Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Happy New Year – 2010 Blog Posts

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY READERS AND BLOGGING BUDDIES! I am so grateful to have you in my life. You’ve been through a lot with me this past 2009, and I love and appreciate all of your support more than you could know. Thank you!


2010 promises to be an amazing year! I am looking forward to writing tons of awesome blog posts where I share my pregnancy experiences, my food intake while pregnant and breastfeeding, lots of awesome giveaways for you, many new and scrumptiously delicious recipes, and as much advice and tips as I can muster about living this wonderful lifestyle.

Well, I’m off to make some organic green juice. We just stocked up at the CSA this morning. Whoo hoo! My breakfast today was a mug of organic Teeccino, a huge organic apple, and 2 organic persimmons.

Cheers XOXO,
Kristen :)

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Maternity Clothes Shopping – New Outfit!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized


I officially grew out of my “go-out-in-public-pants” and had to get some new duds. I tried to wear my pre-preg pants for as long as I could, but after the holiday eating, the growth of my belly, butt, and thighs this week… it was time. So, here I am in a new outfit. Can I just say that maternity jeans are sooo comfy?! :)

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Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Kristen’s Raw 16th Awesome Giveaway – Free Raw Vegan Food

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

It’s that time! Whoo hoo! Just when you thought the holidays were over… It’s still gift giving time with a giveaway, sponsored by Sirova. Here is what they’re giving away to one lucky winner:


2 bags of GoRaw’s FlaxSnax (3oz) – not sure which flavors, perhaps one of each?


1 bag of GoRaw’s Chocolate Super Cookie (3oz)
Details are here.

Here is how you can enter for a chance to win. Go visit Sirova’s website and take a look around at the products they offer. Then, come back here to the comments section of this blog post and tell me what other things you’d like to see Sirova offering. It’s that simple! The deadline for entering is January 2nd, 2010 at 11:59pm. I’ll announce the winner on January 3, 2010. *Contest is limited to participants using an address within the continental United States.

WOW! 2010 is almost here! I have a feeling it’s going to be a GREAT year!

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Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I’m enjoying the holidays with family right now… excited to experience them pregnant. :) I’ll be back with regular blog posting in the next few days, starting with a blog post where I have another awesome giveaway!


Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Kristen

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Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Best of Raw 2009 – I’ve Been Nominated!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Wowee! What an honor! I found out from Gena of Choosing Raw that I was nominated for various categories in the Best of Raw 2009 voting thing. So, here I am… humbly asking you to hop on over to this website and vote for me. :) (I have to say though, there is some great competition – so many awesome people have been nominated.)


The categories where I’m nominated:
  • Raw Vegan Educator
  • Raw Chef
  • Sexiest Raw Vegan Woman
  • Raw Blog
  • Raw Vegan Website
  • Raw Vegan Book
  • Funniest Raw Vegan Woman
  • Raw Vegan Sweet Treat

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Sunday, November 15th, 2009

New Review For The Blendtec Blender

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

(Keep in mind that companies change warranties and features so be sure to check with them after reading this post… I wrote this a few years ago!) Previously I wrote a comparison review for the new Vita-Mix 5200 versus the Blendtec that I’d had for quite a few years (and adored). Even though I loved my Blendtec for a long time, at the time of the review, I was impressed with Vita-mix’s BPA-free container as well as their warranty. I’ll say this… When it comes down to it, both blenders are phenomenal. They’re both high-powered and they both get the job done. (That picture is with the normal Blendtec container.)


Well, as you know from the last comparison, I decided to give more of my love to the Vita-Mix 5200 because of the aforementioned reasons. However! As of this writing, not only does Blendtec offer a BPA-free container, but they offer a new BIG container (I purchased mine separately). Nearly 3 quarts big!!! When I saw that, I knew I had to try it out. Some people say that the big container (and therefore, the longer blades) makes for faster blending… as a result, it seems that cold things, such as smoothies, are colder (as compared to using another blender) when you’re done making them because it didn’t take as long to blend them.


Here is my new review on Vita-Mix vs Blendtec:
I found that I am back to using my Blendtec more than the Vita-Mix. It’s so easy to clean and I really like that. I do notice, however, that my Blendtec blender seems to bounce around on my counter a bit more when I’m blending certain things. For example, I made two Raw vegan pumpkin pies yesterday (recipe for this delicious pie is in my Holiday recipe book). The large container really helped in this situation because the old container would get quite full once all of the ingredients were in it. The mixture is thick, too, so that probably explains the dancing of the machine that required placing my hands on it to hold it still. Keep in mind, my blender motor is probably 5 years old and perhaps it wouldn’t bounce around as much if I had a newer model – not sure. It’s also possible that because the Vita-Mix is heavier, it stays put better. Anyway… I love the big container I purchased from Blendtec. I love that it’s BPA-free. I love that it’s so easy to clean. I love how it fits on my counter top and doesn’t take up as much room.

However… the Vita-Mix 5200′s 7-year warranty still kicks the Blendtec’s ass (3 years). And, having a plunger, like with the Vita-Mix, can be helpful at times. I also like the controls of the Vita-mix 5200 better than the pre-programmed controls of the Blendtec. I find it easier to control and use. Gosh, my praise for certain aspects of the Vita-Mix 5200 would make you think I liked that blender more. Not only that, but the Vita-Mix is popular with chefs around the world. Do you ever watch cooking shows and notice that they’re always using a Vita-Mix? I’ve yet to see a chef on TV using a Blendtec, so Vita-Mix is definitely worthy.

Bottom line… in spite of the pre-programmed controls on the Blendtec and in spite of not having a plunger… I still find myself grabbing the Blendtec before I use the Vita-Mix 5200. It’s easier to clean, gets the job done, has a huge container now, and fits perfectly on my counter top. Therefore, I must be a Blendtec gal again. (They both rock though and you can’t go wrong with either one!)

PS… I’ve been trying out a new juicer these past few days. I’m still in the testing phase and will report on it in the near future!


UPDATE {Aug 2010} 

  • I have been using my Vita-Mix 5200 a lot more these days because I have a newborn and the Vita-Mix is a little quieter than the Blendtec. 
  • I also want to mention, however, that another reason for loving the Blendtec is that it’s easier to travel with because the base of it is smaller than the Vita-Mix. We spent a month in New York in 2009 and I packed my Blendtec Blender (sacrificing a couple of pairs of shoes – haha).

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Would Write More But…

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Ooh boy! The only time I get reprieve from the beautiful nausea is when I’m sleeping. And, even though I’m eating some cooked organic vegan foods, thinking it’ll help a bit (although it doesn’t seem to do anything), I’m craving water and water rich foods (like fruits).


My refrigerator is pretty empty from fresh Raw foods though (I have some greens and some old apples that we’ll probably juice later) but other than that… not much. And, I don’t feel up to doing anything other than laying on the couch and resting. However, I’ll force myself to go to the farmer’s market to pick up our organic CSA goodies, and while we’re out, we’ll head to Whole Foods (I want papaya, mango, and pineapple).

Anyway! I’m quickly updating my blog since it’s been a few days, but I’m not feeling up to doing much other than really relaxing… everything from my body to my mind to my soul. Okay, I’m off to munch on some carrots and celery sticks…

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Raw Vegan Travel – Austin, TX

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Austin, TX is such a cool town. We arrived Wednesday morning and I was filled with excitement because I knew I was about to embark on a delicious Raw vegan culinary adventure (I heard there are 3 Raw vegan restaurants in town, plus the Raw bar at Whole Foods). The Whole Foods Market headquarters are here with their flagship store. Whooweee!!!!! Talk about FUN! One of my MOST favorite things to do is shop for healthy foods, natural beauty products, organic clothes… all that kind of stuff. My husband and I walked in and he said, “Honey, you just take your time.” I took a deep breath and ventured up and down the aisles, looking for things that I don’t normally find in other locations. And, of course, I found some stuff. They had a nice organic baby clothes section. Here are my scores for Monkey. (Speaking of Monkey… I had another blood test today to check my hormone levels and I’m continuing to do wonderfully! My pregnancy hormone is growing perfectly and the doctor is very pleased. My next round of blood work will be October 14).


But… we didn’t eat at Whole Foods. I saw their Raw vegan bar, and although the stuff looked pretty good and I think it is very cool that they have it there… we opted to have two of our meals today at Daily Juice. For one, the food was awesome (details in a moment) and for another reason, when given the choice between a chain like Whole Foods versus an independent establishment, I like to spend my money on the latter.

Daily Juice was super awesome. I have to say that it is quite possibly my favorite spot ever for organic Raw vegan food. The food was superb. The service was impeccable. The decor and atmosphere were fresh, with an energy that was slightly seductive. I LOVED IT!

For lunch, I had a wonderful green juice made of greens and young Thai coconut water – heavenly! And, for the first time, I tried fresh durian. At that tasting, I decided I would fall into the camp of “not being partial to durian.” It tasted like onions to me, and I’m not a fan of onions. My husband thought it was cool though. I was told that it’s better in a smoothie so my husband decided to try that at dinner time, and I admit, that upon tasting it in a smoothie, I liked it (although I couldn’t really tell it was in there because it was masked by so many wonderful flavors).

We each had a Raw enchilada (the flavors were outstanding), and for dessert, I had a vanilla chocolate cookie-type thing and a cup of vanilla pudding made from young Thai coconuts. As you can probably guess, the desserts were as equally awesome as the green juice and enchiladas.


I simply had to go back there for dinner. They had an avocado sandwich which looked so intriguing, but when we arrived, sadly, it was unavailable (we’re going back there tomorrow though… I hope I can try it then). I started the meal with another large fresh organic green juice while my husband started his meal with the smoothie containing durian. For our main meal we each had two tacos. Again… nothing short of pure deliciousness and rich, fantastic flavors. My husband also had a shot of marine phytoplankton (check out this cool page of theirs detailing benefits of some super Raw foods). After having both durian and marine phytoplankton, he was feeling pretty darn good. For dessert, I polished off another one of their cookie-type things (this one had goji berries in it, too) and another pudding like I had at lunch. I was feeling super duper awesomely vibrant after such an amazing day of organic Raw vegan foods.

We leave Austin Thursday and head to Dallas, then to Oklahoma City, OK, where I think we’ll stop by 105 degrees. It’s a brand new raw vegan culinary institute by Matthew Kenney, which also has a cafe that I’m excited to try. After that, we’ll head to Santa Fe, NM (I heard there is a Raw vegan place there) and then we’ll be going home to Scottsdale, AZ.

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Wonderful VBAC Home Birth Video

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

GREAT news again today. I had another blood test to check my hormone levels and everything is GREAT. In fact, the nurse said it’s going wonderfully!!! My hcg level is increasing beautifully. I’m so overjoyed that I can’t help but beam with happiness and cry tears of joy.


As many of you know, I’m planning a home birth. While surfing the Internet, I found this lovely video of a VBAC home birth (vaginal birth after cesarean). I can’t wait to have my baby at home with my awesome midwife and doula.

My Journey to a VBAC from Lindsey Meehleis on Vimeo.

We had a fabulous lunch today at Daily Juice Cafe in Austin. I’m going to share details about it later today in another post. My belly is so happy! What can I say? There’s great food and my Monkey in there.

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Raw Food Delivery To New York

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I had an exciting day Friday, because I received a delivery of raw vegan organic food. Yum.


Pure Market Express delivers Raw food nationwide. Having Raw food delivered to where you are when traveling is a great and easy way to stay on the Raw diet.


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