Sunday, July 19th, 2009

How To Grow Sprouts

by Kristen Suzanne in broccoli, Kristen Suzanne, raw, vegan, video

Here is a quick video showing you how I grow my sprouts at home. I LOVE GROWING THESE NUTRITIOUS LITTLE CUTIES!!! I’ve written about it in a previous blog post here.


The link to the water filter I use is here.

I usually buy my sprout seeds here but there are many great sources on the web. Enjoy!


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Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Winner of My 12th Awesome Giveaway! Congratulations Life’s Delights!!!

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, Kristen Suzanne

Congratulations Life’s Delights!!! You win!!! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 12th Awesome Giveaway. The prize is your choice of any 1 of my 11 available books (view choices here) – YAY!!!!!! Simply email me the address you want your prize sent to.

Here is what Life’s Delights had to say when asked, In the spirit of my latest and greatest news of being pregnant… What is your favorite childhood story AND why?”

My favorite book as a 4-5 year old was from the Little Critter series called “Just Grandma and Me”. It came with a casset tape that I could play and pretend to read along with. It is about a special day spent with Grandma at the beach. I loved imagining myself at the beach with my grandma.


My next Awesome Giveaway is in July (AGAIN!), so check back for details!

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Kristen Suzanne: A Future Mom Now A Reality!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Over a year ago, I wrote a post about being a mom in the future. Some of you have been asking about various things I might/might not do regarding birth and raising children. While I’ll be writing in more detail over the coming months to answer those questions… check out this old post to see where my mind was/is still at: Future Mom. (Add cloth diapering and baby wearing to the list of things we plan on doing.)


Cheers,
Kristen

PS I have a big stack of books to read (shown in picture) and that doesn’t even include them all! Not shown here is Ina May’s book (I’ve already read it but I’m asking my mom and MIL to read it before attending the home birth), as well as The Continuum Concept, and Last Child in the Woods… among others! :) Plus, I have plenty of Mothering magazines to read (that’s one of my faves!).

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Today’s Food Intake

by Kristen Suzanne in hemp protein, sun warrior rice protein

Here is list of what I’m eating today for Monkey and me. Everything is organic (of course). Can I just say AGAIN how happy I am to be pregnant. Oh joy joy joy!!!!! I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I can hardly contain my excitement… I just want to jump up and down all day (no worries, though, I’m not really doing any jumping).


Over the next week I plan on introducing you to my AWESOME doula, as well as my midwife, plus I will continue to write the foods I’m eating since many of you are interested in that. I also recorded a quick video about growing sprouts. Look for that this week or next. Oh, and I plan on sending out my email newsletter this week. If you’re not signed up yet, you can do so here. There will be plenty of goodies, including a couple of my latest recipes.


1.5 cups Raspberry Leaf Tea

2 cups watermelon

8 oz yellow lentil soup, 4 Tablespoons golden hummus, a lavash cracker, 1/2 cup quinoa
We went to lunch here and it was really good. I wanted to get an all Raw lunch, but they couldn’t serve us that in the limited 1/2 hour my mom and I had… so we chose things from the menu that we’re quick to get served (soup, hummus, quinoa). It’s very good food and I’m eager to go back for the Raw goodies.

1/2 quart Plant Blood (cucumber, cilantro, lime, carrot)
I used my Breville to make this quickly.

1/4 cup raisins

Large Protein Shake (Sun Warrior Rice Protein, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein, Amazing Grass Wheat Grass Powder, ground sprouted flax seeds, cinnamon) I have the vanilla flavor rice protein although that link shows you the chocolate. No chocolate for me while I’m pregnant.


Giant Salad: romaine lettuce, chopped red bell pepper and cucumber, sauerkraut, hemp seeds, and topped with left over Fresh Summer Hot Salsa and Elegant Guacamole (salsa and guac pictured here)

If I’m hungry later, I’ll probably snack on prunes and maybe have a glass of cucumber/carrot/spinach plant blood





Other items I had today:
5 tablets Sequel Naturals chlorella
8 tablets Pine’s Wheat Grass
New Chapter PreNatals
NuTru DHA
Jarrow B12

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Kristen’s Raw 12th Awesome Giveaway – FREE Raw Vegan Book

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, Kristen Suzanne


It’s that time again -YEEHAW! Giveaway Time! This month I’m giving the winner one of my Raw recipe/lifestyle books or ebooks (view choices here). This contest is open to anyone around the world. If you live outside of the continental United States, I will email you the ebook of your choice.

Want the chance to win? It’s simple to participate! All you have to do is answer the following question in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Wednesday night, July 15th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Thursday, July 16th.

Question: In the spirit of my latest and greatest news of being pregnant… What is your favorite childhood story AND why? (This can be a personal story from your childhood or your favorite story that you read or was read to you.)

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Friday, July 10th, 2009

EXCITING, AWESOME, AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Kristen Suzanne in family, Kristen Suzanne, pregnancy

I’M PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!


…about 4 weeks along, due St. Patrick’s Day 2010!

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Spa Day – Earth’s Living Green Clay (w/ video!)

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty, video

I love beauty products, and since going Raw Vegan I’ve made it a point to use products that are seriously natural. (I’ve written posts about some my favorite products here, here and here, and I’d like to add to that list… for makeup, check out 100% Pure – this stuff is AWESOME!!!)


Today, I’m having a spa day and enjoying some relaxing time with a fantastic clay mask. It’s great for drawing out impurities, detoxing your skin, and exfoliating so you have soft, gorgeous, glowing skin. The clay is called Earth’s Living Green Clay and you can buy a bag of it here. (**For better value, I highly recommend doing what I did and buying the 4-pack and saving some money.)

It’s easy to use and easy to make (oh! and super fun!). Simply mix the clay with some water (1 part clay:2 parts water, and if you’re sassy like me you’ll use rose water or orange blossom water like I discuss in the video). Let the clay stand 2-3 hours to gel, and slather it on your body. Good times. (What’s with that expression below as the still video shot??? – LOL)


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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

How To Make Sauerkraut (Video) – Raw, Organic, and Unpasteurized

by Kristen Suzanne in cabbage, carrots, Kristen Suzanne, sauerkraut, video

I made my third batch of organic, raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut Tuesday. This time I used organic (and locally grown!) cabbage and carrots. (I also threw in some organic cayenne pepper, but that part wasn’t shown in the video. I wish I had organic fresh hot peppers to use.) I can’t wait to see how it turns out… have to wait a month. Patience. I recorded the steps (briefly) so that you can see how darn easy it is to make this awesomely nutritious and delicious food. Fermented Foods Rule!!!


I used this food fermenting vessel. It’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I’ve already paid for it more than once with the sauerkraut I’ve made, so this is a great way to save money. And, it should last my lifetime.

Here is a post about my first sauerkraut adventure with some written directions on how to make your very own precious sauerkraut. And, here is a post about my first adventure harvesting it. Enjoy! (*I don’t know why these videos are getting cut off on the right side… must have been something I selected when uploading it.)

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Today’s Raw Food – Plus Video!

Today I had a high energy, organic, raw vegan food day. It’s been AWESOME and I feel on top of the world. Yowza!


Watermelon (3 1/2 cups)

Bleh Protein Smoothie
OK, this kind of tasted like crap. I winced the whole time I was drinking it. It had filtered water, raw rice protein powder (vanilla flavor, I like the chocolate much better), hemp protein powder, Amazing Grass wheat grass powder, and an orange (peeled). I chugged it down and was glad to be done with it. Bleh.

Watermelon (2 cups)
Remember! One of the main food combining rules (to always follow) is eating melons alone. So, I had this watermelon more than an hour after my protein shake (giving my shake time to digest and leave my stomach).


Fresh Green Juice (3 cups)
Vibrant, delicious, nutritious… this stuff made my cells dance all day long. Green juice, or as you know I love to call it, Plant Blood, is SO good for you!!! Today’s concoction had (all organic) dinosaur kale, celery, dandelion greens, oranges and apple. I used my good ol’ Green Star for this baby! That machine is amazing and is truly worth every penny.


Watermelon (3 cups)
What can I say? I LOVE WATERMELON!!!!!!!!!!!!

Plain Sauerkraut (1/2 cup), 3 Prunes
I made another batch of sauerkraut today but this time I made it with cabbage, carrots, and a little cayenne pepper. I shot some video of the process and will post it later this week. Stay tuned!

Giant Fresh Salad
Tonight’s salad was a big bowl filled with romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, diced avocado and a special dressing that I made using an ingredient I’ve not used before now. I will report back later about what it was. Know this, it was scrumptious!

Plain Sauerkraut (1/2 cup), 2 Prunes

I suspect I’ll get hungry later. If (when) I do, I plan on eating organic cherries and maybe the organic white peach I picked up at Whole Foods last night.

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Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Back Home in Sunny Arizona

by Kristen Suzanne in Hemp, raw, sauerkraut

We came back to sunny Arizona last week and the hot sunshine has been welcoming. We’re staying at my mom’s for a few days, so it’s kind of like the vacation has been extended. Mom and I went to the farmers’ market yesterday and loaded up on our locally grown goodies from my favorite farmer Doug. I can’t tell you enough how happy I am to be a part of his CSA. (Read why I love it here.


Today’s Glorious Fresh Raw Vegan ORGANIC Food:

Cucumber Sun Plant Blood 
This was a refreshing and delicious recipe guaranteed to help keep me cool in the hot summer sun. I used my Breville to make this juice super fast…. like in a minute! The recipe had 3 cucumbers and 2 peeled oranges (all locally grown, organic ingredients)

2 cups watermelon

Organic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This is one of my favorite herbal teas.

Sauerkraut Slaw
I made my second batch of sauerkraut before I left for NY. When we came back home (to mom’s) we harvested it and OMG! it is freakin’ AWESOME. This time, I added a few cloves of crushed garlic into the mix (per head of cabbage). So, today I took 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 radish, and I shredded them into a bowl. Then, I added 1/2 cup of my raw, organic, unpasteurized sauerkraut and stirred it all together. YUM! (Read about my first sauerkraut adventures here.)

5 prunes
(I love prunes, and they’re such a great way to help make sure you’re going poops!)

1 bowl Raw granola with Creamy Dreamy Hemp Milk
This was hearty and satisfying. 

Dinner: Tonight we’re having humongous salads made with fresh organic, locally grown romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, and my super refreshing and delicious Raw vegan dressing, Sweet Capri Dressing (my parents LOOOOOVE this dressing). For dessert, we’re having sliced strawberries we bought from Doug yesterday topped with a drizzle of agave nectar and some fresh orange zest.

July’s (first of two) Awesome Giveaways is THIS WEEK! Stay tuned!!!

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