I’ve been doing extra running on the treadmill lately. In the past, a typical cardio session would include me switching back and forth between running on the zero incline and walking fast on a very high incline (not usually running for longer than a few minutes at a time). Basically, because I find it pretty damn hard to run. I always have.
Lately, however, I’m finding myself running for minutes and minutes on end. And, it was during one of these recent episodes of “continued” running, that I found myself totally blissed out, unaware of the time passing or the music flowing into my ears from the headphones connected to my nano. Interestingly, the trick was that I started looking at things as if I were seeing them for the first time. I pretended I was a child looking around the gym and experiencing simple objects and activities anew.
Can you imagine what it’s like looking at something as if you’d never seen it before…like the ceiling fan, the weights, someone working out, the mirrors on the wall, the cables coming down from the ceiling holding a platform suspended in the air that the TVs set on…it’s kind of weird and and cool at the same time. The first time I did this, I realized that about 15 minutes had gone by with me still running. My body was working hard, my breathing was labored, and I was starting to drip sweat, but I had this amazing level of sustained energy coursing through me, pushing me another step. I loved it!
You see, normally, I need to have some really great music on to keep me pumped up in the gym, or at the very least, I need be reading an intriguing magazine while doing some cardio (unless I’m on my rebounder!). But, it seems this isn’t the case anymore because I’m finding neat ways to engage my mind while getting my heart rate up in the gym.
Clearly, after such a superb workout (as described above), my body screams for fuel, and I’m happy to deliver (so easy to do when you live a High Raw, All Vegan Lifestyle such as mine). Here is my newest smoothie, Blissed Out Chocolate Runner’s Smoothie. I’ve been enjoying these post-workout…fantastic and delicious.
Blissed Out Chocolate Runner’s Smoothie
Yield approximately 4 cups
1-2 cups water
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups spinach
3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
2 tablespoons Hemp Protein Powder
2 tablespoons Raw Chocolate Powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (of course!)
1-2 cups ice, optional, but especially refreshing after getting hot and sweaty!
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and enjoy (preferably after a great workout)!
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
We’ve been staying at my mom’s for a few days and I’m up to my armpits in fresh produce. Not hard to imagine when you think about 3 people juice feasting! My boyfriend and I have been sticking to juice all day long and then having something very small for dinner (and then more juice for the remainder of the evening). My weight loss / maintenance has been perfect as a result (very manageable) and I feel wonderful.
Tomorrow, when we return home, we’re going to have smoothies for the day, instead of juice, so I can take a break from juicing. Mom has stayed with just juice the whole time and has lost 7 pounds in a week. She’s had tired days, headache days, and some days where she feels okay. She’s committed to sticking with it longer so she can drop some more pounds.
We went hiking yesterday and our dog had on booties. Love those (especially when we first put them on him! hilarious and adorable). He was definitely the coolest dog on the trail as everyone who passed by complimented him on them. The hike was beautiful and lasted about 1 hour…just enough to get a little workout in before we headed to the gym to lift weights.
Kristen’s Raw Update: I’ve been working on my next two ebooks. They are truly amazing, and I mean truly amazing! You’re going to love them :)
Here is the recipe for tomorrow’s delicious breakfast smoothie I’ll be enjoying…want to join me? I promise it’s fabulous! (There are no greens in it….God knows I’ve had enough of those lately – haha!)
Blueberry Cardamom Breakfast Smoothie
Yield 1 large or 2 small servings
2 cups water
2 cups frozen organic blueberries
2 frozen organic bananas
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Give everything a whirl in your blender and enjoy this fabulous breakfast of real champions.
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
I’m receiving so many emails for the recipe of my Organic Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake. Here it is (already!). It’s so impressive (sure to please everyone) and easy to make. Enjoy as you enter chocolate ecstasy heaven…ohh-la-la!
Organic Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
Yield one 9-inch cake
1 ¾ cups nuts (I used raw almonds)
½ cup raw cacao nibs
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
¾ teaspoon cherry extract
1 tablespoon raw chocolate powder
¾ cup raisins
3 cups cashews, soaked 1-2 hours, drained
1/3 cup raw honey, coconut nectar, or maple syrup
6 dates, pitted
½ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons cherry extract
1 cup coconut oil
¾ cup raw chocolate powder
1 bag frozen berries (cherries would be optimal but any will do!)
¼ cup raw agave
dash fresh lemon juice
Crust directions: Grind the nuts, cacao nibs and salt in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until coarsely ground. Add the cherry extract and chocolate powder and pulse to thoroughly combine. Add the raisins and process until the mixture sticks together when gently pressed between your fingers. Press into the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch round spring form pan. Place in the freezer while you make the filling.
Filling directions: Using a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, process the cashews, agave, dates, lemon juice, and water until it’s creamy. This could take 3-5 minutes. You might need to stop and scrape down the sides a couple of times. Add the cherry extract, coconut oil, and chocolate powder and process until creamy. Pour the filling into the spring form pan and freeze the cheesecake so it sets. Let thaw for up to an hour or more before eating.
Coulis directions: Blend all of the ingredients together.
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
I’m working on a fabulous Raw vegan dinner that I’ll be serving family and out-of-town guests tomorrow. For the main course, I’m serving Gourmet Italian Quiche Tarts that will be served alongside a fresh, crisp romaine salad sprinkled with Raw Parmesan Cheese and topped with my brilliant new Hemp Omega Caesar Dressing. For dessert, I made a divine Organic Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (will post recipe later).
Nutrition never tasted so good!
In the meantime, I’ve been gobbling up this scrumptiously saucy dish. I’m sure you all know by now that I love eating salads loaded with chopped veggies. Well, here is a delicious creamy sauce that will sass up any combination of chopped veggies (or salad). I’ve been enjoying this all day. Fresh avocados, orange, garlic, curry….hhhmmm. Yum!
Creamy Curry Sauce
Yield approximately 2 cups
3/4 cup water
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
1 orange, peeled, seeded
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
2 teaspoons curry
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend all of the ingredients until creamy. Serve over your favorite chopped veggies or salad.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
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Sunday, November 18th, 2007
We had a terrifically successful Raw Thanksgiving holiday celebration dinner at the Mandala Tearoom this week. My 4-course Raw vegan dinner was sold out (way in advance) and we had tons of fun. In fact, we expanded service out onto the patio to accomodate over 70 guests! This is a picture of my Raw Pumpkin Pie…it’s all the rage! I’m still getting wonderful emails from customers raving about the food and asking for the recipes. Well, guess what? They’re available (plus many more) in my ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Holidays (available at www.KristensRaw.com) where there are plenty of recipes, as well as the best tips and tricks for getting through the holidays…Raw vegan style!
Here is what one customer wrote me today:
I had the pleasure of meeting you at Mandala Tea Room at the most recent raw foods event. I don’t generally eat exclusively raw but I am now more intrigued to explore this lifestyle change. I thought your pumpkin pie was the best pumpkin pie I ever had. ~Suzan P. of Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
Cosmic Carrots with Deviled Mango Dressing
Cosmic Carrots with Deviled Mango Dressing
Dressing Yield 1 1/2 cups
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons raw olive oil
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon organic white wine
- 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
- 1/8 teaspoon red Limo pepper or cayenne pepper
- 2 carrots, sliced into thin rounds, using a mandoline or v-slicer
- Garnish: 2-4 leaves fresh basil, chopped
Blend all of the ingredients together (except the carrots and basil) until creamy. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the dressing over the sliced carrots. Garnish with a few leaves of fresh basil.
Through kindness, the world softens.
Be kind to all beings and things.
In this way, creation returns to its natural state of beauty.
~Zen Cards by Daniel Levin
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
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.
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
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
Friday, October 19th, 2007
I was making my smoothie today and saw carrots in my refrigerator. I thought, why not? It was a delicious and wonderful variation to my smoothie routine . I know…you’re thinking, “Kristen Suzanne, your smoothie routine is anything but routine.” I’m calling it Spicy Sunrise Smoothie (staying true to my spicy life, you can omit the heat if you can’t handle it, but you’re missing out on those lovely endorphins).
Spicy Sunrise Smoothie
Yield approximately 5 cups
1-2 cups water
3 bananas, peeled*
1 stalk celery
1 large carrot
1 red jalapeno pepper
3-5 mint leaves
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!
*I love using frozen bananas with the spicy jalapeno peppers, because it’s so fun to feel the different temperatures and experiences play in your mouth (cold bananas, spicy jalapeno pepper). Room temperature bananas are fine, but add ice to get the same effect.
Exercise – I’m going for a bike ride tonight under the stars. I love Arizona. Beautiful weather year round, unbelievable sunrises and sunsets, and terrific star gazing.