Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Girl Talk: Cloth Period Pads & Panties – I’ve Always Been Intrigued

by Kristen Suzanne in banana, chia seeds, Hemp, kale, Kristen Suzanne

It’s time for a little “Girl Talk” on Kristen’s Raw Blog.

The idea of using organic cloth pads for “period time” has always intrigued me… and, scared me a bit. I love the eco-friendly aspect of it, as well as not having to always buy organic cotton pads (I’m not a fan of tampons, even if they are organic, and only use them on rare occasions). However, I’ve always been a bit shy to try the cloth pad option. But… it keeps coming to my attention, so I decided it was time to give it a try. When I was buying my husband a hemp sweater from Rawganique for Valentine’s Day, I saw they had these “LunaPanties: organic cotton period panties” and I decided to give them a try. I haven’t had the chance to use them yet… but that full moon is on its way. UPDATE: I’ve used them and they are a bit stretchy to wear they don’t fit that well. The “pad” part is fine, but the overall comfort of the underwear isn’t anything to write home about. 

Then, that same week, I was reading up on some blogs I follow, and a fellow blogger actually wrote an informative post on the topic. I highly recommend checking it out. She writes, “The minute I tell folks I use cloth menstrual pads, their expression noticeably changes into one of confusion and sometimes disgust. But as I glowingly tell them about the benefits of cloth both to myself and to the environment, they start to listen and realize it’s not so weird or strange after all.” Read more here.

On to the topic of Raw food now… Here is my food intake/plan

Water w/ New Chapter Organic’s Berry Greens (I buy mine from Vitacost.com but they also sell it on Amazon and in some Whole Foods Markets) and Amazing Wheat Grass Powder
~ I like the taste of these two products, both together and independently. It’s a great alkalizing way to start my day. I also add them to smoothies, too, if I’m not drinking them straight with water.

2 Bananas
~ Bananas are easy, full of vitamins, and taste awesome. Need I say more?

Cherry Tomatoes, Carrot Sticks, and Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce
~ I know… AGAIN? Emphatically… YES! I cannot seem to get enough. I’ve been making it every other day. If I’m not eating it with veggies, I eat it with Raw corn chips, and I’ve even enjoyed it w/ organic, baked corn chips. I love the flavor!!! It’s a satiating snack that keeps me filled for hours.

Strawberry Fennel Kale Salad (2 servings)
~ I’ve also been eating a lot of kale salads lately, trying different combinations of ingredients. This was a lovely combo.

3 Spoonfuls of Chia Seed Pudding w/ Raw Cashew Milk
~ This is a great way to fix a sweet tooth. And, chia seeds are loaded with nutrition (read more
here). The Raw cashews and chia seeds are from Navitas Naturals.

Goji Berries (a few small handfuls)
~ I’m making a new dessert recipe, with goji berries, so I have them sitting on the counter. I’ve been munching on some here and there when I walk by them.

Kelp Noodles and Raw Marinara
~ I have a bag of kelp noodles begging to be used in the refrigerator. I think I’ll whip up some Raw Marinara tonight and we’ll enjoy that for dinner… alongside some
Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce and Corn Chips of course – ha ha.

Dessert
~ We’ll either have some more Chia Pudding or the new dessert recipe I’m working on. Either way… we’re having dessert!

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Weight Lifting & The Raw Vegan Lifestyle – How I Maintain My Muscle Mass

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp, weight loss

A follower of my blog inquired recently about eating a Raw diet and maintaining/building muscle…

Hey Kristen… I was wondering would it be possible for you to do a blog post on eating raw and weightlifting….I have lost 50 pounds since beginning to eat all RAW..now I’m doing ChaLean Extreme (it’s a program where you lift heavy weights to failure)… should I be concerned that my body will use my muscles for fuel instead of burning fat… I’m concerned with the whole calorie thing,because eating RAW I haven’t been counting calories. I want to reap the best results from all this hard work, because I have seen people who eat raw and have lost a lot of weight and some don’t look fit just smaller and soft… so that leads me to think they have lost some muscle, what do u think?…any advice would be greatly appreciated.


First of all… CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss and for taking control of your health. I’m so happy for you. I’m actually a tiny bit familiar with the ChaLean program because I know someone who is doing it, and I’ve read about so many others bragging about it and loving it.
If I had a set up in my house where I could do dvds for some of my exercise, I’d be all over this program.

Regarding your overall question… I switch between all-Raw and HRAV (High Raw, All Vegan) and my husband follows suit since I’m in charge of food – haha. I’m not soft and skinny; my body is toned and I have no problem maintaining that. :) And, let me tell you… my husband is buff and his bod is mega hot – ripped abs, chiseled chest… TMI? Maybe – haha.

Things I do to maintain my muscle mass, and things my husband does to maintain and grow his:

1) Strength train (we get our butts in the gym at least five days per week!). Period.

2) A healthy, alkaline diet complete with nutrient dense foods. Consume enough calories in general, including foods rich in amino acids and simple carbs. As people who work out a lot, we also add more protein to our diet. To do this, we drink shakes and smoothies with hemp protein powder, and lately we’ve been doing a mixture of both hemp protein powder along with Sun Warrior’s Raw Rice Protein Powder, and typically include bananas or some other fruit in it. We also like green smoothies (fresh amino acid-rich greens and fruit). Here is a link to a great workout smoothie recipe – GGGRRRR! Beowulf Protein Smoothie. We also love our fresh Plant Blood (green juice) which fills our bodies with phytonutrients. Sometimes we drink Plant Blood daily and sometimes we drink it every few days – just depends on our fridge contents.

We also make sure we’re consuming certain foods before and after our workouts (our exercise tends to last 45 – 75 minutes). For example, before a training session, we typically consume something with simple carbs (examples: fresh dates, a ripe banana, or other fruit is excellent workout fuel). After a workout (
within 60 minutes of completing it), we have a small smoothie with simple carbs and a little protein (see the recipe for the GGGRRRR! Beowulf Protein Smoothie – we usually split this or something like it). Then, after an hour has passed we have another shake that is heavier with protein (typically Sun Warrior Rice Protein, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein, Vitamineral Green Powder, Fruits of the Earth Powder,water, and usually a banana blended in).

3) Recovery – This is an important topic that is frequently left out. You need to let your body recover and build, and this includes getting plenty of rest and sleep. Diet is also an important aspect of recovery, but rest and sleep are vital.

Basically, we listen to our bodies, monitor our progress, and make changes as needed. Ensuring success with this might mean some calorie counting, at least in the beginning, until you get an idea of what you should be consuming on a daily basis and how your body responds to it. Everyone is different so you need to find what works for you personally. But, it can be done!

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Friday, December 12th, 2008

My Super Shake

by Kristen Suzanne in chia seeds, Hemp

I came up with a great protein shake recipe that is filling and nourishing. I feel like it’s strengthening me from the inside out when I’m drinking it. I’m calling it my Super Shake, and my husband and I have been enjoying it every day for the past few days as our breakfast (and I’m sneaking it in for my snack when we see the midnight showing tonight of The Day the Earth Stood Still).

Super Shake
approximately 3 cups / 1 serving

1 cup water
1 cup raw hemp seed milk* (or more)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder
1 tablespoon rice protein powder (been using chocolate flavored)

1 teaspoon
Vitamineral Green powder
1 teaspoon
Fruits of the Earth powder
1 banana, peeled

Just blend it up, drink it down and feel the power from the essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants go to work for you!

*I’ve been making my raw hemp milk by simply blending water with Manitoba Harvest’s hemp seed butter (this is also known as my “1-Minute Hemp Milk“). Sometimes I add a touch of raw agave or a date to it as well.


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Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

GGGRRRR! Beowulf Protein Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp

Here is a powerful, post-workout-fueling (banana, celery, dates), muscle replenishing (hemp), rockin’ antioxidant filled (goji berries), blood- circulating (ginger) smoothie. It’s like one-stop-shopping with all of the delicious and nutritious goodies in it. Seriously! I can’t help but growl out “GGGRRR!” every time I drink it.

One of my favorite aspects of this beautiful light brown, red speckled smoothie is the hemp protein. I frequently proclaim to everyone in my classes, “Get Hemped!” Hemp protein is a great addition to everyone’s life (especially children). It’s one of the most effective ways to add a complete protein to your diet with plenty of fiber and omegas (essential fatty acids).

GGGRRRR! Beowulf Protein Smoothie
Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw
Yield 2 cups

1 cup water
2 bananas

2 stalks celery

2 dates, pitted

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 tablespoon goji berries

1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (I love
Manitoba Harvest brand)

Blend all of the ingredients until creamy and smooth. Add some ice cubes for a chilly refresher. Enjoy this with your family as you all drink and growl “GGGRRRR!”

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Fast Food Goes Organic

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp

Times are changing and it’s exciting. Check out this article about some fast food chains going organic. As a High Raw All Vegan (HRAV), I love knowing that our nation is starting to desire healthier food choices, which, in my book, means more people learning about Raw in the long run. We have to start somewhere and fresh organic food is a great place.

Organic and eating locally grown foods are both “hot” trends for chefs right now, and this means more organic options at restaurants. Yippee! How great would it be to enjoy gobbling up fresh salads and dishes made from organic ingredients when you dine out?

My HRAV Food Today
Organic coconut black tea
1 quart Blueberry Power Packed Green Smoothie (recipe below)
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds
that’s it so far…

Blueberry Power Packed Smoothie
Yield 1 quart

2 cups water
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder (the best available)
1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green Powder (my favorite!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (these are so fun!)
3 handfuls spinach
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Blend this power packin’ goodness up and enjoy some mega energy and fulfillment!

Daily Conversation Question
If you could have front row seats to any concert, who would you like to see?

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Celebrate Earth Day w/ Hemp at Whole Foods

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp

This year, I’m celebrating Earth Day (April 22) at Whole Foods (Scottsdale location – 101 & Raintree) by showing off one of my favorite hemp recipes from my latest ebook, Ultimate Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes. Of course, I’ll be featuring my favorite brand of hemp, Manitoba Harvest - YUMMY!

I chose hemp to celebrate Earth Day because hemp is one of the most earth friendly crops that can be grown. The popularity of hemp products and foods is growing by leaps and bounds which excites me big time! How many of you are adding hemp to your life?

Come join us! If you’re in the area on Earth Day, stop by, say hello and enjoy one of the delicious organic Raw vegan treats I’ll be giving out. We’ll be there from about 12-2:30pm.

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Friday, March 28th, 2008

Super Star Chocolate Vanilla Power

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp, raw chocolate

I love my Fridays…new movies typically start, everyone is in a good mood, life seems more relaxed and I’m more than happy to participate in all of that goodness! I’m hoping to see the movie 21 tonight and sneak in a tasty smoothie to enjoy at the same time. I made an especially delicious one for it:

Super Star Chocolate Vanilla Power
Yield 2 1/2 cups

1 cup water
1 cup Super Star Vanilla Sauce
2 tablespoons Navitas Raw chocolate powder
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder

Blend it all up, transfer to a glass mason jar and sneak into the movie with this amazing treat! (Oops, I just drank it all while writing this – it was so I delicious that I couldn’t help myself – haha – so I guess I won’t be taking it to the movies.)

Update! Great news – my neck is getting better, thanks to the fantastic treatment I’m receiving at Iron Care. I’ve been given the green light to get back into the gym – hooray!

Daily Conversation Question:
If you owned a boat, what name would you choose for it and why?


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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Smiling Smoothie and Vegan Diet Study

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp, raw chocolate, vegan

Update on acupuncture: Yay! I’m feeling better. I hope it lasts. I don’t see my amazing chiropractor until next week – fingers crossed it keeps feeling better and better. I’m not in the gym yet because I’m trying to take as much time to heal as possible, but my spirits are VERY high.

I made a scrumptious smoothie that was so yummy I was smiling from ear to ear with every swig (yes, it’s a swigger, I tell ya!). Did you know that bananas are known to help fight bloating as a result of the potassium content in them? Ladies, if any of you are experiencing excess bloat from PMS, then bring on the bananas (and this smoothie does just that).

Smiling Smoothie
Yield 4 cups

1 cup water
3 frozen bananas, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
1/2 cup coconut, unsweetened, shredded and dried
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder (I love Nutiva)
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all of the ingredients thoroughly and smile with every swig :)

Vegan Diet Study – Keep ‘em coming! I love seeing vegan studies promoted in the news. If you know anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, then send them here because the vegan diet comes to the rescue yet again.

Daily Conversation Question:
How would you like to spend your elder years?

*For those of you celebrating Easter this weekend…Happy Easter!

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Celebrating Valentine’s Day – Kristen Suzanne Style

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp

I love holidays…I’ll take pretty much any excuse to celebrate something. And, what could be more exciting than celebrating LOVE?

Where there are celebrations there are gifts! I’m not one to wait to give a present, so I gave my boyfriend his Valentine’s Day gift a month early – haha – I simply can’t help myself. If I buy it early, I give it early. Yes, I could buy it closer to the date but that wouldn’t be fun! As you can probably imagine, I’m not too crazy about waiting for my gifts either, so it’ll be no surprise to you that I sniff around the house for my gift well before I’m supposed to get it. Fortunately, I have a boyfriend who doesn’t mind indulging my neuroses and he gives me my presents early :)

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve been dreaming in the true colors of romance (pink, red, white), and I was inspired to make something in the kitchen. Here is a delicious Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by loving yourself with nutrition and health, and if you have a partner in your life, then make extra and share the Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake love with him or her. I’ll send the recipe to this fabulous treat in my February email newsletter (subscribe here).

You might be asking what I’ll be doing on the actual day of Valentine’s Day if gifts are already exchanged and I’ve been drinking Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shakes all week prior since I’m celebrating early? Well, we’re actually starting our 21-Day Juice Feast on Valentine’s Day (how exciting), and this. Duh!

I embrace the world with love.
I live my life knowing that love is a universal force that permeates everything.
Deepok Chopra

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