Friday, May 22nd, 2009

How To Make Raw Vegan Milk

Raw vegan milk, made with raw nuts or seeds, is easy, healthy, and wonderful. It’s cholesterol free, full of nutrients, and it’s much easier on the planet. Raw vegan milk is perfect for drinking by itself, adding to smoothies, or eating with Raw granola (or any cereal!). Yum!

When I make a nut or seed milk I usually make it with hemp seeds, because they’re packed with nutrition, I love their flavor, and no presoaking is required. Hemp seeds’ amino acid profile dominates with the 8 essential amino acids (10 if you’re elderly or a child), making it an excellent vegetarian source of “complete” protein. Go hemp!

However, you can make Raw vegan milk out of a variety of nuts/seeds. Here are some things to keep in mind. Always try to get raw, organic nuts and seeds if you can. When using cashews, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts or Brazil nuts, you basically don’t have to soak them before hand. Just put them in the blender with the following ingredients in the recipe below, and blend. Based on the consistency that you (and your family) like, you can simply increase or decrease the amount of water and sweetness. If you don’t have a high powered blender you might want to briefly chop the cashews, macadamia nuts, and/or Brazil nuts before blending to make it easier.

If you’re using pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc… then the general rule is to soak them before blending them for 6-8 hours (or overnight). This is done to release the enzyme inhibitors and make them easier to digest. Simply put them in a bowl on your counter, with enough water to cover by about an inch. After 6-8 hours, drain and rinse. Then, you’re ready to use them in your Raw vegan milk recipe.

Raw vegan milk will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to five days. It’ll separate when it’s been sitting in your refrigerator so simply shake it up before serving. It also freezes pretty well (you might want to make a couple of batches at once and freeze them in glass mason jars).

CREAMY DREAMY HEMP MILK
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 4 cups

2 1/2 cups water, more if desired
1 1/2 cups hemp seeds
1 – 2 tablespoons raw agave nectar or 2 – 3 dates, pitted (optional)

Blend all of the ingredients until creamy and smooth.

Variations:
- Make it vanilla by adding the seeds of a vanilla bean or some vanilla extract

- Make it chocolate by adding 1-2 tablespoons (or more!) of raw chocolate powder :)


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Friday, May 15th, 2009

Winner of My 11th Awesome Giveaway! Congratulations Shanghai Monkey!!!

Congratulations Shanghai Monkey!!! You win!!! Whoo-hoo!!! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 11th Awesome Giveaway. The prize is a copy of my latest book (or ebook, if you live outside the continental United States), Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes. YAY!!!!!! Simply email me the address you want your prize sent to.

Here is what Shanghai Monkey had to say when asked,What topic(s) would you like to see covered on my blog here?

Since I just discovered raw nut “milk”, I’d love to see some more recipes (for nut milks & dishes that incorporate nut milks).


My next Awesome Giveaway is in June, so check back for details!

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Interview: Kristen + Dhru of We Like It Raw = Fun!

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

I had a great time being interviewed by Dhrumil of We Like It Raw (and Give It To Me Raw). Fun! Fun! Fun! We covered so many topics:


~ Omnivore Bodybuilding to a Plant Based Diet
~ My Story of Vegan to Raw
~ My Raw Food Career Journey
~ High Raw & What I Like About It
~ The Importance of Plant Blood
~ How I Make Raw Easy For Me
~ Community Rocks
~ Upcoming Projects
~ And More

If you’re interested in hearing it, head over here.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Winner of My 10th Awesome Giveaway – Vegyogini

Congratulations Vegyogini!!! You win!!! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 10th Awesome Giveaway. The prize is your choice of any 1 of my 11 available books (view choices here) – YAY!!!!!! Simply email me the address you want your prize sent to.

Here is what Vegyogini had to say when asked, “Where is your favorite place to vacation AND why?”

I live in L.A. and I love taking a week or two of vacation to just stay in town, relax, and explore L.A. It’s so fun to learn more about your own hometown. :)


My next Awesome Giveaway is in May, so check back for details!

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Kristen’s Raw 10th Awesome Giveaway – FREE BOOK!



It’s that time again – YEEHAW! Giveaway Time! This month I’m giving the winner one of my Raw recipe/lifestyle books or ebooks (view choices here). This contest is open to anyone around the world. If you live outside of the continental United States, I will email you the ebook of your choice.

Want the chance to win? 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 Saturday night, April 25th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Sunday, April 26th.

Question: Where is your favorite place to vacation AND why?

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Raw Food Diet – Is There A Right Way?!

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, chia, hemp seeds, kale, Kristen Suzanne

I recently saw someone writing into one of the Facebook groups questioning what is the right way with the Raw vegan diet. She was confused because she said there was conflicting information out there and just didn’t know what to believe or which way to go.

My response to this is:
YAY! Rejoice! Hallelujah! This is the beauty of the Raw vegan diet. There are so many options and one size does not have to fit all. It can change by the person. In my humble opinion, this is exciting because it means variety. I love the idea that during one season I can follow some low fat Raw vegan principles and in another season I can nourish my glorious body with avocados, nuts, seeds, and divine Raw vegan desserts. In my life, I have spent time as 100% Raw vegan, and other times (like now) where I’m HRAV (High Raw, All Vegan). I’ve had expanses of time where certain nuts didn’t sit well with me. And, I’ve had other times where I thrived with them in my diet.
Sometimes my level of Raw changes as I travel and sometimes I vary it with the changing moon.

I love this flexibility! I love this versatility! I love the options. You can be a sproutarian! You can love the fruitarian way of life! You can hug a life with green smoothies and juices and all things liquid! You can dive into decadence and nourish your body with loads of essential fatty acids and healthy fats from whole nuts, avocado, coconut, etc. You can tango with a natural hygiene approach (much like fruitarian) and eschew things like oils, garlic, and fermented foods. And, of course, if you’re not currently following a Raw vegan diet, you can choose to follow one of the aforementioned plans for a week, here and there, just to add more nourishment to the lifestyle you live now.

Congratulate yourself for taking your health into your own hands and trying this wonderful diet and lifestyle, no matter which path you pursue on the journey with Raw food. Be confident you’re feeding your body wonderful nutrient dense Raw vegan foods whether it’s avocado, hemp seeds, pineapple, kale salad, Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce (chuckling here, those of you who regularly follow my blog know of my addiction to this last month), a plate of gourmet Raw food, or a serving of Holiday Chia Pudding (munch munch… eating this as I write this post). Be excited and happy to know that there are many choices for you. There is no need to stress about it or feel pressed to subscribe to one plan.

You can change it by the month, or the week, if your heart and body desires. It’s all up to you… and you alone. Try on one of the plans for size and see how it fits. Or, heck, don’t subscribe to any of them and just mix it up meal by meal. :)

The bottom line is that you LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY! Pay attention to the inner god or goddess inside of you. Follow your intuition. Be patient. Feel excited. Recognize that we are all different… different ages, from different toxic (or non toxic) backgrounds, live in different parts of the world, experience different environmental toxins, have different levels of stress, pursue different levels of physical exercise, etc. What we all have in common is that we can all use some organic, Raw vegan whole foods in our lives no matter where we are on the diet spectrum.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Guest Blog Spot on CSL

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

The lovely, fun, extraordinarily awesome Kris Carr asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I was honored and humbled, and, of course, I jumped at the chance. If you’d like to read it, come on over here. I wrote about Raw Vegan lifestyle tips.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Holiday Chia Pudding Recipe: Raw, Vegan & AWESOME!

by Kristen Suzanne in cashews, chia, chia seeds, coconut, Kristen Suzanne

I made a new chia pudding recipe that I was going to feature later in the year. But, holy sh*t! It’s so good, that I’m posting about it now… while I’m eating giant spoonful after spoonful. The texture is especially fun because of the shredded coconut, and even though the flavors are for the holidays (my inspiration when creating it), CLEARLY, you can make and enjoy this any time of the year… like NOW!


{Update: I just added the photo to this post January 11, 2010. And, I thought I’d let you know that many people have made this recipe since I posted it. The verdict? They all LOVE it!}

Holiday Chia Pudding
By Kristen Suzanne of
KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 1/4 cups

1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup dried coconut, shredded & unsweetened

1 cup water
1/4 cup
raw cashews
(soaked 1 hour, drained and rinsed)
4 soft
medjool dates, pitted

2 cloves

1 teaspoon
lucuma powder*

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Place the chia seeds and coconut in a small bowl, briefly stir to mix, and set aside. Blend the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour the blended cashew mixture into the bowl with the chia seeds and coconut and stir. Wait a few minutes and stir again. (You’ll notice the chia seeds beginning to take on a gelatinous texture.) Wait a few minutes, again, and stir. Do the “wait and stir” once more, and then place the Holiday Chia Pudding in the refrigerator for about 15 – 20 minutes (or longer, if desired). Then, enjoy.

Personally, I especially love this recipe when it’s closer to room temperature, because it’s like comfort food. So, after it gels in the refrigerator briefly, I like eating it before it gets too cold. However, this recipe will stay fresh when stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days, so feel free to nibble a spoonful here and there – cold or not! It’s all good!


*If you don’t have lucuma, then you can make this recipe without it… still delicious. That being said, I love having a jar of lucuma in my pantry for various recipes, so I recommend getting some.

For those of you new to chia seeds… you can read more about them here.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Today’s Raw Food

Thought I’d put up a quick post with today’s Raw food for us (my husband added a Vega bar, berry flavored and a large protein shake made with 2 scoops Sun Warrior Protein, 1 scoop pea protein, and 2 tablespoons hemp protein powders). Everything is always organic. It was a day of blissful, energizing, Raw, vegan, delicious, and nutritious food.

Banana Carrot Smoothie (3 cups)

Green Smoothie
(3 cups): banana, pineapple, Wheat Grass powder

Easy Fresh Salad
: 1 avocado, dice;, 15 grape tomatoes, halved; 3 leaves basil, chopped; squeeze fresh lemon juice; tiny pinch each of Himalayan crystal salt and black pepper
Kristen Suzanne’s Harvest Soup (1 1/2 cups (from my book Easy Raw Vegan Holidays)

Handful of pumpkin seeds


Hemp Milk Super Berry Smoothie: 1 cup hemp milk, 1 cup blackberries, 1 cup strawberries
Chopped Veggie Salad Mix
: carrot, zucchini, olives, basil, red bell pepper, Sweet Capri Dressing (dressing from my book Easy Raw Vegan Salads & Dressings)

Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Pudding

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Some Crazy Days… But I’m Still Dancing

by Kristen Suzanne in chocolate, Kristen Suzanne

Well, it’s been some crazy days for me. My BlackBerry basically blew up (not really, but you get the picture). I rely on this device to keep my business running in real time, no matter where I am, so it’s a big deal when it’s not working. Then, my web-based email followed suit (still trying to restore my account – yikes! Wish me luck!). Plus, some other things going on that I won’t get into the details with you (yet), but let’s just say…. it’s been a trying week. However! I’m staying strong! I’m deep breathing, exercising, and eating extra-extra well to keep my immune system in top shape. I’m listening to happy music to keep my spirits soaring. I’m dancing with my dog to calm my soul. And…. it’s all working! (smile).

It’s trying times like these that I’m ever so grateful for my healthy HRAV (high raw, all vegan) diet and lifestyle. I know I can count on it to keep my cells properly functioning, happy, and protecting me.

This week I’m adding the final touches to my lastest book and ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes, as well as getting out my March email newsletter (sign up here) – I’m going to have some super yummy recipes in it, so don’t miss out!


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