Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Kristen Suzanne Going Ons… Books, Apps, and Enjoying Life

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

It’s been such a nice couple of weeks. Ever since I scaled back my workload, I’ve been spending more time relaxing… doing things like reading fiction while Kamea sleeps, playing Words with Friends on my iPhone, exercising daily, and overall enjoying a slower paced life. I likey!

Books: I want to rent The Lincoln Lawyer when it comes out on DVD, but thought it’d be fun to read the book first. I was right. I really enjoyed it and finished it in about three days. Have you read it? Did you like it? Have you read anything else by this author, Michael Connelly? I’m trying to figure out where this book fits in with all of his other titles to decide which of his to read next. Any suggestions? Until I figure that out, I decided to read The Hunger Games, but oh dear(!) it’s a bit disturbing so far. I was going to stop reading it but so many people have recommended it – plus – I hear it’ll be made into a movie. Does anyone have thoughts on this? Should I keep reading? Is it worth it?

I usually read non-fiction books for research and work (fitness, nutrition, etc), but as I said, I’m scaling back a bit to take a breather and enjoy my family more. Do you have any fun and fast paced, page turning titles you recommend? Read More »

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Exciting News! I’m Teaming Up With Chronicle Books

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

Exciting news… I’ve been dying to share something with you all for awhile now. As some of you noticed, I’ve been working on recipes for my next book. But, what I didn’t mention is that my next book will be published by Chronicle Books! Yep! I’m teaming up with this great publisher and the estimate for the book to be in print, and available to you…. Spring 2012. It seems a long way off, but I promise… it’ll be worth the wait! I’ve been hard at work creating the most amazing raw food recipes you’ll ever taste.

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Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Raw Vegan Recipe: Horseradish Mustard Dressing

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, vegan

Kamea, my little stinker bunny.

I made this dressing for our easter dinner last week. It was great and everyone loved it, so I wanted to share it with you. It gives you a fun warming sensation from the horseradish in it, and it’s a pretty yellow color from the mustard. And… as usual, it’s so easy to make! I still consider this recipe raw even though the mustard and horseradish probably aren’t technically raw, but you could make it truly raw by making raw mustard and using fresh horseradish (not always easy to find). And, if you don’t want to use raw agave nectar, you could try blending 1 to 2 pitted dates.


Horseradish Mustard Dressing

Yield about 1 1/4 cups

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • water for soaking
  • 1/2 cup water for blending
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon raw agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons prepared, ground horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Horseradish Mustard Dressing

Put the cashews in a small bowl and add enough water to cover the cashews by about an inch. Soak the cashews for 30 to 60 minutes. Strain the cashews and put them in a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

We enjoyed this dressing on salads with romaine lettuce (perfect for holding up to the heat from the horseradish), cucumbers, zucchini, purple cabbage, celery, and carrots. My mom loved it so much, she asked me to make another batch for her before we left.


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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Winners of Kristen’s Raw Ebooks!

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

Thank you to everyone for participating in this week’s giveaway! There were SO MANY entries!!

The reason I asked the question about your favorite place to travel in the United States is because we plan on doing some road trips now that we have our mini-van and I wanted ideas! I have plenty now. There were so many exciting sounding places.

On to the winners… please email me your email address so I can email your ebooks to you.


Estoodley wrote…

Washington D.C. There are so many amazing places to see and things to do. It is a place where people exercising and enjoying a healthy lifestyle is more the norm than where I live and it is where my Dad lives so that makes it perfect.

Karuna Dasi wrote…

I actually moved to my favorite place. That is southwest Michigan .. Harbor Country .. From wineries, sand dunes, and beach towns…….. there is so much here for every season. In the summer, I am picking beaches and summer festivals in over 20 towns to check out and in the winter I get to do some cross country skiing. Plus the raw food choices are crazy here…. You can go apple picking, strawberry, pumpkin, tomatoes.. you name it, I get it…… I have learned to eat seasonally even during winter months and saved alot of money by going to locally owned farms and getting my veggies and fruit. I love that I am so close to my hometown (Chicago-1 hour) and I am close to greatttttttt college FOOTBALL (Go Michigan and Notre Dame!!)

Hannah S wrote…

Santa Cruz on the coast of California! Absolutely gorgeous, clean air, water, sand, awesome people, fantastic food. I would love to live out there some day….a far cry from ohio!


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Monday, April 11th, 2011

Free Set of Kristen’s Raw Ebooks – Giveaway Time!

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, ebooks, Kristen Suzanne

To celebrate the new look of my blog, I’m holding a giveaway. The prize? A complete set of my ebooks (that’s 12 ebooks!). And… I’m going to select 3 winners!


It’s simple to participate. All you have to do is answer the following question (BOTH PARTS!) in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Wednesday night, April 13th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winners on my blog Thursday, April 14th.


QUESTION: Where is your favorite place to travel in the United States and Why?

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Kristen’s Raw 26th Awesome Giveaway – FREE Holiday Book!

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, holidays, Kristen Suzanne

The holidays are approaching. Can you believe it? Now that they’re around the corner, I’m starting my holiday food planning. What parties will I be going to (if any! lol)? What family events are in store? Am I hosting any get togethers? What foods do I want to eat for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Will I be all Raw or High Raw? What foods do I want to make in advance to freeze?

See? There is much to think about and do! The time to plan is now. And… what better way to help you than with my book, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays!

This is a great little book, covering the pluses and minuses of being Raw during the fall and winter holidays. On one hand, holidays are very social occasions that usually focus around food, which raises issues for Raw food enthusiasts, such as how to explain your food preferences to family, hosts, and visitors, and how to deal with temptations to stray too far from healthful habits.

On the other hand, again, the holidays are about FOOD. This presents a fantastic opportunity to try some super fun and delicious, seasonal recipes! (View recipe list.) There is perhaps no better way to start dabbling in Raw or to introduce the cuisine to others… the sheer novelty of Raw holiday food is certain to stimulate conversation. You’d be amazed how some people’s ears perk up when they hear about Raw, as though it’s completely novel and foreign, yet somehow instinctively feels natural and right.

All in all, the holidays are a great time to experiment with all aspects of the Raw lifestyle, both culinarily and socially, and this short book is the perfect place to start. Learn recipes that are 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!

For my 26th Awesome Giveaway…. Someone will win a copy of my Holiday book. (If the winner lives in the United States, he/she has the choice of the print or ebook version. If the winner is from some other great part of the globe, then the prize is the ebook version.)


It’s simple to participate. All you have to do is answer the following question in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Friday night, November 5th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Saturday, November 6th.

QUESTION: What is your favorite holiday song?

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

EASY Raw Vegan Transition Recipes – Book (and/or Ebook) Release! Now Available

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

Yeehaw!!!! In fact, make that a Double Yeehaw!!!! My latest book is NOW available. I’m so excited. Super proud. Extremely happy! :)

Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Transition Recipes

Many people are interested in experimenting with Raw food, but don’t know where to start. Others would like to gradually work more Raw foods into their diet. And some people would like to introduce Raw foods to their spouse or family in a way that is easy, flexible, and fun.

Cheezy Corkscrew Macaroni
(Kid Approved!)

In this unique book, I present “transitional” recipes designed to help people experiment or migrate gradually toward the healthy Raw food diet, using techniques such as combining raw and cooked elements in the same dish, or “sneaking” Raw food into family meals. By introducing more Raw foods gradually, people’s palates become accustomed to the delicious and unique textures and flavor profiles that are common in Raw cuisine.

Rustic Country Breakfast

This book has 107 recipes, including: Pastas, burgers, pizza, tacos, sandwiches, desserts, cookies, breakfasts, salads, soups, sides, smoothies, juices, and shakes.

Three bonus sections:

1. Raw Food Tips for beginners
2. Raw Resources
3. Instructions for Soaking & Dehydrating

Ginger Spice Carrot Cake

This latest title is available in both ebook and print format.  The ebook has photos included, as all of my ebooks do now. The print  book does not contain photos (so that I could keep the cost down), but if you buy the print book, you can check out the food gallery page to see the photos available.

More details here…

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Indian Mango Soup (Raw Vegan Recipe)

This soup is divine! We love it so much that I’m making a second batch to have with our dinner tonight. It’s super creamy, lightly sweet, and packed full of nutrition (tons –> vitamin C, iron, fiber, folate, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin K, potassium, and much more). It’s a definite keeper! You gotta make this one. And… don’t you just love recipes that only take you a few minutes to make?

Recipe: Indian Mango Soup

Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 3 1/2 cups

  • 1 1/4 cups filtered water
    2 cups fresh mango, chopped
    2 cups spinach, gently packed
    1/2 avocado (pitted, peeled)
    1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    3/4 teaspoon cardamom
    1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
    pinch Himalayan crystal salt

Blend everything until divinely creamy. Enjoy.

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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Green Mommy Blog – Introducing My New Project!

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog, Kristen Suzanne

Drumroll please! I’ve been working for months on getting my new project completed, and it’s pretty much done (still working on fleshing it out a bit) – But! I’m ready to share it with all of you. 

It’s my new blog – Green Mommy Blog!

I started my Green Mommy Blog because I found myself writing (here, on my Kristen’s Raw blog) about other aspects of my life that came about as a result of going Raw and Vegan, which were green and environmentally relevant, but they weren’t always food-related. In an effort to keep my Kristen’s Raw blog focused on food, nutrition, recipes, etc., I started my Green Mommy Blog to share all kinds of fun and useful information about my green lifestyle as an eco-friendly mommy, including topics such as babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, green housekeeping, organics (for clothes, food, and living in general), traveling, product reviews, pregnancy, breastfeeding, bed sharing, recycling, beauty, fashion, and much more. 

As a Mother Earth Warrior, I’m doing everything I can to help preserve our home for future generations, while trying to do so with style, fun, and flair. I don’t consider myself an expert, but I’m learning so much as I go. I love animals and it’s my mission to help save as many as I can, which is also good for our environment, so you can expect to see some animal-friendly posts on my Green Mommy Blog, too. I also love all things girly-girl, so be prepared to hear me talk a lot about beauty, fashion, glitz, and glimmer. I have fun and play in everything I do, but you’ll see me get spirited and feisty, too! I can get passionate and on fire about certain causes, so although I’ll try to keep my Green Mommy Blog PG-rated, it might not always happen. There, you’ve been warned. ;)

You’ll notice that in the illustration of the Green Mommy Blog header, I am babywearing our little Monkey. Even though this hasn’t happened yet, it’s something I plan on doing a lot of, and it’s not far off. However, I wanted to have it represented in the illustration that was launched before the actual birth.

AND! There’s a GIVEAWAY going on over there right now! With many more to come this month to celebrate the launch of Green Mommy Blog!

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Raw Vegan Recipe: Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread

Yay! It’s recipe time! In today’s video, I’m showing you how to make an EASY yummy bread recipe, Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread. If you’re a fan of savory onions, then you’ll be one happy camper with a slice of this! Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread is delicious, pretty, and filled with nutrition… essential fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Essential fatty acids are necessary fats that we basically cannot synthesize on our own, so we have to get them from our diet. Enter: hemp and chia! Not only that, but hemp foods are an excellent source of complete vegetarian protein. Personally, I consider hemp foods as superfoods because they are loaded with important nutrients and they make me feel great. As a pregnant gal, I’ve been upping my intake of them – great for my growing baby. So… back to the bread… It’s perfect for snacking on by itself, dipping in Raw hummus, and spreading with Raw hemp seed butter or guacamole. Depending on the size you cut, you can also use it as a nutrient rich bread for hearty Raw sandwiches. As I’m typing this post, it’s dehydrating in the kitchen and it smells soooooooo awesome!

In this video, I feature a few different kitchen tools, ingredients, and appliances. You can get your hot little hands on them buy purchasing from these links…

Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes
MAC Knife
Onion Goggles
Offset Spatula
Excalibur Dehydrator
Chia Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Hemp Protein Powder

Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield approximately 20 – 32 pieces (depending on size you cut)

3/4 cup hemp seeds (lightly ground)
3/4 cup chia seeds
3 pounds red onions, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup spinach, packed
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
1/3 cup tamari, wheat-free
1/4 cup hemp protein powder

Place the ground hemp seeds and whole chia seeds in a large bowl and set aside. Process the onions, tomatoes and spinach in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, into small pieces – don’t let it get too mushy though. One thing that might help is to do this processing in two halves (half each of the onions, tomatoes, spinach in one processing, then do it with the other half) so that you can keep it a little on the chunkier side. If you process it too long, it can get too wet (as you’ll see in the video, I should’ve done mine in two processing batches, but I shoved it all in one – lol).

Add the onion mixture and the remaining ingredients to the bowl of seeds and stir well to mix. Let the batter sit for up to 5 minutes. If you find that the batter is too “wet” then add more chia seeds to soak it up (1 – 2 tablespoons at a time and wait a few minutes).

Use approximately 4 cups per tray and spread the batter onto 2 dehydrator trays, each lined with a Paraflexx sheet. Dehydrate at 130 – 140 degrees for one hour. You can score the bread into the desired size at this time, or you can wait to cut it after it’s done dehydrating.

Lower the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 8 hours. Flip the bread over onto another dehydrator tray and peel off the Paraflexx sheet. Dehydrate another 6 – 10 hours (until you reach your desired dryness – I like mine a little moist). Cut into 16 squares per tray. These are best stored in the refrigerator.

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