Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
I wanted food today that contained plenty of chlorophyll, nourishment, and was EASY to make.
4 Brazil nuts
1 quart Cucumber Plant Blood
Huge salad featuring King Garlic Hemp Dressing (pictured here, recipe below)
Large bowl of Spicy Thyme Bisque
For dessert? DATES!
I whipped up a super easy and delicious dressing, King Garlic Hemp Dressing. I use the word “King” before “Garlic” because in my mind, garlic is indeed the king of spices. (Ginger is the queen.) Garlic is loaded with antioxidants, and it’s one of the world’s oldest medicinal foods. Back in the old, old days, garlic was given to soldiers to keep them healthy and fight infection, as well as to Egyptian slaves building the pyramids to give them stamina. It’s also been said that it helps ward off vampires… but, ehem… we, Twilight fans, know that notion is so silly.
Here are a few ways garlic could help you
Lower cholesterol ~ Prevent blood clots ~ Anticancer properties
Fight the common cold ~ Lower blood pressure
Antibiotic ~ Antiseptic ~ Antifungal ~ Antimicrobial
But! In order to get the opportunity to reap any of these benefits, the garlic should be consumed Raw (yeah, that’s right up our alley) and you have to smish (yes, that’s a technical word – ha!), chop, blend, or crush the whole thing (don’t go swallowing a whole clove, not likely to do you any good). When you smish, chop, etc., you release the amino acid alliin, which mixes with the enzyme allinase, yielding allicin – responsible for most of garlic’s super powers.
The best way to store your garlic is in an open container in a cool, dark place (or in one of those cute garlic jars, as pictured above). No refrigeration needed. If you properly store it, unbroken garlic bulbs could stay fresh for up to 6-8 weeks. However, once you break off a clove from the bulb, the clove will last about 3-10 days.
Yes, when you consume garlic, it sticks by you for hours… sometimes it seems like days! Sure, you can chomp on parsley to help (a little). But, you want to know the tested, tried and true way to make sure no one smells garlic on you? Simply make sure the people around you are eating garlic. Seriously… that’s the sure-fire way.
For a super, nutrient-packed dressing loaded with essential fatty acids, nutrients, and chlorophyll, whip this up in about 3 minutes and you’re all set!
King Garlic Hemp Dressing
Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw
Yield 1 1/2 cups
1 cup hemp oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 large cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
Blend it all thoroughly (I let my high speed Blendtec run 30-45ish seconds). Stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator, King Garlic Hemp Dressing will stay fresh for up to five days.
Monday, December 15th, 2008
Today is turning out to be somewhat of a lazy day for me… I have work to do that I’m putting off, but I’ll get to it eventually – probably in the middle of the night :) I’m also taking the day off (plus yesterday and the day before) from the gym. Uuugghhh! I need to get back there. “Will do tomorrow, Kristen!”
Right now, I’m drinking my Super Shake – I really love this thing! Then, we’re off to our weekly dinner at my momma-in-law’s house where we play games, read by the fire, have dinner and hang out. I’m bringing a few “Raw” goods to complement the dinner she makes us (flax crackers to dip in the hummus and dates for dessert – I love dates… this week I ordered over 5 pounds online – nature’s candy indeed!!!!!).
aaaahhhhh! How sweet is this… in the middle of writing this blog, my husband steps away from his desk and comes over to me unexpectedly. He kneels down by my chair and gives me a huge hug and says, “I want you to always be happy, baby.” Then, he got up and went back to his work. He is so sweet and romantic, it warms me from head to toe – *grin!*
Daily Conversation Question:
What would you most like to do for someone else if you had the money and time?
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
Whoo-Whee!!! I’m so happy! My 5th book is now available in print – Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Entrees! I’m extremely proud of this baby. It’s filled with scrumptiously delicious, fun, and satisfying Raw vegan entree recipes!
You know the drill – I’m taking a survey of your favorite photo(s). Warning: They’ll all probably make you drool, so get a napkin or a tissue before clicking the link for the photo gallery ;)
Friday, December 12th, 2008
I came up with a great protein shake recipe that is filling and nourishing. I feel like it’s strengthening me from the inside out when I’m drinking it. I’m calling it my Super Shake, and my husband and I have been enjoying it every day for the past few days as our breakfast (and I’m sneaking it in for my snack when we see the midnight showing tonight of The Day the Earth Stood Still).
approximately 3 cups / 1 serving
1 cup water
1 cup raw hemp seed milk* (or more)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder
1 tablespoon rice protein powder (been using chocolate flavored)
1 teaspoon Vitamineral Green powder
1 teaspoon Fruits of the Earth powder
1 banana, peeled
Just blend it up, drink it down and feel the power from the essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants go to work for you!
*I’ve been making my raw hemp milk by simply blending water with Manitoba Harvest’s hemp seed butter (this is also known as my “1-Minute Hemp Milk“). Sometimes I add a touch of raw agave or a date to it as well.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Exciting news! My third and fourth books are now available in print on Amazon.
Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Desserts
Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Sides & Snacks
Also! We have new photos uploaded in the photo gallery and I’m taking a survey… What are your favorite photos for both books! Check out the photos here:
Photo Gallery – Desserts
Photo Gallery – Sides & Snacks
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
This post is short and sweet, because the bulk of the details are in the link I provide at the end. I saw a post featured on Raw Food, Right Now!’s blog and wanted to pass it along. This is good stuff!!! It’s important information whether you have diabetes yourself or not (if you don’t have it, it’ll inspire you to keep the Raw vegan lifestyle a priority). Or, maybe you know a friend or family member with it. Again, this is great information to learn and pass along. Visit this link, watch the video, and see for yourself.
Friday, December 5th, 2008
Today’s Raw food is simple… and I mean super simple. No equipment is needed (other than a knife for the avocado). With my crazy schedule lately from getting all of my ebooks published into print books, I’m attracted to noshing in its simplest form. Today is comprised of lovely, flavorful, organic whole foods.
This menu is fresh, delicious, and fills me with tons of energy.
3 persimmons (yes, I’m still crazed for them… forever)
3 bananas (always appreciative of how inexpensive and versatile these are)
1 avocado (tons of fiber and vitamins, love the squish factor)
3 carrots (adore their light sweet flavor, price, and CRUNCH!)
1/4 cup hemp seeds (chlorophyll, essential amino and fatty acids: these are one-stop-shopping)
3 stalks celery (green, crunchy, and slightly salty)
uummm…. okay, and Laughing Giraffe’s Snakaroons will be in my tummy tonight (still falls in line with my simplicity theme since I didn’t have to make them!). We’re going to see the movie Four Christmases and I’m Sneaking in my Snakaroons! :)
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Well, as you can see, there are TWO winners for this giveaway. I was so excited by the number of participants that I decided to draw two names!
Congratulations to both Alison and Faye! You’ve each won a copy of the print version of my book, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays. Simply send me an email (or respond on this post) with your address so I can get your gift to you right away.
Here is what the winners each had to say when asked, “From the following ‘types’ of Raw vegan foods, which is your favorite to eat? a) Beverages (smoothies, juice, elixirs) b) Soups c) Salads d) Desserts e) Entree-like foods (pate, lasagna, burritos, quiche, etc) f) Sides/Snacks (cheese dip, hummus, veggie crudite, etc)”
Alison: Mmmm.. Beverages. I love smoothies!
Faye: ENTREES ARE BEST! THIS WAY I can “sneak in some rawness” for my kids!
If you weren’t a winner but would like to purchase a copy of either the ebook or the print version, visit my website here. I have received loads of praise for them… for example, here is what Lannette in Twin Mountain, NY had to say:
Wow! What a bargain this ebook is! I’ve just sat and read it all and can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I particularly love the fact that preparation isn’t too difficult and also that you list which recipes freeze well. Thanks so much! I’ll be buying more ebooks from you. I’m also going to recommend your books to my clients interested in adding more raw foods to their diets. Really good stuff, keep it coming.
My next Awesome Giveaway is scheduled for January, but that seems like an awful long time so I might do another one this month. Check back for details. Thanks to all of you who participated!
Monday, December 1st, 2008
It’s that time again… my monthly giveaway. This month’s gift? A copy of my newly published book in print, Kristen Suzanne’s Easy Raw Vegan Holidays. And, GREAT NEWS – This month’s contest is not limited to people living in the continental United States, because if someone wins who lives outside the continental U.S., I will send you the ebook version instead.
A little info about the gift:
This great little book gives you fabulous Raw recipes, tips and tricks for navigating the fall and winter holidays. On one hand, holidays are very social occasions that usually focus around food, which can raise issues for Raw food enthusiasts, such as how to explain your food preferences to family, hosts, and visitors, and how to deal with temptations to stray from healthful habits.
On the other hand, again, the holidays are about FOOD. This presents a fantastic opportunity to try some super fun and delicious, seasonal recipes! There is perhaps no better way to start dabbling in Raw or to introduce the cuisine to others… the sheer novelty of Raw holiday food is certain to stimulate conversation. You’d be amazed how some people’s ears perk up when they hear how great, fun, delicious and cool the Raw vegan lifestyle is.
Excited? Want the chance to win? Simply answer the following question in the comment section for this post. At the end of three days (Wednesday night, Dec. 3rd @ 11:59pm) I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Thursday.
From the following “types” of Raw vegan foods, which is your favorite to eat?
a) Beverages (smoothies, juice, elixirs)
e) Entree-like foods (pate, lasagna, burritos, quiche, etc)
f) Sides/Snacks (cheese dip, hummus, veggie crudite, etc)
Friday, November 28th, 2008
One of my happiest times of the year is when persimmons become available. They are a delicious fruit that is slightly sweet, with a little crunch. I love them.
After working out the other night, we took a trip to Whole Foods where they were “singing me to them” (a line from the movie, Australia – loved that movie, it took my breath away!). Anyway… I bought a bunch of them and could clearly not wait until I got home to eat one. I dove right into the bag my husband was carrying before we even got to the car. I pulled one out, smelled it, adored it, and basically worshiped it right then and there. Crazy, I know. But, when you’re hungry and one of your favorite treats is in your hands – well, I just couldn’t help myself. I started chowing down, moaning, no napkin to wipe the juice dripping down my face and hands, just using my sleeve and pants.
I was finished in seconds, literally. And, after a moment of sadness that it was already gone I glanced over at my husband with a dazed look in my eyes (by now, we’re in the car driving to another store in the next complex). He was cracking up at my behavior. Crazed as I was, like a vampire after having only a little taste (huge Twilight fan girl here), I threw off my seat belt and was diving into the back seat of the car after another persimmon. Ahhhh… persimmons.