This post is short and sweet, because the bulk of the details are in the link I provide at the end. I saw a post featured on Raw Food, Right Now!’s blog and wanted to pass it along. This is good stuff!!! It’s important information whether you have diabetes yourself or not (if you don’t have it, it’ll inspire you to keep the Raw vegan lifestyle a priority). Or, maybe you know a friend or family member with it. Again, this is great information to learn and pass along. Visit this link, watch the video, and see for yourself.
Today’s Raw food is simple… and I mean super simple. No equipment is needed (other than a knife for the avocado). With my crazy schedule lately from getting all of my ebooks published into print books, I’m attracted to noshing in its simplest form. Today is comprised of lovely, flavorful, organic whole foods.
This menu is fresh, delicious, and fills me with tons of energy.
3 persimmons (yes, I’m still crazed for them… forever)
3 bananas (always appreciative of how inexpensive and versatile these are)
1 avocado (tons of fiber and vitamins, love the squish factor)
3 carrots (adore their light sweet flavor, price, and CRUNCH!)
1/4 cup hemp seeds (chlorophyll, essential amino and fatty acids: these are one-stop-shopping)
3 stalks celery (green, crunchy, and slightly salty)
uummm…. okay, and Laughing Giraffe’s Snakaroons will be in my tummy tonight (still falls in line with my simplicity theme since I didn’t have to make them!). We’re going to see the movie Four Christmases and I’m Sneaking in my Snakaroons! :)
Congratulations to both Alison and Faye! You’ve each won a copy of the print version of my book, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays. Simply send me an email (or respond on this post) with your address so I can get your gift to you right away.
Here is what the winners each had to say when asked, “From the following ‘types’ of Raw vegan foods, which is your favorite to eat? a) Beverages (smoothies, juice, elixirs) b) Soups c) Salads d) Desserts e) Entree-like foods (pate, lasagna, burritos, quiche, etc) f) Sides/Snacks (cheese dip, hummus, veggie crudite, etc)”
Alison: Mmmm.. Beverages. I love smoothies!
Faye: ENTREES ARE BEST! THIS WAY I can “sneak in some rawness” for my kids!
If you weren’t a winner but would like to purchase a copy of either the ebook or the print version, visit my website here. I have received loads of praise for them… for example, here is what Lannette in Twin Mountain, NY had to say:
My next Awesome Giveaway is scheduled for January, but that seems like an awful long time so I might do another one this month. Check back for details. Thanks to all of you who participated!
It’s that time again… my monthly giveaway. This month’s gift? A copy of my newly published book in print, Kristen Suzanne’s Easy Raw Vegan Holidays. And, GREAT NEWS – This month’s contest is not limited to people living in the continental United States, because if someone wins who lives outside the continental U.S., I will send you the ebook version instead.
A little info about the gift:
This great little book gives you fabulous Raw recipes, tips and tricks for navigating the fall and winter holidays. On one hand, holidays are very social occasions that usually focus around food, which can raise issues for Raw food enthusiasts, such as how to explain your food preferences to family, hosts, and visitors, and how to deal with temptations to stray from healthful habits.
On the other hand, again, the holidays are about FOOD. This presents a fantastic opportunity to try some super fun and delicious, seasonal recipes! There is perhaps no better way to start dabbling in Raw or to introduce the cuisine to others… the sheer novelty of Raw holiday food is certain to stimulate conversation. You’d be amazed how some people’s ears perk up when they hear how great, fun, delicious and cool the Raw vegan lifestyle is.
Excited? Want the chance to win? Simply answer the following question in the comment section for this post. At the end of three days (Wednesday night, Dec. 3rd @ 11:59pm) I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Thursday.
From the following “types” of Raw vegan foods, which is your favorite to eat?
a) Beverages (smoothies, juice, elixirs)
e) Entree-like foods (pate, lasagna, burritos, quiche, etc)
f) Sides/Snacks (cheese dip, hummus, veggie crudite, etc)
One of my happiest times of the year is when persimmons become available. They are a delicious fruit that is slightly sweet, with a little crunch. I love them.
After working out the other night, we took a trip to Whole Foods where they were “singing me to them” (a line from the movie, Australia – loved that movie, it took my breath away!). Anyway… I bought a bunch of them and could clearly not wait until I got home to eat one. I dove right into the bag my husband was carrying before we even got to the car. I pulled one out, smelled it, adored it, and basically worshiped it right then and there. Crazy, I know. But, when you’re hungry and one of your favorite treats is in your hands – well, I just couldn’t help myself. I started chowing down, moaning, no napkin to wipe the juice dripping down my face and hands, just using my sleeve and pants.
I was finished in seconds, literally. And, after a moment of sadness that it was already gone I glanced over at my husband with a dazed look in my eyes (by now, we’re in the car driving to another store in the next complex). He was cracking up at my behavior. Crazed as I was, like a vampire after having only a little taste (huge Twilight fan girl here), I threw off my seat belt and was diving into the back seat of the car after another persimmon. Ahhhh… persimmons.
Last week I blogged about President-Elect Obama considering Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. Well…
CHECK IT OUT!!! Here is what Organic Consumers Association reported:
In last week’s Organic Bytes, the OCA alerted readers that President-elect Obama was considering former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for USDA Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack has been an ardent supporter of Monsanto, genetically engineered crops, and corn and soy-based biofuels. Thanks to vocal opposition from thousands of you in the OCA network, Vilksack’s nomination has now been withdrawn. Although Vilsack told the Des Moines Register he didn’t want to comment on why he had been sacked, sources at the Obama transition headquarters reported “a flood of calls and emails” from organic consumers opposing Vilsack’s nomination. Thanks to your participation, the OCA office in Washington, DC is submitting a petition with 8,000 signatures to Obama’s transition team this week, urging Obama to take a strong stand in support of organic food and farming.
Fruit Fly Death Trap
As Raw vegans, we have lots of fresh produce in our kitchen and I’m sure you do, too. Thankfully, we don’t have a problem with fruit flies, but I’ve been asked on more than one occasion about how to deal with them. So, for all of you out there battling fruit flies —> no more! Check this link out for a fruit fly death trap. I know, I know, vegans shouldn’t harm anything that can run, swim, fly, or hop away from us. (That didn’t really include fruit flies, did it?)
I am in the process of having all of my ebooks published in print format through Amazon. I currently have two available with two more on the way next week.
We are also creating a photo gallery to showcase photos of recipes from the books/ebooks. Check it out here. I’m taking a survey… which photo do you like best?
It has been widely reported that former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is being considered for the Secretary of Agriculture position in the Obama Administration. (WTF???) Vilsack is no friend of organic food and farming and his appointment would represent a major disappointment for the organic movement.
But there is still time to make your voice heard.
Take this another step beyond signing the petition and pass it on! I posted this on the Crazy Sexy Cancer forum and it’s getting a lot of play, so if you know of somewhere else to post (including your own blogs), then let’s do it!
We went to a birthday party that night and I used a little round cookie cutter to cut mini Cherry Chocolate Brownie Bites. Then, I put them in a little plastic bag from a craft store (I use bags like that for Raw goodie-gift-giving), tied a little ribbon around the top and gave them to the birthday guy. He was so excited that he immediately started sharing them around the table.
Confession: Later that night after we arrived home, I ate half of the 8X8 glass-baking dish worth of them. Goodness, they’re so freakin’ good.
Cherry Chocolate Brownies
Yield 8X8 glass baking dish
1 1/2 cups dehydrated almond pulp, ground
1 1/2 tablespoons Navitas Naturals lucuma powder
3 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
dash Himalayan crystal salt
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons cherry extract
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup dried cherries, packed
Using your food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, pulse to briefly mix the ground almond pulp with the lucuma, chocolate, salt, and hemp seeds. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture sticks together when gently pressed between two of your fingers. Press the delicious mixture firmly into a glass 8X8 dish. Cut into squares (or whatever shapes you’d like) and serve plain or topped with Raw vegan ice cream for extra indulgence.
Vitamineral Green Loading Update
All is well with my experimental loading of Vitamineral Green. I’ll admit… it’s pretty icky the way I take it, but when you’re loading it like I am, I just want to plug-n-chug it, get it over with, basically don’t breathe while drinking it (you get the point) haha. I take a glass mason jar, add a couple heaping tablespoons of Vitamineral Green Powder, add 1 cup of water, and often times I add a tablespoon of Fruits of the Earth Powder, too. Shake it up and drink it down. (Ick!) Then, I chase it with a cup of plain water. On some days, I toss down another heaping tablespoon later in the afternoon.