Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Recipe: Creamy Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette – Make This Today.

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, recipe, salad dressing, travel

Make quick dressings, sauces, shakes, tonics, and chia pudding with this great little machine. NUTRiBULLET

Creamy Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette

Creamy Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette

During the summer I find myself eating more salads. They’re fresh, crisp, and help cool me down.

This recipe of Creamy Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette might be my new favorite. I use it not only on salad but also on vegetables, cooked or raw. You’ll see that some of the ingredients don’t have absolute amounts listed. That was my intent. By allowing some free reign in this simple recipe, it allows you to give your own dose of love to it.

I find, lately, that making dressing recipes in my Nutribullet is easier, and kind of more fun. It’s compactness and easy-to-clean-ness draws me in. I wrote an in depth post on my fondness for the Nutribullet here … think: easy salad dressings, sauces, chia pudding, protein shakes, fruit purees, tonics, travel, etc.

Creamy Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsalmic vinegar (be sure to get a high quality one)
  • 1/2 cup raw organic pure olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled (or more)
  • a little fresh rosemary and fresh thyme (fresh is best, if possible)
  • Couple squirts organic yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole, plain, grassfed yogurt (or cream)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Blend everything.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Recipe: Confession Granola (Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut, dessert, ghee, gluten free, recipe, travel
Confession Granola #GlutenFree

Confession Granola #GlutenFree

I have a confession. I made granola. Really good (too good, actually) granola.

Why is that a confession? It’s a confession because I don’t eat many grains (usually only in the form of white rice, if at all) and I make a pretty big stink about sticking to that. By making granola, and using (gluten-free) oats (because oats are what true granola has), and it being granola that is impossible to only eat a few bites of… well, I ate a lot of it. So there, I admit it. I’m not perfect and I ate oats. (It was really good though.)

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Saturday, May 10th, 2014

New York Trip – Bareburger – “Real Food” Friendly

by Kristen Suzanne in grass fed beef, grass fed bison, travel

 

Bareburger (NYC) for "Real Food" friendly burgers. Grass-fed. Organic. Sliders shown here.

Bareburger (NYC) for “Real Food” friendly burgers. Grass-fed. Organic. Sliders shown here.

The last (and best) place I want to share with you about our recent trip to New York is for Bareburger, a “micro-chain of organic burger restaurants” (and like Don Antonio’s Pizza), we chose the location of our AirBnB rental to be between Don Antonio’s and Bare Burger. They’re that good. When we’re in New York we eat at Bareburger every couple of days, sometimes multiple days in a row. Thank you to Lauren for sharing this with us!

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Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

New York Trip – Don Antonio’s – Gluten Free + Plus a Kid Pizza Tip

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, travel
Don Antonio's Gluten Free Pizza (NYC). The BEST gluten free pizza.

Don Antonio’s Gluten Free Pizza (NYC). The BEST gluten free pizza. Ever. In the World.

One of my favorite restaurants in New York is Don Antonio’s for gluten free pizza. I don’t know what kind of devilry they have going on there to make such an amazing gluten free crust, but I’m hooked. If we’re in New York for 10 days, you can expect us to have their pizza about 4 to 5 times during our trip. It’s so good that we chose the apartment we rented to be near it (and Bareburger). Read More »

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

New York Trip – Blue Dog Kitchen Cafe – “Real Food” Friendly

by Kristen Suzanne in travel
Blue Dog (NYC) burger with farm fresh egg on top.

Blue Dog (NYC) burger with farm fresh egg on top.

On our recent trip to New York I splurged off my routine eating to experience the best sandwich in the city as well as the best cheesecake known to man. The rest of the trip, however, was the usual high quality real food that I regularly eat. When we planned our New York trip we chose the apartment we rented (through Air BnB) so that it was strategically placed between our favorite restaurants:

  • Don Antonio’s for the BESTEST gluten free pizza ever (not entirely “real food” but I learned their crust is simply four ingredients and the cheese is freshly made daily). It’s so amazing I can’t even describe it.
  • Bare Burger for a lip-smacking grass fed burger experience every time.
  • Blue Dog Kitchen Cafe (on 50th) which I’m writing about today.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

New York Trip – An Authentic Food Experience Off My Diet – Part 2

by Kristen Suzanne in travel
Junior's Famous No. 1 Pure Cream Cheesecake (NYC)

Junior’s Famous No. 1 Pure Cream Cheesecake (right) and Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake (NYC)

I’m back today sharing part two of my foodie experience in New York. After I shared the details with my mom, while I was still in NY, of the famous Katz Delicatessen sandwich I devoured, she said if I wanted another true New York foodie experience then I had to head to Juniors.

To Junior’s we went.

Actually, in my opinion, as far as “cheating desserts” go, I figured that cheesecake was actually not a terribly crazy food off my diet since it’s mostly just cheese, sugar, eggs and whipping cream. There’s gluten in the crust, but it’s a small amount. Now, I don’t ordinarily say, “Oh, I’ll eat X-food because it just has a little gluten.” No, I don’t like gluten in any form these days. But… as I mentioned in my Katz Deli post, sometimes a healthy life is more than just truly healthy foods. I was excited to share in something that so many people love and adore, especially since I’m a foodie.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

New York Trip – An Authentic Food Experience Off My Diet – Part 1

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, travel
Katz Delicatessen (NYC) Pastrami Rueban Sandwich

Katz Delicatessen (NYC) Pastrami Rueban Sandwich

Although I don’t like to think of how I eat as a “diet” …  sometimes that word just works.

Today, I’m sharing with you a meal I had in New York recently, where I went off the rails completely in exchange for a true New York foodie experience. Was it worth it? Oh yes. Yes, I enjoyed every devilish bite.

As you can see from the picture above, I had a sandwich. Ooooh so crazy, eh? Ha. Well, since I don’t eat wheat these days, it was very different for me. Plus, it wasn’t grass fed. But, a healthy lifestyle goes beyond just food. It involves happy experiences, family, friends, rest, fun, and so much more. And, take note, I always say that when I travel to France (some day), I will enjoy their authentic foods with pleasure in all its wheat filled glory. Same goes for Italy.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Modding My Chipotle Bowl With 5 Ingredients For Higher Performance

by Kristen Suzanne in energy, Kristen Suzanne, omnivore, sauerkraut, travel
Modding my Chipotle Bowl with ingredients for higher performance.

Modding my Chipotle Bowl with 5 ingredients for higher performance.

As you all know by now, I’m a wee bit picky when it comes to my food. I want the highest quality and most nutritious goodness for my body and for my family. I want high performance, longevity, and energy. So, to ensure I get all of those things I prepare all of our high quality foods from scratch. That’s no small task as you might imagine, but it matters to me.

Sometimes, I need a break, or sometimes we’re traveling and food choices are limited.

Chipotle Bowl with white rice, steak, and guacamole.

Chipotle Bowl with white rice, steak, and guacamole. It needs to be enhanced.

One of the places on our list of “OK to eat” is Chipotle. It’s by no means perfect; but, on the spectrum of fast casual restaurants, they get my vote. They try to source quality ingredients and they listen to their customers. For example, they changed their oil by switching from crap gmo soy oil and now use less-crappy-but-still-crappy rice bran oil due to customer complaints.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Packing For Mexico To Stay Healthy While Traveling

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, travel
My (funny) husband's solution to not using tap water while traveling in Mexico. Cover up the faucet with a horse face.

My husband’s solution to not using tap water at our hotel, while traveling in Mexico. Cover up the faucet with a horse face. I’m sure housekeeping was amused.

We traveled to Mexico during the winter and it was the first time taking Kamea outside of the United States. I was concerned about the possibility of getting ill as you so often hear from people traveling to Mexico, so I did my best to research and prepare well for the trip. Thankfully, as a result of my preparations and packing, we all stayed perfectly healthy.

Please note: I am not a doctor, nor a midwife, nor a nurse… I don’t even have a Ph.D. in motherhood yet. The following info, as well as everything on my blog, is not to be considered medical advice. Please, do your own research. 

Before leaving for Mexico, we were advised by our Naturopathic doctors to start taking probiotics and to continue taking them while traveling. We usually have probiotics on hand in the house anyway so that was easy. Here is the brand that Greg and I take and here is what Kamea takes.

The following list is what I packed for our trip.

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

6 Things I Love About Guadalajara, Mexico

by Kristen Suzanne in home school, travel

We recently went on a two week trip to Guadalajara, Mexico where Kamea received her first stamp for her passport. :)

One of the reasons we are excited to homeschool Kamea is that we love to travel, and this offers both flexibility in our schedule as well as a rich education for her. As part of Kamea’s homeschooling (she’s 3.75 as of this writing) we have a native Spanish-speaking woman come over weekly to play with Kamea, while speaking primarily Spanish. It’s a way for Kamea to get exposed to another language but not in a typical classroom setting. We started this before she was two and she learned to say “rojo” before “red” (except she pronounced it “hoho”). So, going to Guadalajara was a great way to build upon those lessons.

Guadalajara, Mexico and six things I love about it.

Sunrise and Venus in Guadalajara, Mexico

Sunrise (and Venus) in Guadalajara, Mexico

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