Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Another Inspirational Blog Award and Dancing Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Wow, I’m beginning to feel giddy with all the attention from the blogger awards. I think you know what that means – DANCE TIME! Tap the left leg, and shake it out. Jump up in the air and twirl about. Grab my dog, Zeus and do a little jig. Clap my hands and smile real big. YEEHAW, BOOHYAH, we’re dancing fools! (Where is the camera for a youtube video when you need one?) I’ll settle on making a Dancing Smoothie to honor it and share the recipe below.

This award was passed to me from my truly terrific friend, Melissa, of RawBabyAlex. Truth be told, I wanted to give her one of my awards from yesterday because her blog is an all time favorite (but she was already given 2!). When I have kids, you can be sure that I’ll pay EXTRA attention to her blog. Furthermore, I have to give her huge kudos for the juice feast adventure she’s on. She is the one who inspired me to embark on my own juice feasting journey. (Thank you again for all of your advice and help, Melissa).

YEP! You read it, the cat is out of the bag…I’ll be doing a 21-day juice feast starting on Valentine’s Day. My awesome boyfriend and mom will be joining me on this fun adventure. We can’t wait. We wanted to go 30-days for our first run of it, but with the class I’m teaching in March and the Raw dinner event at Mandala Tearoom (March 12), I simply can’t juice feast through those.

For details on the basics of juice feasting (we’re customizing it to fit our desires) please visit JuiceFeasting.com. Maybe you’ll be inspired to try your own.

I’m honored again to pass the Blog Award to five others. I will post about this later…so be sure to check back soon!

Dancing Smoothie
Yield 1 quart

2 cups water
2 bananas, peeled
1/2 bunch cilantro
2 tablespoons hemp powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoon goji berries
1 teaspoon raw carob
1 teaspoon Vitamineral Green powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
smidge red limo pepper

Give it a whirl in your blender, do a keg stand and drink it down (haha – kidding) and dance your heart out!

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Inspirational Blogger Award – It’s Time to Dance!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

What can I say but…”YIPPEE!!!” I’m thrilled to have been given this honor and award from Terrilynn at The Daily Raw Cafe.

The Inspirational Blogger Award is, “For those bloggers who inspire others through their words and actions. With a positive attitude, and uplifting spirit these bloggers make the blogosphere a better place, and encourage others to do the same. This award is for bloggers who rise up to set an example but continue to reach out and support others.”

To celebrate I’m doing a dance right now! Shake my hips a here and a there and twirl around twicethrow my hands upyeah! yeah! Now, a little booty shake and jump around, clap my hands! BOOHYAH! :)

Okay, so now, I get to chat up five other blogs that move me, inspire me, excite me and thrill me…here we go!

ShannonMarie of Rawdorable ~ Your wonderful attitude and delicious creations make me smile from ear to ear. I love your creativity!

VeggieGirl of VeggieGirlVegan ~ You’re a young shining star and I love reading your blog. It’s exciting to see you tap into the Raw side of the vegan lifestyle.

KaleQueen of Loving the Green Life ~ Your biting humor and clever writing keeps me entertained and giggling non-stop.

RawFitMama of Loving Raw Food & Fitness ~ I love the attention you put on fitness. You’re an inspiration all around!

Tera of The Raw Divas ~ True sparkle, fun, and excitement. I love your blog.

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Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Chunky Love and Physical Excellence

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise

My smoothie today – Chunky Love. I smished (yep, that’s a technical term – haha) so much stuff into my BlendTec that it’s no wonder it didn’t all get blended in the first cycle. As I was pouring it into my quart glass mason jar, a chunk of it kind of sploshed (another one of those technical terms) onto the counter and all I could think was….Chunky Love. And, indeed it is delicious!!!

1 cup Water
2 stalks celery
1/2 bunch parsley
2 oranges, peeled
1 lime, peeled
1 apple, cored
1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green Powder
1 tablespoon whole, fresh rosemary
4 leaves red kale (smallish in size), destemmed

Physical Excellence
It’s been a while since I reported on any physical activity (except for the snowboarding) so I’m overdue. I went to the gym two days ago and knocked out some chest exercises. Today, I’m going to work on back and biceps. Then, I’m taking my dog for a long walk. (The weather is simply way too gorgeous to be indoors today!)

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Friday, January 18th, 2008

Food intake, Celebrity Apprentice & Mad Money

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I had to go to the dentist today (NOT fun!) so I’ve been baby-ing my teeth all day. Other than that, it’s been a super fun day, as I’ve been playing in the kitchen and making all kinds of Raw goodies!

Today’s food:
Super Bad-Ass Smoothie: Purple Kale, small banana, apple (cored), 1/2 cup goji berries, 2 teaspoons Vitamineral Green powder, 1 teaspoon raw carob, 1 lime (peeled), 1/2 lemon (peeled) and some water. *I love the lemon & lime in my smoothies, makes them “sweet-tarty!”
“It’s Party Time” Salad: 2-cups (I’m showcasing this in my next class)
Insanely Good Fiesta Cobbler: 1-cup (I’m showcasing this in my next class)

That’s it so far, but my day isn’t over yet. I’ll likely have more of the salad and cobbler for another meal later.
I’m getting ready to watch Celebrity Apprentice in an hour. I’m thrilled to see Carol Alt still on there (my mom modeled with her once) and Jim Cramer is on as a guest tonight (he has a financial show on CNBC called Mad Money). I like to invest in the stock market, so I’m a huge fan Mad Money. It’s a fun show!

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

FDA OKs Meat, Milk From Most Cloned Animals

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

FDA OKs meat and milk from most cloned animals? WTF?

I love one of the comments left on the page, “Cool! Let’s all line up for one more thing that the FDA deems safe so that we can find out 10 years from now that it contributed to the mystery finger growing out of our children’s foreheads…”

View the article here.
Glad I’m VEGAN!

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

I Feel The Need, The Need For Greens!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I feel the need, the need for greens! Kind of like that line in Top Gun…something like, “I feel the need, the need for speed!” – haha

I’m feeling extra wonderful today. I think it’s all of the extra greens I’m adding to my smoothies. Lately, I’ve been adding much more (and less fruit). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of fruit…but I’m listening to my body, which I always recommend, and I’m craving greens lately, so there you have it.

I’ve also been trying out a green powder that I add sometimes from Health Force Nutritionals (Vitamineral Green) and it’s been great. I’m not usually a big fan of supplements, but again, I listen to my body. If I feel out of balance with my diet or if I’m traveling and I won’t have access to many greens, then I’m all for supplementing (it does have it’s place in my world). Plus, it’s just fun sometimes. I love experimenting when it comes to things like that, so I can’t really help myself – haha. I’ve always had a passion for health, nutrition, diets, physical fitness, and…yes, even supplements. I don’t rely on them though; they’re just something I add once in a while.

Anyway, back to my intense adoration of greens lately. I’ve been enjoying them in mass quantities, and I’m reaping the benefits. My favorites this week have been cilantro, parsley, celery and spinach. Right now, I’m off to make a gigantic smoothie of parsley, cilantro, celery, apple, lime, kiwi, cinnamon, and maybe some cayenne or garlic for extra kick.

Have a GREAT day!

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Heavenly Cookies Coming Up!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I’m sending out my email newsletter with my Heavenly Cookies recipe. You can sign up for it at KristensRaw.com.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 13th, 2008

My Weekend & My Next Raw Food Class

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

It’s been an exciting, busy and fun weekend. I had a great time on TV, Friday, showing my much-loved Raw cookie recipe Heavenly Cookies. This recipe will be featured in next week’s email newsletter so sign up for it if you haven’t at KristensRaw.com.

Today I taught my Raw food prep class, Discover Raw, and it was a blast! I was scheduled to teach at Whole Foods where they have a nice kitchen-classroom. Quite last minute, however, I found out they had to use the room for training, so it was off limits to me. Yikes! They presented me with the option to use the café, but I was a little apprehensive initially. I wanted to make sure the atmosphere was still intimate, and somewhat private, now that it would be held in an open café that could be noisy and seemingly not conducive for teaching.

Well…it turned out great (Yay!); despite the after effects of my voice being hoarse from speaking loudly to ensure everyone could hear me – haha. We all had a terrific time and the café seems like a perfectly viable option if the classroom isn’t available in the future. What’s even better is there were many shoppers passing by, eager to find out what was going on…after all, the class was sold out (24 people), so the gathering of people in the café watching me prepare Raw food and having fun was intriguing to them.

Even though it’s nighttime now, I’m still on a “high” from such a great class. I loved seeing the familiar and new faces. It’s electrifying to me to help spread the word about living the Raw lifestyle and seeing people’s lives change as a result. It’s very rewarding. That being said, a lot goes into preparing for a class (many hard hours of work), especially during the 48-hours prior to class time, and lasting until about 4-hours after class when we’re cleaning up, answering final questions, and heading home to unpack everything. By the time I’m done I feel quite spent, in an exhilarated fashion, from running on all cylinders to put on a great show. As a result, this is a day when I want big-time, high-energy to get me through, so I rely on fresh organic green juices and smoothies. Today was no different. I started with a large fresh green juice at Whole Foods’ juice bar, and had another one after my class (drinking plenty of water between). When I finally arrived home, the only thing that sounded good was a giant green smoothie…something about working hard all day and needing nutritious greens to nourish my bod. I won’t be surprised though if I’m raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night for more of those delicious Heavenly Cookies.

Sunday’s agenda? I’m taking a break to relax because Monday, I’m back at it preparing for my next class (Jan. 26), Entertaining and Party Favorites. Whoo-wee! This class will be fantastic and I can’t wait to teach it.

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Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Think the Raw Vegan Lifestyle Is Expensive? Think Again!

by Kristen Suzanne in superfoods

For those of you who think living the Raw vegan lifestyle could be costly, let me help break it down because it doesn’t have to be. In the beginning stages, it can seem expensive, but in the long run, it’s not. Keep the five following points in mind:


>If you are new to Raw, you’re probably going to try lots of new recipes and you typically don’t have all of the ingredients on hand. As a result, you’re frequently buying new ingredients as you stock up your pantry. Once you’re stocked up with all the appropriate seasonings, herbs and ingredients then you’ll only purchase them occasionally.

>You may find yourself making all kinds of food for others to sample (in getting them to understand and support you, or maybe just trying to impress them, or even encouraging them to try the lifestyle for themselves). It’s all perfectly natural, but keep in mind that these – exotic foods, learning materials, parties, etc. – can increase the financial cost of going Raw.

>Super foods can be expensive (goji berries, green powders, raw cacao, etc) and many people don’t find them necessary at all. Personally, there are times I enjoy them and times when I don’t have them for months on end. It just depends on my preference at the time. For example, if I find that it’s been a couple of weeks without much variety in my diet, I’ll add them to make sure I’m getting a more balanced diet. Or, if I’m traveling, I always take a green powder to mix with water or juice so I’m still getting my greens. Just keep in mind that overall, if you use a lot of super foods, they can add to the cost of your Raw vegan lifestyle.

>Living the Raw lifestyle means not eating out at restaurants very often. This alone can save money! The equipment cost you pay in the beginning can add up, but remember you probably won’t need to buy these items again (or for a very long time) if you purchase high quality equipment. Ask for these gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

>Remember the things you will not be buying, which will save you money. Meat is expensive. Supplements are VERY expensive – most (if not all) will no longer be necessary. Processed and packaged food is expensive. Going to restaurants is expensive. Doctor co-pays and bills are expensive. Prescription drugs are expensive. Being sick and staying home from work is expensive. Not having enough energy to really pay attention to your kids and be there for them 100% is expensive.

Today’s Food:

Large green juice
Large green juice
2 of my Heavenly Cookies
Large salad of lettuce, red bell pepper, carrots, celery, tomato topped with a zesty Raw Italian Dressing YUM!
3 of my Heavenly Cookies


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Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The Ethics of What We Eat

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I’m back from my snowboarding adventure and it was so much fun. I love learning new skills. Funny thing is that I thought for sure my legs and butt would be sore. Nope! My back and arms are aching from all the snow shoveling I did to help dig out our car. Flagstaff was dumped on with snow the past few days…it was positively gorgeous, glistening, and refreshing. That being said, it’s always nice to be back in the sunny, warm part of Arizona, of which I can never get enough.

I began a fascinating book while I was away titled, The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer. Oh my…it’s a compelling page-turner. I think the review by The New York Times describes it best, “Vital, urgent and disturbing.” I can confidently recommend this book even though I only just started it.

Today’s food was simple:
A dose of E3’s Renew Me Emerald Blend
Handful of Raw Sweet Vanilla Rain Almonds
Large fresh green juice
Huge portion of curly kale salad with dried cranberries
Hemp Chocolate Protein Shake

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.
~ Gandhi

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