Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Modding My Chipotle Bowl With 5 Ingredients For Higher Performance

by Kristen Suzanne in energy, Kristen Suzanne, omnivore, sauerkraut, travel
Modding my Chipotle Bowl with ingredients for higher performance.

Modding my Chipotle Bowl with 5 ingredients for higher performance.

As you all know by now, I’m a wee bit picky when it comes to my food. I want the highest quality and most nutritious goodness for my body and for my family. I want high performance, longevity, and energy. So, to ensure I get all of those things I prepare all of our high quality foods from scratch. That’s no small task as you might imagine, but it matters to me.

Sometimes, I need a break, or sometimes we’re traveling and food choices are limited.

Chipotle Bowl with white rice, steak, and guacamole.

Chipotle Bowl with white rice, steak, and guacamole. It needs to be enhanced.

One of the places on our list of “OK to eat” is Chipotle. It’s by no means perfect; but, on the spectrum of fast casual restaurants, they get my vote. They try to source quality ingredients and they listen to their customers. For example, they changed their oil by switching from crap gmo soy oil and now use less-crappy-but-still-crappy rice bran oil due to customer complaints.

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Recipe Sunflower Seed Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)

by Kristen Suzanne in celery, gluten free, paleo, raw, raw recipes, recipe, vegan
Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers

It’s time for a raw plant based recipe today. A fun one, too. Even though I eat a diet rich in high quality animal products, it doesn’t mean I don’t make my family raw plant-based recipes, too. I find value in raw vegan recipes for their diversity to my family’s diet and the phtyo-nutrients they offer. Whole-food, plant-based recipes have a place in all diets although I no longer subscribe to a 100% plant based diet anymore for us.

Apart from the soaking time of the sunflower seeds, this recipe can be whipped up in no time flat – that’s my kind of recipe. Or, use Go Raw sunflower seeds which are already sprouted and it’ll take even less effort. The texture of the final recipe will have some crunch since the seeds won’t be soaked but that’s totally cool, too.

Easy Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)

Yield 2 servings

  • 3⁄4 cup raw organic sunflower seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons organic flax meal
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon himalayan crystal salt (or perhaps less, if using already salted seeds like these)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • dash of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium to large organic red, orange, or yellow bell peppers
  1. Put the sunflower seeds in a bowl and add filtered water to cover by about 1 inch. Let them soak at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight if that’s easier. Drain the sunflower seeds and rinse. Remember, if you use already soaked and sprouted raw sunflower seeds like Go Raw’s then you can skip this step.
  2. In a food processor, combine the sunflower seeds with celery, flax meal, chives, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Process the mixture until it’s a lightly coarse texture.
  3. Cut the top off each bell pepper, including the stem, and pull out the seeds. Stuff the bell peppers with the sunflower seed mixture. Serve immediately.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Packing For Mexico To Stay Healthy While Traveling

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, travel
My (funny) husband's solution to not using tap water while traveling in Mexico. Cover up the faucet with a horse face.

My husband’s solution to not using tap water at our hotel, while traveling in Mexico. Cover up the faucet with a horse face. I’m sure housekeeping was amused.

We traveled to Mexico during the winter and it was the first time taking Kamea outside of the United States. I was concerned about the possibility of getting ill as you so often hear from people traveling to Mexico, so I did my best to research and prepare well for the trip. Thankfully, as a result of my preparations and packing, we all stayed perfectly healthy.

Please note: I am not a doctor, nor a midwife, nor a nurse… I don’t even have a Ph.D. in motherhood yet. The following info, as well as everything on my blog, is not to be considered medical advice. Please, do your own research. 

Before leaving for Mexico, we were advised by our Naturopathic doctors to start taking probiotics and to continue taking them while traveling. We usually have probiotics on hand in the house anyway so that was easy. Here is the brand that Greg and I take and here is what Kamea takes.

The following list is what I packed for our trip.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Eating Healthy With Limited Time – Food Journal of a Busy Day

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, home school

 

I keep these in the car for enhancing foods I eat at restaurants.

I keep these in the car for enhancing foods I eat at restaurants.

We had a very busy day so I thought I would share how we sometimes eat when we have a full schedule and we’re on the go. The majority of our meals are all made from scratch three times a day, and almost always eaten at home. However, sometimes I need a bit of help in the kitchen so there are few organic premade items that I buy from the grocery store (jars of organic tomatoes as they’re often more delicious than fresh tomatoes depending on the season, organic pasta sauce – with no sugar added, snack bars, gluten free crackers, sardines, smoked wild caught sockeye salmon, etc). And, sometimes we eat at a couple of carefully chosen restaurants.

Here was our schedule on this busy day…

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Meeting Other Moms: Lessons of Meetup.com

by Kristen Suzanne in family, home school, kamea, Kristen Suzanne

I’m not much of a social butterfly, though I pretend to be one sometimes (because deep down I wish I were more extroverted). But I’m a mom now, and, well, Kamea needs more human interaction than just from her parents, right? Add homeschooling to the equation and the pressure increases to expose her to people and situations so she doesn’t grow up to be a hermit.

Therefore, the hunt to do more with others began for us.

Kamea learning science. Homeschool.

Kamea learning science. Homeschool.

To start, it seemed like a good idea to enroll Kamea is various classes where she could learn skills, enjoy herself, experience new activities, and meet other kiddos. I put her in classes like music, gymnastics, dance, swim, etc, but I learned that in those structured environments it’s kind of difficult to really meet and get to know the other kids. Not to mention it’s hard to strike up a conversation with other parents who usually have their noses in their smart phones. Err… not that I would ever do this myself.

So, I did what I always do when I’m trying to figure something out… I went to the internet. It works for most things, including introducing me to my husband years ago (thanks, eharmony!), so why not see if I can learn how to make more friends for us with it?

Enter: Meetup.com

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Recipe Spicy Metabolic Vanilla C Tonic

by Kristen Suzanne in energy, lemon, recipe, weight loss
Spicy Metabolic Vanilla C Tonic

Spicy Metabolic Vanilla C Tonic with grapefruit

Everyone has heard of the master cleanse right? I tried that diet / cleanse, among most others. I lasted almost 5 days before I was so hungry I was dreaming of lettuce to eat, desperate as I was. Well. I have to admit that the tonic you make on the Master Cleanse is pretty darn tasty and possibly has some nutritional value, but not nearly enough. That’s where my Spicy Metabolic Vanilla C Tonic comes into play. It’s my spin of the Master Cleanse tonic that is to be enjoyed whenever and where ever BUT not as a replacement for food! Note: I am not suggesting that you drink this as part of that cleanse, or any cleanse, that involves removing food because I am not a fan of cleanses – food is a good thing. I’m simply sharing a delicious and nutritious tonic that you can drink anytime.

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

Recipe Ginger Cream Green Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in ginger, Green smoothie, recipe
Ginger Cream Green Smoothie

Ginger Cream Green Smoothie

Do you ever feel like you want more salad in your life but simply lack the motivation to get everything out, chop it up, make a dressing, and put it all together? I know I do, and that’s why I’m drawn to green smoothies, especially lately. By making green smoothies like the one I’m sharing with you today, I’m able to get light and fresh greens in my diet… and, it’s quick which is important to me. I’m a busy mama who home schools, reads, plays Words with Friends, socializes on play-dates at the park, and makes all of our meals from scratch. Oh and I clean the home on occasion. So, yeah. Busy.

Green smoothies are pretty regular in our house, but they’re probably not the same as the green smoothies you see so often on the web which are usually full of dark leafy greens like kale, chard, or even spinach. If I eat those, I cook them for proper nutrient import and export.

I also don’t feel drawn to a high sugar or carb-heavy diet these days, even if it is from fruits, so you won’t see many fruits in my smoothies. I do eat berries and some seasonal citrus, and I’m not opposed to fruit in general, but I find that I feel better if I’m not eating too much of it. So these days, I like to keep my smoothies sweet-fruit-free.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

Recipe Mexican Tuna Salad Paleo Gluten Free

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, gluten free, paleo, recipe, tuna
Mexican Tuna Salad Paleo Gluten Free

Mexican Tuna Salad Paleo Gluten Free

Are you looking for a quick salad that is high in protein and nourishing fat but low in carbs? Want something that is also gluten free, paleo, and good for you? Look no more and try my Mexican Tuna Salad. This salad will keep you satisfied all afternoon and energized to boot.

We’re just coming off a trip to Mexico and I am still desiring those wonderful flavors. Here I have a low mercury tuna, by Wild Planet, along with fresh cilantro which is good for combating mercury anyway, plus crunchy fresh red bell pepper, savory green onion, and delicious creamy avocado. It’s like mashed up guacamole, salsa, and tuna basically.

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Friday, March 7th, 2014

Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
(low mercury) Tuna Salad Gluten Free

(low mercury) Tuna Salad Gluten Free

BREAKFAST

Kamea (she has an amazing appetite for Real Food)

  • Raw grass fed cheese 5-Spoke brand found at Whole Foods. This gives us tooth building calcium and phosphorous plus other amazing fat soluble vitamins.
  • 1 tablespoon wild caught salmon roe
  • grass fed organic summer sausage
  • soaked raw almonds
  • 2 oranges
  • filtered water to drink
  • FCLO (fermented cod liver oil)

Kristen

  • Coffee Shake (today’s had MCT oil. Grass fed Butter. Vanilla drops.)
  • Vitamins (multi, CoQ 10, digestive enzymes, chlorella, L-Carnitine, Organic India’s turmeric-n-ginger, HVBO (high vitamin butter oil), and FCLO). I heard in a health podcast that Americans who live to be age 85 have a 1 in 2 chance of having “diagnosable” Alzheimer’s Disease. I was blown away by that stat. It’s much lower in other parts of the world like India where their diets are rich in turmeric and ginger. And, if it’s diagnosable that means those people started down the Alzheimer path 20 years prior. So, it’s important to eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods and I take supplements like Organic India’s Turmeric to help prevent Alzheimer’s in my future (while young, don’t wait). It’s a great product, check out the reviews. I usually take 1-2 in the morning and 1-2 in the evening. I also add organic turmeric to my food.
  • Spoonful Coconut oil swallowed with water
  • Wild caught salmon roe This is great fertility boosting, longevity, anti-aging and brain boosting food – loaded with vitamin D and other important nutrients like iodine, retinon (true skin building and immune boosting vitamin A), selenium, zinc, B vitamins, omega fatty acids.I’m not eating it for its flavor, though Kamea loves it. Wish I was raised on this stuff then I’d love it too. I simply swallow a big spoonful with water like they’re pretty little vitamin balls.
  • Organic grass fed yogurt plus soaked raw organic almonds stirred in

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Recipe Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free Paleo

Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free

Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free

The easier and simpler a recipe is, the more attracted I am to it these days. Being a mom to a 3.5 year old is busy, but with easy recipes like this, then it’s a breeze.

Enter Orange Chicken & Yams. And, of course… ENTER: SLOW COOKER. I think my slow cooker will go from being my best friend to my bestest best friend. With a recipe as easy, delicious, and nutritious as this, I have so much time on my hands that I can read a book. ;) Speaking of books, I just finished Chris Kressers’ The Paleo Code, which is a good book detailing a Paleo diet with a Real Food spin which I like.  I’m about to dive into Eat the Yolks (by funny gal Liz Wolfe) between chapters of one of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon. I’m on her 5th book in The Outlander Series, The Fiery Cross. The Outlander Series is soooooo fantastic and very popular (so popular that I believe a TV series is being made of it). I love to read. It’s one of my favorite things.

On to the recipe:

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