Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Today started out with me jammin’ out to Lenny Kravitz (hope my neighbors didn’t mind – ha ha) while drinking a Green Smoothie recipe, Chlorophyll Rich Pineapple Smoothie( 1/2 cup water, 2 cups pineapple, chopped, 2 cups yellow bell pepper, chopped, 1 banana, peeled, 1 1/2 tablespoons Amazing Grass Wheat Grass Powder. The yield was about 3 cups of green goodness. After drinking that and dancing to Lenny, I was ready to tackle the day.
Sometimes I’m asked about what supplements we take. Yes, I have a great, balanced diet, but there are some things that I feel are needed in supplement form… sometimes daily, sometimes not.
On a fairly regular basis, we take a Vitamin B12 supplement. Right now, we’re using Jarrow’s. But, we’ve also taken this brand.
In addition to a B12 supplement, we also take a vegan DHA supplement (a building block for brain and retina tissue, especially important for pregnancy, infancy (through breast milk), and old age. It’s also been noted for helping people with depression, which I am not depressed, but thought I’d pass that information along. For information about this, click here.
On occasion, we take a probiotic by Dr. Ohhira’s. Gotta have lots of friendly bacteria for a healthy body!
And, for the first time, I’m trying some Vitamin K2 (for bones and teeth). I learned about it from Shazzie’s latest book, Evie’s Kitchen. Let me just take a moment to say… this book is great. I loved reading it. It’s great for anyone with (or without) kids, or for anyone who is family planning right now. The recipes use metric amounts, so that means having to convert them, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it. It’s filled with pictures and worth the price.
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
I made it through my tech difficulties! My BlackBerry is alive and well (actually even better than before! Yay!). My web email was restored – thank heavens for that!!!!! And, the other issues I was dealing with… well, we have a plan with many options, so that alone empowers me, calms me, and gives me much hope (will share more intimate details with you over time regarding this).
Today was busy and fun. I tagged along with my husband and his business partner up to Flagstaff. I made him a bagged lunch with plenty of Raw vegan goodies (and made one for myself, too). It was nice and relaxing, although pretty chilly up there. Once we came home, I wolfed down a kale salad that had chopped dates, raisins, pecans, grape tomatoes, kale (massaged with the basic lemon juice, olive oil & Himalayan crystal salt), and diced avocado. I call the kale salad, Candy Kale Salad, because it is sweetly delicious. It’s an awesome transition recipe for those of you trying to get more kale (or any hearty greens) into your diet (or your family’s) but really want the sweetness to make it extra fun and tasty. Ha Ha – Who am I kidding? I’m not in transition and I’m eating it… because it’s YUMMY!
Tonight I’ve been in the kitchen working up a couple of final recipes for the chocolate book. I was all finished with it, and then a couple of nights ago, more recipes came to me as I was falling asleep. (This is common with me… so I keep a notepad and pen on my nightstand to jot down the recipes.) These recipes were so cool and unique that I HAD to experiment with them. Great news! They’re awesome! Therefore, I’m back to editing the book, which will delay publication, but I tell ya… it’ll be worth it!!!!
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
Well, it’s been some crazy days for me. My BlackBerry basically blew up (not really, but you get the picture). I rely on this device to keep my business running in real time, no matter where I am, so it’s a big deal when it’s not working. Then, my web-based email followed suit (still trying to restore my account – yikes! Wish me luck!). Plus, some other things going on that I won’t get into the details with you (yet), but let’s just say…. it’s been a trying week. However! I’m staying strong! I’m deep breathing, exercising, and eating extra-extra well to keep my immune system in top shape. I’m listening to happy music to keep my spirits soaring. I’m dancing with my dog to calm my soul. And…. it’s all working! (smile).
It’s trying times like these that I’m ever so grateful for my healthy HRAV (high raw, all vegan) diet and lifestyle. I know I can count on it to keep my cells properly functioning, happy, and protecting me.
This week I’m adding the final touches to my lastest book and ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes, as well as getting out my March email newsletter (sign up here) – I’m going to have some super yummy recipes in it, so don’t miss out!
This is the perfect comfort beverage for those times you want something sweet and satiating, and to prevent you from gorging on something not-so-good for you. It’s easy to make, Raw, vegan, nutritious, and delicious. I use the word “pillowy” in the title because every sip is soft, smooth, and comfy… just like the perfect pillow.
Pillowy Vanilla Cashew Milk
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 2 cups
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 1 hour, drained, and rinsed
1 – 1 1/4 cups water
2 soft medjool dates, pitted
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon lucuma powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend everything together until wonderfully smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
PS… I’ve been trying some new hair products and OMG – Love them!!! My hair is so super duper soft and shiny! I’ll report the details to you soon…
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Congratulations Vicki’s Vegan Vice!!! You win!!! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 9th Awesome Giveaway. Your prize is a 16oz bottle of Vitamineral Green – YAY!!!!!! Simply email me the address you want your prize sent to.
Here is what Vicki’s Vegan Vice had to say when asked, “Who do you think is the most impressive person alive today AND why?“
The most impressive person alive today is Barack Obama. He has overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles while inspiring the world to change.
My next Awesome Giveaway is in April (unless I do another one sooner!!!), so check back for details!
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Here is a list of my nutrient filled, awesome Raw food I had today. (Everything is always organic.)
1 cup water with 1T Amazing Grass’ Wheat Grass Powder, 2T Navitas Naturals’ sprouted flax meal, and 1T New Chapter Organic’s Berry Greens
~ I started my day with this alkalizing concoction. The taste is pretty decent and it’s so good for my body.
2T goji berries, 2T cacao nibs, 2T hemp seeds
~ This was a high energy, nutrient dense snack. On my kitchen counter (see pic), I have a cute gold tray with four bowls (goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds). I have a little spoon so my husband and I can just walk by and have a little spoonful of goodness when we want. I like to change the bowls’ contents from time to time. The cool thing about the raw cacao is that it suppresses my appetite, so there is no risk of my overeating on the snacks. :)
1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 banana sliced, 1/2 cucumber sliced
~ I just adore fresh fruit (sweet and non-sweet). It’s filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. It’s a great high energy snack that keeps the cells of my body happy and dancing.
Hummus with sliced carrots and broccoli bites
~ I love the hummus recipe in my Sides/Snacks book – so yummy. I seriously don’t know why people would eat processed (non-Raw) hummus when this delicious and nutritious alternative is available (and so easy to make).
1 cup Exotic Chocolate Milk
~ This is a FUN and unique recipe that will be featured in my upcoming chocolate book/ebook (available within a couple of weeks – fingers crossed!). I enjoyed this drink in one of my wine glasses to make the experience extra sassy.
Small Fluffy Green Smoothie
~ 1 cup water, 1 handful spinach, 1 apple, pinch cinnamon
Marinara with kelp noodles, Omega Crackers
~ I’m not a huge fan of kelp noodles. They have a weird texture to me. But, I’m eating them tonight anyway. My marinara sauce (available in my entree book/ebook) is so good (and I didn’t have any zucchini to make noodles) so I decided to use the kelp noodles in my refrigerator. I would probably like them a little more if the noodles were used in a salad where I might expect the texture they offer. I made Omega Crackers the other day (I used Navitas Naturals’ Sprouted Omega Blend with veggies, herbs, seasoning) and we ate a few with our noodles.
~ Purple curly kale, yellow bell pepper, carrots, raisins, lemon juice, Himalayan crystal salt, and Vega’s EFA oil. Major YUM!!! I LOVE kale salads!!!
Teeccino with Sweet Pomegranate Cheesecake
~ I love ending my day with a nice cup of Teeccino alongside a delicious Raw vegan dessert.
I’m heading to the gym later tonight to walk on the treadmill for about an hour. Yesterday, I ordered the book, The Face on Your Plate (for my Kindle 2), so I’m eager to start it tonight while I’m working out.
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
It’s that time again – my 9th Awesome Giveaway (check out the 8th Awesome Giveaway). This month, I’m giving away a 16oz bottle of Vitamineral Green. Most of you already know that I’m a huge fan of this green goodness. I love it’s powerful alkalizing properties that keep my cells dancing on and on. This stuff rocks the house. If you’re not experiencing this awesomeness yet, now is your chance to win a bottle of it!
The flavor of Vitamineral Green packs quite the green punch. So, sometimes I mix some up in a cup of water or fresh orange juice, and just chug it down, shot style. And, sometimes I mix it into smoothies or my green juice (the sweeter mixtures cover it up so I don’t even know it’s there). Either way, I don’t care, so long as I get in my body because I know it’s working hard to help me attain optimal health. Most people start small when first introducing this into their diets… for example: a teaspoon a day, and gradually increase to 1 tablespoon a day (or more).
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 Tuesday night, March 17th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Wednesday, March 18th.
Question: Who do you think is the most impressive person alive today AND why?
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
From Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life blog: Eat Like You Give A Damn (that’s a picture of my t-shirt with those words – my BFF bought it for my birthday *grin*)…
“At the wee age of 10 years old I was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma or — in other words — BONE CANCER (gasp!). I endured almost 3 long years of chemo and lost my lower right leg. I’m also a veggie-lovin’ vegan who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and never even heard the word “vegetarian” until, uh, college? Seriously. There was rarely ever a vegetable cooked in my house that didn’t have a ham hock (aka: pig’s knee) in it! Every meal incorporated meat or dairy (usually both) until my first semester of college where not only did I hear the word “vegetarian” but I became one instantly after reading about the plight of farm animals. It was then that I made some life-changing connections between the meat on my plate and the miserable life of the individual it came from.”
Read more of this great story here.
HBO SPECIAL: Death On A Factory Farm
I’m eager to see this, and while I’m sure it’ll be hard to watch, I feel a responsibility to do so.
My Raw Food Intake Today
I feel extra awesome today, no doubt from all of the kick-ass healthy Raw vegan foods that are nourishing my body! Oh, and by the way, when I post the food intake, my husband is eating the same. Sometimes he gets extra snacks, or a big protein smoothie or two, or larger portions than me… just depends. Either way, I thought you’d like to know how my husband eats, too, for the most part. And, he loves it!
Vibrant Plant Blood (a.k.a. green juice, although this was anything but green)
~ This was so delicious, refreshing, and just what I needed to cleanse and start my day off right. Vibrant Plant Blood included (all organic): 1 large beet, 1 lemon (peeled), 1 head of broccoli (stalk and florets), 1 inch ginger, 4 med-large carrots
Banana Sprouted Flax & Rice Protein Smoothie
~ This combo keeps me fueled, filled, and satiated for a long time. It’s simple and tasty. I get my sprouted flax seed powder here and the sprouted brown rice protein powder here. The recipe was 2 cups cold water, 2 bananas, 1T flax powder, 1 scoop rice protein powder.
Large Kale Salad
~ Ooooh! This was good and fun. I’m keeping the recipe a secret, but only for a short time. I’ll post it later – giving it its own special post!
Carrot Sticks with Cheezy “Brazil Nut” Nacho Sauce
~ Well, I ran out of hemp seeds – bummer! So, I improvised and made the recipe with Brazil nuts (full of selenium). It was very good, but not as addictive as when I make it with hemp seeds. The cool thing is my carrots were bought at the Farmer’s Market this weekend, so they’re organic, locally grown, and Super Qi food. I love that!
Vega Bar (Berry flavored)
~ These are pretty tasty and filled with nutrition. I like having raw and vegan bars on hand for easy snacking or when I’m running out the door.
Kale Salad (large serving) and Spinach Thyme Soup
~ The soup recipe was featured in VegNews magazine, as well as in their most recent email newsletter.
~ Total sweet heaven. I don’t see how anyone could ever miss cooked desserts when you have something this extraordinary and decadent to enjoy.
It’s time for a little “Girl Talk” on Kristen’s Raw Blog.
The idea of using organic cloth pads for “period time” has always intrigued me… and, scared me a bit. I love the eco-friendly aspect of it, as well as not having to always buy organic cotton pads (I’m not a fan of tampons, even if they are organic, and only use them on rare occasions). However, I’ve always been a bit shy to try the cloth pad option. But… it keeps coming to my attention, so I decided it was time to give it a try. When I was buying my husband a hemp sweater from Rawganique for Valentine’s Day, I saw they had these “LunaPanties: organic cotton period panties” and I decided to give them a try. I haven’t had the chance to use them yet… but that full moon is on its way. UPDATE: I’ve used them and they are a bit stretchy to wear they don’t fit that well. The “pad” part is fine, but the overall comfort of the underwear isn’t anything to write home about.
Then, that same week, I was reading up on some blogs I follow, and a fellow blogger actually wrote an informative post on the topic. I highly recommend checking it out. She writes, “The minute I tell folks I use cloth menstrual pads, their expression noticeably changes into one of confusion and sometimes disgust. But as I glowingly tell them about the benefits of cloth both to myself and to the environment, they start to listen and realize it’s not so weird or strange after all.” Read more here.
On to the topic of Raw food now… Here is my food intake/plan
Water w/ New Chapter Organic’s Berry Greens (I buy mine from Vitacost.com but they also sell it on Amazon and in some Whole Foods Markets) and Amazing Wheat Grass Powder
~ I like the taste of these two products, both together and independently. It’s a great alkalizing way to start my day. I also add them to smoothies, too, if I’m not drinking them straight with water.
~ Bananas are easy, full of vitamins, and taste awesome. Need I say more?
Cherry Tomatoes, Carrot Sticks, and Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce
~ I know… AGAIN? Emphatically… YES! I cannot seem to get enough. I’ve been making it every other day. If I’m not eating it with veggies, I eat it with Raw corn chips, and I’ve even enjoyed it w/ organic, baked corn chips. I love the flavor!!! It’s a satiating snack that keeps me filled for hours.
Strawberry Fennel Kale Salad (2 servings)
~ I’ve also been eating a lot of kale salads lately, trying different combinations of ingredients. This was a lovely combo.
3 Spoonfuls of Chia Seed Pudding w/ Raw Cashew Milk
~ This is a great way to fix a sweet tooth. And, chia seeds are loaded with nutrition (read more here). The Raw cashews and chia seeds are from Navitas Naturals.
Goji Berries (a few small handfuls)
~ I’m making a new dessert recipe, with goji berries, so I have them sitting on the counter. I’ve been munching on some here and there when I walk by them.
Kelp Noodles and Raw Marinara
~ I have a bag of kelp noodles begging to be used in the refrigerator. I think I’ll whip up some Raw Marinara tonight and we’ll enjoy that for dinner… alongside some Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce and Corn Chips of course – ha ha.
~ We’ll either have some more Chia Pudding or the new dessert recipe I’m working on. Either way… we’re having dessert!
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
I’m writing this a tad after midnight (Thursday) to show what I ate on Wednesday, which was a day full of delicious Raw vegan food that made me feel like I was at the top of my game all day. :)
Mug of organic raspberry leaf tea (Mountain Rose Herbs)
It was so nice starting my day off with some warm herbal tea. I drank it on my porch with the sun shining brightly.
Golden Plant Blood (about 1 quart)
3 carrots, 3 stalks broccoli, 1 head broccoli florets, 1-inch ginger, pineapple (including core) This was a very pretty juice and it really got my day going with a bang!
Carrots and celery with Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce
I told ya… I just can’t seem to get enough of this sauce. I absolutely love it! I’m going to my mom’s tomorrow and she asked me to please bring her and my step-dad some. (Note to self: buy more organic bell peppers tomorrow so I can make more.)
Groovy Kale Salad (big bowl, so it was about 2 servings)
This was so good, so fresh, so filled with vibrant colors, nutrition, and energy that seemed to be jumping right out of the big bowl I was eating! I’ll be giving you the recipe for Groovy Kale Salad in March’s email newsletter. If you haven’t signed up, you can do so here.
Amazing Grass’ Whole Food Energy Bar
This organic bar really hits the spot when I’m needing a solid snack. I like these and Vega bars (although I prefer the taste and texture of Amazing Grass more).
Raw granola cereal with hemp milk and diced strawberries
I was in the mood for breakfast at dinner tonight, so my husband and I opted for a big bowl each of raw granola with hemp milk. It was yummy, especially with the fresh organic strawberries in it.
Although not Raw, I still enjoy a cup of this from time to time.
Raw corn chips with Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce
What can I say? It’s late and I’m hungry. I’m going to have it with raw corn chips this time.
Now that it’s a new month, you know what time it is… Kristen’s Raw Awesome Giveaway! (Details for last month’s awesome giveaway are here.) Be sure to check back soon for details.