Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
I love pineapple. I love its sunshine colored, juicy flesh. I love the sweet aroma and the Hawaiian vacation it takes my mind to when I have it. Check out the recipe below… a tropical elixir that is like a vacation in a cup.
Fresh pineapple is available year round, but its peak season is from March to July. It can be used in smoothies, juiced (juice the core, too!), eaten fresh, used in desserts, salads, salsas, and more. Pineapple has vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, and digestive enzymes known as bromelain (a power house on many fronts). Cornell University showed that pineapple can reduce the formation of nitrosamines (potential carcinogens). But that’s not all! It’s a great refresher for your skin. If I don’t juice the core, I take it and rub it over my face and neck since it’s great for removing dead skin cells and exfoliating.
Pineapple selecting tips: It’s important to select a ripe pineapple when you’re in the store because it’s a fruit whose starch will not convert to sugar once it’s off the plant.
~ Choose a pineapple that is slightly soft to the touch, with leaves that are green and crisp (no brown or yellow tips). Being able to gently pull out one of the leaves is usually a good indication of a juicy ripe pineapple. So, next time you’re buying one, gently try to pick up the pineapple by pulling it off the display case by one leaf. If it doesn’t come out, try a different leaf. If after a couple of tries a leaf doesn’t come out… move on to another pineapple. Avoid pineapples with soft spots or bruises.
Pineapple Mango Colada
Yield 3-4 servings
1/2 pineapple, peeled and chopped
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped (or 1 heaping cup frozen mango)
1 young Thai coconut, meat and water
1/2 teaspoon rum extract (more to taste!)
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 cup ice cubes
Blend all of the ingredients together, except the ice. Add the ice and blend until desired texture achieved.
Daily Conversation Question:
If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk what would you do?
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
Today I’m enjoying one of my all-time favorite recipes. Every time (and I mean it… every time) I make this for friends, family, or a class… it’s a huge hit.
Traditional Bananas Foster is one of my family’s favorites desserts, so I was tasked with making a Raw Vegan version that would knock socks off. All I can say is that I delivered :) This awesome recipe is available in both my print book and ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Desserts.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
One my favorite green smoothie recipes is simply apples, spinach and cinnamon. I love how the apples make it “fluffy” and the spinach adds a lovely creaminess to it. And, if you use red delicious apples (they’re reported to have the highest levels of phytonutrients) then you get gorgeous little flecks of red swirling around as you drink.
We’re going to a party tonight where I’m certain there won’t be anything for me to eat. No problem though! And, certainly no complaints here. I’m simply going to tote along my Fluffy Green Smoothie to drink. (I love the conversation it starts anyway.)
Today’s Raw Vegan Food (so far):
Heavy Metal Nano Detox
Pine’s Wheat Grass Tablets
My Super Drink (I chug it down)
1 cup water
1-2 T hemp protein powder for protein, essential fatty acids and fiber
1/4 t camu powder (or 1 T Fruits of the Earth) for extra Vitamin C and nutrients
1 T freshly ground milk thistle seeds to cleanse my liver
1 T ground flax or chia seeds for more essential fatty acids to convert to DHA (important for pregnancy)
1 heaping T Vitamineral Green for more power greens
*The list above is pretty much how I’ve been starting every morning lately to help get my body ready for pregnancy.
Girly Sun Tea (alfalfa, nettle, raspberry leaf)
Fluffy Green Smoothie (1 1/2 cups water, 2 apples, 1/2 t cinnamon, 2 big handfuls spinach)
Fluffy Green Protein Smoothie (same as above but I’ve added hemp protein powder and Vitamineral Green)
I will likely have chocolate at some point during the day :)
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
I can’t believe I never thought about it until now, but with the passing of my boyfriend’s amazing 94-year old grandpa, it’s caused me to be a little extra thoughtful today. With my healthy lifestyle, my intent had always been to feel great in the short term and to fight the diseases bombarding our culture today: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, etc, so that I could live a life feeling terrific physically, mentally and spiritually. My goals with respect to health and aging pretty much stopped there though. After all, isn’t that a lot?
I’ve decided it’s not enough. It dawned on me tonight that I want to live until I’m 100 years old. I want the honor of becoming a centenarian. How cool of a goal is that? With my enhanced mindset, I’m filled with new energy, and more hope and excitement than ever. When people question my lifestyle, you know the ones… those people who don’t immediately “get it”… I am excited to respond with simply, “I want to become a centenarian and this is the best plan for accomplishing my goal.”
As most of you reading my blog know, diet plays a key role, but it doesn’t stop there. Physical fitness is crucial. And, let me be more specific… vigorous physical fitness is a more appropriate description. So, I’m off to take a late night jog under the stars.
On another note, tonight we watched Batman Begins again in preparation for the new Batman movie coming out this week, Dark Knight. And, what do ya know??? Alfred woke Bruce Wayne one morning with a Green Smoothie! Gosh, and to think that movie came out years ago. No wonder Batman has so much power!
The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology created a resolution AGAINST HOMEBIRTH, and they’re discussing legislation to outlaw having your baby in the comfort of your own home. I’m frustrated on so many levels, smoke is practically coming out of my ears.
As a woman planning on getting pregnant and wanting a home birth… this is ridiculous and disappointing. Leave it to the “medical” doctors to do something like this out of fear for losing business. Maybe if they didn’t treat having a baby as a disease and realized that it’s a beautiful, natural process which merits respect and trust in a woman’s body and intuition, we wouldn’t feel the need to run from them.
Read the ABC News story.
We had another amazing, sold-out class (Raw Chocolate) over the weekend. I had so much fun. In attendance were three teenagers, which I thought was really cool. Kudos to the parents who brought them. My mom had me giggling (along with the rest of the class) at her jokes… she never fails to get me in stitches of laughter. And, speaking of mom, we’re back at her house for the entire week. Whoo-hoo! We’re actually dog sitting her three dogs while she’s out of town. So, my boyfriend and I will be having a mini-vacation with four dogs (we brought ours over). Apart from a funeral we have to attend in Tucson (my boyfriend’s 94 year old grandpa passed away today), it’ll be a week like usual at mom’s (only, without her). We have a line up of dvds, we’ll work away on our laptops (I’m working on two new ebooks), exercising is on the agenda, reading a book on breastfeeding as well as a book on living green, visiting with friends, and having fun.
Daily Conversation Question:
What are two of your favorite movies and why?
Today in Arizona it’s pretty cloudy (although I do see some sun peeking through the clouds). As it’s monsoon season, it’s common to have cloudy days as well as lots of storms at night. While I like the beautiful storms in the desert, I’m not a fan of cloudy days. This is because I grew up in Michigan where it’s common to have gloomy and cloudy days… one of the reasons I moved to Arizona was for the sunshine.
So, today, with the gray clouds looming above, it felt like a day of nourishing for my mind, spirit, and body. Here’s what I did:
I put on yoga-type meditation music and started my day. Even though I was working away at the laptop, I was filled with peace, calm, and relaxation.
Danced with my dog. Yup, I danced with my dog which makes my heart soar. He’s my bud!
I’m filling my body (as usual) with deliciously healthy food; and, in spite of the clouds, I feel vibrant, full of sunshine (must be from all of the chlorophyll-rich plants I eat), alive, and full of nourishing energy.
Today’s Raw Food Plan:
Heavy Metal Nano Detox
Vitamineral Green – 1 heaping tablespoon in a cup of water, chugged down fast. This is now a ritual I look forward to, in spite of the extremely green taste. I feel so energized and buzzing with life when having this daily.
Pines Wheat Grass Tablets – I take the 1st serving of these with my cup of green powder noted above.
Plant Blood – cucumber, celery, dinosaur kale… I love love love Plant Blood. I love the way it feels going down my throat, esophagus, and into my tummy. You know how red wine can give you that warm feeling inside your body as it travels through you after a sip… well, it’s similar for fresh Plant Blood for me, only it’s invigorating, cooling, refreshing, and full of life.
Sauerkraut – hhhmmm… talk about extra nourishment for my pregnancy planning bod!
Power Hemp Shake – water, banana, apple, Vitamineral Green powder (1 tsp), Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder, and 1 tablespoon Milk Thistle Seeds.
Heavenly salad full of fresh ingredients: home grown sprouts (broccoli and alfalfa), avocado, and radishes.
Plant Blood – apple, dinosaur kale
If hungry later, I’ll eat more sauerkraut along with fresh veggies
More Related Posts:
Plant Blood 1, Plant Blood 2
Pre-Pregnancy Planning (Future Mom, Prenatal Vitamins)
Organic On A Budget
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
I made a kickin’ dressing for my salad. I say “kickin’” because it has a little spicy kick to it. And, would you believe that this dressing has prunes in it? Personally, I don’t think prunes get the respect they deserve so I’m determined to change that. I use them in dressings, desserts, chopped up on my salads, and just snack on them plain. I love them because they’re not “too” sweet. Step over dates, it’s time for something a little less sweet. Prunes (a dried European plum) have an impressive nutrient profile (one source I found claimed that prunes have more antioxidant activity than any other fruit… more than twice the antioxidant capacity or blueberries!).
The Goods On Prunes:
High in fiber (constipation is not the sexiest topic, but hey, fiber helps reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, among other things, and THAT is sexy!)
Potassium (helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function)
Iron (better absorbed due to the vitamin C in prunes)
Loads of antioxidants (notably neochlorogenic acid and chlorogenic acid)
And much more
Creamy Kickin’ Dressing
Yield 2 cups
2/3 cup water, or more
1 avocado, pitted and peeled (an amazing, nutrient-packed whole food)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Mexican Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Blend until creamy and enjoy this thick, creamy and kickin’ dressing over your next salad or with chopped veggies. It’s sooooo good!
News To Peruse:
Seattle’s Ban on Plastic and Styrofoam
Local TV News Report Orthorexia On The Rise – haha
Daily Conversation Question:
What do you complain more about than anything else?
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
I have been juicing a lot this week and I love it. I’ve been making deliciously light and refreshing plant blood with a base of cucumber blood. I love cucumbers, they’re right up there with watermelon in my book.
If I don’t have my green smoothie tucked away in my purse when I go to the movie theater, I often bring this green-skinned fruit whole and eat it just like a carrot or stalk of celery. If people look at me like I just came off the mother ship, I respond with “hhhmmmm, aaahhhhhh, this is so refreshing and delicious!”
The Good On Cucumbers:
Hydrating and cooling because of the high water content
Contains fiber, silica (great for radiant skin), potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C
*Not only are they loaded with nutrients, but you can use cucumber slices topically on your closed eyes to reduce swelling, as well as for burns and dermatitis.
So, whether you’re eating your cucumber in a salad or juicing its blood for a refreshing drink… remember that you’ll be “cool as a cucumber” when you do :)
Daily Conversation Question:
What was the most fun you ever had at a party?
*For those who don’t know, I’m adding a “conversation question” to my blog posts. They’re from these cute “conversation starter” cards I found at a little boutique. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable when meeting new people, or if there is silence while around co-workers, or maybe you’re meeting your boyfriend/girlfriend’s parents for the first time and you want to ensure stimulating conversation. These are fun and made for just that!
Whoo-Whee! I feel EXTRA great this past week. From having my amalgams removed to making my own household cleaning products to cleaning/detoxing my home to keeping chemicals off my hair, scalp and body to only using environmentally friendly, natural makeup products to my extra clean diet to my physical fitness (and more)… it’s all kicked my body, mind, and spirit into high gear and I feel absolutely amazing!
Today’s Raw Food:
Watermelon… so far, that’s it. If I could swim in it, I would.
News to Peruse:
Mars Candy Sequences Chocolate Genome For $10 Million (WTF?)
Genetically Modified Crops Cannot Feed The World: A Confession
Daily Conversation Question:
If you could be brilliant in one subject which would you choose?