Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
From Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life blog: Eat Like You Give A Damn (that’s a picture of my t-shirt with those words – my BFF bought it for my birthday *grin*)…
“At the wee age of 10 years old I was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma or — in other words — BONE CANCER (gasp!). I endured almost 3 long years of chemo and lost my lower right leg. I’m also a veggie-lovin’ vegan who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and never even heard the word “vegetarian” until, uh, college? Seriously. There was rarely ever a vegetable cooked in my house that didn’t have a ham hock (aka: pig’s knee) in it! Every meal incorporated meat or dairy (usually both) until my first semester of college where not only did I hear the word “vegetarian” but I became one instantly after reading about the plight of farm animals. It was then that I made some life-changing connections between the meat on my plate and the miserable life of the individual it came from.”
Read more of this great story here.
HBO SPECIAL: Death On A Factory Farm
I’m eager to see this, and while I’m sure it’ll be hard to watch, I feel a responsibility to do so.
My Raw Food Intake Today
I feel extra awesome today, no doubt from all of the kick-ass healthy Raw vegan foods that are nourishing my body! Oh, and by the way, when I post the food intake, my husband is eating the same. Sometimes he gets extra snacks, or a big protein smoothie or two, or larger portions than me… just depends. Either way, I thought you’d like to know how my husband eats, too, for the most part. And, he loves it!
Vibrant Plant Blood (a.k.a. green juice, although this was anything but green)
~ This was so delicious, refreshing, and just what I needed to cleanse and start my day off right. Vibrant Plant Blood included (all organic): 1 large beet, 1 lemon (peeled), 1 head of broccoli (stalk and florets), 1 inch ginger, 4 med-large carrots
Banana Sprouted Flax & Rice Protein Smoothie
~ This combo keeps me fueled, filled, and satiated for a long time. It’s simple and tasty. I get my sprouted flax seed powder here and the sprouted brown rice protein powder here. The recipe was 2 cups cold water, 2 bananas, 1T flax powder, 1 scoop rice protein powder.
Large Kale Salad
~ Ooooh! This was good and fun. I’m keeping the recipe a secret, but only for a short time. I’ll post it later – giving it its own special post!
Carrot Sticks with Cheezy “Brazil Nut” Nacho Sauce
~ Well, I ran out of hemp seeds – bummer! So, I improvised and made the recipe with Brazil nuts (full of selenium). It was very good, but not as addictive as when I make it with hemp seeds. The cool thing is my carrots were bought at the Farmer’s Market this weekend, so they’re organic, locally grown, and Super Qi food. I love that!
Vega Bar (Berry flavored)
~ These are pretty tasty and filled with nutrition. I like having raw and vegan bars on hand for easy snacking or when I’m running out the door.
Kale Salad (large serving) and Spinach Thyme Soup
~ The soup recipe was featured in VegNews magazine, as well as in their most recent email newsletter.
~ Total sweet heaven. I don’t see how anyone could ever miss cooked desserts when you have something this extraordinary and decadent to enjoy.
Friday, January 30th, 2009
I’m featuring this salad recipe in my email newsletter this month (sign up here), and I wanted to share it here… because it’s SO good! This highly nutritious salad is refreshing, delicious, and full of flavors that combine effortlessly to deliver one awesome salad.
Kale freakin’ rocks the nutrient house! And, no, it’s not something that is just meant to decorate salad bars (as my husband used to think – ha ha!). It’s loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients shown to help fight cancer, aid in detoxification, and fill you up with super star nutrition including iron, calcium, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, K and much more!
Fennel Orange Kale Salad
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 2 servings
1 medium bunch curly kale
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons hemp oil
3/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
1 cup fennel bulb, thinly sliced*
1 cup orange, peeled, seeded & chopped
8 kalamata olives, pitted & chopped
1 tablespoon fennel leaves, chopped
Destem the kale. You can leave the more tender parts of the stem (toward the top of each leaf) in the salad, but the harder stems toward the bottom of each leaf should be torn out. Tear apart the kale leaves (or use a knife and chop them) into bite-size pieces.
Place the torn kale into a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, hemp oil, orange zest, salt, and nutmeg. Take a minute and massage all of these ingredients together with your hands. Add the fennel, orange, olives and fennel leaves, and gently toss to mix. Enjoy!
* I use a handheld V-slicer
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Whoo-hoo! My 8th book is now available in print, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Salads & Dressings. Now, most of us think of salads as healthy, but not much more. But we’re going to change that here and now. Get ready to get EXCITED about SALAD! This recipe book introduces you to a world of salads and dressings that taste so good, you’d be willing to have them as your main course!
As with the launch of the other books, I’m taking a survey for the best photo. Check them out and let me know what you think.
More Great News…
I have another exciting Awesome Giveaway for the month of January that you don’t want to miss! I’m giving away a Lexen Healthy Juicer (great for manually juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens)! Be sure to check back soon!
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Whoo-Whee!!! I’m excited to announce that my 6th book is now available in print - Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Soups! This book is filled with super delicious, EASY, and satisfying soups.
Here are 3 reasons I love Raw vegan soups!
I can whip up a delicious Raw soup fast (anywhere from 5-15 minutes) and have enough servings to last a few days. Raw soups are a quick, nutritious, and hearty solution. Plus, they’re easy to transport and consume. When I’m running errands, I simply drink my Raw soup straight from a glass mason jar.
Raw vegan soups are a staple in my diet because they give me loads of energy. (They’re a blended food so they’re easier on digestion).
These soups can be an entire meal, a mid-day snack, or complement a meal as an appetizer or side dish. They also can be enjoyed all year long. During the summer months, I enjoy cold and refreshing Raw soups, and in the chilly winter months I simply warm my Raw soups up a bit to give me that cozy comfy feeling (without cooking them of course).
Which photo(s) do you like best? I’m taking a survey and would love your opinion. Check out the photos here: Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Soups (photos) (Be sure to view the larger image.)
Next up: My 7th book should be available in print from Amazon as early as next week – Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks
Monday, October 27th, 2008
With the weather starting to chill and the produce department changing to seasonal produce for fall (pumpkins, cranberries, apples, etc), the holiday mood is upon us – hooray! In fact, I’ve already made my holiday gift list and I’m ready to shop. I love this time of year; I can’t help but do things to get a jump start.
Here is the perfect holiday cookie to help get you in the mood. With every delicious bite you’ll think… Holidays! If you’re looking for a heart healthy, can’t eat just one, EASY, and super satiating cookie recipe that will literally take you only minutes to make, then look no more. This is a terrific dessert recipe to take as a dish to pass at holiday dinners and parties. And, it’s one of those great raw food recipes that you can make well in advance of the holidays and store in your freezer. Oh, and one more thing… everyone who makes these (and eats these) LOVES these. Enjoy :)
Pecan Spice Delight Cookies
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 3 cups cookie batter
1 1/2 cups pecans (soaked and dehydrated if possible)
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded dried coconut
1 tablespoon (or more!) lucuma powder *
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
10 dates, pitted
Process all of the ingredients, except for the raisins and dates, in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until coarsely ground. Add the raisins and dates and continue processing until the mixture begins to stick together when pressed between your fingers. Roll and form into desired shapes and sizes.
If you didn’t know, Oprah committed to going VEGAN for 21-days. I’m stoked! I’m elated! I’m so happy for her and the animals that have been saved as a result. Follow her blog for more details. She reported being very satisfied with the food so far. This could be huge y’all with Oprah supporting a Vegan diet…I’ve been waiting for this day to come and it’s finally here.
Daily Conversation Question:
What’s the best and worst thing about being a man or a woman.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
Update on acupuncture: Yay! I’m feeling better. I hope it lasts. I don’t see my amazing chiropractor until next week – fingers crossed it keeps feeling better and better. I’m not in the gym yet because I’m trying to take as much time to heal as possible, but my spirits are VERY high.
I made a scrumptious smoothie that was so yummy I was smiling from ear to ear with every swig (yes, it’s a swigger, I tell ya!). Did you know that bananas are known to help fight bloating as a result of the potassium content in them? Ladies, if any of you are experiencing excess bloat from PMS, then bring on the bananas (and this smoothie does just that).
Yield 4 cups
1 cup water
3 frozen bananas, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
1/2 cup coconut, unsweetened, shredded and dried
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder (I love Nutiva)
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend all of the ingredients thoroughly and smile with every swig :)
Vegan Diet Study – Keep ‘em coming! I love seeing vegan studies promoted in the news. If you know anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, then send them here because the vegan diet comes to the rescue yet again.
Daily Conversation Question:
How would you like to spend your elder years?
*For those of you celebrating Easter this weekend…Happy Easter!
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Hola! I was in Mexico last week and it was very fun. The weather, beach, sunsets, hotel and food were all delicious, exciting and relaxing. We had many vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants from which to choose, so being vegan was easy! Was I Raw? For the most part, no. When I travel internationally I keep a few things in mind…the quality of the water, the quality of the produce (how it’s washed, whether it’s peeled, etc) and the culture in general (I love experiencing other cultures so I try to immerse myself as much as possible into their lifestyle). I will always stay vegan because that is my hardcore ethic and value, but when I travel to other countries, I don’t freak out about staying Raw. Therefore, I typically stick to cooked vegan for health and safety reasons. It’s too risky to eat some of the raw fruits and vegetables in some parts of the world, when I’m not accustomed to their resources, so I play it safe. I did have a fresh coconut on the beach while I was there…had to do that! (I also packed my Vitamineral Green Powder and we drank that every morning, so I still had my daily green drink.)
Today is day 1 of our juice feast. My mom, boyfriend and I are embarking on this journey for 21-days. For those of you who are not familiar with juice feasting, please visit Juice Feasting to learn more. I’ve been planning this for well over a month. I’ve taken notes, written down juice recipes and followed my fellow friends’ juice feasting blogs. It was really those blogs which inspired me. I saw them experiencing so much energy, excitement, and feeling an overall health that was taken to new levels. I was intrigued so I started planning my own feast. The main things that attracted me to this: 1) I could easily use my blender to make the juices (strain them through a 1-gallon paint strainer bag) and 2) no one seems to experience much hunger, if any. It’s truly a feast so drink, drink, and drink more juice, and 3) I’m eager to see how this affects my physical performance in the gym. Lucky for me, my boyfriend and mom want to join me, which will make it even more of an mazing experience. My mom is such a spunky little pistol…last night she told my step-dad not to bother her for 21-days and to ignore any swearing or foul words that come from her mouth – haha. We’re doing this for only 21-days because, in March, I’m teaching a Raw food class and I have a fantastic Raw dinner event (I have to taste the food!). After that, we might get back on and do another one. Until later…ta ta!
Sunday, November 11th, 2007
One of my favorite experiences when going Raw was the cleansing and detox aspect. Not everyone agrees with me on this. Sure, it can be a painful experience for some people. I was no exception. I had my share of headaches, pain, snotty nose, skin rashes, lethargy, and horrible pimples (my face suddenly looked like sandpaper with all the little bumps). I instinctively knew it was detox. I felt enormous relief and satisfaction at seeing it expelled from my body, while also experiencing gratitude for being smart enough to eat healthier (especially now that I saw what I was carrying around inside).
Frankly, I was a little shocked that my detox was as tough as it was. I had, after all, been vegan for about 2 years when I started incorporating more Raw. Wasn’t that enough? Apparently not. Hhmmmm…I guess I needed something stronger (Raw vegan) to shake loose the abundance of toxins I ingested prior to my vegan lifestyle (protein shakes for competitive bodybuilding, overloaded amounts of caffeine, prescriptions, cholesterol, conventionally grown produce full of pesticides and herbicides, and meat (even though it was grilled, broiled, or poached made no difference, it was unhealthy).
Bottom line – My detox was liberating, exhilarating, arduous and glorious. It was worth it. I felt free!
Goddess of Truth
I make my highest ideals real by my actions.
Use this thought when you notice that you or someone else is not living up to the standards you have set. Forgive them and yourself for this and appreciate the fact that you noticed. We must be agents of the changes we want to see happen in our world. Realize the truth of the old saying, “A good example is the best sermon.”
~Gifts of Goddess Affirmation Cards by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Friday, November 9th, 2007
This is a fun and interesting topic and here is my take. Yes, it’s okay to date a carnivore…because it’s possible that he/she won’t be one forever. And whether they go Raw, well, the same logic follows. I remember back in my carnivore days I went on a date with a vegan. I didn’t even know what the term meant at the time. He took me to dinner and I thought to myself, “What the hell? You don’t eat meat? Are you serious? What-evaah!” Even though the guy was nice, I felt uncomfortable dating someone who didn’t eat meat. I wondered how we’d eat together if we were ever to make a more permanent relationship of it. Looking back, the date taught me a lot. I learned patience with the subject and I try to answer people’s questions about it, without ever getting defensive. It’s the only way people will learn. As it turns out, when I became a vegan I was single, and not surprisingly, I wanted everyone to give me a fair chance. Keep in mind the following:
- People don’t know what they don’t know. Although nature designed me to be an herbivore, my parents didn’t know that. I grew up like many Americans…eating meat. I didn’t know any better UNTIL I began reading and learning on my own. I try not to judge others and remember that they probably just don’t know any better either (there was, after all, a time when I didn’t).
- Even after enlightening people on the topic, not everyone is ready to make a switch over night. It could take months or even years. When I met my boyfriend, I was vegan (mostly Raw) and he ate meat. I didn’t mind. I knew he was a smart fellow (after all, he was dating me, right? Haha) He was cool with the fact that I wouldn’t make him meat dishes and happy that I made him fabulous vegan and Raw vegan foods. When we went to dinner, that was the time he ate meat and I was fine with that. He respected me and I respected him. He knew it was important to me, so he made an effort to learn more. He was curious and an open-minded skeptic. He asked hard questions that we looked into and both learned from it. After about 8 months, he read the book, The China Study, and one day just stopped eating meat… in fact, he went High Raw at the same time. So, keep in mind, it could take the time to read books, see movies or just staying up all night talking about it on multiple occasions. My advice is to “be there” for him/her and make as many resources available as he/she wants and needs. What would not have worked, however, is dating somebody who either didn’t respect my decision, or care enough — or was too closed-minded to try to understand. Humility means to remain teachable, and I believe it’s a quality you want in a partner for all things, not just dietary choices.
- Make terrific recipes and show him/her how easy it can be. Get your carnivore mate involved by asking him/her to pick out recipes for you to make. (Hey, it works with kids, why not grown ups? haha) Get their opinion and help them feel involved. If you’re set on only dating a vegan/Raw vegan and you have no idea how to begin. Then, pay attention to proximity. Spend time in places where vegans and raw vegans go… vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants, pot lucks, health food stores, retreats, classes for vegan/Raw vegan food prep, yoga classes, gyms or health clubs, hiking clubs, etc. — in fact, university campuses in general! :) A great place to get started is through meetup.com. It’s a useful way to find local groups of people with similar interests doing fun activities.
Bottom line: If you meet a carnivore who is crazy about you, then that person will be excited to learn more and support you. Odds are in your favor, in my opinion, and they won’t be a carnivore forever.