Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Food Journal – High Raw

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Here is today’s food journal :)

Breakfast: Herbal tea blend (nettles, raspberry leaf, lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint) and raw chocolate. Yup, I eat raw chocolate for breakfast often, err, I mean, sometimes. I followed that with a Sun Warrior protein shake (my new go-to flavor mix that I’ll blog about soon).

Snack: 2 cups Green Smoothie: kale, pili hemp milk, apple, banana, and celery

Lunch: 1 quart Green Protein Smoothie: spinach, apple, banana, water, ice, and protein powders

Dinner: beans, brown rice, and veggies with more herbal tea to drink

Dessert: raw chocolate brownie (here’s a great recipe to try)

Hope you all had a great weekend. Tomorrow, come on back, because I have a great post with goodies about Raw Vegan Transitioning.

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Raw Awakening – My New Book – Now Available (on Kindle, too!)

by Kristen Suzanne in kindle 2, Kristen Suzanne

As many of you know, my newest book, Raw Awakening was released last month. Yay! I’m really excited about this book and all of the recipes I included. And, now, it’s available on Kindle (I’m a big kindle reader. Actually, I read all books on my iPhone with the Kindle App – it’s the only way I can read which translates into a lot of reading as I snuggle with Kamea while she naps.)

I have a busy couple of weeks coming up with PR and radio interviews. When I get more details about them, I’ll be sure to tweet and Facebook them. (If we’re not connected yet via Facebook or Twitter, what ya waiting for? I’m a Chatty Kathy and love to connect, answer questions, and share good stuff on them! – Here’s my personal Facebook page that you can subscribe to as well)

So, if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, hop on over to Amazon and pick it up here.

Raw Awakening Now Available!

Stay tuned for my next blog post… a funny story about Kamea. Speaking of future blog posts, I have quite the line up this summer for you with topics like: Running (me? ha – not likely… or maybe?), Quinoa (how to use it, and other things, as a great and easy staple), Dehydrating, Acai Bowls (the perfect summer recipe for the whole family), Essential Oils (they could be life changing), Giveaways, Nut Milks (my new go-to recipe!), cell phones (I’m asked all the time about my thoughts on their usage and whether protection is needed), and more!

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Sneaking Broccoli Into Your Food – This is Easy!

by Kristen Suzanne in broccoli, vegan

Broccoli salad! Tastes so good! How??!?!

I’m sure you have heard on more than one occasion about the importance of eating broccoli, right? And, does the thought excite you? Probably not… at least not if it’s raw. Am I right? You probably don’t find yourself getting all weak in the knees at the thought of chomping down on some raw organic broccoli. (Um… if you do… power to you!)

Now, there are some authorities that say it’s easier digested if it’s lightly cooked, but most others talk about the importance of having it raw to ensure you’re getting all of the cancer fighting properties. Not only that, but did you know that it should be thoroughly chopped, chewed, blended, or juiced, etc to release the cancer fighting properties to their fullest?

Blending broccoli? Meh. I’m not one to blend broccoli very often, so that’s not a good option for me.

Juicing broccoli? Oh yeah, baby. I add it to my green juices, but not in large quantities. I feel almost super human drinking green juice with broccoli. Silly? Nope. Throw on my Vibrams while I’m drinking it and I swear I could scale walls like Spider Man.

Eating it? That doesn’t happen much because like I said, I’m not a huge raving fan of the flavor. Well, guess what? That’s no longer a problem because I’ve figured out how to secretly add broccoli to foods and you won’t even notice it (your family won’t either!).

How??? You mince the broccoli with a knife! I know that might sound simple (and it is) but honestly, I never thought to do it. In all these years… it never dawned on my to chop my broccoli super duper small so as to hide it. And, it’s brilliant. By mincing it teeny tiny with my knife I get little bits in bites that don’t overwhelm plus all the cancer fighting properties. It gets even easier though… I then started using my ceramic hand mandolin slicer (you could use a traditional mandolin or grater). Brilliant. It minces it super tiny.

Funny thing is that I started out small by just shredding a little. But, I quickly added more because, well, I couldn’t taste it. Like in the picture above, I grated a bunch of broccoli for Greg and I to eat in that salad (more specifically, it was 3 heads within one rubber banded bunch). I admit, though, there is another trick. Having good stuff to eat with the broccoli. So, here is what my staples are in my salads like this:

  • orange, red, or yellow bell pepper
  • diced avocado (with lime juice and miso) or a creamy raw dressing (here are some good ones to try: Hemp Omega Caesar or 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing)
  • raw sauerkraut!
  • If possible… dice up an apple

Tons of broccoli(!) and the sweet potato makes an appearance.

But, don’t stop there! Add more flair and deliciousness, by adding things like chopped basil (or dill), cooked (chopped) sweet potato, sun-dried tomatoes, and/or raw marinated/dehydrated mushrooms and onions. Basically, just toss into your bowl whatever you have on hand. Keep in mind that overcoming the broccoli-ness is not only greatly achieved by the tiny pieces you’ve minced but also by the texture and flavor contrasts you add like avocado, sweet potato, kraut (salty yum), and apple (lightly sweet). I’ve made this dish many ways and each time Greg is amazed at how much broccoli we’re consuming and how delicious it is.

Here’s another idea… Broccoli Guacamole! Mash up some avocado with miso and lime juice. Add cilantro and onion perhaps. Then…. grate in some broccoli. That’s on tonight’s menu!

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Going to Barnes-N-Noble with Kamea… and Elmo… and Cookie Monster.

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, Motherhood

With the weather warming up in Arizona, we find ourselves indoors more than outdoors. As such, we try to find activities where we can hang out with air conditioning. Oftentimes this lands us in the bookstore. Pictured below we are at Barnes-N-Noble playing with Kamea. She took a liking to the Elmo doll and Cookie Monster doll (it’s amazing the number of toys available in the bookstore), which she carried around for a good half hour before we stealthily distracted her and hid them. A few moments later, as we were making our to the door she sat down for a moment and had this look on her face like… Hmmm… I think something is missing but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

I had actually toyed with the idea on getting her an Elmo doll because she’s very much into the color red and she likes Elmo from her Elmo books (but the doll is anything but eco-friendly by looking at the materials and seeing it hails from China. Still, we do buy such things from time to time. I’m pragmatic in motherhood – I confess, we have our share of plastic shit).  Plus, she loves this fork and spoon set (it’s been instrumental in getting her to eat more solids so I have three sets – home, mom’s, and one set for my purse). Anyway, I planned on getting the stuffed toy via Amazon here, but I’m a bit dismayed on some reviews about his eyes breaking. Kamea’s fairly gentle with her things though so maybe all will be good. (On the topic of dolls and eco-friendly ones at that, I LOVE these custom handmade waldorf nursing dolls and plan on getting them this year.)

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Comfy Cinnamon Apricot Oatmeal (Part Raw / Part Cooked Vegan Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in vegan

I love a good warm comfy bowl of oatmeal. Sure, there are many times I’ve had my oats raw, but I also love them cooked. They are great as a transition to raw food because as you’ll see in the recipe below… the oats are the only cooked part. The rest of the dish is filled with nutrient dense raw foods.

The other day I decided to cook up a large batch so we could have some for eating (Kamea is a fan) and some for freezing to eat later. As a busy mom, I’m all about making food ahead of time and freezing it when possible (whether raw or cooked). For that, I use my FoodSaver. I’ve had it for years and can’t imagine my kitchen without it – a total kitchen BFF. (For more info on freezing raw food see my post here.)

Cinnamon Apricot Oatmeal

So! The other day Kamea was happily playing in her kinder perch. If you’re wondering what a kinder perch is, oh lovely, let me tell you! It’s another amazing investment if you have kids. I saw this nifty item before I was pregnant and knew I would have to have one after Kamea was born. It’s for use once your baby can stand and can be used for years(!). In fact, if we have two kids, they can both stand in it to help me in the kitchen at the same time (it has a pretty good weight limit). The main purpose is to make a safe area where your baby/toddler/small child can stand at counter height with you in the kitchen (um… it’s also great for forts.)  We bought ours here. Does our kitchen have room for it? Not exactly. Do I care? No. :)

Kamea in her kinderperch

Anyway… I digress… back to the oats.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Kristen’s Raw 33rd Awesome Giveaway – Free Raw Vegan Recipe Ebooks

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway

It’s Giveaway Time. And, I’m feeling super generous because it’s my birthday this month!

Who wants to win some free raw vegan recipe ebooks? I’m selecting TEN winners! The prize: THREE EBOOKS OF YOUR CHOICE. Since I’m giving away ebooks, this giveaway is open to anyone in the world with an email address.

Winners pick three ebook titles of their choosing!

Here’s how you can participate. Simply answer the following question in this blog post’s comment section below.

What are your favorite music bands?

The contest will end Saturday night, June 23rd @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the questions (and those who entered “other chances to win” described below) into a drawing and announce the winners on my blog (via THIS blog post) Sunday, June 24th. To see if you won… I will respond below, in this post’s comment section to the winners’ submission comments. Be sure to check back here and see if you won (I will also email the winners if possible)! If I do not hear back from the winners within two weeks, I will select new winners.

Want another chance to win? Tweet a link to this blog post and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Kamea and Our Potty Training Saga

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, kids, Motherhood

Princess on her throne

Potty training in our home has been, oh, I’d say… well, we’ve attempted a variety of things from (various) potty stools to sign language to elimination communication to organic cotton training pants.

I had dreams (big dreams) about doing the elimination communication thing, but I gotta say, I wasn’t cut out for it – at least for the most part. Humbled for sure. However, we did implement some parts of it. Maybe you could call me a part-time EC-er. Part of my problem, I think, is that I read the book while pregnant – with plans to reread my highlighted parts when the time came – but that time never came (I read this book on the topic).

So, basically, it goes like this. I’m home almost all the time with Kamea, and after she started walking (I’m guessing that’s the time but who knows, might have been earlier), I started having her go diaper free in an attempt to potty train using the groovy Elimination Communication method. It never really worked as great as I’d hoped, most likely due to user error, but I suspect it’s helped us a bit. At least Kamea was able to move around without a diaper on all the time, which I imagine is nice for her.

The thing about elimination communication is that it takes diligence in constantly watching your baby for cues before she’ll pee or poo. For the life of me, I couldn’t pick up on any, and after time went by with me staring at her non-stop, I’d go do something and moments later…. we’d have a “miss” where I missed the cue and she went on the floor. Kamea never had set times when she’d go to the bathroom. Some babies always go potty upon waking or while breastfeeding, for example, making elimination communication a bit easier to manage. Not our girl, though. Kamea has never had any designated times for it, which makes EC a bit challenging for me. I admit, I probably didn’t give it a long enough (or concentrated enough) go at it, but for the times I have (and still do)… there’s no magic formula for us yet. I haven’t totally given up, but it’s not the only training option in our arsenal.

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Raw Marinated Dehydrated Mushrooms and Onions – Oh My!

by Kristen Suzanne in dehydrator

Organic portabella mushrooms

Are you looking for something that is raw, healthy, flavorful, and a hearty addition to some of your raw or vegan meals? Then, I have a solution for you. If you’ve been following my tweets (and my mom’s) over the past few weeks, then you know our dehydrators are running a lot. Why? Because our family is hooked on raw organic marinated dehydrated mushrooms (and onions). They are fabulous, chewy, scrumptious, and worth the price of a dehydrator alone.

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Reviews: Core Foods, Living Nutz, Essential Living Foods, and Love Bean

by Kristen Suzanne in review

Hello everyone!

Can I just say HALLELUJAH for all of the great raw, vegan, organic options we have available to us these days? Every where I turn, there are new products sprouting up and it sure makes living this awesome lifestyle THAT much easier. Whether you’re all raw, mostly raw, partly raw, or barely raw… there are some kick ass options available for healthy snacking or for the busy mama, like myself who needs all the help I can get. I’m grateful.

Kamea... ready to play, no time for mama to make breakfast (she already had hers in bed because she nursed). Hmmm, this mama needs something easy cuz I'm hungry! Read on...

Today, I’m reviewing four companies and sharing with you how I use them in my life. Core Foods, Living Nutz, Essential Living Foods, and Love Bean. Let’s begin!

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Monday, May 28th, 2012

Norwalk Juicer Video Tutorial

by Kristen Suzanne in green juice

Here are the promised Norwalk videos that I made, in case you haven’t seen them. There are five in all. This was a huge project I undertook, but I kept at it because I really wanted to share how we use our Norwalk. There aren’t a ton of videos out there on it and I was getting a lot of questions. I knew the best way to demystify this beautiful beast was to share every detail in video. I say it was a big production because it involved a lot of organizing everything, some technical difficulties, a number of times of starting over, trying to record in the middle of the night while Kamea slept, then after a couple of nights of that…. realizing it wasn’t working so we actually packed EVERYTHING up and recorded at mom’s. So, while the videos aren’t perfect, I hope you like them and they’re useful.

The Norwalk's Arrival

In the first video I mention that I’d share anything new I noticed since recording them. Everything is still the same pretty much, but I’ll say four things.

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