Sunday, February 28th, 2010

How To Open A Young Thai Coconut (video)

by Kristen Suzanne in MAC knife, video, young Thai coconut

I’m frequently asked about the easiest way to open young Thai coconuts. I made a quick video showing you just how I do it. Enjoy!

Links to the equipment I used:
MAC Knife
Fruit Scooper

Here is a link to the organic coconut I’m going to buy. Has anyone tried them? UPDATE: Bummer… I placed an order and they emailed me the following information: The shipping method you chose is taking two days to Arizona. We have had trouble with 2 day deliveries in the past and can therefor only guarantee the product if shipped over night. Shipping the coconuts overnight would cost an additional $40. Please let me know if you would like to upgrade your shipping mode. An additional 40 bucks? Yikes, I think I’ll pass. In the comments you’ll see someone suggested another company from Florida. I think I’ll try them.

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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Raw Vegan Recipe (video): Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake

by Kristen Suzanne in video

Here is one of my latest and greatest concoctions! I love it so much that at night when I’m going to bed, I’m already looking forward to the next day when I get to make it. It’s that good! I named it Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake because it’s the bomb! This fun shake is loaded with superior nutrition including superfood hemp seeds, raw chocolate powder, and hemp protein powder, along with organic fruit. It has about 35 grams of raw vegan protein, which is great for the little baby growing inside me. Oh, and I recently shared this recipe with another pregnant mama friend of mine and she went crazy for it. She loved it so much that she went to the store and stocked up on the ingredients so she could make it over and over.
YUM! I’m going to say it again…. YUM!!! OH! And this will make a perfect Valentine’s Day shake.

Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of
Yield 3 cups

1 cup filtered water
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 cup frozen cherries
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
splash vanilla extract

Blend this goodness up, and enjoy it as it helps make your day one of the best days ever!

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Raw Vegan Recipe: Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread

Yay! It’s recipe time! In today’s video, I’m showing you how to make an EASY yummy bread recipe, Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread. If you’re a fan of savory onions, then you’ll be one happy camper with a slice of this! Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread is delicious, pretty, and filled with nutrition… essential fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Essential fatty acids are necessary fats that we basically cannot synthesize on our own, so we have to get them from our diet. Enter: hemp and chia! Not only that, but hemp foods are an excellent source of complete vegetarian protein. Personally, I consider hemp foods as superfoods because they are loaded with important nutrients and they make me feel great. As a pregnant gal, I’ve been upping my intake of them – great for my growing baby. So… back to the bread… It’s perfect for snacking on by itself, dipping in Raw hummus, and spreading with Raw hemp seed butter or guacamole. Depending on the size you cut, you can also use it as a nutrient rich bread for hearty Raw sandwiches. As I’m typing this post, it’s dehydrating in the kitchen and it smells soooooooo awesome!

In this video, I feature a few different kitchen tools, ingredients, and appliances. You can get your hot little hands on them buy purchasing from these links…

Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes
MAC Knife
Onion Goggles
Offset Spatula
Excalibur Dehydrator
Chia Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Hemp Protein Powder

Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of
Yield approximately 20 – 32 pieces (depending on size you cut)

3/4 cup hemp seeds (lightly ground)
3/4 cup chia seeds
3 pounds red onions, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup spinach, packed
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
1/3 cup tamari, wheat-free
1/4 cup hemp protein powder

Place the ground hemp seeds and whole chia seeds in a large bowl and set aside. Process the onions, tomatoes and spinach in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, into small pieces – don’t let it get too mushy though. One thing that might help is to do this processing in two halves (half each of the onions, tomatoes, spinach in one processing, then do it with the other half) so that you can keep it a little on the chunkier side. If you process it too long, it can get too wet (as you’ll see in the video, I should’ve done mine in two processing batches, but I shoved it all in one – lol).

Add the onion mixture and the remaining ingredients to the bowl of seeds and stir well to mix. Let the batter sit for up to 5 minutes. If you find that the batter is too “wet” then add more chia seeds to soak it up (1 – 2 tablespoons at a time and wait a few minutes).

Use approximately 4 cups per tray and spread the batter onto 2 dehydrator trays, each lined with a Paraflexx sheet. Dehydrate at 130 – 140 degrees for one hour. You can score the bread into the desired size at this time, or you can wait to cut it after it’s done dehydrating.

Lower the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 8 hours. Flip the bread over onto another dehydrator tray and peel off the Paraflexx sheet. Dehydrate another 6 – 10 hours (until you reach your desired dryness – I like mine a little moist). Cut into 16 squares per tray. These are best stored in the refrigerator.

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Friday, November 20th, 2009

New Juicer Comparison (video)- Green Star vs Breville vs Hurom

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, Detox, energy, green juice, video, weight loss

Having green juice (a.k.a. Plant Blood) on a regular basis is very important for my family. We love it! It’s invigorating. It’s filled with easy-to-assimilate nutrients. It’s powerful. It makes the cells in my body boogie-down as if they were listening to Earth, Wind, & Fire! Like the vegan version of being a vampire, I feel absolutely super-human when I’m drinking it.

Fresh fruit and vegetable juices can do wonders for your body, spirit and mind. They can help cleanse your body and detox. They can fill you up with energy because you’re giving your digestion a rest with the removal of the fiber. They can help make you feel like you’re on top of the world (at least that’s what they do to me when I drink them). And for sure… a number of people use fresh organic juices as a part of their weight loss routine. I know that after I give birth, and breast feeding is done, I’ll be using a green juice weight loss program to help me lose the pregnancy weight.

A while back I posted about the two juicers that I have in this post. But, I have a new addition to my family that is worthy of discussion. In the following videos I discuss the pros and cons of each juicer (Green Star, Breville, and Hurom), from my perspective. And, I show you one of the juicers in action.

For great juice recipes, check out my book and ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs, & Drinks.

I’ve recently added another juicer to my family of juicers… check out the updated review here.

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

Raw Vegan Travel – Santa Fe, NM (El Milagro Herbs)

by Kristen Suzanne in video

After leaving Oklahoma City, we headed to Santa Fe. I’ve always loved Santa Fe… I really feel a sense of belonging there (although it’s too cold for me during the winter). It’s beautiful, from the Sangre de Cristo mountains, to the adobe architecture, to the warm and eclectic people. As my husband so eloquently stated about Santa Fe – Gentle Seattle-fleece vibe meets Southwest style, artists, and old-world authenticity.

The food: Other than Whole Foods, we had a few places from which to choose for eating organic, vegan, and some raw (whether as salads or other raw dishes). We only had time to sample two of them, Chocolate Maven (which was disappointing in its limited organic and vegan options) and Tree House, which we really liked. We look forward to returning to Santa Fe soon (only 8 hours by car), going back to Tree House, and trying some of the other restaurant options. My husband, a huge fan of Southwestern and New Mexican cuisine, has made it his personal mission to catalog all the vegan options at many of Santa Fe’s famous restaurants.

At a cute coffeeshop in the historic district, I had what instantly became my favorite brand of kombucha. It’s produced locally by the Santa Fe Tea Company. (I’m going to see if our Whole Foods will carry it.) Unfortunately, I’m mostly staying away from kombucha while pregnant due to conflicting information I’ve read about it. I’d rather play it safe than sorry. But, I did try some to know if I liked it, and I love this brand. My favorite flavor is the Rasta with my second favorite being the Sangria, but there are others I’ve yet to try.

We spent time walking around the downtown area and look what I found: Santa Fe Hemp! I was so excited! We probably spent an hour in the tiny shop. I bought a sticker for my computer that reads: Eat Organic. I also bought my little Monkey an organic cotton onesie that reads: Organic Baby – Save The Whales.

The most exciting part of our time in Santa Fe was stumbling upon a gem called El Milagro Herbs – Organic Skin Care.

We interviewed the proprietor, Tomas Enos, a brilliant man who has his PhD in ethnobotany and has been making organic skin care products for almost 20 years. As you’ll learn in the video, he makes only small batches of product to ensure freshness and only uses the best ingredients. His formulations are nothing short of amazing and I’m happy to be one of his loyal followers now.

One of the things we discussed regarding herbal skin care products is that when you buy products from a place where big factories are creating the product, the product starts to lose its energy from the plants. As the number of steps increase from harvesting to packaging to shipping, and the number of hands increase who get involved, the precious energy goes down. I really believe in that philosophy.

I bought a face wash, skin lotion, toner, sea weed mask, hair oil, as well as some herbal tea to drink. I haven’t tried the hair oil yet, but I enjoy the other products so far. They smell and feel great. And, as you’ll learn in my video below, they harvest all wild and/or organic seasonal herbs, and they make them in small batches right there in the store.

OH! And awesome news! He is currently working on a Raw organic skin care line! He should have his face cream done next week, with other companion Raw organic products following shortly. I highly recommend checking his wonderful goodies out.

I should add that my husband was delighted to meet a real ethnobotanist and had a nice chat about toxic pufferfish and the ethnopharmacology of Haitian Zombieism… um, did you say zombies?… kinda scary, but good timing, as Santa Fe was all adorned with sugar skulls and flowers for its upcoming Day of the Dead festivities. Gotta love Santa Fe!!

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Raw Vegan Travel – Oklahoma City, OK at Matthew Kenney’s 105 Degrees

by Kristen Suzanne in kelp noodles, video

After our trip through Fort Worth, we drove on to Oklahoma City where our goal was getting to 105 Degrees, Matthew Kenney’s new Raw restaurant and Raw academy. The weather was awful, like really awful. Pouring rain that made for a nail biting drive. But, we finally arrived. :)

105 Degrees is gorgeous. Oklahoma City is indeed lucky to have such an awesome restaurant and academy there. (For more info on 105 Degrees, visit here.) The decor and atmosphere had a lovely cosmopolitan energy. We were there at night, so the pictures weren’t of the clearest quality, but I still wanted to share some of them.

We met Matthew Kenney and had a nice chat about how he became involved in the 105 Degrees project and about some future things he’s working on, which include projects outside of the United States. I can imagine, one day, traveling the globe and blogging about my visits to various country’s and their Raw vegan restaurants.

Our dinner was amazing. From the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts, our taste buds were treated to complex, sophisticated flavors. Since the restaurant wasn’t crowded (due to the bad weather), I secretly licked my bowl. I regret that I don’t have more good pictures to share of all of the Raw food we had. But, Matthew Kenney will forever have a special place in my heart, because this man officially made me a fan of kelp noodles! The sauce they were tossed in was delectable and it allowed me to get past the “crunch” of the noodles. Victory.

They had a cool little store that was unfortunately closed while we were there (which was probably a good thing in hindsight – LOL). Matthew Kenney’s store had 100% Pure beauty products, and, as most of you know, I love 100% Pure products (check out their website here).

We met the sous chef, Don, and he gave us a tour of the place. This guy has an impressive culinary resume (studied in Paris), and although he’s new to Raw, his talent and passion for food really comes through. He even demonstrated their PacoJet! I’ve always wanted to see one of those things in action. They make the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream. We shot some video of it.

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Raw Vegan Travel – Jacksonville, FL (video)

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, green juice, raw travel, video

Friday, we made it to Whole Foods in Jacksonville, FL on our way to Pensacola. Thank heavens! We were all out of fresh organic produce and I was hungry.

I was elated to find that they make fresh organic green juice so I bought a large one that was made of kale, celery and a touch of apple. DELISH!!! Having access to green juice on the road at places like Whole Foods really saves me a lot of effort of trying to lug around my juicer, although I have heard of people traveling with their Breville (this model in particular). I’m tempted to try that next time, perhaps instead of taking my Blendtec. If I could talk my husband into him not taking any underwear, socks, and the extra pair of shoes, then maybe I could bring them both! ;)

I’ve been washing my hands a lot while on the road and using soap in the bathrooms of rest stops, fast food joints, and gas stations. It was making my hands quite dry. So, I was excited to find Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Organic lotion. I’m not one to use lotions very much, so I spent about an hour reading all the ingredients of various products in Whole Foods. Dr. Bronner’s was the best, and I’m very happy with it. It makes my hands extra soft.

Here’s a fun little video showing me in Whole Foods (trying to be stealthy and filming without getting caught). Traveling in the Raw is easy.

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Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Wheatgrass Juice at Candle Cafe in NY – video

by Kristen Suzanne in video

I’ve never been attracted to the smell or taste of fresh wheatgrass. Still… I suck it up and drink it on occasion with Ann Wigmore floating around in my thoughts cheering me on. Here we are at Candle Cafe enjoying, I mean drinking, a shot.

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Friday, September 18th, 2009

NY Apartment – A Tour

by Kristen Suzanne in new york, video

Here is a quick tour of the apartment we’re renting in NY. Check back this weekend for a video of the cool delivery I just received today (hint: it has something to do with RAW FOOD!).

*Update: Hhhmm… just watched this after I posted it. Blogger is not giving me the best quality for the video (or maybe it’s just me?). I opted not to post this on YouTube because I thought I’d keep it just for my blog.

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

How to Make Green Juice Pulp Crackers, Raw Vegan: (Video)

I’m not one to waste organic food… ever. So, when I’m done juicing, I make crackers with the leftover pulp, or I stir some into my dog’s food, or I give it to the bunny’s in my neighborhood.

Here’s a little quick video showing you the batch I made the other day.
I used my Breville to make the green juice (like only $99 bucks for this machine – so worth it). I spread the pulp mixture with an offset spatula (one of my other favorite tools in the kitchen, other than the fruit scoopers). And, I used my Excalibur Dehydrator to dry the Raw crackers (they’re the BEST on the market – hands down).

You can use any spices you have on hand. Be creative and try different combinations. And, use the juice pulp from any green juice you make.

The recipe I used below is:
For the Juice
2 cucumbers, 1 bunch Italian parsley, 5 leaves medium kale

This gives about 2 cups of pulp when using the Breville juicer.

For the pulp
1/2 cup flax* seed, 1 tablespoon tamari, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 tablespoon mesquite powder, and 3/4 cup water (as needed) *The lovely flax I used was from a sample sent to me by Flax Matters.

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