At the risk of being obvious I’ll state that a key to living a long time (and feeling well, too) is eating healthy (and exercising and meditating, but let’s keep this post focused on the food part or we’ll be here all day). One way to accomplish healthy eating is getting fresh organic produce in your diet.
Enter: Green Smoothies… with smart ingredients.
Today, I’m adding an ingredient that you might not have tried in your green smoothie.
Making your own coconut yogurt is fun, really yummy, and only has three ingredients. I teach you how to make your own here. Check it out. Or, you can use grass-fed organic whole milk yogurt, not vegan. A great way to enjoy your homemade coconut yogurt is delivered via a salad with sauerkraut. I sometimes make my own sauerkraut, which I used in this salad ,and it’s the reason it’s all pretty-in-pink (from the purple cabbage sauerkraut). I teach you how to make your own sauerkraut here. Check it out.
This raw and plant-based (gluten-free) Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad is creamy, a bit crunchy, with a hint of sweet to offset the savory. Too often people eat breakfasts loaded with so much sugar that they crash, gain weight, and feel crappy. Well, here’s a wonderful salad to eat in the morning that will help you start your day right (after you have coffee, of course). Eating well is worth the time and effort. You’ll end up spending less time sick in bed and more time enjoying life.
Hhmmm YUMMMY! I made another neat, unique, and awesome smoothie. It’s filled with mostly Caribbean flavors (how fun is that!). It was easy. It was delicious. And, I’m on fire with energy because of the nutrition it’s fueling into my cells. Uumm… I loved the color of it, too. It was pretty with lovely speckles of the colors red, green, and brown (I’m such a girl!). BUT! Before I dive into sharing this scrumptious recipe with you… let me share a few words on why smoothies and shakes friggin’ rock the house of diet and healthy eating goodness!
As you can see from the many smoothie and shake recipes I share on my blog, I’m obviously a raving fan of them. That’s mainly because…
Smoothies and shakes solve a few big problems that people encounter
when dieting or trying to eat healthier:
Lack of time
Lack of nutrition
Lack of diversity / excitement
No more excuses though!Smoothies to the rescue!
Lack of time in your life? No problem! A fabulous, high energy, and mega nutritious and delicious smoothie (or shake) can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. (That can include clean up time!) And, you can make enough to enjoy it as a whole meal or make extra to save for a later meal or snack. Smoothies offer a 5-minute meal. Awesome!
Lack of nutrition in your life? No problem! Fresh smoothies and shakes can be filled with the healthiest nutrition on the planet (all plant-powered, of course!)… from nutrient dense organic ingredients to alkalizing greens to high energy fruits to superhero superfoods to body building proteins. Plus – smoothies are blended which means your giving your body something that is easy to digest. That’s a great thing! Smoothies offer phenomenal nutrition and energy. Whoo hoo!
Bored with dieting or healthy eating? Lacking diversity? No problem! The variations you can make with smoothies and shakes are literally endless. The flavor combos based on your cravings while you’re shopping, or simply what you have on hand in your kitchen, can vary with every single smoothie – making it an entirely different flavor explosion in your mouth with each creation. That’s exciting! Take the recipe I’m going to share with you below, for example. I thought up the flavors while falling asleep based on what I had in my cupboard and refrigerator. I knew I wanted to use my pineapple and bananas before they went bad… I had a bottle of raw coconut water thawing… I wanted alkalizing greens in it and I had romaine lettuce on hand… I’ve been on a ginger kick lately… goji berries are reputed for supporting healthy eyes… I love the pure raw vanilla powder I’ve been playing with (I bought it Whole Foods Market)… etc… and voila – I enjoyed an awesome smoothie full of unique and fun flavors! Smoothies offer massive variety so it’s impossible to get bored. Booyah!
Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com Yield 1 quart
1 cup young Thai coconut water 2 bananas, peeled 2 cups pineapple, diced (I include the core) 2 handfuls romaine lettuce 2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder 2 tablespoons goji berries knob of ginger 1/4 teaspoon pure raw vanilla powder 1/4 teaspoon allspice
Miso is with my mom on a full time basis now, so I’m getting rest and sleep. Yay!! Although… I’m having hip and leg pain when I sleep too long, so that wakes me up. I have a body pillow and I suspect it helps a bit, but it’s not helping all the way. I would love a massage or chiropractor treatment, but honestly, at this late stage (38 weeks, 1 day), I’m not sure I have the time or should bother. I will take some salt baths and see if that helps.
In spite of my leg/hip pain and some light nausea I’ve had on and off for a few weeks… I’m feeling quite strong today! YAY! I have a feeling that this strong feeling is here to stay.
I’m just about ready (I think!) for the homebirth. Ready as I can be I guess. It boils down to the fact that I have organic diapers, my birth plan printed out, birth play list on my iPod, food for baby (I’ll be breastfeeding), car seat installed, organic infant clothes and blankets, food in the freezer for my husband and myself (for after the birth), organic young Thai coconut water for the homebirth to keep me hydrated (found this amazing stuff at Whole Foods Market yesterday in the freezer section – Raw, Organic, unpasteurized, unheated, no preservatives, no additives – just pure organic coconut water that was frozen upon harvesting – it’s AMAZING! No more cracking open coconuts if you don’t want! It’s by Body Ecology), homebirth supplies (towels, receiving blankets, etc)…. so I have the essentials and that is what is important. Anything else that comes up probably isn’t crucial.
So… I have had to neglect my blogs a tiny bit to get all of this ready and to jam out some work on my latest project, Raw Vegan Transitions, my next book. I cannot wait to make it available. I’m super duper proud of this book.
It’s so exciting that I can go into labor any day now!!!!!!!
After I made the video showing you how I open a young Thai coconut, I wanted to make a smoothie I’d been tossing around in my head that included young Thai coconut. I grabbed my camera and recorded the following video, even though I hadn’t made the recipe until now. How will it turn out? You’ll have to watch to find out. As you’ll see, I didn’t have a name for the recipe at the time of recording, but here is what I came up with: Butterfly Blossom Smoothie. It seemed just right. :)
OK! I am cracking up at the shot YouTube automatically chose to show in the beginning of this video. hahahaha – I think I’ll keep it like that.
Butterfly Blossom Smoothie Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com Yield 3 cups
Here is a link to theorganic coconutI’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.
I’m 21 weeks along now in my pregnancy, and I’m so crazy super happy. Every day I wake up filled with so much joy at the thought of sharing my whole day with the growing life inside me… waiting for those fun kicks and jabs I get from him or her, and smiling all day long.
Nutrition is something I get really excited about; I’ve always had a passion for it and as such I’ve been researching it for about 15 years. Now that I’m pregnant, I take it even more seriously and I get really excited about all the foods I’m feeding both myself and my baby. It’s a pretty proud feeling to know that I’m consuming the healthiest foods in the world. To tell you the truth, I’m grateful that my body is craving these foods and has since day one of being pregnant except for about 10-14 days when I didn’t want anything unless it was bland. But, even during my weeks of intense all-day-morning sickness, I still craved fresh salads and juicy fruits most of the time. Don’t get me wrong… I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there are times a donut sounds REALLY friggin’ tasty (not the norm for sure, but it has happened a couple times), but I’m not about to give in to something like that. Every bite of food is a chance to make my body and baby stronger and healthier… or not. I choose stronger and healthier.
Here is today’s High Raw, All Vegan food intake:
3 cups Organic Brown Juice
It was brown, instead of green, so let’s call it that. And, it was soooo yummy. I was actually surprised that it tasted as lovely as it did. I made it with myHurom juicerand strained out any little bits of pulp using a nut milk bag to make it extra smooth. My brown juice was made from delicious, locally grown organic beets, beet greens, and oranges (the oranges were from my mom’s tree), plus organic cucumbers I bought at Whole Foods.
1/2 cup Organic Green Pudding
I made this a few days ago and have been having it for breakfast every morning since. It had chia seeds, shredded coconut, greens, and fruit. It was fun, vibrant, filling, and yummy.
Huge Organic Salad
I used organic, locally grown (from our awesome certified organic CSA) red leaf lettuce and carrots along with an organic cucumber and apple from Whole Foods. I added organic olives to my husband’s plate. The dressing is watered down Cayenne Tahini Dressing from my Salads and Dressings book.
3 cups Chocolate Spiced Hemp Shake
Exercise is important while pregnant to help build endurance for labor and to help maintain a healthy weight. The kind of exercise can vary depending on the woman and her prior routine. I’m opting for lots of walking during my pregnancy (about 2 miles 5-6 days a week). In fact, my midwife says walking is the best exercise for pregnancy and labor preparation. Today, I went on a fast paced, 2 mile walk with my dog which pumped me up a bit – fresh air, blood circulating, and good tunes on my iPod. When I came home, I was famished and made a satisfying protein shake to feed my hungry cells. It was scrumptious!
I looooove fresh coconut water – it’s beautifully refreshing and delightfully tasty. Unfortunately, the coconut water I had tonight was not organic. In fact, there is controversy over whether young Thai coconuts are very healthy based on the processing they undergo to help them stay fresh during their transport. As a result, I will do one of two things. I either don’t consume them very often (I buy them at Whole Foods Market when I do), or I’ll buy a case of them online, where they’re both organic and minimally processed because they’re shipped quickly after harvesting. I haven’t done the latter of the two yet, but I plan on placing an order soon and separating the meat and water and then freezing them. My desire is to have it available during my homebirth to replenish electrolytes and keep me hydrated. (Read about my I’m having a homebirth here.)
Organic Sunshine Burger, Guacamole, Salad
My husband had a meeting tonight so I was on my own for dinner. I decided to have a date with one of my favorite documentaries, Food Matters, and enjoy a healthy dinner. Food Matters should be in everyone’s home library so it can be viewed on a regular basis – we like to watch it every month or two. Dinner consisted of 2 Sunshine Burger patties (available in the freezer section of Whole Foods Market). These burgers are wonderful. Even thought they’re cooked, I think they’re one of the healthiest veg burgers on the market: all organic, non-soy, non-dairy, non-gluten, minimal ingredients, and packed with nice flavor (more details on their website here). One of my favorite ways to have their burgers is with my Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce on it, but I didn’t have any of that, so I whipped up a little batch of mini-guacamole (avocado, lime juice, Himalayan crystal salt) and topped the burgers with that. Next to it, I enjoyed another organic, locally grown salad with red bell pepper, carrots, and cucumber dressed with lemon juice, raw olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt, and black pepper. 1 cup organic Peaceful Mama Tea from Earth Mama * Angel Baby
Yay! I have been given the green light from my midwife to have organic tea blends including red raspberry leaf (I loved drinking organic red raspberry leaf tea from Traditional Medicinals and Mountain Rose Herbs while I was trying to conceive to help strengthen my uterus, so I couldn’t wait until my midwife said it was safe to drink it again). I was sent a sample box of Earth Mama * Angel Baby Organics tea. The Peaceful Mama flavor is pretty good, although a little light in flavor. I really enjoyed their Morning Wellness Tea because I’m a big fan of spearmint. It smelled so good that I would spend about 5 minutes smelling the tea bag before I put it into the hot waterl.
There is a good chance that I’ll want to snack on something else later in the evening and if I do, I think the organic mango and pineapple in my refrigerator are going to call my name. Tropical salad – yeehaw! I think I’ll wear my shell necklace that I brought home from our wedding in Bora Bora to complete the experience. ;)
You ever wonder how some people get those awesome, young Thai coconut noodles that are actually long and noodle-like? I have an answer: Fruit Scoopers! The next time you want great coconut noodles, use a fruit scooper.
I love these kitchen gadgets. They come three in a package and I’ve yet to put the large (orange) scooper to real use yet, but I use the middle size (red) scooper ALL the time for avocado (video here), and I use the small (green) scooper for digging out my young Thai coconut meat. Perfect. Easy.
Once you scoop out the meat, you can clean them up a bit, and slice them as thin as you want using a knife. In this picture, I’ve simply shown you how they come out of the young Thai coconut after scooping; I haven’t cut them into thin noodles yet. Fruit Scoopers ROCK!
Hi! I'm a chef, author, homeschooling mom, and I love to eat and cook super healthy food. I'm a former vegan, now real-food omnivore, who enjoys coffee(!), dark chocolate, rebounding, and researching the latest tips for optimal living.