Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Are You Green Wrapping? You Should!

by Kristen Suzanne in holidays

Did you know that Americans spend an estimated $2.7 billion annually on ribbons, paper, and bows, and almost all of those goods end up in the dumpster? That’s purely wasteful.

It’s no secret that eating a Raw vegan diet makes a difference for our planet, whether you’re 100% or not (every little bit counts!). But, I don’t stop with just my diet. I live the Raw vegan lifestyle…so I incorporate food and the environment as priorities in my life and you should, too.

With the holidays coming upon us, let’s help save our home, the earth, by taking a look at gift wrapping (and all year for that matter, i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).

This year, try re-purposing stuff. Eco-stylist Dany Seo, author or the new book, Simply Green Giving, wrote, “It’s amazing what you can find at Goodwill. Vintage fabrics, wallpaper, and sweaters all make great wrapping – just look for rich textures.” Sometimes the wrap will serve as part of the gift, as in the case of a belt or scarf used as a bow.

Here are some more ideas that you can use for wrapping: Magazines, newsprint, comics, and so on make cool gift wrap. Get creative and find ads that “speak” to the person you’re giving the gift to; this makes it extra special, fun and personal. (This is a picture of a book wrapped for a friend using ads from Fast Company magazine.) You can also reuse gift wrap from previous years or use brown paper bags you get from the grocery store.

If anyone looks at you funny, just say, “I’m doing the Green thing.” People not only get it, they usually appreciate it, or comment on how they might consider doing it themselves.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007


by Kristen Suzanne in holidays, raw, vegan

Here is a cool idea that I’m so excited to do this holiday seasonI’m asking family and friends to go vegan for 5-7 days, as their gift to me. (Asking them to go Raw is probably too much of a stretch, so I’m starting with vegan. Next year I’ll hit them up with Raw! Remember, baby steps are important.) It’s a chance for them to feel great, learn about the health benefits, reduce their carbon footprint, see how simple it is, and hopefully start making better choices about their food in the future. This is a great gift for any occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc).

With the money they won’t be spending on me, I told them to buy a few staples to last the week (soy or hemp milk, fresh/frozen vegan foods, fresh Raw produce, etc). I’m providing them with a shopping list and I offered to go with them to show them how easy it is. I’ll also give them simple and delicious vegan recipes (as well as easy and great Raw recipes), a list of restaurants in their areas for great vegan food (I’ll use the Internet for areas that I’m not familiar with), as well as giving them ideas for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The goal is to give them everything they could possibly need for making the week easy and fun. I’m also giving them a free vegetarian starter kit from “GoVeg” that I pre-ordered early to arrive in time.

Let life scoop you up and change you somehow
~Juicy Living Cards by SARK

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Raw Holidays ebook Now Available

by Kristen Suzanne in holidays, raw chocolate, raw recipes

Hooray! My newest ebook is now available, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Holidays. This ebook has the perfect Raw vegan recipes for the holiday season. You’ll find one of my favorites, Oktoberfest German Chocolate Brownies (pic here), along with many others. My mom and I taught a handful of them yesterday at our class, Raw Holidays, and everything was a hit!

Now, you can try them, too. Learn how to make some of your holiday favorites, except now they’ll be healthy, delicious, and Raw! They’re easy to prepare, great to take to parties, and perfect for your family gatherings. At a time when the rest of the world is packing on pounds and clogging their arteries with all kinds of yule tide crud, you’ll be getting super healthy and full of energy by eating this amazing food — at the time of year when you need energy the most!

And, it’s not just recipes. I’m giving you great ideas, tips and tricks that are sure to help you breeze through the holidays while living the Raw lifestyle. Hurry up and get your copy today by visiting Kristen’s Raw.

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Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Hazelnut Chocolate Snowballs – A Great Gift

The holidays are my favorite time of year, and now is a good time to start planning. One of the things I love to do is give Raw desserts as gifts. Gone are the days of giving unhealthy, fattening, processed chocolate to people. Make way to usher in gifts of healthy exquisiteness…Raw organic cookies and candies. What better way to introduce this amazing lifestyle to others, right? Keep in mind, Raw desserts as gifts don’t have to apply only to the winter holidays. You can do this all year long with birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, house-warming gifts, etc. Go to a craft store and buy cute little bags and boxes. Or, do what I did and look for things to reuse…see those gold boxes in the picture? They were given to me last year with gifts in them. I’m reusing them to be environmentally friendly.

To get you started, here is a delicious and easy recipe. The richness of the hazelnuts alongside the decadent raw chocolate will surely get anyone excited about Raw. For resources on where I get my organic ingredients, please visit Kristen’s Raw Resources.

Hazelnut Chocolate Snowballs
Yield 15-20 cookies

1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup hazelnuts
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
3/4 teaspoon hazelnut extract
8 dates, pitted
1/2 cup raisins

Process a 1/4 cup of the coconut (reserving the other 1/4 cup for rolling the cookies in) along with the hazelnuts, chocolate and salt in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until coarsely ground. Add the hazelnut extract, dates, and raisins. Process until it is a texture, which holds together when gently pressed between your fingers. Roll into balls and then roll in the coconut. These freeze wonderfully.

~ Use raw carob instead of raw chocolate
~ Replace 4 of the dates with 1/4 cup dried cherries

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