Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Green Smoothie w/ Sunflower Lecithin (video)

Recorded a quick video sharing today’s organic green smoothie. Enjoy!

Green Smoothie with Sunflower Lecithin
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart

1 1/2 cups filtered water
1-2 handfuls ice
2 cups mango, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 large handful spinach
1 scoop SunWarrior rice protein powder
1 spoonful Sunflower Lecithin
1 serving probiotic powder

Blend it up!


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Sunday, August 1st, 2010

High Raw Food Intake – Breastfeeding Food Journal & Vaccine Discussion At Green Mommy Blog

A day’s high raw, all vegan, all organic food plan – giving little Kamea lots of nutrition!

Breakfast:
Ummm… 1 bite of organic dark chocolate :)

3 cups calorie packed green smoothie
water, ice, spinach, lucuma powder, hemp protein powder, hemp seeds, vanilla, bananas, Sun Warrior Ormus Supergreens (update: I have read that parsley can dry up a mom’s milk supply so I’ll hold off on using too much of this; that means more for my husband and he likes it!)


1st Lunch:
Curried lentils n rice n sweet potato
I made red lentils with rice and sweet potato and seasoned it with curry powder and soy-free miso

2nd Lunch:
Huge salad
romaine, spinach, apple, cucumber, avocado, red bell pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt

1st Snack:
Salt-n-Pepper Snacky Seeds with raisins

Dinner:
Zucchini, carrot, and avocado salad with olive oil, coconut vinegar, Himalayan crystal salt, pepper
Curried lentils n rice n sweet potato

On another note… we are having a great discussion about vaccines over at Green Mommy Blog (come check it out and share your opinion!). I just bought this book, Make an Informed Vaccine Decision. As if I need another, I already have five books on the difficult topic. Although, this one is very recent so I decided to buy it (June 2010). The others I have: The Vaccine Book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide, The Parents’ Concise Guide To Childhood Vaccinations, and Mother Warriors.

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Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie (Raw Vegan Recipe) and High Raw Food Intake – Pregnancy Food Journal

I’m still pregnant and still loving it. I had my non-stress test yesterday with my midwife, and my baby is happy and healthy. Last night we met up with our friends Malynda (vegan fitness goddess) and Robert Cheeke (vegan body builder). You can read about it over on my Green Mommy Blog.

Here are my awesome eats for today. (The shake recipe below is so amazing. So delicious. One of my summer favorites now for sure!)

Magnesium powder in hot water
As you can read on the Green Mommy Blog link posted above, I was in need of some magnesium today. My calf is still sore as I write this, but I’m taking it easy.

Cukes on Ice
I juiced 2 fresh organic cucumbers using my Breville juicer and served it on ice. Delish!

Chipotle Veggie Bowl
My husband brought me lunch so that I could take some time off from the kitchen. I had the veggie bowl, but it’s done up “Kristen semi-raw style.” I have them put a tiny amount of rice in the bowl, topped with two scoops of black beans (getting my protein), and that is topped with guacamole (healthy raw fats and nutrients). I usually skip their salsas since they’re loaded with sodium. Instead, I add my own fresh chopped organic romaine lettuce (and organic tomatoes if I have them), and I sometimes add a little bit of vegan Daiya cheddar cheese. By loading on the guacamole, lettuce, and tomatoes, it gives this dish a nice “raw” edge to it.

Fun Chocolate Banana Plant Leather (a few bites)
I made this the other day, using the recipe in my book, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes. It’s fun and so yum.

Organic Blueberries (6 oz)
Watermelon and blueberries are my favorite fruits. They are both things that I can eat all day long (not together, of course… gotta pay attention to that important food combining rule of not mixing melons with anything else. That’s usually the only food combining rule I follow. ;)

Wakame chugged down with water
I keep a supply of this wakame and every few days or so I take a spoonful of it with water. I quite enjoy it this way… salty without having me experience much fishy-ness since I don’t chew it.

According to Navitas Naturals’ website:

One of the most hearty vegetables of the sea, wakame is in fact an algae that is amongst the oldest living species on Earth. This sea green has been used extensively in traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisine as an important health food and key component of Eastern medicine for centuries. 

Wakame’s salty taste is not simply “salt” – rather, it is a balanced combination of essential organic minerals including iron, calcium, and magnesium, alongside valuable trace minerals as well. Additionally, wakame well known for its detoxifying antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids (in the form of Eicospentaenoic acid), and body-building vegetable proteins. Wakame also provides many vitamins like vitamin C and much of the B spectrum, and serves as an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie (3 cups)
This smoothie is mega super duper massively delicious. I can’t say enough about it. I’m in love! The recipe yields a quart, but I only had 3 cups of it because I saved some for Greg. He loved it, too! The smoothie is filled with huge antioxidants, fiber, protein, and all things good for the body. If you’re looking for an awesome protein smoothie that is brimming with nutrition, then THIS is the answer.

Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart

1 cup young Thai coconut water*
2 prunes
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 banana, peeled
1 heaping scoop Sun Warrior’s Natural (plain flavor) Raw Protein Powder
1 cup ice
splash almond extract

Blend it all up and enjoy.
* I am loving Body Ecology’s RAW ORGANIC young Thai coconut water that I get in the freezer section from Whole Foods Market. It’s delicious, convenient, and healthy! You can read a little more about it here.

Organic Watermelon (lots)

Mulberry Kiwi Kale Salad
I made a simple massaged kale salad topped with hemp seeds, mulberries, and kiwi (the vitamin C in the mulberries and kiwi helps my body absorb the iron in the kale much more efficiently).

If I’m up late tonight and find that I’m hungry, I’m sure I’ll raid the refrigerator for more watermelon or other fruit (I have apples and bananas that need eating).

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Friday, May 28th, 2010

Acute Bronchitis Update (raw vegan shake recipe!)

by Kristen Suzanne in hemp seeds, sun warrior rice protein

Yay! I had a night of no coughing which would normally mean uninterrupted sleep if I weren’t getting up every couple of hours to pee. But, I’ll take multiple trips to the bathroom through the night over coughing any time. The coughing isn’t gone completely (during the day), but it’s getting better every 4-6 hours (herbal cough drops, organic herbal tea, and my ND’s herbs are all helping). I can breathe a bit better. I’m more rested. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. :) By the way… thank you everyone for your well wishes, energy, and prayers. Your support always means so much to me.

Today, I made a bronchitis busting shake to kick my health up a notch! Now, it’s not really a bronchitis busting solution; I’m not claiming it does anything drug-like or magical (you hear me FDA?!) lol – but, it does have ingredients that are known for respiratory / bronchial health. ;)

One of the commenters of my last post suggested I get the following into my diet (Sharanya – thank you!) - black pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon since these can support bronchial health. So… I did just that with the following nutrient rich shake (it’s MEGA YUM!).

Bronchial Health Shake
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 4 cups

1 1/2 cups water
2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen cherries
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 heaping tablespoon flax meal
1 scoop Sun Warrior (Natural flavor) rice protein powder
2 teaspoons goji berries
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or more)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric (or more)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more)

Blend everything until smooth and drink to your bronchial health!

Green Mommy Blog latest posts:
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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Raw Vegan Recipe: Vivacious Princess! (raw vegan smoothie)

Recipe time! Sun Warrior was kind enough to send me bag of their (plain) natural flavored raw, sprouted, non-gmo protein powder to sample. Here is a great recipe I whipped up with it. I was going to take the picture of it in a glass mason jar when I remembered that I had this adorable margarita “princess” glass I received as a gift years ago – I was waiting for the perfect drink to go into it. After I named this Vivacious Princess because of the pretty pink color and how it’ll make you feel after drinking it: attractive, lively and femininely spirited… I thought, “Wait! I have the perfect glass!”

I’m totally ready to take on the day after drinking this delicious concoction (after I put on my lip gloss, of course… sparkly princess after all).

Vivacious Princess
Yield 3 cups

1 cup water
1 heaping cup frozen cherries
2 frozen bananas, chopped
1 heaping scoop Natural (plain) Sun Warrior protein powder
1 tablespoon raw cashew butter
1 tablespoon flax meal
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
splash almond extract

Blend everything until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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Friday, May 14th, 2010

Sun Warrior’s New Packaging

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of Sun Warrior’s sprouted brown rice protein powder. I’ve had many shakes made with this throughout my pregnancy when I’m trying to get my protein intake up. They recently switched to a new package – a groovy looking bag. I asked them to explain the possible environmental and health impacts of their new packaging and how it is an improvement over the former jugs. Here is what they had to say…

As  Sunwarriors we have a great stewardship  and responsibility to the environment.  Part of our mission is to help heal the earth, the rivers and oceans of toxic filth and pollution.  In this pursuit we have asked ourselves this question:  “What type of packaging should  be used for health products?”

Plastic Bottles-  Right now we use Plastic bottles which are the status quo in the industry.  But are they the best?  Plastic is very toxic to the eco system.  Plastic creates massive problems for the waste disposal and contributes to the ugly garbage sites that are starting to dominate parts of our country.  Plastic bottles leach toxins–over time–into the food, herb or drink that is stored within it.  Also, plastic bottles are not good storage units and have a horrible shelf life for products contained in them.

Glass-  Amber Glass is good, but there are some problems with glass.  I live near a huge silica processing plant.  Silica is the sand used to make glass.  To process the silica, the plant has to use massive coal dryers that belch out high amounts of toxic mercury into the environment and leave a huge carbon foot print. Another problem with glass containers is that small glass shards dislodge and get into the products contained within them. This can be very dangerous to the consumers.  So the FDA has now mandated that manufactures who use glass X-ray each product to check for shards.

Eco-Friendly Bags-  Eco-friendly bags have a lower Carbon Footprint than anything else we could find (container wise).  They aren’t perfect, but are very good.  Whereas plastic bottles leach contaminates into the product over time and glass bottles can get small glass shards in the product, the eco-friendly bags have little or no contamination at all. On top of that, eco-friendly bags maintain a high quality of freshness with a long-lasting shelf life of over 2 years.

Our biggest reason why we switched away from the bottles is that we tested significant amounts plastic chemical leakage from the bottles into our raw protein powder. We have had people say that the product went rancid- which is impossible because we have no fat in our product and it has to have fat to go rancid. When we tested the product it was not rancid, but our testers found amounts of plastic chemical in the powder that was altering the taste.  It turns out that the rancid taste was the plastic leaching into our product.

This put us on Full alert!  We looked at other types of plastic bottles, but the bottles we use are the highest quality bottle that packing companies us (that their equipment will handle). Mike Adams the health ranger (a good friend of mine) told us to stay way from any and all plastic bottles and product as they all have toxic chemicals that leach into the product and into the environment.

Our Foil bags have no leaching of toxic chemicals at all.  And on top of that, they keep our product fresh for a long period of time. A lot of companies are moving toward bags- New Chapter, Ultimate Super foods, Jay Rob, Sun food  and others are all moving away from Plastic Jugs to Eco Friendly bags..

We are concerned about bisphenol A, BPA and other chemicals in plastics and even though they are recyclable they emit plastic chemical into the air and into our water supply as they are reprocessed… It is not good.

We could use Glass bottles, but the new GMP regs will mandate any glass will have to be ex rayed for Glass shards.. That is not an option. Our goal is to have a 100% biodegradable non toxic bags as soon as possible. We are making steps in that direction.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010

High Raw Food Intake – Pregnancy Food Journal – Thursday

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, sun warrior rice protein

Wednesday I wasn’t feeling my best, so today I wanted to eat extra clean and a little on the lighter side. I’ve been craving a lot of fruits (especially red fruits, although today’s food in particular isn’t high in red because I already gobbled up the strawberries, raspberries, etc earlier this week).

Protein Shake – 1 scoop Sun Warrior Sprouted Brown Rice Protein Powder & 1 scoop Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder

Teeccino

Organic pineapple – a whole pineapple – I ate most of it in the morning, the rest in the green smoothie below

Organic apple

Protein bar from GoMacro (Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip) – I really like these. They’re available at Whole Foods, but I get mine online from Amazon.com by the box so it’s cheaper per bar.

Organic Green Smoothie – small head of romaine lettuce, pineapple, orange

Organic apple

Organic red bell pepper – sometimes I just eat these like an apple

Organic carrots

1/2 cup homemade organic raw sauerkraut

Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake! 

My day has a nice amount of protein, but I might need more calories. I’ll see how I feel tonight and eat more if needed.

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Sunday, April 11th, 2010

High Raw Food Intake Sunday – Pregnancy Journal

We’ve been spending time at my mom’s on the weekends so we can get little Miso used to being here. He has been loving it. My mom has a small dog and they play non-stop. Here he is sleeping after some hard core playing. :)

I’m super happy because I have one of my best Internet buddies coming to visit little ol’ me! We met, maybe 2 years ago(?), online and we’ve labeled ourselves as soul sistas because we have so much in common. In fact, when I was blonde, we looked like actual sisters. You might know her, she calls herself Girl On Raw. She arrives next weekend. I’m taking her for a fabulous raw lunch, then to Whole Foods for a little shoppy-shop, and then we’re heading to my mom’s to stay the night. I think (if I have the energy) I’ll make her one of my newest recipes Ginger Spice Carrot Cake (to live for!), which will be featured in my new book.

Sunday’s Food

~ 2 cups Teeccino with coconut milk
~ 3 cups Organic Green Smoothie: water, bananas, lemon juice, ginger, spinach (the vitamin C in the ginger and lemon juice help the body to better assimilate the iron in the spinach)
~ Double serving Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein Shake (getting baby some extra protein)
~ Heirloom lettuce salad with broccoli and carrots topped with Sweet Capri Dressing (my parents love this dressing)
~ Candy Bites (raw)
~ Banana
~ Cashew butter
~ For dinner, I’m making everyone my Vegan Chicken Ratatouille that we’ll have with big salads
~ Dessert? If I’m still hungry… bananas and cashew butter drizzled with raw chocolate sauce – OK, even if I’m not hungry, I suspect I’ll still have this. lol

On another good note… my back has improved! I still have some problems with it (low back pain from pregnancy), but my rockin’ midwife pressed on it and alleviated a lot of the pain so I’ve been having my mom do it for me, too. It’s made so much of a difference. I’ve even been able to get some walking back into my days. Yay!

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010

High Raw Food Intake – Pregnancy Food Journal – Sunday

My husband and I are enjoying a day of High Raw food day. All organic. And, that’s me having fun in my third trimester – YAY! I am so happy being pregnant! (OH! On Monday I’m having another AWESOME GIVEAWAY so come on back tomorrow!!!)

1 large banana – I had mine fresh peeled, and my husband had his warmed in the dehydrator as semi-dehydrated slices

Teeccino with Raw Vegan Nutmilk – I am writing a post on getting over caffeine addictions this week, so stay tuned for that. For my Raw Vegan Nutmilk, I made a 1-Minute Nut Milk with 1 hefty tablespoon of Rejuvenative’s Pecan Pie Butter (so extra yummy!) blended with a cup of water. It’s aromatic, a hint of spice, a touch of sweet, and super delish!

1/2 cup fresh pineapple – I had mine fresh, and my husband had his warmed in the dehydrator as semi-dehydrated. He loves it like that.

Hearty Buckwheat Biscuits – This recipe will be in my next email newsletter, which goes out on Tuesday. I had one of these today and my husband had two. They’re so good! I already need to make another batch!

Plant Blood – I made 2 quarts of organic green juice using my Hurom (love this juicer!). We each had about 2 cups and I’m saving the rest for later in the day. It had 1 bunch of celery, 1 bunch curly purple kale, 1 bunch cilantro, 2 large cucumbers, 2 large carrots, 1/2 inch knob of ginger, 1/2 pineapple, 1/2 cup water)

Protein Shakes – My husband will have one of his Protein Grenades and I will simply have a shake mix of Sun Warrior Brown Rice protein powder, Hemp protein powder, cinnamon, and water.

Huge Protein Salads - Giving my little monkey some extra protein now that we’re in the third trimester. This salad has an awesome raw vegan dressing, cucumbers, red bell peppers, spinach, broccoli sprouts, raisins, and tofu.

Plant Blood – Leftover from earlier in the day.

Sauerkraut – This homemade kraut is sooooo good! I could eat a cup at a time. Yum! I’m enjoying this batch on top of another Hearty Buckwheat Biscuit. (Learn how I make my organic, unpasteurized sauerkraut here.)

Strawberries with Sweet Frosting Dip – The Sweet Frosting Dip recipe will be in my next book, due out in the next couple of months (hopefully before I give birth to my baby). Stay tuned!

Raw Vegan Truffles – My good friends, Dolly and Anthony (you might know him as Raw Model), are making Raw truffles that they sell (Blackbird Naturals is the name of the company) and they happen to live nearby! I bumped into them at the market over the weekend where they blessed me with FREE CHOCOLATE. And, um… about 2 hours later I went to Oakville Market where they sell them and I bought a package. I’m having them for dessert tonight!

Protein Shake – I’m undecided, but if I find myself hungry or needing more protein later tonight, I’ll shake up another protein shake. Perhaps I’ll have another banana, too!

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Raw & Vegan Food Intake – Pregnancy Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in sun warrior rice protein

A day of glorious, delicious food in my pregnant life :)

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