Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)
Making your own coconut milk is galaxies better than buying it from the store, at least in most cases. The reason is that when you make your own it’s: 1) fresh, 2) doesn’t have any preservatives or additives, and 3) it tastes so much better. Give yourself and your family a real treat by making it yourself. You’ll be glad you did.
I like my Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk heavily doused in my coffee, tea, and used in preparing raw or cooked foods. And, of course, a big ol’ glass of it straight up.
Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk
Vanilla Coconut Milk
Yield 1 quart
- Soak the shredded coconut with the hot water for about two hours in a large bowl.
- Transfer the mixture to a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, and blend for a minute.
- Strain through a good nutmilk bag (discard the pulp). <– I haven’t used that bag but it gets nice reviews.
- Enjoy! This keeps for a few days in the refrigerator. It will separate so simply shake it up before consuming.
* I use freshly boiled water from my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker.
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Dried fruits and herbs for Beautiful Berry Nourishing Heart Tea #HerbalMedicine
It’s not a surprise anymore that I love herbal medicine. I’ve been writing a lot about it the past months. I wanted to share some pictures of things I’ve been buying recently for herbal medicine and beauty. Everything is from Mountain Rose Herbs which is where I’m an affiliate and source almost everything (unless they’re sold out of something). They offer such great prices on their stuff and the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Organic Herbal Teas (tisanes)
These teas are remarkable blends that I love drinking. My daughter loves them, too. I use my big bad-ass french press to brew a big ol’ batch of herbal medicinal tea. (Read more here.) I’m particularly fond of the Dream Tea (it really works), the Vita-Blend Tea, Lemon Tea, and the Moon Ease Tea really works, too.
Organic Essential Oils and tinctures for robust health and to help fight illness.
You know I love tinctures (I teach you how to easily make your own here). I buy some blends and I make some of my own. Since the tincture making experience, easy as it is, takes time to process, I sometimes buy pre-made blends if I don’t have something ready of my own. Or, if there’s a single herb tincture that I don’t feel like making myself, I buy it. For example, I always buy Mountain Rose Herbs’ Ashwaganda Tincture and Astragalus Root Tincture.
I’ll also never be without Black Cumin Seed oil for its crazy ridiculous benefits… it’s from a powerful medicinal plant which enjoys a robust reputation for healing a lot of things. It has a long history (especially in Egypt) of being used for many ailments from headache to toothache to sick stomachs to beauty (and a ton more).
“Classic” Sampler of Essential Oils
I also source a lot of essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs (I also love Living Libations but they’re usually more expensive, but oh so amazing. Their lemon oil was life-changing for me with Wild-Caught Salmon Roe). I use essential oils daily in our home vaporizers / aroma diffusers (I haven’t tried this one, but it’s on my Amazon wish list). I like to have one in the bedroom, office, kitchen, and family room. They work miracles for energizing when I use peppermint and rosemary … or calming when I use lavender … or disinfecting at flu time when I use eucalyptus, tea tree, and thyme. I also use essential oils for a plethora of other things. I have an epic blog post coming soon on how I use essential oils. I like the small vials (pictured above) in Mountain Rose Herbs’ Classic Sampler for my first aid kit.
Bulk herbs and spices for herbal medicine.
Here are a few great choices for soups, tinctures, and teas. I use the rose hips in many of my tinctures to add a beautiful boost of Vitamin C.
I use Schizandra berries in my longevity and beauty tinctures. I read something interesting about Shizandra. According to the little gem of a book, Herbs for Long Lasting Health (by Rosemary Gladstar, my favorite author on herbal medicine), “Schizandra is often associated with the sexual organs, as it’s known to increase the staying power of men and to revitalize women’s sexual experience. When taken over a period of three to four weeks, it’s said to give a warm, tingling feeling to the vagina.” Um… OK!
And, astragalus root? That’s a potent longevity root that I will never be without. It has a stellar reputation for building immune strength and energizing the body. I use it in soups and stews primarily, like my Longevity Bone Broth (recipe here). I simply drop some slices into any simmering stew or tea and let it enhance my creations with longevity vigor. I aim to be a centenarian, after all. (Strain it out before consuming the soup, stew, or tea.)
Herbal Organic Beauty and First Aid
Last, but not least, beauty (and first aid). I buy a mix of their oils so I can create my own blends for oil cleansing and healing (I have a post coming about a new twist I’ve added to my oil cleansing routine that upgraded it significantly — spoiler alert: this thing).
Mountain Rose Herbs also has awesome hydrosols (basically herbal water sprays for face and body… some are edible for food too, I think). These products are great for anti-aging, hydration, and just making me feel good. One of my favorite hydrosols is the rose water. I buy it, by the big size, and transfer it into smaller bottles, one of which that I carry in my purse at all times. I spritz it on my face to freshen up my makeup, give me a bit of hydration, and calm my senses with the smell.
Monday, October 27th, 2014
Food Journal (#RealFood)
Here are a few days from my omnivore “Real Food” food journal.
Breakfast: BulletProof-ish Iced Coffee… iced upgraded decaf coffee, Dandy Blend, HVBO, upgraded vanilla, grass-fed butter, organic coconut oil, 1T grass-fed whey, 1T grass-fed collagen, and MCT oil.
Lunch: large Salad w herb vinaigrette, cucumber, shallot, and kelp.
Dinner: Grass fed Ribeye steak cooked in my sous vide. Roasted red potatoes and leeks cooked with grass-fed organic ghee topped with fresh chives. Boiled broccoli smothered in lemon thyme grass-fed butter. Chocolate covered strawberries. Decaf bulletproof coffee
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Monday, October 20th, 2014
Kristen Suzanne in apple cider vinegar
, gluten free
, MCT oil
, raw dressing
, salad dressing
, wild caught salmon
Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon on Salad w Honey Avocado Mustard Dressing
I admit, 6 months ago I wouldn’t have had the courage to cook wild-caught salmon whole, but, today, I do. And, guess what? It’s wonderfully easy. Easy. Easy. Easy.
Plus, bonus, buying a whole wild-caught sockeye (or king) salmon is cheaper than buying it in pieces. I buy my wild-caught sockeye (and king) salmons from Vital Choice. I opt for the boneless with skin-on. They have an amazing product and fabulous customer service. I called them recently to ask them what to do with the prawns I bought from them. The gal on the phone told me step by step. Awesomeness.
Whole Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon
This recipe doesn’t require much work at all. The hearty crisp romaine lettuce is tossed in a delectable creamy avocado dressing that is both sweet and savory, which pairs well with the salmon, having it’s own sweet and spicy elements. My 4-year old loved it. My husband loved it. I loved it. Say no more.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Kristen Suzanne in books
, food journal
, grass fed beef
, hemp seeds
, Kristen Suzanne
, MAC knife
, pastured eggs
, raw eggs
A mini-van almost packed to the gills, ready to roll.
We are a family who loves to travel, and our most recent epic road trip took us to Michigan. But, travel can wreak havoc on anyone’s best attempts to eat healthy. Not always. Check out my post below where I show how we traveled across the country while (almost exclusively) staying on our Real Food Foodie Lifestyle (i.e., we ate really healthy in spite of being on the road). It meant extra work, which isn’t always the thing you want to do after a day of being in the car, but I’m simply not willing to eat crap food which is most often what’s served in restaurants.
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Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad #Raw #Vegan #Paleo #GlutenFree
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.
Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad
- homemade raw coconut yogurt
- sauerkraut (that’s the pink color, in mine)
- 1/2 to 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cucumber, chopped
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Onion powder, to taste
- Kelp granules, to taste
- Fresh rosemary
- Squeeze fresh organic lemon juice
Toss everything in a bowl and enjoy.
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Lunch rice crackers and sardines + oyster soup
Kamea, my daughter, ate:
- 1 pasture-raised egg
- 1 butter-heavy & low-sugar homemade almond cookie
- slice of grass-fed organic beef summer sausage
- organic strawberries
- organic Rishi hibiscus tea
- vitamin D3/K2 drops
- Ice Cream BulletProof Coffee Reishi Shake
I used Upgraded coffee and blended it with 3 capsules Dragon Herbs reishi. Then, I added 2 scoops homemade chocolate ice cream made with MCT-oil. (Read about my family’s coffee shakes.)
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Review Copy: Nourishing Broth (book)
You all know how much I love homemade bone broth because bone broth is crazy yum, bone broth is magically healing, and bone broth (i.e., stock) takes every recipe it’s used in to restaurant-delicious levels, or as my husband likes to say, “It’s chef-y.”
Healing Bone Broth
It turns out that not nearly enough people make their own bone broth, instead buying it in a box or a can from the store. This is no way ever compares to the taste, nourishment, and wonder of real homemade bone broth. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. In fact, I don’t even bother with store bought broth, as if you couldn’t tell. If I didn’t have a supply of bone broth in my fridge or freezer (that would never happen, but saying it did, or like maybe I’m traveling), I wouldn’t resort to buying broth at the store. I’d simply use filtered water since it’s probably better for me than store bought crap broth (stock) anyway.
The awesome thing is that making bone broth is so easy it’s practically a joke. When I first ventured into omnivore territory after being a vegan for almost a decade, I started with enjoying pasture-raised eggs in my diet. Shortly after, I was drawn to move into other areas, and bone broth was calling my name. I never would’ve guessed that in a million years, but it did. I followed my intuition, smart woman that I am, and it’s been a fun and delicious journey ever since. I feel like a witch with a cauldron when I make it. In fact, I need a witch’s hat on when I make it. My daughter would love that. Note to self: buy witch’s hat.
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Frozen Pesto (#HerbalMedicine)
I never thought of pesto as herbal medicine, but indeed it is.
Pesto has earned a spot in my diet (and my freezer), fairly regularly as a result. I mean, think of it, it’s chock-full of herbs. Herbs are medicine. Pesto = Powerful Herbal Medicine.
The thing about pesto, for me at least, is that I don’t relish the making of it. I have to lug out my food processor and wash lots of herbs (I like to keep them varied for optimal nutrition). The other issue is that sometimes you don’t want a lot of pesto… you want just a little. Well, that’s not a problem when you’re smart and make pesto ahead of time.
When you realize you want (or need) some pesto, it’s great to have it on hand. It requires thawing, but I find that I usually know if I’ll need pesto a day in advance so I put it in the fridge to thaw overnight. I like to make a good sized batch and freeze it in jars of different sizes as shown in the pictures. I especially like these baby food storage jars because the amount frozen is perfect for adding a little of pesto flavor to any dish where you want herbal flare but not a pesto-heavy result.
Pesto (#HerbalMedicine) going into little cups for freezing.
When I go to the farmers’ market, I see what lovely fresh herbs the farmer has, and I buy a lot. I go home and get to making some pesto straight away so I can be done with it. It feels good to have a freezer stocked of different things that can quickly be thawed for food. If you haven’t seen my post on Real Food Fast Food, please check it out. I share lots of ways to make really fast meals that qualify as Real Food (healthy stuff).
Pesto goes wonderfully served over a grass-fed steak, grass-fed burgers (I buy from Alderspring), pasture-raised chicken (I buy from Good Earth Farms), wild-caught salmon (I buy from Vital Choice). It’s also delectable slathered over some fermented organic sourdough bread, drizzled over mochi, dumped on top of gluten-free pasta, and stirred into organic goat cheese for the best goat cheese ever. You can also add a spoonful of it to the next dressing you make. Holy moly, you’ll be licking the bowl and begging for more salad when you do.
See? Many ways to enjoy pesto, when you have it on hand. Don’t forget…
Pesto = Powerful Herbal Medicine.
Pesto is pretty easy to make even if it’s not my favorite thing to do. However, I am not going to give you much of a pesto recipe because it’s so forgiving. You only need fresh herbs and a couple of other ingredients. I list many herbs below and you can use one or a combination of many. I also prefer hemp seeds instead of other nuts because they’re nice and small, soft, and offer some better nutrition than many other nuts.
- Fresh Organic Herbs: basil, oregano, dill, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint, dandelion, arugula
- sea salt (to taste, but don’t be shy)
- a few pressed cloves of garlic (more if you’re Italian) I love the Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher
- 1/2 to 1-cup hemp seeds
- hard raw cheese like parmesan (if vegan, omit the cheese and add extra hemp seeds)
- 1/2 to 1-cup quality organic raw olive oil (or a mix of olive oil and Upgraded MCT oil for a brain boost)
Place the herbs in a food processor, like this one I have, fitted with the “S” blade, along with sea salt, garlic, hemp seeds, and cheese. Pulse it a bit until it’s nicely chopped. Turn on the food processor and add the olive oil in a steady stream until it’s incorporated. Set some aside to eat, if desired. Transfer the rest into glass storage cups of different sizes to be frozen. Be sure to label them with “Pesto” and the date.
Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Gussied-Up (low-mercury) Tuna Salad. Perfect for any party, lunch, breakfast, or whenever.
Tuna fish in a can makes a quick lunch, but I’ll only buy one brand of tuna. Wild Planet is a tuna fish I can trust to have low mercury and high omega fatty acids.
When we travel on the road, we eat it right out of the can for a satisfying protein and nutrient boost (we take these to Disney Land, too).
But, today, I’m sharing a recipe where it’s all gussied up with delicious textures and flavors. My whole family loves this, especially the bites with hidden gems in them like diced dried apricot.
Gussied-Up (low-mercury) Tuna Salad
Yield 2 to 4
- 2 cans low-mercury tuna
- Juice 1 organic lemon or lime
- 1/2 cup grass-fed organic (full-fat) Greek yogurt
- 1 stalk celery, chopped <— get a good knife
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 tsp kelp granules
- 1/2 to 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Drizzle quality raw organic olive oil (or brain boosting MCT oil)
- 1/2 cup raw sauerkraut
- 1 tablespoon organic mustard
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced dried apricots (or currants)
- Handful each cilantro, parsley chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Mix everything together with a large spoon in a large bowl. Enjoy.