Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Chaga Chai Tea With My Favorite Tea Maker

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Last year, about this time, I started taking a liking to tea. I was a total newbie, and kind of still consider myself as that, but I’ve learned quite a bit. For starters, I had no idea that different teas should be brewed with different temperatures of water. Nuking some water in the microwave is a total no-no unless it’s absolutely necessary because you’re out of time and toddler is screaming. And, heating it on the stove is not real great either if you don’t know the temperature.

It gets a bit more complicated than even that though… once you have the temperature figured out, you need to be aware of how long you steep the leaves. Knowing these two things can make a big difference with tea making, if you want the best tea ever.

I love my Breville tea maker. It rocks.

Enter: my favorite tea maker… Breville and using this great tea maker to make some Chaga Chai Tea. The Breville Tea Maker has different settings for temperature and time… making the perfect cup of tea every time. It’s the coffee maker for tea lovers. But, don’t take my word for it, check out the great reviews on this baby.

A little research for making the best tea.

I bought a couple of books: The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook and 20,000 Secrets of Tea.

Chaga. Chai.

I can say after a year of continued use, that I love my Breville Tea Maker. It was a Valentine’s Day gift from Greg (and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, maybe it’s a gift for your loved one… or yourself). I use my tea pot almost daily to make the best tea and the health benefits are felt. Plus, I think it’s the easiest (least messy) method, too. Gotta love that.

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

Non-Sweet Minty Green Smoothie – My New Thang

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I’ve been greatly enjoying non-sweet green smoothies for a while now. They’re refreshing, especially if indulging in heavy holiday eating (these were a staple this past holiday season). Perfect for New Year Resolutions in taking health to fresh new levels. They’re light, which gives extra energy during busy times. And, they’re nutritious for getting us back on track after holiday splurges.

Serving them in pretty glasses makes them even more fun (especially for kiddos).

A blender-full of goodness that refreshes my body and feels cleansing.

Here’s the gist of it…

Non-Sweet Minty Green Smoothie

  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 1/2 to 1 cucumber
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 to 2 heavy handful(s) spinach or romaine
  • juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime
  • handful mint (Don’t be shy… this is the trick! A heavy handful of mint elevates the flavor brilliantly, and you can also add other herbs – rosemary, basil, or parsley are wonderful)

Blend until smooth and enjoy this brightness in your life.

If you want to add oomph, blend in 1/2 avocado.

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Friday, January 18th, 2013

Food Journal – High Raw, Vegan

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal


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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Tips for Being Raw Vegan in an Omnivore World

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, vegan

Note: This is an article I wrote for the wonderful One Green Planet. And, the image you see above was compiled by them from photos I submitted to them.

Sticking to a raw vegan diet is relatively easy in the controlled environment of your own home and kitchen. But staying raw out in the real world takes some extra effort.

Whether you’re eating out with friends, going to a family gathering, or joining your co-workers for happy hour, there are plenty of social and logistical situations that are not very conducive to eating nature’s most healthy food. It might be easy for some people to just be hungry and eat later when they get home. But hungry and I do not get along well. There is a better way.

The key is to explain your situation to others when necessary and to always be prepared. It’s about thinking ahead and having options or a plan.

Explain and Train

First, explain your diet to your family and friends. Then train them how to accommodate you if they’re interested, or at tell them not be offended if you just fend for yourself and decline food they may offer. This upfront effort pays off. My husband and I have trained our family well. By now, everyone knows that when we’re invited to a function, we’ll probably bring our own food, and that’s just us, so don’t be offended. Or we may eat beforehand and bring snacks. The important tip for succeeding here is two-fold: 1) Let your family know what and why you’re eating raw or vegan. Share your excitement with them about it, while still letting them know that it doesn’t mean any extra work on their part. Depending on their tolerance for new things or alternative lifestyles, this may seem weird the first few times. But eventually, it becomes the new “normal.” Eventually their questions and comments stop coming up when it’s no longer new and different.

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Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Warm Raw Chocolate Chinese 5-Spice Elixir

by Kristen Suzanne in chocolate, coconut oil
Here’s a divinely magical chocolate elixir that is perfect for starting your day or even winding down your evening. With colder temperatures approaching, my Warm Raw Chocolate Chinese 5-Spice Elixir is perfect for warming your spirit. Every time I make this recipe, I feel the ingredients working on my body with each sip. Calming… yet subtly energizing. And the texture? Wow, never felt a beverage so silky in my mouth. It was damn near erotic. I’m just putting that out there… lol.

Warm Raw Chocolate Chinese 5-Spice Elixir is great for warming you on cold mornings (or evenings).

Warm Raw Chocolate Chinese 5-Spice Elixir

Yield 1 large serving
1.5 cups filtered or spring water
2 vanilla drops
2 to 3 tablespoons raw chocolate paste chunks
1 teaspoon Jem raw nut butter
heavy splash coconut oil
1 heaping teaspoon maca
1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-Spice
raw sweetener of choice, to taste
Blend until warm and serve in a wicked magical mug.
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Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Greg Powered By Plant Protein – Here’s How I Help.

Drawing artist I’m not… my specialty in art is in the kitchen. ;)

Here’s my latest batch of raw vegan protein powder for my super strong n sexy husband, Greg. You might remember a post I wrote years ago about the protein grenades I made him. Well, to make it easier on me, I now just mix some different protein powders and other add-ins, in a big bowl (the recipe changes a bit each time), and then I put it all in a big jar like this. From there, he takes about 3 to 4 scoops per protein shake (he likes a high amount of plant powered protein in his diet), and he drinks 2 to 4 of these a day. This particular blend is mostly Sun Warrior with additions of hemp, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, turmeric, maca, and he shou wu and astragalus (chinese tonic herbs – we’re big into tonic herbs these days for longevity and taking our health to new levels – that’s a future post though – I keep saying that don’t I?).

I get a lot of emails asking about Greg’s workout routine and diet. The gist is that he eats a lot like me. Plant based, moderate to high raw, organic, and protein shakes. He sometimes goes for a shake while I make a whole food meal for myself. He loves his shakes, what can I say? Ever since he started with Sun Warrior, he’s been hooked. It’s the magic bullet for him. He builds lean mass and feels strong.

His workout routine is consistent, too. He does 3 days in the gym, a day off, 3 days in the gym. One day is chest/tri. Next day is back/bi. Last day are the legs. Shoulders are in there somewhere :) He also runs barefoot in Vibrams and likes to do a little swimming when time permits. Ideally the run and swim are the same day and he calls it his “surf-n-turf.” And, throughout the day I see him dropping to the floor for push-ups or using our chin up bar to bust out some pull-ups – my man is strong. Oh! And now that we have a Bellicon Rebounder he has been using that, too. It’s one of the best purchases we’ve ever made.

Happy Holidays, Everyone! XOXO

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Monday, December 10th, 2012

Sweet Potato Kale Salad – Raw Vegan Transition Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in recipe, vegan

I recently wrote about a great way to add baked yams (or sweet potatoes) to your life in an easy and effortless way. Although I tend to eat them straight from the fridge either plain or with a raw nut butter topping, there are times I use these delightful root veggies as an ingredient in a Raw Vegan Transition Recipe. (This is a great recipe for the upcoming holidays, too. I would add some extra seasoning like nutmeg or pumpkin spice.)

Here we go… this is really satisfying and tasty with plenty of delicious flavors and textures to please your tastebuds.

Talk about EASY! This organic kale is ready to go for salads, kale chips, or smoothies.

Mmmm… full of vibrant and nutrient rich goodness.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

NutriBullet – Perfect For Magical Superhero Tonic Elixirs, Travel, and Protein Drinks

by Kristen Suzanne in superfoods, travel, Vitamix

I have a new friend in my kitchen: The NutriBullet blender.


Now, you might be asking yourself why I would buy this when I have both a Vitamix and a Blendtec. I bought it for two main reasons, well, three kind of.

  1. The first – AND MAIN – reason is for travel. The NutriBullet makes a great travel blender (or for having at work). Up until now I was using a Tribest Personal Blender for traveling, but it recently puttered out (it’s cute that Tribest advertises its motor as powerful with 200 watts, but the NutriBullet boasts 600 watts of power – now that’s rightly powerful). As I was researching the new options for a travel blender, I became aware of the NutriBullet, and after reading the great specs and reviews, I decided that it was the best option for me.
  2. I also bought it because I am adding Superhero Superherb Superfood Tonic Elixirs into our life, and the NutriBullet fits the bill for making these (so does any blender though – for the most part).

The components. It’s a 12-piece set.

Furthermore, (the third reason) it’s no surprise that I enjoy protein shakes – um, hello, (normally) yummy Immortal Machine (read my updated review of this product). Although a lot of people just shake and go (mixing protein powder with water in a shaker bottle and physically shaking it), I prefer mine blended up (quickly) so they get really smooth (zero clumps). Well, my cute little NutriBullet does this great, and if I want, I can drink it right from the BPA-free carafe it’s blended in. Helpful in times of rushing out the door. However, I usually transfer it to a fancy or fun glass. Any blender does the job for blending protein shakes, but since I needed something for travel, I can use this as well. And, I’ll be honest, when I have new kitchen friends, I’m inspired and motivated for healthy living and foods, so whatever it takes, eh?

Tonic ingredients getting ready for a quick but effective blend.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Food Journal – High Raw. Vegan. Organic.

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Hi friends!

Here is my food journal from this week. (And, don’t forget! My newest book, Raw Awakening (KINDLE version only) is on sale for $2.99 right now – limited time! Click here)

  • Organic reg/decaf coffee mix used as the liquid in my tonic elixir with tonic herbs (my concoctions are usually 2-3 cups and I nurse them for an hour). I plan to teach you all about the tonic elixirs I’m drinking with my family to take our health to new levels. I’ll be writing about it with my acupuncturist too – she’s a super smart gal.)
  • Non-Sweet Green Smoothie (almond milk, kale, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, celery, ice)
  • Chia Porridge with longan berries, blueberries, and hemp seeds. I’m loving chia porridge every day. Here’s my Longevity Chia Porridge recipe.
  • Tablespoon raw chia oil

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Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Raw Awakening (KINDLE) Book SALE – Limited Time Only!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

YIPPEE! I’m thrilled to announce that the KINDLE version of my latest book, Raw Awakening, is on sale for only $2.99! This is for a limited time so grab a copy here while you can. :)


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