I’m excited to announce my newly remodeled online store. I hope you like it! In it you’ll find all the products that I use in my own home with my own family. The store, especially the supplement section, will continue to evolve on a regular basis as I try new products and add to the list.
Here’s a great recipe that is perfect for your next lunch. I love the way the kiwi gives it a lightness to offset the black beans and rich avocado. It will keep you filled with fiber, healthy fats, vitamin C, iron, and tons of antioxidants to help you live a long and healthy life!
Kiwi Black Bean Guacamole
Yield 1 serving
- 1/2 cup cooked black beans* (rinsed well, if from a can)
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
- 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and diced
- 1 to 2 pinches of Himalayan crystal salt
- pinch black pepper
Toss (and slightly mash) the ingredients together and enjoy!
*I either make mine in a pressure cooker (here’s the one I have after lots of research), or when I’m short on time, I open a can of Eden Organic Black Beans – no salt added and the cans are BPA-free. I buy them by the case on Amazon because it’s much cheaper than buying them from Whole Foods. I also like their chickpeas.
Of course, you can get a little fancier and add some diced shallot (or purple onion) and a little fresh basil for flair. ;)
Here is my food journal from Wednesday.
Pre workout fuel: 2 scoops Sun Warrior protein powder, 1 banana, ice, and water blended. Plus I ate 1 1/2 cups blueberries
Post workout fuel: Boku bar, 1 apple, krautwich (2 sprouted pieces of bread, gently toasted, with sauerkraut stuffed between them)
Lunch: Large salad of romaine lettuce, apple, cucumber and topped with my delicious 4-Ingredient Magic dressing
Dinner: Double serving of my Cheezy Corkscrew Macaroni (my popular, part cooked, part raw recipe transition recipe from my book, Kristen Suzanne’s Easy Raw Vegan Transition Recipes). My step-dad begs me to make this every time I visit. For this batch, I made double the raw sauce so I could keep some for veggie dipping later. The cooked part was noodles, broccoli, onions, and black beans.
Dessert: Two big 5-Minute Walnut Brownies (a new recipe that will be featured in my upcoming book with Chronicle Books)
It’s been such a nice couple of weeks. Ever since I scaled back my workload, I’ve been spending more time relaxing… doing things like reading fiction while Kamea sleeps, playing Words with Friends on my iPhone, exercising daily, and overall enjoying a slower paced life. I likey!
Books: I want to rent The Lincoln Lawyer when it comes out on DVD, but thought it’d be fun to read the book first. I was right. I really enjoyed it and finished it in about three days. Have you read it? Did you like it? Have you read anything else by this author, Michael Connelly? I’m trying to figure out where this book fits in with all of his other titles to decide which of his to read next. Any suggestions? Until I figure that out, I decided to read The Hunger Games, but oh dear(!) it’s a bit disturbing so far. I was going to stop reading it but so many people have recommended it – plus – I hear it’ll be made into a movie. Does anyone have thoughts on this? Should I keep reading? Is it worth it?
I usually read non-fiction books for research and work (fitness, nutrition, etc), but as I said, I’m scaling back a bit to take a breather and enjoy my family more. Do you have any fun and fast paced, page turning titles you recommend? [Read more…] about Kristen Suzanne Going Ons… Books, Apps, and Enjoying Life
Welcome back! In the last part of my Raw Food Weight Loss Series, I talked about the importance of counting calories, whether you are aiming to lose weight, maintain your weight, or gain weight. It’s one of many key aspects to reaching your ideal weight. So… for those of you counting calories, have you realized that you might be eating more than you really need? Making it hard to lose those unwanted pounds?
Today’s topic: Hunger! Are you REALLLLLLLY hungry?*
Coming off the last blog post about counting calories, if you’re in the plan where you need to create a calorie deficit for weight loss, hunger can be an issue that isn’t fun to deal with. Here is what I want you to consider when you “think” you’re hungry for snacking or late night (after dinner) eating… Are you really hungry? Is it true hunger? *Note: I don’t typically apply this exercise to routine eating of meals such as breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner… it’s important to keep your blood sugar balanced and I’ll address normal meals in a future post. Rather, this exercise of finding out if you’re really hungry is one to help prevent you from eating excess calories as usually happens with in-between-meal-snacking (save for the one you should/could have between lunch and dinner) and late at night munching.
In my experience, I differentiate true hunger by a simple question of “What sounds good to me right now?” If the answer is that lettuce (or a tomato or a simple salad) sounds super good(!), then most likely I am really hungry. However, if I go through the same quick mental exercise and a plain tomato (or celery or carrot) doesn’t sound yummy, and instead I want a snack bar or almond butter with dates or a sandwich or something that is touching upon my cravings, then I’m probably not really hungry.
Many times, I find that people aren’t really hungry, rather they are looking to food because of emotion, boredom, cravings, mindless eating, or stress. It’s during these times that eating can be a bad thing. You end up consuming too many calories and for all of the wrong reasons. This is an important distinction, but it’s an easy one. Basically, every time you’re headed to the kitchen or vending machine for food, ask yourself… Am I really hungry? Am I seriously hungry? Am I truly hungry? Or… am I headed toward food because I’m stressed, emotional, bored (this used to my challenge), or craving something unhealthy? Many of my clients find it useful to put a note on the refrigerator with the question: Am I REALLY hungry?
Once you determine whether you’re really hungry or not, take the next step. If you’re really hungry, then assess your calories for the day and determine what you need/want to eat. However, if you determine that you’re not really hungry and instead you are looking to food for something other than what it’s intended for…. then go do something else. Go for a five minute walk or read a book or get on facebook and say hi to your family and friends or read some raw food blogs for inspiration to not give in to eating when you’re not really hungry. *Note: if you’re in a mode where you need to gain weight, then eating when you’re not really hungry may be in the cards for you. Just keep in mind that when you reach your goal weight you’ll need to adjust your mind and realize that you no longer need to eat when you’re not really hungry so that you don’t end up gaining weight beyond your goals.
We had some crazy weather here in Arizona this week. Here is my mom’s take on it – good ol’ mom… Read More Here.