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.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Last week I blogged about President-Elect Obama considering Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. Well…
CHECK IT OUT!!! Here is what Organic Consumers Association reported:
In last week’s Organic Bytes, the OCA alerted readers that President-elect Obama was considering former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for USDA Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack has been an ardent supporter of Monsanto, genetically engineered crops, and corn and soy-based biofuels. Thanks to vocal opposition from thousands of you in the OCA network, Vilksack’s nomination has now been withdrawn. Although Vilsack told the Des Moines Register he didn’t want to comment on why he had been sacked, sources at the Obama transition headquarters reported “a flood of calls and emails” from organic consumers opposing Vilsack’s nomination. Thanks to your participation, the OCA office in Washington, DC is submitting a petition with 8,000 signatures to Obama’s transition team this week, urging Obama to take a strong stand in support of organic food and farming.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Fruit Fly Death Trap
As Raw vegans, we have lots of fresh produce in our kitchen and I’m sure you do, too. Thankfully, we don’t have a problem with fruit flies, but I’ve been asked on more than one occasion about how to deal with them. So, for all of you out there battling fruit flies —> no more! Check this link out for a fruit fly death trap. I know, I know, vegans shouldn’t harm anything that can run, swim, fly, or hop away from us. (That didn’t really include fruit flies, did it?)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
I am in the process of having all of my ebooks published in print format through Amazon. I currently have two available with two more on the way next week.
Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays
Kristen’s Raw – The EASY Way to Get Started & Succeed at the Raw Food Vegan Diet and Lifestyle
We are also creating a photo gallery to showcase photos of recipes from the books/ebooks. Check it out here. I’m taking a survey… which photo do you like best?
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
According to the Organic Consumers Association:
It has been widely reported that former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is being considered for the Secretary of Agriculture position in the Obama Administration. (WTF???) Vilsack is no friend of organic food and farming and his appointment would represent a major disappointment for the organic movement.
But there is still time to make your voice heard.
Speak your mind! If you agree that Vilsack would be a bad choice for secretary of agriculture, then sign the petition here right away. Or, you can tell President-Elect Obama your views on his website here. Heck, while you’re at it, give him a call at (202) 540-3000!
Take this another step beyond signing the petition and pass it on! I posted this on the Crazy Sexy Cancer forum and it’s getting a lot of play, so if you know of somewhere else to post (including your own blogs), then let’s do it!
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
Aahhh! Here it is. I found the recipe – thank goodness. I was so elated that I found it that I had to make another batch on Saturday afternoon. Yum!!!
We went to a birthday party that night and I used a little round cookie cutter to cut mini Cherry Chocolate Brownie Bites. Then, I put them in a little plastic bag from a craft store (I use bags like that for Raw goodie-gift-giving), tied a little ribbon around the top and gave them to the birthday guy. He was so excited that he immediately started sharing them around the table.
Confession: Later that night after we arrived home, I ate half of the 8X8 glass-baking dish worth of them. Goodness, they’re so freakin’ good.
Cherry Chocolate Brownies
Yield 8X8 glass baking dish
1 1/2 cups dehydrated almond pulp, ground
1 1/2 tablespoons Navitas Naturals lucuma powder
3 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
dash Himalayan crystal salt
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons cherry extract
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup dried cherries, packed
Using your food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, pulse to briefly mix the ground almond pulp with the lucuma, chocolate, salt, and hemp seeds. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture sticks together when gently pressed between two of your fingers. Press the delicious mixture firmly into a glass 8X8 dish. Cut into squares (or whatever shapes you’d like) and serve plain or topped with Raw vegan ice cream for extra indulgence.
Vitamineral Green Loading Update
All is well with my experimental loading of Vitamineral Green. I’ll admit… it’s pretty icky the way I take it, but when you’re loading it like I am, I just want to plug-n-chug it, get it over with, basically don’t breathe while drinking it (you get the point) haha. I take a glass mason jar, add a couple heaping tablespoons of Vitamineral Green Powder, add 1 cup of water, and often times I add a tablespoon of Fruits of the Earth Powder, too. Shake it up and drink it down. (Ick!) Then, I chase it with a cup of plain water. On some days, I toss down another heaping tablespoon later in the afternoon.
Monday, November 17th, 2008
10 Healthiest Supermarkets in the U.S.
Living in Arizona, we have 5 of them near us – gotta love that – with Whole Foods being my favorite, of course. We also have some excellent farmer’s markets (with many of them year round) so I can score some locally grown goods. You may be surprised to learn that Safeway’s “O Organics” brand is the largest organic brand in the country. That’s an excellent sign of things to come.
Vitamineral Green Loading (experiment)
Back in my bodybuilding days, we used to do a thing called “loading” with certain supplements (it was usually in reference to loading up with creatine – an OTC supplement popular amongst athletes). When we loaded up on a supplement, it usually involved a set period of days, say 7 days, in which you consumed a lot of the supplement in that period of time. Some people would gradually increase the amount each day of loading and some people did the same amount each day. Then, the process usually involved taking a few days off from the supplement and then getting back on a loading phase.
Well, the holiday season is around the corner which means that many people (family, friends, co-workers, etc) will likely fall prey to the flu and disease begins to run rampant. This is something that my husband and I want no part of. So, we’re eager to consume more greens (lots more) and fight back with super power alkaline immune systems. My plan of attack for us to easily do this is with “Vitamineral Green Loading.” We’re going to double our daily doses, and in some cases triple – starting this week and going through the holidays. Every Sunday we’ll take a break from it. This will be a fun experiment. I’ll keep you posted as to our progress and how we’re feeling as a result.
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
I thought this story was neat… chocolate, red wine, laughing, and well… bike riding. I think the first three definitely belong together – it’s easy to do all three at the same time. After reading about this person I will make a stronger effort to have more of those in my life. HAHA! Like that will be hard! (I’ll keep my chocolate organic, raw & vegan for extra super powers – and the same goes for my wine – organic and vegan). Oh, and of course, I’ll keep exercising – one of the biggest keys to her success I’m sure :) Read more here.
My Goal: Become A Centenarian
Friday, November 14th, 2008
I’ve been dying to post this super cute testimonial I received recently, where monkeys loved one of my recipes. Here is the story…
“I made those delicious hazelnut chocolate snowballs and omg!! They were AWESOME! I’m goin tomorrow to get more ingredients! I brought em to a monkey ‘play date’ and the monkeys were allowed to eat them cuz they were raw – They were all LOVIN em- pretty funny!”
When I asked for permission to post the testimonial, here is what she added…
“ABSOLUTELY!! I actually made them as my ‘covered dish’ I had to bring – well, the monkeys ate them ALL. The people in our monkey group are pretty careful about what they feed the monks so when I told them about the raw, natural ingredients… it was all a go – I took a couple of pictures because they were going so fast…”
“This is Lorraine (first 2 pictures) – when I offered her a bite, she grabbed the whole thing and spun around and ate it as fast as she could to keep from getting it taken away – (it was so good, she was sure she wasn’t supposed to have it)
Lali (3rd picture) ate one and her dad didn’t want her to spoil her dinner, so here she is BEGGIN for another with that sweet face…“
Want the recipe that the monkeys are so crazy about? Here it is!