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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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Recipe: Coffee Shake

 

Morning Mocha Protein - looks like a lot of stuff, and I guess it is, but it still only takes a couple of minutes to make.

Coffee Shake – looks like a lot of stuff, but it still only takes a couple of minutes to make.

I get asked a lot about the things my family eats. Here’s the breakfast Greg usually has. Lucky for me, he’s happy to have the same thing day in and day out. On occasion, I rotate other things into his breakfast options, but I’d say the one he gets most often is his Coffee Shake, and he LOOOOOVES it. I love it because (it’s easy and) I can make this hours before he wakes up and it’s sitting in the refrigerator for him.

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

Summer Fresh Salad Guacamole

by Kristen Suzanne in travel, vegan
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Summer Fresh Salad Guacamole

Hi Everyone! It’s been too long since I’ve blogged. Life is good though. Kamea turned three in June and we spent about a month on the road traveling to Michigan to visit family (during which we also went to Mackinac Island to stay at the Grand Hotel - if you follow me on Twitter, you know all about that though.)

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

NutriBullet – Perfect For Magical Superhero Tonic Elixirs, Travel, and Protein Drinks

by Kristen Suzanne in superfoods, travel, Vitamix

I have a new friend in my kitchen: The NutriBullet blender.

Ooh-la-la

Now, you might be asking yourself why I would buy this when I have both a Vitamix and a Blendtec. I bought it for two main reasons, well, three kind of.

  1. The first – AND MAIN – reason is for travel. The NutriBullet makes a great travel blender (or for having at work). Up until now I was using a Tribest Personal Blender for traveling, but it recently puttered out (it’s cute that Tribest advertises its motor as powerful with 200 watts, but the NutriBullet boasts 600 watts of power – now that’s rightly powerful). As I was researching the new options for a travel blender, I became aware of the NutriBullet, and after reading the great specs and reviews, I decided that it was the best option for me.
  2. I also bought it because I am adding Superhero Superherb Superfood Tonic Elixirs into our life, and the NutriBullet fits the bill for making these (so does any blender though – for the most part).

The components. It’s a 12-piece set.

Furthermore, (the third reason) it’s no surprise that I enjoy protein shakes – um, hello, (normally) yummy Immortal Machine (read my updated review of this product). Although a lot of people just shake and go (mixing protein powder with water in a shaker bottle and physically shaking it), I prefer mine blended up (quickly) so they get really smooth (zero clumps). Well, my cute little NutriBullet does this great, and if I want, I can drink it right from the BPA-free carafe it’s blended in. Helpful in times of rushing out the door. However, I usually transfer it to a fancy or fun glass. Any blender does the job for blending protein shakes, but since I needed something for travel, I can use this as well. And, I’ll be honest, when I have new kitchen friends, I’m inspired and motivated for healthy living and foods, so whatever it takes, eh?

Tonic ingredients getting ready for a quick but effective blend.

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Our Fun Trip to Sedona, AZ

by Kristen Suzanne in arizona, travel

Here are some fun eats and pictures from our recent getaway to Sedona, AZ.

The red rock is all around and draws you in.

One of our first stops was New Frontiers health food store, my favorite, and then to Chocolatree  restaurant (organic, mostly raw, all vegan, gluten free, non gmo, soy free… you get the picture).

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Monday, May 21st, 2012

California Road Trip (with Photos) – Part 2 of 2

by Kristen Suzanne in travel

Hope you enjoyed part one of my California Road Trip adventure. Here is part two!

After we left Santa Barbara, we traveled to Avila where we stayed with friends in their gorgeous home with an organic olive farm. We took Kamea to the beach and she touched the ocean for the first time. She loved it! I expected nothing less from my water baby though. It was so fun seeing her in awe of the feeling of sand, cold ocean water, waves, etc. Must get back soon!

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Monday, May 7th, 2012

California Road Trip (with photos) – Part 1

by Kristen Suzanne in travel

We recently went on a great road trip to California. It was so much fun. You see, Kamea has never been a fan of the car so we waited until we thought she’d handle it better at almost two years old – she’s 21 months during this trip. How did she do? Well, let me just give a round of applause to LeapFrog DVDs in the car – lol (and would you believe that she knew some of her letters after just one viewing?! We were looking at books after she watched it the first time – which was a couple of months ago – and she pointed to and said the sounds for “O” and “R” and it wasn’t long before she knew them all!). Anyway… they kept her happy in the car for the drive. But, to make the trip enjoyable, we only drove in small chunks and stopped quite a bit. Our goal was Santa Barbara because it’d been on my Bucket List for a long time. However, just north of Santa Barbara we have friends with an organic olive farm so we visited them, too.

So, without further ado, here is part one of our trip in photos.

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Monday, December 5th, 2011

A Trip To Flagstaff, AZ (with photos) – LOVING New Frontiers Market! – New Dehydrator!

by Kristen Suzanne in travel

After the Thanksgiving holiday we took a little trip up north to Flagstaff, AZ where we stayed in a great condo with Greg’s mom. Here’s out trip…

I'm quite excited about our trip!

Ready for take off! Clearly, I'm still excited.

Almost there!

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