Monday, October 13th, 2008
I’ve been craving more “whole” fruits and vegetables lately. However, the idea of eating a diced cucumber, “whole” apple or carrot stick just hasn’t been that exciting. I’ve been wanting to have a comfort-food approach to my veggies and fruit, probably because the weather is starting to cool and the season is changing. So, I thought about how I could make my basic “whole” fruits and veggies more comforting… more soft like, more mushy (without cooking them!).
I came up with a great option: Shredding! The simple act of shredding my produce did the trick! Ha! Who knew? Why stop shredding at cabbage for coleslaw, right? It was all about the texture for me and shredding was the answer.
It gets even more fun when you imagine the different produce that could be shredded! The shredded medley you see in this picture is shredded cucumber, carrot and apple. Fun!!! I also shredded zucchini and celery. The shredded celery was really good but not as practical because of the string that’s left behind. However, I ate that separately which was like chewing gum – haha – it took so long to break it down. And, that was fun, too! Beets would be great, as would radishes or pears, and even the stalk of broccoli would be terrific.
I love this because it presents fruit and vegetables in a new fashion. It’s a simple thing like this that can really change your feeling about Raw food during times of boredom or struggle. I think it’s cool… the same exact food, it’s just presented differently and it made all the difference in the world to me. This is the kind of thing that can do wonders for kids and family, too. If it’s a challenge getting them interested in vegetables and fruit, try offering them produce in a fun shredded fashion. Want a little extra pizazz? Sprinkle a tad of Himalayan crystal salt or some dried herbs on top.
Saturday, October 11th, 2008
Congratulations Brenna Kater The Oceanskater AND Shelby (La Belle Vegan)!!! Your names were drawn from the big bowl of names for participating in my Second Awesome Giveaway. Your prize is a delicious and energizing 16-oz bag of Organic Raw Vegan Chocolate Powder! Simply send an email to Kristen@KristensRaw.com with the address that you want me to send your prize to.
Here is what Brenna Kater The Oceanskater had to say when asked, “What is the main reason you started adding Raw Vegan food to your life?”
I started incorporating more raw foods after stumbling across your blog & Green Smoothie Girl’s blog. It just made a lot of sense!
Here is what Shelby had to say when asked, “What is the main reason you started adding Raw Vegan food to your life?”
The main reason I started eating more raw foods is that I heard about all the health benefits and at the time I was unhappy about my body, tired all the time, and my skin was breaking out like crazy. I went a week on just raw foods (this was before I started my blog) and I felt amazing! My skin was clearing up, I had so much energy, and my body looked and felt fantastic. I’m not completely raw but I try to eat as much raw foods as I can and I crave raw foods all the time now.
My next Awesome Giveaway will be in November. Check back for details! It’s going to be terrific!
Friday, October 10th, 2008
If you fall off the bandwagon, don’t be discouraged! Sometimes the harder you fall, the stronger the momentum you have to get back up. What typically happens is that you find yourself equipped with an even stronger mindset that nothing will stop you. Use this to your advantage. Be encouraged. I like what Tony Robbins (one of my favorite personal growth experts) has to say, “When you’re frustrated, that is the time to get excited – because you are about to have a breakthrough.” Whoo-hoo! Now, THAT’S what I’m talking about!
I promise – it gets easier. There might be multiple times that you fall off your Raw Vegan course, but you get stronger each time you get back on. You’ll naturally gravitate back toward Raw, because at some deep level, your mind and body know that’s where you belong.
So, whether you’re trying to go 100% at once or you want a plan that gradually adds more Raw Vegan food into your life step-by-step… if you slip a little (or even a whole lot!) – don’t worry a bit. The very next minute is your chance to change it for the better. Got that? The very next minute you can make an improvement.
And, I’ll share something else. One of the best ways to make that next move is to simply drink a tall glass of fresh Plant Blood (green juice) right away. Alkalizing Plant Blood is a powerful way to turn your mind, body, and spirit back to the high road of health and give you that helpful push in the right direction.
“Never give up. This may be your moment for a miracle.” — Greg Anderson
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
It’s that time again… my second awesome giveaway is here. Yay! The prize? Well, I had so much fun last month that this time I’m drawing TWO names out of the hat. The prize if your name is chosen? I’m sending you a 16-ounce bag of Organic Raw Chocolate Powder from my favorite source, Navitas Naturals!
Here is what Navitas Naturals has to say about their raw chocolate… ‘Food of the Gods,’is the literal translation of the name aptly given to everyone’s favorite food chocolate! A treasure of vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, zinc, chromium and magnesium, raw chocolate is a delight for the senses and food for the mind. New research has shown cacao contains more antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, red wine and green tea.
Excited? Want the chance to win? Simply answer the following question in the comment section for today’s post. At the end of three days (Friday night, 11:59pm) I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winners on my blog Saturday.
What is the main reason you started adding Raw Vegan food to your life?
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
When it comes to the Raw lifestyle, one of the biggest hurdles for people has to do with social situations. To this I say… raise your standards. This includes your peer group. Family is usually another issue. You will always have your family (whether they are supportive of what you are doing or not), but your peer group you can choose. Hence, pick wisely. This is one of the keys to setting yourself up to win. Your life is typically a reflection of your peer group’s expectations.
Whether it’s family or friends, they might not be excited about what you are doing. The reason for this is because, typically, the changes you are making to better your health incidentally shine the light on their lifestyle choices. Important: This is not your fault, it’s theirs. You might never say a word to them about their diet, but you will almost certainly encounter people who object to the idea of Raw (and vegan in general) because they feel that their way of life is under scrutiny.
It’s a very strange and emotionally loaded issue for many people. They might take offense because they assume – through no fault of yours – that you look down upon them. This is the key issue: People do some crazy things to defend their egos. Many people will assume, from your dietary choices, that you think you are somehow superior to them… not just their food choices, but actually them. (This is most common among people with the worst diets and those who have never met a vegan, which varies greatly depending on which part of the country you typically roam.).
1) Stay strong, passionate, and excited about your chosen lifestyle.
2) Be choosy with whom you spend your time.
3) If it’s family who is coming down on you, be prepared with a witty and informative elevator pitch that will either get them curious or pipe them down.
4) Spew off your blood data which is probably very healthy (or on its way to being super healthy) and extremely difficult to dispute i.e., cholesterol levels, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. This is always impressive ammo.
Monday, October 6th, 2008
Today is going to be a day full of fresh Raw Vegan food. I’m going to nourish my body on a cellular level, give my digestion a rest for the most part, incorporate essential fatty acids, and overall make my body super happy :)
1 quart Plant Blood (celery, cucumber, kale)
1 quart Holiday Green Smoothie (spinach, banana, red apple, hemp protein pwdr, carob, nutmeg, cinnamon)
3 cups Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Harvest Soup (perfect for fall!)
Large salad w/ avocado dressing (spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, radishes, dried cranberries, topped with avocado dressing)
1 quart Plant Blood (purple cabbage, carrot, apple)
Monday, October 6th, 2008
Obviously, there are many more, but these come to mind now…
1) Warm sunshine on my skin
2) Fresh Organic Plant Blood (making some now… cucumber, spinach, celery)
3) Hugging my husband
4) Playing with animals
5) Drinking wine with my mom (she’s really funny)
What is something that makes you happy?
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
You will get much more out of Raw when you add physical fitness to your lifestyle. And, with Raw, it’s so easy. Eating raw food is about strengthening your body from the inside out. What happens is that you find yourself with so much energy that you want to exercise. You’ll want to get outside and enjoy yourself. As you transition to a higher Raw diet, you will find yourself wanting to move around. You’ll feel so good, you won’t be content to just sit on the couch and watch TV. It becomes a virtuous cycle – eating the Raw food makes you want to work out; working out makes you want to eat more Raw! So, now you are strengthening your body – both inside and outside! This stuff all feeds on itself! This is how people get sucked into a full swing Raw life cycle and start making dramatic changes in a way that feels totally transformational, yet in many ways feels effortless because your body naturally tells you what to do next.
If you’re not already doing it, there will be a point, soon in fact, when you will crave exercise and physical fitness. Keep in mind that physical activity is not limited to just going to the gym. Exercise can be filled with fun activities like playing with your kids at the park, shopping (lots of walking and carrying your bags of purchased goods), walking your dog, dancing, hula-hooping, swimming, jumping rope, and so much more.
So… what are you going to do TODAY for 5-minutes (or more!) of physical activity?
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Congratulations Ashley!!! Your name was drawn from the big bowl of names for participating in my first Awesome Giveaway. You get to pick out one of my ebooks as your gift for participating (view your choices here). Simply send me an email (or respond on this post) with the ebook of your choice and your email address.
Here is what Ashley had to say when asked where she first learned about Raw:
I first learned of raw when my friend and her husband went from hot dog addicted, junk food eaters to raw vegans overnight. They look fantastic and I was truly intrigued. =D
My next Awesome Giveaway is right around the corner in October. Check back for details! Ohhh, I’m already excited for the next one. This was so much fun!
Monday, September 29th, 2008
Calling all Raw Vegan Chocolate lovers! Are you ready for a super fun trio of recipes? Get out your dehydrator because my Chocolate Chia Crackers are BIG fun. Need a snack for your kid’s lunch box? Want something super healthy to munch on while watching this week’s VP debates? Then, look no further because this is it! I wrote in a past post that Chia is a dieter’s dream food. And, raw chocolate mixed in… HELLO! YUM!
What? Don’t have a dehydrator yet? Why not??? Having a dehydrator is such a fun addition to your Raw Vegan kitchen because it adds tremendous variety to your diet as well as shelf life to some of your food. Now you can have crunchy foods, warm foods, marinated foods with a texture reminiscent of cooked food, and foods that can last a long time in your refrigerator or freezer. Need I say more? Or, maybe you have a dehydrator but want some delicious dehydrated recipes, then check out my ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Dehydrating.
Okay, back to this wonderful trio of Raw Vegan recipes. Here you go! Enjoy!!!
Chocolate Chia Crackers
Yield 1 tray (quantity depends on size you cut)
1 cup chia seeds (get them here)
2 cups water
Juice of 1 orange
1 apple, cored & chopped
1/4 cup raw chocolate powder (Navitas is my all-time favorite brand)
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
6 dates, pitted
dash Himalayan crystal salt
Soak your chia seeds for 30 minutes in a large bowl with 1 1/2 cups of the water. Blend the remaining ingredients (including the remaining 1/2 cup of water) together. Add the blended mixture to the bowl with soaked chia seeds and stir to mix. Break up any chia seed clumps with your rubber spatula or spoon. Let the mixture sit (as is) for 15-30 minutes.
Spread the mixture on a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick paraflex sheet and score to desired size. (For a thinner cracker, divide between two trays.) Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 60 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 6-8 hours. Flip crackers onto another tray without a paraflex sheet and peel off the paraflex sheet being used. Dehydrate another 6-10 hours, or until you reach your desired dryness.
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Spread
Yield 1 1/4 cups
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
3 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 cup cashews
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
Process all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until creamy. That’s it! Easy!
Sweet Southern Peach Jam
Yield 1 cup
1 cup frozen peaches, thawed
3 dates, pitted, soaked 20 minutes, drained
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar
Blend all of the ingredients together. Voila, Sweet Southern Peach Jam!