan Transitions book and changed it up a bit to suit my preferences these days. Mainly, I swapped out the agave nectar for raw honey. (To keep it vegan, simply use agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey.)

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

How to Easily Make a Raw Vegan Milk Your Family Will Love

by Kristen Suzanne in hemp recipes, hemp seeds, vegan

Pili Hemp Nut Milk – I love you.

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.

Pili Hemp Nut Milk

Yield 1 quart

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Blend everything until smooth and creamy. Enjoy served by itself, in a smoothie, protein shake, raw soup, or on top of your cereal.

Bowl of pili nuts, like a bowl of gold.

 

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Baby’s Vegan and Raw Snacks

by Kristen Suzanne in baby, hemp seeds

My little ducky!

Today, Kamea and I shared this delicious raw purple smoothie comprised of the following ingredients:

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.

What are your baby’s favorite foods?

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Friday, March 25th, 2011

Party Dessert Movie Trail Mix

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, cacao nibs, coconut, hemp seeds, kamea

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

Hemp Seeds (raw)
Chocolate Chips (not raw)
Cacao Nibs (raw)
Raisins (raw)
Goji Berries (raw)
Pecans, soaked, dehydrated, and chopped (raw)
Almonds, soaked, dehydrated, and chopped (raw)
Dried Coconut, unsweetened (raw)
Granola (not raw, I bought it at the store in the cereal section although you could easily put raw granola in this, perhaps Kookie Karma’s Goji Lime Coconut would be fun or Go Raw’s Chocolate or Kaia Foods Cocoa Bliss)
Himalayan crystal salt
Cinnamon Read More »

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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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