Friday, November 14th, 2008
It’s been a terrifically FUN week! I wrapped up Kristen’s Raw 3rd Awesome Giveaway. I finished part of another major project for Kristen’s Raw. And, we put up our Christmas tree :) To top it all off, tonight, we bought our first presents to go under it – one gift for my mom and one gift for my mom-in-law. This is such a lovely time of year.
I haven’t posted lately about my Raw food intake. It seems that with my schedule lately, I’ve been eating the same thing almost every day this week! That’s one of the reasons Raw vegan is so easy for me… I will make big batches of things and just eat them all week long (thankfully my husband is the same way – we’re true soul mates). I’ve been throwin’ down lots of guacamole, salsa, sprouted quinoa and washing it all down with plenty of nut milk. I plan on changing it up starting tomorrow (after I load up with goodies from Whole Foods Market).
Well, I’m off to the midnight showing of the new James Bond film – YEEEEEAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
Congratulations Deanna!!! Your name was drawn from the big bowl of names for participating in my 3rd Awesome Giveaway. As you know, you’ve won a jar of Fruits of the Earth Powder. Simply send me an email (or respond on this post) with your address so I can get it out to you right away.
Here is what Deanna had to say when asked, “What one (or many) things are you doing to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle?”
I eat a vegan and mostly raw diet. We recycle in our household, use clothe shopping bags, eco friecdly cleaners, compost, carpool to work and I sometimes ride my bike (weather permitting). That’s what I can think of for now!
My next Awesome Giveaway is right around the corner in December. Check back for details! Thanks to all of you who participated. I was inspired and motivated after reading all of your answers. You ROCK!
Saturday, November 8th, 2008
YIPPEE! YAY! It’s such a gorgeous day today in Arizona (it usually is… who am I kidding?). I’m extra happy today though because it’s that time again… my third awesome giveaway is here. The prize if your name is drawn? I’m sending you a jar of Fruits of the Earth Powder™($48.95 value). This stuff is amazing. I use it on a regular basis in my smoothies or when I’m pluggin-n-chuggin down my Vitamineral Green Powder with plain ol’ water (I know… I’m brave to drink green powder with plain water. Actually, it’s much easier with the Fruits of the Earth Powder in it).
Here is what the makers of this product had to say about it:
Fruits of The Earth™ is a high antioxidant, potent combination of natures most nutritive fruits from around the world. Dried at low temperatures to preserve heat sensitive elements. 80% of the formula is fruit. Fruits are somewhat acid forming, so 20% of the formula is intentionally alkaline forming vegetables (beet juice, wheat grass and barley grass). The ultra-finely ground and highly bioavailable whole leaf grasses provide a huge source of nutrition including essential alkalinity and better blood sugar balance.* Actual Food™ Chromium is also added to support healthy metabolism and blood sugar levels.* Unlike other “Food Type” forms of nutrients, this Chromium is 100% organically bound. It is not merely in the “form” of food, it is Food!
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 (Tuesday night, Nov 11th @ 11:59pm) I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Wednesday. (Please note: While I would love to hear from everyone around the world in answering this question, I have to limit the winner to someone living in the continental United States.)
What one (or many) things are you doing to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle?
Check out past giveaways:
First Awesome Giveaway
Second Awesome Giveaway
Friday, November 7th, 2008
Oh my goodness… I was getting ready to post the Cherry Chocolate Brownies recipe (pictured here… isn’t he cute?) and I couldn’t find the recipe! Poop! As I alluded to earlier, I’m in the middle of some new Kristen’s Raw projects and I think the recipe was misplaced in the process. I went out to the garage and turned over the recycle bin, dumping the entire contents of it out. I sifted through it all and can’t find it. It must be in this house somewhere. So… I have to postpone posting the recipe – my apologies. They are so good.
Off the top of my head, some of the ingredients included dehydrated almond pulp, hemp seeds, dried coconut, coconut oil, dried cherries, cherry extract, raw agave nectar, raw chocolate… that’s all I can think of right now. Poop! As soon as I find it, I’ll post it. I’m going to make some extra alkalizing Plant Blood in the hope that it connects something in my brain and helps me find it.
On to something more exciting thing… Kristen’s Raw Awesome November Giveaway will be posted tomorrow or the day after.
Daily Conversation Question:
Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?
Friday, November 7th, 2008
I’m checking in quickly… busy working away on very exciting Kristen’s Raw projects. Just wanted to pop in and tell you that I’ll post the recipe for my Raw vegan Cherry Chocolate Brownies very soon!
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
YIPPEE!! It’s already November, which means that it’s closer to the holidays!!! YAY!!! I love this time of year. Would you believe that we’re going to put up our Christmas tree soon? Not only that, but I’ve already made my shopping list for the holiday season – I can’t help myself sometimes :)
As you know, it’s a new month and with the new month comes my awesome giveaway. I have a super exciting giveaway for November, so be on the look out for that in the coming week!
I’ve been extra busy this week working on new Kristen’s Raw projects – ALL VERY EXCITING! I’m filled with peace and joy at the direction of my life. Every day I wake up feeling grateful, happy and full of energy.
SPECIAL THANKS – I’ve received so many emails from people telling me how much they enjoy my blog and website and how I’ve helped them. It’s humbling and very exciting to get that feedback. Thank you – I appreciate every one of them and love hearing from you.
VOTING – Are you voting today? If not, please get out there and do so straight away. I voted by early ballot a while back and I’ve been wearing my “I voted early” sticker every day since. It’s a little mangy though – haha – so I’m using packaging tape to stick it on me.
RECIPE – I’ve been asked to post my Cherry Chocolate Brownies. (They are delish!) You can look forward to that recipe soon.
Daily Conversation Question
Would you rather visit a big city or the countryside?
Friday, October 31st, 2008
My husband, dog and I are off on an adventure in a short while. We’re leaving around 2am to drive up to Flagstaff to see the sun rise over the fire colored aspen trees. After we spend some time surrounded by nature there, we’ll head down to Sedona for a little sight-seeing (maybe take a short hike while we’re there) and then we’ll be off to lunch at a local Raw restaurant. This place has an amazing Raw pizza and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. We’ll head back home in the afternoon to drop our dog off at home before stepping out to see my brother-in-law’s Halloween decorated house (they go ALL out!). I may throw on my “I Dream of Jeannie” costumer from last year… we’ll see.
Raw Road Trip:
For our little road trip, we’ll be prepared. I’m packing plenty of water, green smoothies, chia pudding (info about chia here), and Raw Cherry Chocolate Brownies that I made last night (they’re delicious). That should keep us covered until we stop for lunch at Bliss Cafe.
News to Peruse:
FDA Ignores BPA: WTF?
Fun Raw Meetup Picnic:
Where: Glendale, AZ (directions here)
Date: Nov 8th at 3pm.
You probably need to bring a Raw vegan dish to pass. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend but if you’re interested or have any questions, please feel free to email me and I’ll forward the info to the organizer.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
I’m frequently asked how I stay Raw with a busy lifestyle. Here are a few quick tips to get you started:
1) Green Smoothies - an easy solution. A great tip is to make a large batch of Green Smoothie in the morning and divide it between a couple mason jars. Then, depending on the season, pack a cooler (or not, if it’s cold outside) for your car, put in your Green Smoothies and go! This way, you’re always prepared and have delicious, nutritious, and energizing food where ever you are. I even take a green smoothie in my (large) purse to the movie theater! With apples in season, now is the perfect time for a Fluffy Green Smoothie.
When people ask you what’s that “green stuff” you’re drinking, take advantage of the opportunity to tell them about Raw food and Energizing Green Smoothies!
2) Packaged Raw food – talk about quick! When I’m on the run and don’t have time to make my own cookies or bars, there are some great alternatives. (These also make super snack foods when going to the movies if you’re not in the mood for a green smoothie.) Two great companies: The Pure Bar (I’m fond of the Chocolate Brownie flavor) and Laughing Giraffe (the “snackaroons” are total heaven). Both companies are available at Whole Foods or online AND make terrific snacks for those hungry kids when you’re out running errands.
If you don’t have these on hand when you’re running out the door, no worries. One of my favorite and super easy snacks to take on the go: Organic dates and hemp seeds (or any nuts/seeds)! Just toss some in a ziploc and go.
3) Fresh fruit & veggies – eco-friendly nutrition! My favorite grab-n-go foods: bananas, apples, pears, cucumbers, and red (orange and yellow) bell peppers. You can literally take them as is, no need for any extra packaging.
Daily conversation question:
What would you love to find at a yard sale?
Monday, October 27th, 2008
With the weather starting to chill and the produce department changing to seasonal produce for fall (pumpkins, cranberries, apples, etc), the holiday mood is upon us – hooray! In fact, I’ve already made my holiday gift list and I’m ready to shop. I love this time of year; I can’t help but do things to get a jump start.
Here is the perfect holiday cookie to help get you in the mood. With every delicious bite you’ll think… Holidays! If you’re looking for a heart healthy, can’t eat just one, EASY, and super satiating cookie recipe that will literally take you only minutes to make, then look no more. This is a terrific dessert recipe to take as a dish to pass at holiday dinners and parties. And, it’s one of those great raw food recipes that you can make well in advance of the holidays and store in your freezer. Oh, and one more thing… everyone who makes these (and eats these) LOVES these. Enjoy :)
Pecan Spice Delight Cookies
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 3 cups cookie batter
1 1/2 cups pecans (soaked and dehydrated if possible)
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded dried coconut
1 tablespoon (or more!) lucuma powder *
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
10 dates, pitted
Process all of the ingredients, except for the raisins and dates, in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until coarsely ground. Add the raisins and dates and continue processing until the mixture begins to stick together when pressed between your fingers. Roll and form into desired shapes and sizes.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Living the Raw Vegan lifestyle is really easy, there is no doubt about that. Whether you’re eating a simple apple for breakfast or making a pate-stuffed tomato for lunch, it can take very little time out of your day. The key when starting out is to be focused and organized, which also makes it easy to stay on your Raw diet. I have found that half the battle for most people trying to stick to a diet is simply having things planned and ready to eat. Once you have that figured out, there is no guess work, making it less likely for you to fall off your chosen path to optimal health.
If you’re the type of person that isn’t normally very organized, don’t fret. Again, you can keep Raw super easy by keeping your meals super easy (eating fresh fruit for breakfast, fresh veggies for snacks, buying pre-made Raw cookies, crackers and snack bars, or having Raw food delivered to you). And, if you don’t have very good organization skills but you still want to make your own food without sacrificing exotic and gourmet flavors, no problem. This lifestyle, and any planning it requires for those kinds of recipes, will quickly become second nature to you.
Bottom line: the more focused and organized you are, the less overwhelming it is. Not only that, but the more planning you do, the easier it is to stay on course with your diet. A great way to do this is to get a special calendar dedicated as your “Raw Kitchen & Food Prep” calendar. Use this to schedule the food you want to eat 3-7 days in advance. Then, pick out some recipes that sound delicious to you, and make a shopping list. Next, write on the calendar any specific steps that need to be done ahead of time. For example, if you’re going to have a pate-stuffed red bell pepper for lunch on Wednesday, then on Tuesday, you need to soak the nuts or seeds overnight so you can prepare the pate on Wednesday. You’ll find that such planning becomes second nature after you’ve done it for about a month or two and you probably won’t need the calendar as much, unless you’re planning something special such as a holiday party, celebration, or maybe when you’re making a dish that is new to you.
The steps it takes to be organized take only minutes, which is nothing compared to the time and energy you will save.