Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Winner of My 9th Awesome Giveaway – Vicki’s Vegan Vice

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, vegan

Congratulations Vicki’s Vegan Vice!!! You win!!! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 9th Awesome Giveaway. Your prize is a 16oz bottle of Vitamineral Green – YAY!!!!!! Simply email me the address you want your prize sent to.

Here is what Vicki’s Vegan Vice had to say when asked, Who do you think is the most impressive person alive today AND why?

The most impressive person alive today is Barack Obama. He has overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles while inspiring the world to change.


My next Awesome Giveaway is in April (unless I do another one sooner!!!), so check back for details!

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Today’s Raw Food Intake

Here is a list of my nutrient filled, awesome Raw food I had today. (Everything is always organic.)

1 cup water with 1T Amazing Grass’ Wheat Grass Powder, 2T Navitas Naturals’ sprouted flax meal, and 1T New Chapter Organic’s Berry Greens
~ I started my day with this alkalizing concoction. The taste is pretty decent and it’s so good for my body.

2T goji berries, 2T cacao nibs, 2T hemp seeds
~ This was a high energy, nutrient dense snack. On my kitchen counter (see pic), I have a cute gold tray with four bowls (goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds). I have a little spoon so my husband and I can just walk by and have a little spoonful of goodness when we want. I like to change the bowls’ contents from time to time. The cool thing about the raw cacao is that it suppresses my appetite, so there is no risk of my overeating on the snacks. :)

1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 banana sliced, 1/2 cucumber sliced
~ I just adore fresh fruit (sweet and non-sweet). It’s filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. It’s a great high energy snack that keeps the cells of my body happy and dancing.

Hummus with sliced carrots and broccoli bites
~ I love the hummus recipe in my
Sides/Snacks book – so yummy. I seriously don’t know why people would eat processed (non-Raw) hummus when this delicious and nutritious alternative is available (and so easy to make).

1 cup Exotic Chocolate Milk
~ This is a FUN and unique recipe that will be featured in my upcoming chocolate book/ebook (available within a couple of weeks – fingers crossed!). I enjoyed this drink in one of my wine glasses to make the experience extra sassy.

Small Fluffy Green Smoothie
~ 1 cup water, 1 handful spinach, 1 apple, pinch cinnamon

Marinara with kelp noodles, Omega Crackers
~ I’m not a huge fan of kelp noodles. They have a weird texture to me. But, I’m eating them tonight anyway. My marinara sauce (available in my
entree book/ebook) is so good (and I didn’t have any zucchini to make noodles) so I decided to use the kelp noodles in my refrigerator. I would probably like them a little more if the noodles were used in a salad where I might expect the texture they offer. I made Omega Crackers the other day (I used Navitas Naturals’ Sprouted Omega Blend with veggies, herbs, seasoning) and we ate a few with our noodles.

Kale Salad
~ Purple curly kale, yellow bell pepper, carrots, raisins, lemon juice, Himalayan crystal salt, and Vega’s EFA oil. Major YUM!!! I LOVE kale salads!!!

Teeccino with Sweet Pomegranate Cheesecake

~ I love ending my day with a nice cup of Teeccino alongside a delicious Raw vegan dessert.

I’m heading to the gym later tonight to walk on the treadmill for about an hour. Yesterday, I ordered the book, The Face on Your Plate (for my Kindle 2), so I’m eager to start it tonight while I’m working out.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Go Vegan! & Daily Raw Food Intake

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.

Pomegranate Cheesecake
~ Total sweet heaven. I don’t see how anyone could ever miss cooked desserts when you have something this extraordinary and decadent to enjoy.

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Friday, January 30th, 2009

Raw Vegan Recipe: Fennel Orange Kale Salad

by Kristen Suzanne in kale, Kristen Suzanne, salad, vegan

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
pinch nutmeg

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

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Salads & Dressings – Now Available in Print!

by Kristen Suzanne in raw, vegan

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!

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

EASY Raw Vegan Soups – Now Available in Print!

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, vegan


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!

EASY!
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.

ENERGY!
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).

VERSATILITY!
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


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Monday, October 27th, 2008

Easy Raw Vegan Dessert – Pecan Spice Delight Cookies

by Kristen Suzanne in cookies, dessert, raw, recipe, vegan

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 don’t have lucuma on hand… these are still amazing without it!

News to Peruse:

UN Study: Organic Farming Could Feed Africa

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Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Oprah Goes Vegan For 21-Days! Hip-Hip-Hooray!

by Kristen Suzanne in vegan

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.

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Smiling Smoothie and Vegan Diet Study

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp, raw chocolate, vegan

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).

Smiling Smoothie
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!

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Being Vegan in Mexico & Juice Feasting Today

by Kristen Suzanne in vegan

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!

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