Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Saturday At Whole Foods, Exercise & Photo Shoot

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Whole Foods: This Saturday (May 31, 11:00am-1:30pm), I’ll be at the new Whole Foods (Mayo Blvd/Scottsdale Rd – off the 101). I’m featuring my Moroccan Gazpacho recipe, so if you haven’t had it, then stop by and try some. And, if you have had it, then stop by anyway and say hi :)

Exercise: I’ll work on my chest and triceps (straight sets, high weight-low reps), and jump rope between sets.

Photo shoot: I’m also busy today with a photo shoot which is going to be fun! I can’t wait to get all gussied up, hair done, etc. I love being a girl!

Daily Conversation Question:
What song evokes the strongest memories for you?

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Monday, May 26th, 2008

My Childbirth Research

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Currently, I’m reading: Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin

I wrote recently about researching my options with respect to having a baby because it’s something we’re going to be
working on in the not-so-distant future. Hence, I’m researching everything involved. I just finished reading Good Nights, which discusses co-sleeping, and is something we’ll be doing (Pierce Brosnan does it, along with many other stars). I think after anyone does research on this topic they’ll quickly find how wonderful this is for both parents and baby. Seriously, great stuff in that book.

Back to
Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth…I’m excited to read this book because it promises to be filled with loads of terrific information. I want to share one of the impressive endorsements on the back of her book: “Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none. As a reproductive scientist as well as a medical practitioner, I can assure readers that everything Ina May presents in this book is based on the best scientific evidence. This book should be read by every woman who is having or may someday have a baby, and by every midwife, nurse, doula, childbirth educator, and doctor who assists or may someday assist these women through their maternity experience.” – Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization. Impressive, huh?

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Monday, May 26th, 2008

Plant Blood Rocks My World

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I can’t imagine my HRAV (high raw, all vegan) life without fresh Plant Blood. With each sip I feel energized, cleansed, rejuvenated, empowered, fueled, and full of life. Plant Blood is what I call any fresh juice made from plants and following is a recipe that rocks my world.

Plant Blood
Yield 2 quarts
1 cup water
2 cucumbers
1 bunch celery
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender and strain out the juice, using a nutmilk bag, into a large bowl. Or, use a juicer, such as the GreenStar to make your Plant Blood. Because I like to make extra, I store my Plant Blood in a glass mason jar, using a FoodSaver to keep it as fresh as possible until I want to drink it later in the day. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Long Weekend…Nice!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

We’re spending a nice long weekend at mom’s. We love coming over here because we basically get to go on a mini-vacation (even though it’s only about 45 min away). It’s usually time spent watching movies on the couch, laptop nearby for surfing the web, munching on all kinds of yummy snacks, playing with the four dogs (we bring our dog for the little mini-break too), and just relaxing. Today was special because we celebrated my step-dad’s birthday, and can you guess what movie we voted to take my parents to? You probably won’t believe it…well, maybe you will. We saw Iron Man. It was our 4th time. I tell ya, I just am not tired of it, clearly.

Tomorrow we’re going to eat watermelon, read, and spend some time at the pool if the weather is nice (it’s been rather icky and cold here lately).

Well, I’m gettin’ a little hungry, so I’m off to the kitchen to find something to munch on.


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Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Kohlrabi Nasty Green Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

If you are following me on twitter then you know that I scored some organic kohlrabi the other day. I made a smoothie with it and thought I’d share the recipe with you, but you might not want to make it. Although eating different kinds of produce is important to ensure a balanced diet of well-rounded nutrition, sometimes I’m tempted to put my foot down and say, “no.” There should be some reward for choking down something that doesn’t taste good (let’s be honest: nasty), apart from the nutrients I’m getting. Perhaps I’ll get some cool super-powers as a result. A girl can dream, right?

So, I’m already imagining ways to improve the smoothie…for starters, leave the kohlrabi out (haha). Hey! Maybe the smoothie is giving me comedic powers or maybe I’m just getting the giggles and laughing at myself.

Reasons to add Kohlrabi to your life: It’s from the cabbage family and can be eaten as crudite or blended into a smoothie, like I did today. All parts of it are game for eating (bulb, stem and leaves). Kohlrabi is low in calories, loaded with cancer fighting phytonutrients, vitamin C & potassium, and packed with fiber.

Kohlrabi Nasty Green Smoothie
Yield: too much

1 1/2 cups water
1 kohlrabi (bulb, stem and leaves)
2 red delicious apples (this variety has the most phytos)
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend it up, choke it down.
Seeing as I have another bulb to force down my throat (and my boyfriend’s), I’m going to make our next kohlrabi smoothie sweeter with bananas (or I’m going to chop it up for our salads).

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Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Oprah Goes Vegan For 21-Days! Hip-Hip-Hooray!

by Kristen Suzanne in vegan

If you didn’t know, Oprah committed to going VEGAN for 21-days. I’m stoked! I’m elated! I’m so happy for her and the animals that have been saved as a result. Follow her blog for more details. She reported being very satisfied with the food so far. This could be huge y’all with Oprah supporting a Vegan diet…I’ve been waiting for this day to come and it’s finally here.

Daily Conversation Question:
What’s the best and worst thing about being a man or a woman.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Ginger Spiced Wheatgrass – YOWZA!

by Kristen Suzanne in ginger

I miss my former espresso days using my cute demitasse cups, so I’m giving them new life by drinking my wheatgrass from them. Isn’t it adorable? Only, I wanted to create a fun alternative to plain wheatgrass, because this never was my favorite beverage (I usually make faces while swallowing it). The verdict? This recipe is fantastically fun! And, it’s potent – Yowza! This little concoction will definitely put some “hip in your hop!”

Wheatgrass rocks because it’s loaded with nutrients and is one of the best ways to help alkalize your body. Ginger is the queen of spices and worthy of much adoration (garlic is king, by the way) because it helps with nausea (which can occur with some people after having plain wheatgrass, myself included), boosts circulation and is filled with antioxidants. The spicy Serrano pepper (or habanero) adds heat and fun (like espresso, only a different kind of heat- haha). Read amazing things about hot peppers here.
Daily Conversation Question:
If money were no object what kind of party would you throw and where?


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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Smartest Animals

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

One of my biggest passions (if not the biggest) is animals, so I’m always stoked when I see an article like this: Smartest Animals. I hope you enjoy this quick article as much as I did. Personally, I’m in awe of animals and filled with so much respect for them. How could you not be? They’re just so damn cool!

This is a picture of my dog here (isn’t he gorgeous?). I was raised with always having at least one dog running around (sometimes up to three of them!), so it only seemed fitting that I’d get my own when I moved out. I’ve had my dog for about eight years now, and he is truly my buddy. I figured a picture of him was appropriate for this post – he is a smarty!


I’d love to have a pig as a pet, too…but all in due time. I envision myself someday living in a home with plenty of land, where I can grow some of my own food, and have all kinds of animals running around (horses, pigs, bunnies, dogs, etc).


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Monday, May 19th, 2008

Today’s Raw Vegan Food (Banana Splits!) & Exercise

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise

Today’s Raw Food Plan:

1 quart Plant Blood
3 cups watermelon
1 quart Plant Blood
4 cups watermelon
Large spinach salad with Fat Free Strawberry Ginger Dressing
Raw Vegan Banana Split (YUM!)

Exercise:
We’re going to the gym tonight, and I’m planning to work out my chest and triceps, as well as doing some cardio (the treadmill is calling my name).
Daily Conversation Question:
Would you rather live by the beach or in the mountains?

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Monday, May 19th, 2008

Fat Free Strawberry Ginger Dressing – Lovely and Fresh!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Yesterday’s class was a major success and so much fun. I’ve already received multiple emails from students telling how much they loved it, and how eager they are for July’s class (check out the goods here…it’s going to be amazing – one of my best ever!).

Here is a deliciously fresh dressing to make as a staple in your household this summer. It’s light, fat-free (yay, put extra on!), and is going to add a little pep in your step with the sassy ginger kick in it. It pairs wonderfully with a spinach-based salad (spring mix greens are a touch too bitter and romaine lettuce is a little too heavy, which detracts from the lovely lightness of it).

Fat Free Strawberry Ginger Dressing
Yield 1 cup

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, destemmed and diced
Juice from 1 orange
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

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