Monday, May 17th, 2010

Winner of my 23rd Awesome Giveaway – BAMBI!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Congratulations Bambi! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 23rd Awesome Giveaway. The prize: A bag of Go Raw’s Apple Cinnamon Granola along with a 9″ nut milk bag. Simply email me with your address so I can get the prize sent to you.

When tasked with giving Sirova suggestions for what other goodies they could offer… here is what Bambi had to say:

“It seems the only nut butter they carry is pistachio butter. While that sounds delicious, I think it’d be great if they carried things like almond butter and cashew butter as well. My suggestion = increase the yummy nut butter selection, please! 

P.S. Love your blog, Kristen. I don’t comment much on here but I’m a constant reader. It’s very sweet that you do giveaways like this for us.”

Thanks to everyone for such amazing participation!!!

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Exciting News! Details About My Next Book!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Today, I had an awesome interview with Tera of the Raw Divas / Raw Mom where the theme was Mother’s Day. We chatted about the journey of my pregnancy (the fertility adventure we went through to get where I am today: PREGNANT!), as well as the plans for my future baby with respect to home birth, nutrition, lifestyle, etc. You can listen to the whole thing here!

What I also talked about during the interview, for the first time, are the details for my upcoming book (I’ve been keeping it top secret until now). Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can’t help but tell everyone because I’m so excited! So…. without further ado… my next book is a book of recipes including delicious Raw Vegan Transition recipes where each one has a cooked vegan component as well as a raw component to it. And. The book also has a chapter of delectable new all-raw recipes that I’ve been perfecting over the past year.

Why did I write a book with recipes that included cooked vegan foods? Well, there are a number of reasons.

1) There are some people who come to the raw lifestyle and they don’t want to jump in with both feet. They need help with a transition in getting their palate adjusted to the raw foods. These recipes are great for that!

2) There are other people who have families that are not completely on board with going raw. If this is you, then this book offers recipes that will satisfy both sides of the family. It’s a great way to start getting healthy foods into your family’s diet without any complaints.

3) During my pregnancy, I’ve maintained a pretty high raw diet. There were times that I wanted some cooked foods for comfort and there were some times I wanted higher levels of protein. But, I didn’t want to totally sacrifice nutrition. As a result, I found myself in the kitchen making some fabulous meals that incorporated both cooked and raw elements in a dish. I realized that I’m not alone in this situation and there are a number of mommies who want the same thing.

4) And, frankly, not everyone wants to be 100% raw all of the time. There are many people who love a raw diet that includes a little cooked-ness to it. This book is perfect for that.

My hope is that the book will be ready in the next 1-2 months. Stay tuned for details!

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Thursday’s Plan: My Day, Pregnancy Food Journal, Etc (Belly Picture!)

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Today is going to be a fun day because I get to see my midwife! I’m curious as to what my weight will be, and to see how my measurements are shaping up, as well as get the results from my blood and urine tests. I’ll report back with the info.

(Took this picture yesterday – I’m getting so big!) I’ve been VERY hungry the past couple of days. I honestly don’t know where I’m putting it all. Oh wait, I do: my thighs. They officially rub when I wear a nightgown. Well, at least I know my body works – lol – I’m storing that fat for breastfeeding and growing baby.

I’m still walking, only now it’s every couple of days and  I don’t go as long… maybe between 20-40 minutes and then I have to stop either from low back pain or the pulling in my pelvis area. A little walking, though, feels better than no walking. We have access to a salt water pool that I have yet to take advantage of – perhaps I will today.

Here is my food plan (high raw, all vegan) for today:

~ Organic peppermint ice tea to take my supplements: spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass tablets, prenatals, iron, probiotic (I’ll take my vegan DHA later in the day with food) – as I’ve written before, I don’t take all of these daily. For one reason, taking spirulina can have a negative impact on whether my body properly assimilates vitamin B12 so I take it every few days. The iron I take here and there, maybe 1-2 times a week, if that.

~ SunWarrior Protein Shake (2 scoops) – I’m making it a point to keep my protein intake up during the third trimester on a more regular basis.

~ Organic apple

~ Organic green juice (cucumbers, celery, romaine)

~ Fruity Hemp Shake (loaded up with all kinds of goodies – this will probably be about 400+ calories)

~ Organic salad (big) with romaine, cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, and a raw raspberry dressing

~ Organic vegan mac-n-cheeze (homemade sauce) with organic pasta and kidney beans

~ Raw nut butter chocolate truffles (2)

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Friday, April 30th, 2010

Happy Friday – iPad Day and High Raw All Vegan Pregnancy Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Happy Friday to you all! I’m extra excited today because of a few things:

1) I’m going to mom’s and Miso will get to play with her small dog, Bella (they LOVE each other), which means I GET A BREAK FROM ENTERTAINING MISO! :)

2) My iPad arrives! My husband bought it for me as a birthday gift. My birthday isn’t until June, but that’s how we roll. ;)

3) The weather is gorgeous!

4) My pregnant belly is feeling wonderful!

5) I harvested a fresh batch of organic raw sauerkraut (cabbage, carrots, and ginger). For a video and directions on how I make my sauerkraut, visit here.

Here’s my food plan today:
~ 3 cups fresh organic green juice (cucumbers, romaine) served on ice
~ organic banana (large)
~ organic apple (large)

~ 1/4 cup raw organic sauerkraut
~ 3 cups fresh organic green juice (same as above)

~ steamed organic broccoli with organic tofu

~ Hemp protein shake with frozen raspberries (10 oz bag), 1/4 cup hemp protein powder, 1 heaping T hemp seeds, dash almond extract, drizzle maple syrup, and water (all organic)

~ Large spinach salad topped with avocado, red bell pepper, coconut vinegar, Himalayan crystal salt, and black pepper
~ I suspect I’ll want some dessert, so I might invade my organic nut butter chocolate truffles

~ If I’m still hungry later, I’ll probably have a Sun Warrior protein shake made with water

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Reviews: Artisana Nut Butters & Kaia Foods AND How They Make Quick Raw Vegan Snacks

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Over the past many months I’ve received a variety of samples from some wonderful companies. The brilliant thing about these items is that they can be used to make a fast raw vegan snack or they are already a ready-to-eat raw vegan snack. Gotta love those! Sure, for some of these, I could make my own homemade versions, and I often do, but it’s nice to have these available online (and in some health food stores) for those times that I run out, I’m traveling, or I just plain want to be lazy and pay someone else to do it. 


I’ve said many times… one of the keys to staying raw vegan with ease is having things that you can turn to quickly for snacking and eating. The following items are great for that! Some are perfect for snacks, travel, keeping in your desk drawer at work, making simple recipes, or having on hand when you’re stuck in line at the DMV. ;)


What I find especially exciting is that for the past year or so I’ve noticed there are many companies who are making amazing raw vegan products. It seems like every time I go to Whole Foods, there is something new. Gone are the days of limited choice. Today, we not only have a plethora of options, but these companies are making some butt-kicking products!


Artisana Nut Butters and Spreads

I love having nut butters in my refrigerator, so when Artisana sent me some of their products to sample, I was elated. For starters, I love enjoying nut butters right off the spoon – thick, rich, and satisfying. Artisana’s products fit that bill perfectly. They’re creamy and fresh – taste just like nuts (or seeds) should taste as if I were eating a handful of them. Sometimes a spoonful of nut butter is just what I need to hold me over until dinner (or until my next snack – lol). 


But, that’s not all. I use these nut butters to make 1-minute raw vegan nut milks (blend a tablespoon of nut butter with a cup of water). I also use them to add a creamy element to dressings (especially the cashew butter – you’re going to love one of the new recipes I came up with using their Raw Cashew Butter). The beauty of raw nut butters is you don’t need to soak nuts for certain recipes like raw vegan milks, dressings, certain desserts, etc. You just scoop it out of the jar and add to your recipe. Easy peasy! For example, I used their raw tahini in this video and I used their Cacao Bliss in the smoothie written about here. I also used their almond butter, tahini, cashew butter, and coconut oil for some raw chocolate truffle recipes.


Kaia Foods

This is a new company for me. Kaia Foods sent me a number of their products to sample and I’m so happy they did. The first thing I tore into was the bag of sprouted sunflower seeds (garlic and salt). Yummm…. I could smell the garlic upon opening the bag. Later that day, I made a batch of cooked organic quinoa and tossed some of these on top. I was really impressed with how much flavor they added to the dish. As I write this, we have them in a little cup on our counter alongside dishes of goji berries and raisins for awesome power snacking!
They also sent other flavors: Sweet Curry was AWESOME! If you’re a curry fan, these will not disappoint. Cocoa Mole was EXCELLENT (with a little cayenne kick that comes into play)! Teriyaki was SUPERB and I enjoyed these while I watched American Idol last week! The flavors of their seeds are exactly as described by their titles. You know what you’re getting when you bite into it. Kaia Foods makes the best flavored sprouted seeds. I like that I can eat them by themselves for a truly satisfying snack or I can add them to plain jane recipes, which will totally kick them up many notches in excitement. I’m officially a loyal fan! Great job, Kaia Foods!


Next, I tried their Spiced Apple Fruit Leather - wow – that was a super treat. Each bite the flavor was like, POW POW! The texture is as you’d expect with a fruit leather… chewy, a bit tough, and takes a bit of time to get through the whole thing. I LOVED it, and I plan on stocking up on these. I also loved the Vanilla Pear.


They have a variety of raw granolas from which to choose as well. Right now, I’m munching on a bowl of the Cocoa Bliss and it’s really good (I made 1-Minute Almond Milk by blending 1 tablespoon of Artisana’s raw organic almond butter with 1 cup of water). I especially enjoy the texture of the Cocoa Bliss – not too heavy and not too light. (I think the granola from Two Mom’s in the Raw is a bit too heavy and sticky for my preference, while the granola that I usually eat from Go Raw is very light. Kaia Foods’ Cocoa Bliss granola is somewhere in between, and I like it). It’s not overly sweet either, but the cocoa comes through nicely. I want a second bowl. Only a 1/2 cup for a serving? Really? Well, I think I need two servings then… one for me and one for Monkey. ;) That rationale works for me.

I’m partial to raw granola because it can be a quick snack on the run by itself, or a fast meal at home with a raw nut milk. I also tried the Dates & Spice granola which had a good flavor, but the texture of this one was a little too much for me. My bag had a lot of big junks of dehydrated dates with some buckwheat, and the dates were too hard, chewy, and big to eat (for me). Next, I tried the Raisin Cinnamon… ahh… a nice texture. It had a subtle flavor, but still good. If I were shopping for these, I’d probably end up buying the Cocoa Bliss on a regular basis, although the Raisin Cinnamon would probably end up in my cart from time to time as well.


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Monday, April 26th, 2010

Green Mommy Blog – My 3 Secrets To Gorgeous Skin

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Hop on over to my Green Mommy Blog to check out my 3 secrets to getting gorgeous skin.

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Monday, April 26th, 2010

Winner of my 22nd Awesome Giveaway

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Congratulations Joc! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 22nd Awesome Giveaway. The prize: A $40 Giveaway from Sunlight Blvd. Simply email me with your address so I can get the details sent to you.

When asked, “What do find is the biggest struggle with living a healthy lifestyle?”

Here is what Joc had to say…
“Having the time to prepare diverse allergen-free, mostly raw, foods without reverting to just basic fruit and salad.”


Thanks to everyone for such amazing participation!!!

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Friday, April 16th, 2010

Pregnancy and Baby / Child Care Reading

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I get asked all the time about what books I recommend for pregnancy and baby information. I compiled a list on my Green Mommy Blog. They are not necessarily vegan, but most are friendly toward that, as well as natural childbirth. Read more here.

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Refreshing Raw Beverages For A Hot Day

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I’m hot today. I wouldn’t usually feel this way yet, but my pregnant body is extra warm. So, what do I do? I’m turning to some refreshing and nutritious raw beverages to keep my body cool and my cells (and baby) nourished. Here are two awesome ones I’m enjoying today!

Cukes On Ice
I’ve been drinking green juice (including plain cucumber juice) for years since going Raw, but I had no idea how fun and refreshing this simple hydrating beverage would be… on ice! Who KNEW!? Simply juice 2-3 cucumbers and pour over ice. (To make this juice extra fast, I used my Breville.) Enjoy and feel the cool!

Sweet Chilly Shake 
I whipped this up in my blender because I was hungry, hot, and wanting something super yummy. It had 1.5 cups nut milk (or any plant based milk), couple handfuls of ice, 2.5 bananas, 2 tablespoons flax meal, 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder. This was AWESOME! I’m going to have another one later today.

Green Mommy Blog posts that might be of interest:
Review: Sprout Wellness Beauty Products
Elimination Communication (Diaper Free Baby)

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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Third Trimester Update

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Whew. Third trimester hormones that make me loopy are setting in. Fatigue from the growing baby inside me effects me from time to time. And, as many of my Facebook friends know, I found the cutest stray puppy who turned out to have a broken leg (poor thing!), is not potty trained (he’s about 8 months old we suspect), and he needs weekly vet care (he’s now wearing a splint for 6-8 weeks in the hope that we can avoid surgery). Did I mention that he needs constant supervision? I’m getting a bit of a head start in my mommy training to say the least. He wants to be by my side all day, and needs to be carried a lot. Needless to say… I’m a tad exhausted – lol. But. He has the sweetest and cutest face. I can’t help but melt every time he looks up at me. We’ve named him Miso.

Meanwhile, my belly is growing, my lower back aches terribly (I’m not sure if it’s from bending over so much to pick up the puppy, my crazy lack of sleep which includes sleeping on the couch many times with Miso in about 2-4 hour increments, the baby pressing on my back, or a combo of everything. My allergies are crazy, too, and that can be tiring in itself. I’m pooped.

But… I’m filled with love and excitement about the last couple of months in my pregnancy (hoping my back improves). And, I’m grateful that we found Miso and saved him from what would most likely have meant death to him (we found him in the desert area of our neighborhood where the hot sun beats down and bobcats, owls, and coyotes roam. The poor little guy couldn’t walk because of his broken leg).

On a raw food note… I’m going through the final edits of my next recipe book. I’m very excited about that! And, I’m working on some other projects (when Miso gives me a five minute break – lol).

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.

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