Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Raw Vegan Yogurt – Super EASY! (Video, Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in video

Now that I can find ORGANIC young thai coconut meat and water in the freezer department of Whole Foods, I’m a yogurt makin’ fool. I can’t imagine my refrigerator without it. Sooooo good. How can I describe it? Hmmm… ummmm… perfect creamy sublime deliciousness. How does that sound? It’s lightly sweet from the coconut, thick, decadent, very nourishing. Total comfort food. Do I have your interest yet?

Ingredients for raw vegan yogurt minus probiotics that I add (vanilla drops optional)

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Monday, March 26th, 2012

60-Second Raw Nut Milk (VIDEO, Raw Vegan Recipe) & Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, video

Fresh raw nut milks taste delicious, and there’s lots of variety in the nuts or seeds you can use to make them. Plus, they can be used in endless ways…

Earthbound Brazil Nut Milk

  • Drinking it plain – as in a tall glass o’ raw nut milk (add a handful of ice for extra refreshment… mmmm so good).
  • Use in place of water for creamy flavorful raw soups.
  • Super used in fruit or green smoothies. Bonus: it mellows out greens which means you can use less fruit, if desired.
  • Make your next protein shake with raw milk and get an extra boost of performance enhancing nutrients and protein.
  • Great in raw desserts like raw chocolate puddings, raw cheesecake, and raw mousse.
  • Use on raw granola or any cereal of choice, whether raw or not.
  • Add to coffee and tea.

The down side to keeping a ready-to-use stash of raw nut milk is that it generally means a routine of soaking, blending, and the dreaded straining in order to make it. Not anymore though! Here is a great way to make raw nut milks that is easy and fast. No straining! So… guess what that means? No excuses!

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Dynamic Orange Tomato Dressing (VIDEO, Raw Vegan Recipe) and Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, recipe, salad dressing, tomato, vegan, video

I’ve really gotten into the video mood, can you tell? Are you enjoying them? Are they useful? I hope so!

In this video I decide to totally wing it and make a dressing I’ve never made, while doing it on camera. My plan was to post the video no matter what because I figured 1) we’d all learn something anyway (I learn a lot from failed recipes) and 2) it’d be kind of funny if the dressing sucked seeing as I was doing it on camera. I still don’t have the ingredients written down so I can’t add them here to the post yet, but I remember… water, oranges, grape tomatoes, garlic, salt, raw almond butter, basil??? I think those are the ingredients. When I find time, I’ll come back and add the ingredient list.

Spoiler alert...Turns out, it was so good! Easy to throw together as you’ll see… and mega fresh. I loved it on fresh lettuce and I also gobbled it up on cauliflower. If a dressing makes you enjoy raw cauliflower, then you know it’s darn good.

Enjoy the show! (By the way, as you know by now I’m still in a video making mode – I suspect I will be for a long time – so check out my popular Cinnamon Brownies post I wrote a while back because I put up a video showing you how easy they are to make here!)

For more great raw vegan recipes, check out my books.

Food Journal 2/28/12 Mostly Raw

Water …. Big bowl of Breakfast Kelp Noodles (my latest recipe)

Water …. Kale salad …. Sandwich from True Food (part raw: avocado, tomato, lettuce and part cooked: bread, hummus, tempeh) …. Raw choc mint pie …. Supplements

Super Spicy n Sweet Green Yogurt Bliss (coconut water, raw vegan yogurt, banana, 1/2 mango, 1/2 habanero, vanilla powder, spinach)

Quart Green juice

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Juicing Delivery Exploding in the Valley! (Plus Food Journals)

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, green juice

Wow! That’s all I can say! Well, not true… I can say more and I will. :) The valley here in Arizona is exploding with juice maniacs! Let’s just say I’m a tad excited. In the past month I’ve learned about 4 companies that are offering (or will offer) organic raw fresh pressed juice – delivered to your door (and some are planning on store fronts, too). We are one juicy city and I can’t help but take a moment and think about what all of this means? It means something to be sure… times are a changin’. Add to that, Starbucks is planning on offering juice in their coffee bars as well. From what I’ve heard, the juice will be flash pasteurized which is a deal breaker for me, BUT, it’s great to see people taking note of how popular juice is.

So… on to my food journals and speaking of juice delivery…

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Saturday, March 17th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day (or Morning Mint) Green Smoothie (Raw Vegan Recipe, VIDEO, and Food Journal)

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, Green smoothie, video

A quick and DELICIOUS refreshing green smoothie that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day… or for any morning with its minty freshness.  Check it out (recipe details below)! :)

Morning Mint Green Smoothie (Yield 3 cups)

1.5 cups water
1 cup ice
10 organic mint leaves
1 hefty handful organic spinach
2 fairly hefty dollops organic raw cashew butter
1 T or more raw coconut nectar (or raw agave or 2 pitted dates)

Blend and enjoy!

Food Journal 3/14/12

  • Pint green juice from our precious Norwalk Juicer. YES! I’m working on my Norwalk videos next week :) YAY!
  • Water
  • Tea – Nettles n Raspberry Leaf
  • Sprout Smoothie
  • Large salad with veggies, raw dressing and some tofu (all organic, of course)
  • Chipotle football size vegan burrito with some raw fixings in it (pico, guacamole, romaine)
  • 2 cups Spring Power Applesauce
  • 3 cups fresh grapefruit juice …. Quart Green juice
  • Lightly cooked asparagus with raw dipping sauce …. Sprouted English muffin with but butter on both sides plus one side with jalapeño. The other side strawberry lavender preserves.

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Friday, March 16th, 2012

My Raw Food Kitchen (VIDEO) and Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, video

I recently uploaded this video to Youtube where I bring you into my home to see my kitchen (and beyond). You’ll see that I use all of the space I can to make living a raw food life easier. I recently put a bunch of nails in the wall so I can hang my Norwalk Juicing screens for easy access (by the way… Norwalk posts and videos coming SOON!)

Here are some other pictures of my raw food living area over the years…

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Square Food Gardening – VIDEO – My First Garden (Yippee!) – Post #1

by Kristen Suzanne in vegan

I have a ladder I imagine myself on when it comes to healthy living. The ultimate tippy top includes growing my own food. Well, I’m almost there. (What are the other steps under it? Well, going vegan to going raw/high raw, all organic, juicing a lot, getting a Norwalk, and growing my own food tops it out.)

But, I’m a total newbie and completely intimidated. That is until I read about Square Food Gardening. OK, still a tad intimidated but I’m taking it step by step and crossing my fingers.

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Kristen’s Raw 32nd Awesome Giveaway – Pristine Beauty

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway

Whooooo Wheeeeeee! I’m excited about this giveaway. You might remember when I recently sang the praises of Pristine Beauty’s products. Well. I wrote to the company and asked them to sponsor a giveaway for my readers. Guess what? They offered to give away two amazing prizes! That means, for this giveaway, I am selecting two winners. I have two awesome prizes (one prize for each winner).

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (VIDEO, Raw Vegan Recipe) and Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, recipe, sun-dried tomatoes, video

I’ve eaten quite a bit of this delicious pesto over the past many years. It’s absolutely scrumptiously awesome. In fact, it’s on my list of 7 Must-Make Recipes. Serve it with kelp noodles, veggie pasta, veggie crudite, as a dressing (toss it really well on the salad – maybe water it down a smidge), stuffed into bell peppers, and just outta of the food processor with a fork.

Enjoy the show!

Food Journal 2/27/12 Mostly Raw

Giant Salad

Quart Spicy Veggie Juice

Apple …. Raw Vegan Core Defender Meal bar …. Raw coconut water …. Supplements

Water with pure vanilla extract drops

Salad w avo, kraut, veggies …. Mother Earth Chocolate (ummm… Lots)

Pint Spicy Veg Juice

Green smoothie (water, sunflower sprouts, apples) …. Small serving organic tofu …. Sprouted English Muffin w raw organic, stone ground, homemade almond butter

Protein shake (double scoop)

1/2 grapefruit …. 1 raw granola bar

 

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

How to Make Irish Moss Gel (VIDEO)

by Kristen Suzanne in video

I really wish I didn’t wait so long to learn how to make Irish Moss Gel. It’s an amazing food that is fun for raw foods and great for beauty. I use Irish Moss Gel in all kinds of raw foods: smoothies, desserts, yogurt, soups, nut milks, and on my face for a beauty mask. In the video below I’ll show you how to make your own. (Buy your irish moss here.) And, following the video below, I share step-by-step instructions as well. Enjoy!

*Note… there is an irish moss on the market that I bought where I’ve heard it only needs to be soaked for about an hour in hot water. It also appears to be a bit less dirty. I haven’t tried it yet.

Step-by-Step instructions with photos…

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