Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
I’m so glad to see the excitement surrounding the food combining app for iPhone that I blogged about here. Thanks for chiming in to let me know about your thoughts on it.
As many of you know, one of the ways I stay on track with my eating is to write it all down. I usually use my “notes” app on iPhone, but lately I’ve been tinkering with an app called My Fitness Pal. It’s great for tracking food and exercise, and it helps you count calories. I’m not a big calorie counter, as most raw fooders aren’t, but I do like to make sure I’m taking in enough while breastfeeding. I thought it was neat that the app had the calorie info for Boku bar! Turns out, users input data that’s not in there, so some other Boku bar loving person must have done that. I’ve also found Sun Warrior protein powder in there. :)
Today’s food intake list is big! I just felt hungry most of the day so I kept eating. :) It’s a High Raw, All Vegan, All Organic day
Breakfast: Teeccino with raw almond milk (recipe here). I waited about 20 minutes and then had a few cups of organic watermelon. I’m a total watermelon nut – so now that it’s in season, expect to see a lot of it in my food journal. About a half hour later, I had raw granola with raw almond milk.
Lunch: Watermelon. Waited a half hour and then had cucumber boats with brazil nut garlic cheese sauce and a Boku bar. Read More »
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Kristen in berry lip luscious smoothie
, cukes on ice
, hemp seeds
, sun warrior rice protein
I’m still pregnant and still loving it. I had my non-stress test yesterday with my midwife, and my baby is happy and healthy. Last night we met up with our friends Malynda (vegan fitness goddess) and Robert Cheeke (vegan body builder). You can read about it over on my Green Mommy Blog.
Here are my awesome eats for today. (The shake recipe below is so amazing. So delicious. One of my summer favorites now for sure!)
Magnesium powder in hot water
As you can read on the Green Mommy Blog link posted above, I was in need of some magnesium today. My calf is still sore as I write this, but I’m taking it easy.
Cukes on Ice
I juiced 2 fresh organic cucumbers using my Breville juicer and served it on ice. Delish!
Chipotle Veggie Bowl
My husband brought me lunch so that I could take some time off from the kitchen. I had the veggie bowl, but it’s done up “Kristen semi-raw style.” I have them put a tiny amount of rice in the bowl, topped with two scoops of black beans (getting my protein), and that is topped with guacamole (healthy raw fats and nutrients). I usually skip their salsas since they’re loaded with sodium. Instead, I add my own fresh chopped organic romaine lettuce (and organic tomatoes if I have them), and I sometimes add a little bit of vegan Daiya cheddar cheese. By loading on the guacamole, lettuce, and tomatoes, it gives this dish a nice “raw” edge to it.
Fun Chocolate Banana Plant Leather (a few bites)
I made this the other day, using the recipe in my book, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes. It’s fun and so yum.
Organic Blueberries (6 oz)
Watermelon and blueberries are my favorite fruits. They are both things that I can eat all day long (not together, of course… gotta pay attention to that important food combining rule of not mixing melons with anything else. That’s usually the only food combining rule I follow. ;)
Wakame chugged down with water
I keep a supply of this wakame and every few days or so I take a spoonful of it with water. I quite enjoy it this way… salty without having me experience much fishy-ness since I don’t chew it.
According to Navitas Naturals’ website:
One of the most hearty vegetables of the sea, wakame is in fact an algae that is amongst the oldest living species on Earth. This sea green has been used extensively in traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisine as an important health food and key component of Eastern medicine for centuries.
Wakame’s salty taste is not simply “salt” – rather, it is a balanced combination of essential organic minerals including iron, calcium, and magnesium, alongside valuable trace minerals as well. Additionally, wakame well known for its detoxifying antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids (in the form of Eicospentaenoic acid), and body-building vegetable proteins. Wakame also provides many vitamins like vitamin C and much of the B spectrum, and serves as an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie (3 cups)
This smoothie is mega super duper massively delicious. I can’t say enough about it. I’m in love! The recipe yields a quart, but I only had 3 cups of it because I saved some for Greg. He loved it, too! The smoothie is filled with huge antioxidants, fiber, protein, and all things good for the body. If you’re looking for an awesome protein smoothie that is brimming with nutrition, then THIS is the answer.
Berry Lip Luscious Smoothie
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart
1 cup young Thai coconut water*
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 banana, peeled
1 heaping scoop Sun Warrior’s Natural (plain flavor) Raw Protein Powder
1 cup ice
splash almond extract
Blend it all up and enjoy.
* I am loving Body Ecology’s RAW ORGANIC young Thai coconut water that I get in the freezer section from Whole Foods Market. It’s delicious, convenient, and healthy! You can read a little more about it here.
Organic Watermelon (lots)
Mulberry Kiwi Kale Salad
I made a simple massaged kale salad topped with hemp seeds, mulberries, and kiwi (the vitamin C in the mulberries and kiwi helps my body absorb the iron in the kale much more efficiently).
If I’m up late tonight and find that I’m hungry, I’m sure I’ll raid the refrigerator for more watermelon or other fruit (I have apples and bananas that need eating).
I loved every bite of food I’ve had today. Well, that’s usually the case since food that is fresh, organic, raw, and even some of it as cooked vegan… all plant-strong foods… are always yummy to me! Partly for the actual taste, but also partly because I’m so happy eating this way. (Read how raw vegan foods changed my life and why I love them so much here.)
So… without further ado… my Saturday eats for this “still” pregnant gal. :) My baby is just chillin’ out in my womb. It must be very comfy in there because I am getting zero indication that the time is coming. I thought baby might have been waiting for Father’s Day, but that is more unlikely with each passing hour (although there is still a chance). Or, perhaps Monkey is waiting for the full moon?
Or, perhaps Monkey wants me to be able to see Eclipse and is holding out until July 1 so that I can do that on June 30? I get chills just seeing that trailer… I can’t wait for the movie – it might just be the best one so far! Team Edward over here at Kristen’s Raw Blog, but I DO LOVE the werewolves!!!
3 cups organic green juice (cucumber and celery)
1/2 organic mini watermelon (waited for this to digest before having blueberries since watermelon should always be eaten alone for optimal digestion)
1 cup organic blueberries
2 cups organic fruity hemp protein smoothie
Thick slice of Manna Organics sprouted bread slathered with organic hummus
Dinner & Dessert
Vegan Chicken Ratatouille (see cooked recipe at bottom of this post)
Organic vegan dark chocolate bar
1/2 organic mini watermelon (same as before… waited for this to digest). Watermelon…. my favorite, is also known as the iron fruit! Read why here!
2 cups organic cherries
The day isn’t over yet… if I’m hungry still later tonight, I’ll probably have a Sun Warrior protein shake of just the powder mixed with water.
It’s been a pretty lean day… I estimate that I took in about 1200 calories.
4 cups watermelon
1/2 cup raw organic sauerkraut from Gold Mine Natural Foods
Salad (3 cups romaine lettuce, 1 red bell pepper, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, 1.5 T of Mustard Seed Dill Dressing – YUM! love that dressing – my husband was licking his bowl – will post recipe in the future)
4 cups watermelon
Salad (4 cups romaine lettuce, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 2 T sauerkraut – this time it was from my homemade batch!, 1.5 T of Mustard Seed Dill Dressing)
1/2 cup broccoli on the side
For those of you who have followed my blog for a long time, you know about my insane love affair with organic watermelon (read more here and here). Basically, when it comes to organic watermelon… I have a problem. The addiction is intense. Quite honestly, I can’t make myself stop!
I just picked up my first EVER locally grown, organic watermelon. Holy heck of all get out – this thing was awesome (that was the PG rated version of my thoughts). The CSA I’m a member of (details here) is where I refueled my seasonal addiction for the first time this year. Let me tell you, friends, I’m in trouble. This watermelon was so delicious. And, the fact that it was picked no more than a few days before I had it in my greedy little hands… well, that just takes my excitement to a whole new level.
As usual, I have a nice little ritual when it comes to prepping my watermelon. I get out my beautiful knife and I start cutting the watermelon into big double-bite-size chunks. Then, I get out 3-4 bowls with lids (depending on the size) and I start putting the watermelon in it. Off to the fridge it goes… except that I keep eating a bite every other time I make a cut in the watermelon. It’s insane. I just keep eating it and eating it and eating it – to the point that I make myself a little sick – LOL.
When it comes time for eating it later (after I’ve put it away in the fridge all sectioned and chopped), I (attempt) to stop the madness of eating it non-stop by disciplining myself and taking out a small serving bowl. I then fill up the serving bowl to the tippy top and beyond (it ends up overflowing with watermelon as I try to balance one extra piece after another on top) with the goal that by using a small bowl I will take it to my desk and I won’t stand over the large bowl in the kitchen and…. eat it all.
Sometimes my plan works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Put it this way. I cut into the big watermelon for the first time on Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday (very late) night… most of it was gone.
For those of you following my Raw food intake, here was Saturday’s food. I did go to bed feeling a little hungry.
~ Filtered Water, 8 strawberries (locally grown through the CSA), 1 cup fresh orange juice (locally grown and just picked myself)
~ 3 cups Plant Blood juiced with my Breville (carrots, zucchini, ginger)
~ 3 cups watermelon
~ 2 cups watermelon
~ Herbal Tea (Raspberry leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs – my favorite source for organic teas, the freshness is unsurpassed)
~ 2 cups watermelon
New Kristen’s Raw Excitement!
I’ve decided to start doing some short podcasts and videos on my blog. What do you think?
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
Anyone who knows me, knows that my all time favorite Raw food is, quite simply, organic watermelon. The gorgeously pink, sweet, refreshing flesh calls my name every summer and I just can’t ever seem to get enough. Each year, as the watermelon season ends, I want to shed a tear because I’m already eagerly anticipating the new season, when watermelon will again usher more sunshine to my life. I love watermelon.
Now that it’s back, you can count on me eating a LOT of it. For example, today, I have eaten nothing but watermelon. Yep, that’s right. (Talk about easy…those of you saying Raw food prep is hard – whatevah!) I carved up a BUNCH and enjoyed it for my breakfast, snack, and lunch so far. I’m going to have a huge fresh green juice in a moment, then I’ll probably have watermelon for dinner and dessert. If I choose something else for dinner, that’s okay, because come sunrise (okay, let’s be serious, I won’t be up at sunrise) but come tomorrow, I’ll be eating it for breakfast, snack, and lunch.
Watermelon rocks my world because it’s alkalizing, low-calorie, refreshing, cleansing & detoxifying, cooling on the body (seriously, who needs air conditioning when you can eat watermelon), and contains lycopene (all you cooked tomato eaters out there searching for lycopene, get it in your watermelon!).
But that’s not all watermelon offers…it’s loaded with Vitamin A and has a low glycemic load. Furthermore, because of its extremely hydrating nature (it’s 92% water), it’s known as a “high-volume” food (takes up a lot of space without a lot of calories…this is helpful for those looking to lose weight). Some people even go on a watermelon fast, because it’s so detoxifying and cleansing. Sounds good to me!
Many enjoy blending their watermelon into a smoothie and adding a little of the rind to it. That’s great! According to David Grotto, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, watermelon rind contains citrulline, an amino acid that promotes nitric oxide production, improving blood flow through the arteries.
Delicious Sassy Treat: Blend the watermelon flesh and freeze in ice cube trays. This makes for one sassy glass of water with the pink cubes in it!
Warning: As far as food combining goes, I’m not known to be militant, although I am mindful of them. However, there is one that I take as gospel and that’s to eat melons alone. So, when I eat watermelon, I only eat watermelon and nothing else with it (for at least a 1/2 hour after taking the last bite of watermelon). It digests super fast, so I don’t have to wait long before eating other foods. And, if I’ve already eaten a meal (especially one that contained fat), then I wait at least a couple of hours before eating watermelon.
My workout: I’m heading to the gym in a short while (I’m receiving loads of emails asking me to post my workout routine). I’m bringing a bottle of fresh watermelon smoothie to drink (watermelon blended, that’s it).
Today I’ll be working on Chest and Triceps, straight sets, 8 reps/set:
Overhead rope pull
I’ll also do a little cardio on the treadmill.